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96/9/1 Bicycle, road/racing, Colnago C35, carbon fibre/metal/rubber, Colnago, Italy, 1989. Click to enlarge.

Colnago C35 road/racing bicycle

The Colnago C35 is one of the first road bikes made with a carbon fibre frame. The C35 was launched in 1989 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the company founded in 1954 by Ernesto Colnago at Cambiago near Milan.

Hence this limited-edition bike features monograms and lettering highlighted in gold leaf and some gold-plated parts. However its sculpted frame is its most striking feature. Unlike metal frames, carbon fibre frames are generally formed in one piece, known as a monocoque. The C35 …


Object No.


Object Statement

Bicycle, road/racing, Colnago C35, carbon fibre/metal/rubber, Colnago, Italy, 1989

Physical Description

Bicycle, Colnago C35, carbon fibre/metal/rubber, Colnago, Italy, 1989.

The frame and wheels of the bicycle are black carbon fibre. The metal fittings are polished; chrome and gold plated. The wheels have five radial, carbon fibre spokes and the tyres are yellow rubber. They are protected by red fabric gaiters. The handlebars are bound with black 'tape' and the saddle is black leather. The water bottle bracket is fitted although the bottle is not in evidence. Front and rear brakes are fitted. Gears are also fitted.

The upper frame tube is 'autographed' in gold with Ernesto Colnago's signature. This signature also appears on the wheels in gold. towards the steering head is "C35" in gold. On the down tube from the seat to the pedals is "Colnago" and on both sides of the tube is a small yellow sticker with "Ferrari Engineering" written in black. On the tube from the steering head to the pedals is "Colnago" in gold. The words "carbon fiber" appear on the tube from the pedals to the rear sprocket.


marked in gold on upper frame "Ernesto Colnago"
marked in gold on steering head "35"
sticker "Ferrari Engineering"



1070 mm


515 mm


Credit Line

Gift of Mr David Greatorex AO

Acquisition Date

7 January 1996

Cite this Object


Colnago C35 road/racing bicycle 2023, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 March 2023, <>


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