Colnago, the Italian manufacture of racing bicycles, has signed a triple collaboration with Adidas Originals and size?. The Italian brand known for high quality bicycles joins the pioneers of sportswear, in recognition of their common origins and their relentless pursuit of innovation.
Still made at the Colnago factory in Cambiago, Italy, the project launches a limited edition of Master frame for only 105 pieces. A jewel of timeless style with its cold-drawn stellar steel tubes and the unmistakable Precisa fork.
The project also includes the launch of two Adidas shoes of different style. The $150 Kamanda, a design experiment inspired by the styles of the football fans of the 80’s, and the $115 Trimm Star, released in 1985 as light training shoes.
Both are finished in Italian Pellegrini leather. The Trimm Star sole is made of recycled rubber, taking up the ideal tires for a classic 70s racing bike. The metallic finish on the stripes and on the heel is also inspired by red lines of the Colnago Master by Giuseppe Saronni, typical of the classic Colnago painting. The futuristic and transparent sole of Kamanda shows the carbon fiber effect that characterizes modern Colnago bikes, while the upper is finished in premium suede leather.
The German visionary Adolf Dassler launched Adidas in 1949 and started his empire making shoes in his mother’s laundry in Herzogenaurach. From there, the push and motivation to innovate the sector and the design of sports shoes that led Adidas to be a global sportswear brand like today.
Just 5 years later, in 1954, Colnago was founded by the entrepreneur Ernesto Colnago. The Italian company has become synonymous of quality and sober style, leaving a significant mark in the design and history of Italian engineering. Colnago has thus undertaken a personal mission: to create “only beautiful things”.
Both have relied on product innovation, sponsorship with their top athletes and their nations to bring their message to the fans. Although focused on decidedly different categories, the values of both entrepreneurs are closely related. Classicism and innovation are the characteristics that have led Adolf and Ernesto where they are now.