The aspirational icon that is Colnago’s Master first came into contact with this tester via the 1986 Bicycle Buyer’s Guide. It was the most expensive bike in there – and justified that cost easily with its opulence.

Let’s not mince words here. I was more excited to try this bike than any I can remember in a long time.

  • Highs: A true style icon with authoritative charisma and technically tenacious handling
  • Lows: Slim lugged steel tubes need coaxing up to speed not bullying
  • Buy if: You want a truly timeless, instantly recognisable classic rather than a modern muscle bike

Frame and equipment: 30 years of class, dressed impeccably

The giddy expectation didn’t ease when unboxing revealed a beautifully judged build kit from importer Windwave, which teamed Campagnolo’s latest Chorus 22-speed stop/go equipment with a retro Selle Italia suede saddle. Even the machined facets on the Vision TriMax 30 rims sync with

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