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Colnago Arabesque Frameset <p>The Colnago Arabesque Frameset is new for 2016. And it won&rsquo;t be here long.</p> <p>There&rsquo;s a story you should know when it comes to the Arabesque. It was a much-loved frameset when it debuted 30 years ago. It rode well. It looked great. Sumptuous Chrome. Even to a pro, this was a tool you wanted to ride, but didn&rsquo;t want to scratch in the work stand. It&rsquo;s era done, Colnago moved on. Then, last year, they found a box of lugs. A fairly big box of lugs that joined the Arabesque&rsquo;s tubes when the model was a regular part of the Colnago line. As the name suggests, the lugs were ornate. They decided they&rsquo;d bring it back until they ran out of lugs. </p> <p>That number is somewhere between 400 and 600 bikes worth. </p> <p>Because of the place of the original Arabesque in the hearts of Colnago lovers, this time, Colnago is employing round steel tubes, rather than the star-shaped of the original. In fact, it&rsquo;s the same tube set as found on the current Master. That&rsquo;s custom-drawn DT15V steel tubes. As with the Master, the lugs and stays are chrome-plated. The bike also has the Prescia straight-blade chrome-plated fork. </p> <p>This frameset is nearly all-in on the 1980&rsquo;s design spec. The one exception is the one-inch threadless steerer tube. Otherwise, you&rsquo;ll find: an Italian-threaded bottom bracket (the only one in Colnago&rsquo;s line), a 27.2mm seat tube, a front derailleur hanger, downtube shifter bosses, and horizontal dropouts. The dropouts are chrome-plated and feature micro-adjusters, just as you&rsquo;d get back in the day. </p> <p>Colnago is showing off the bike with newly-built retro cockpit from Cinelli, the 1A stem and 64 handlebar, as well as new old stock Ambrosio box-section tubular rims. This was what people wanted to ride back then. You can set it up however you like. Colnago, despite the pics you&rsquo;ve seen, is selling the frame with a threadless steerer tube. </p> <p>In terms of geometry, you&rsquo;re getting a frameset that is designed to take maximum advantage of steel&rsquo;s best riding qualities. The top tube is parallel to the ground and is part of what many used to term a &ldquo;square&rdquo; frameset, where the seat tube and top tube are nearly the same length. When looking at the spec sheet, you&rsquo;ll see that the head tube lengths are smaller than you&rsquo;ll find, relative to the frame size, than most Colnagos. Don&rsquo;t be fooled, these frames are not more aggressive. The shorter head tubes are a function of the frames requiring an external headset. The seat tube angle is sufficiently aggressive most people will need a seatpost with setback.</p> <p>The Colnago Arabesque is a complicated frameset that yields a ride that is simply wonderful. </p>
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