Colnago revives iconic Art Decor paintjob for Nathan Haas’s custom Unbound G3-X

Special one-off scheme revealed ahead of Unbound Gravel

Nathan Haas's Colnago G3-X
(Image credit: Colnago)

This eye-popping Colnago gravel bike is one in a series of five unique G3-X models from the Italian brand that are being revealed throughout 2022 and are not for sale.

It will be raced by Australian former road pro - and 2012 Tour of Britain winner- Nathan Haas in the UCI Gravel World Series, which starts with Unbound Gravel (opens in new tab) in Kansas on June 4.

Nathan Haas's Colnago G3-X top tube

(Image credit: Colnago)

Haas’s G3-X, which features on the top tube the iconic Colnago cyclist pictured from above, is also a tribute to Kansas. Also on the top tube is the motto 'ad astra per aspera', meaning ‘through hardship to the stars, which embodies the spirit of the pioneers as well as neatly describing the 200-mile Unbound race itself.

Nathan Haas's Colnago G3-X head tube

(Image credit: Colnago)

The Art Decor paint scheme is most often associated with the steel Master, which had a chromed steel fork and chromed lugs: although the monocoque G3-X doesn’t have lugs, the carbon fork has a mirror finish intended to echo that of the steel Precisa straight blades.

Nathan Haas's Colnago G3-X frame detail

(Image credit: Colnago)

The G3-X is Colnago’s specific gravel model, launched in 2019 and already a winner of Unbound: Lauren de Crescenzo (opens in new tab) won last year’s women’s race on one.

Colnago describes it as having “an optimized geometry to accommodate wider tires, with steering angle and overall length designed to offer greater stability and comfort at high speeds [compared to its Prestige cyclo-cross bike]."

Nathan Haas's Colnago G3-X rear

(Image credit: Colnago)

Haas is running a Campagnolo Ekar groupset (opens in new tab) - which will please Italophiles - and Campagnolo’s new Levante wheels (opens in new tab) with Vittoria Terreno Dry tyres.

Haas will start the main races of the UCI Gravel World Series calendar, plus some of the main gravel races of the international calendar: Unbound Gravel (USA) 4 June, The BWR North Carolina (USA) 11 June, The Rift (Iceland) 23 July, SBT GRVL (USA) August 14, and some of the Nova Eroica events (Italy and other countries).

In May Haas finished second overall in the second round of the UCI Gravel World Series, the Seven in Nannup, Australia.

Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is Cycling Weekly's senior tech writer and has been in various roles at CW since 2003. His first job was as a sub editor following an MA in online journalism. 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.