Australian gravel racer Nathan Haas has a shiny new carbon Colnago G3X gravel bicycle to race Unbound this weekend in a hotly contested gravel race that will see 3x street Earth Champ Peter Sagan on the get started line on the lookout for a gain. Haas’s secret weapon nevertheless, will be retro Italian airbrush style…
Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Artwork Decor customized for Nathan Haas
Haas very last placed 2nd at the UCI Gravel Entire world Sequence (of course, that is a factor now) race a few weeks back again in Seven, Australia. Unbound Gravel isn’t element of the UCI series, but plenty of huge names are predicted to exhibit up. And he will stand out in the pack, racing this 1990s retro-model Colnago gravel bicycle.
Colnago describes that previous glance as “real operates of art”, although for numerous, the airbrush look was normally over the major flashy Italian design that now feels dated. Still, as Colnago has transitioned to a less complicated, extra present day aesthetic, this feels like a pleasant dose of nostalgia to see the design and style reimagined.
Haas’ new Colnago G3-X gravel race bike for Unbound can take inspiration from the colours and sunset fade on Kansas’s condition flag, but taken a little bit additional with a dash of neon.
Can I just say that extra modern-day bikes have to have to convey back again chrome stays? And that shiny chrome fork seems to be soooo good! (Although, why in the globe are all the dropouts white in its place of chrome!)
The Art Decor bicycle design even options the silhouette of Nathan Haas himself using the bike just guiding the headset (…in case he forgets what he’s supposed to be accomplishing mid-race?) As well as the state’s Latin motto “advertisement astra for each aspera” on the major tube.
“By means of roughness to the stars” isn’t a terrible motto the two for the pioneers that settled the Midwestern point out and for a modern-day icon of gravel racing.
Colnago suggests that designer Richard Pierce ‘curated’ the glimpse alongside one another with Castelli, and Haas should really be decked out in a matching package too, encouraged by the exact same ’90s design. We imagined a brilliant, flashy Euro professional glance with plenty of sponsor logos and colour-matched shorts? But fortunately they at minimum gave Haas some black bibs for modesty’s sake.
The bike itself is the similar Colnago G3-X that we seemed at earlier this year under Haas, and the exact bicycle ridden to win last year’s Unbound by Lauren De Crescenzo.
The G3-X is a bike style encouraged by Colnago’s a long time of confirmed cyclocross racers, and this Kansas Art Decor custom create seriously does seem a whole lot like an aged cyclocross bike. But it is a good focused gravel bike with greater 42mm tire clearance (with room for the Kansas mud that is forecast this weekend), for a longer period wheelbase, reduce BB, and usually additional comfortable & secure geometry for very long-distance off-road racing.
There’s also 3 sets of bottle cage mounts and a immediate prime tube bag mount, even though no clue what Haas’ race working day setup will truly glance like?
Regrettably for retro Colnago followers, this is a just one-off bicycle.
You are going to have to uncover your own Italian airbrush artist to recreate this seem for your individual gravel bike…