I've purchased a bicycle on eBay thinking it was a Colnago as the stickers/item description would let you believe.

bike photo

Unfortunately, looking at the bicycle a bit more closely, I'm pretty sure this is not a Colnago at some clover-shape embossed stamps are missing on the frame...

The bicycle has got chrome forks and some numbers engraved on the bottom of the frame (see pictures):

  • D 014
  • 358
  • 6

bottom bracket photo showing numbers

I'd like to know where my bicycle is coming from and what made/model it is.

  • Has anyone seen a similar bike in the past?

  • Would you have any idea how to find out more about this item?

  • Fairly generic bike. I'd guess mid 80s. The only distinguishing characteristics I can make out are the grooves in the BB shell for the cables, vs welded-on guides, and the brakes which (in the obscured picture) appear to be some sort of fancy center-pull. There's also a slap shield on the chain stay, which is a little unusual. – Daniel R Hicks Aug 8 '16 at 1:54
  • The cable itself explain everything. Getting the sticker is the cheapest way to jack up price of a generic bike, the looks doesn't even resemble knockout. – mootmoot Aug 8 '16 at 10:00
  • The stripes visible at head tube and seat tube are common on old Crescents. But I doubt this is one since head badge is missing and their sportier models were usually orange. – ojs Aug 26 '18 at 16:56

I share your doubt that it's a genuine Colnago.

I Googled "when was colnago clover leaf embossed" (you could try that with the .au removed also).

The hits show plenty of people asking such questions, and a couple of the hits seem to provide valuable answers

Both of these suggest that without the "Club" embossing, it's not the genuine article.

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