Australian gravel racer Nathan Haas has a shiny new carbon Colnago G3X gravel bike to race Unbound this weekend in a hotly contested gravel race that will see 3x street Earth Champ Peter Sagan on the begin line searching for a earn. Haas’s secret weapon even though, will be retro Italian airbrush style…
Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Artwork Decor custom for Nathan Haas
Haas very last put next at the UCI Gravel Environment Series (yes, which is a thing now) race a handful of weeks back again in Seven, Australia. Unbound Gravel is not section of the UCI collection, but lots of significant names are expected to display up. And he will stand out in the pack, racing this 1990s retro-fashion Colnago gravel bicycle.
Colnago describes that aged glimpse as “real operates of art”, although for lots of, the airbrush look was usually over the leading flashy Italian fashion that now feels dated. Nevertheless, as Colnago has transitioned to a easier, much more contemporary aesthetic, this feels like a nice dose of nostalgia to see the fashion reimagined.
Haas’ new Colnago G3-X gravel race bike for Unbound will take inspiration from the colors and sunset fade on Kansas’s point out flag, but taken a little bit more with a dash of neon.
Can I just say that additional contemporary bikes have to have to convey back chrome stays? And that shiny chrome fork appears to be soooo fantastic! (Whilst, why in the earth are all the dropouts white alternatively of chrome!)
The Artwork Decor bicycle layout even options the silhouette of Nathan Haas himself using the bicycle just driving the headset (…in case he forgets what he’s supposed to be carrying out mid-race?) Additionally the state’s Latin motto “advertisement astra for every aspera” on the top rated tube.
“By means of roughness to the stars” isn’t a bad motto each for the pioneers that settled the Midwestern condition and for a present day icon of gravel racing.
Colnago says that designer Richard Pierce ‘curated’ the glimpse together with Castelli, and Haas need to be decked out in a matching kit way too, inspired by the exact ’90s type. We imagined a dazzling, flashy Euro professional look with plenty of sponsor logos and coloration-matched shorts? But fortunately they at minimum gave Haas some black bibs for modesty’s sake.
The bicycle alone is the exact Colnago G3-X that we appeared at previously this season under Haas, and the similar bicycle ridden to gain very last year’s Unbound by Lauren De Crescenzo.
The G3-X is a bike style and design motivated by Colnago’s decades of demonstrated cyclocross racers, and this Kansas Artwork Decor customized establish seriously does glance a great deal like an aged cyclocross bicycle. But it is a appropriate focused gravel bike with greater 42mm tire clearance (with home for the Kansas mud that is forecast this weekend), for a longer period wheelbase, decreased BB, and frequently much more comfy & steady geometry for very long-distance off-road racing.
There’s also 3 sets of bottle cage mounts and a direct best tube bag mount, although no clue what Haas’ race day setup will definitely glance like?
Sadly for retro Colnago enthusiasts, this is a a single-off bicycle.
You’ll have to uncover your personal Italian airbrush artist to recreate this appear for your individual gravel bike…