Around the mid 1980s many ‘Colnago’ bikes were appearing at races with the ‘Colnago Super’ decal set that was available at certain bike shops in Melbourne. Under the paint of these ‘Colnago’ bikes were locally produced Hillman, Ricardo, Farleigh and other frames, all wanting to be more exotic than their birth right. Decades later these bikes would pop up as Colnagos on eBay. And so the Fauxnago was born.
Don’t for a second think this is a fake. This a genuine Fauxnago, a nod to the great Ernesto Colnago. The ‘Master of Skids’ model pays homage to the 1990s Master Olympic with its wild Decor paint, straight blade Precisa forks and Campagnolo running gear — a bike I have myself owned many times over. From the day I got my first Hallmark BMX I was putting stickers on it, changing things to suit my taste and this project is just one step in that evolutionary process.
This project began as a humble Tange track frame and fork and was modified by Gonz Lab to include brake cable guides, bidon mounts and a race plate hanger. If you like the idea of having a crack this video is worth putting the kettle on for and enjoying. [ed. This video showing the modification process is seriously great. It’s more than worth eight minutes of your time.]
Once the additions were made, the artwork was created and sent to Steve Munyard at Sun Graphics to translate the idea into airbrushed reality. At the same time, discussions with Campagnolo were underway to customise current model alloy cranksets to look like the highly adored C Record iterations.
Track wheels were sourced to look like SHAMALS and as any velospotter will know, the genuine wheelset had half as many spokes, bladed for aerodynamic profile. Ironically these heavy replicas are the same weight as the originals.
While the fixed wheel/singlespeed trend of the last few years has been for cheaper and more obnoxious looking bikes with inferior components, the same cannot be said for the Fauxnago. This is a very smooth operator that is sure to turn heads.