Classic Bike: Colnago Arabesque - a model reborn after a factory basement find

This Colnago Arabesque is a big bike – and it has a big place in Colnago’s history.

2015 Colnago Arabesque road bike shot from the side
(Image credit: Future)


With the news that a special gold and diamond embellished Colnago C68 has just sold for a record $133,000 dollars it feels like the prefect time to introduce the first entry in in our new Classic Bike feature - this statuesque Colnago Arabesque

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.