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Columbus – Covid19

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Dear friends,

despite the covid-19 lockdown and the hard times, every day we give our best to deliver our products to all the cycling enthusiasts all around the world.

We are deeply committed to respect the safety measurements, health is the first priority right now and we want to protect our local community.

Nonetheless we are also determined to keep the operations working, even if a little slower. We are doing our best to satisfy every need, as we have always done. All good things need patience, after all.

In these days the struggle is real, but the soul of cycling is stronger.

In case you need to restock urgently any steel tubes and/or carbon forks
we strongly suggest to provide us your orders as soon as possible
writing to

Due to some shortage of personnel, priority will be given to OEM batches.

New Columbus 2020 Steel & Carbon Catalogues!

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Dear Friend

We are happy to share with you the most updated versions
of the 2020 Columbus Steel Tubes & Carbon Forks catalogues.
Please do not hesitate to contact us for any eventual further detail and information.

Check Columbus 2020 Catalogues here.

Thank you for riding with us!
All bests from Milano

Columbus Team

Merry Xmas from Columbus!

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Dear Friend
Columbus Team would like to wish you a Merry Xmas,
nice festive days and great winter-rides!

Thank you for the extended trust in our brand over the last year.
We’re already looking forward to the season ahead,
eager to share many new projects and adventures together!

Please note our HQs will be closed from December 23rd till January 6th
for the usual winter holidays and winter maintenance.
Our Team will get back to you as soon as possible on the urgent needs.

2020 season is coming, see you soon, on the road!
Columbus Team

Columbus Continuum: Anima d’acciaio opening video

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Anima d’acciaio: Columbus e il design della bicicletta.
curated by Francesca Luzzana, Federico Stanzani
Opening Wednesday 20 November, 6.30pm
From 21.11 to 22.02.2020

COLUMBUS CONTINUUM proceeds with its exploration of the eclectic character of the Columbus centenary, presenting a new exhibition from 20 November 2019 to 22 February 2020 in the spaces of Galleria Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea, titled Anima d’acciaio: Columbus e il design della bicicletta (Soul of Steel: Columbus and bicycle design).

The exhibition displays a selection of Columbus tubing sets (the eight or eleven tubes that compose the frame of a bicycle), with their special characteristics: AELLE 55, SL, AIR, SLX, MAX, Genius, OR, Starship, XCr, just to name some of them, to illustrate an ideal path of technological innovation over the last century in the bicycle industry. The show reveals the crucial contribution the company has made to the evolution of bicycles, opening up unprecedented possibilities in terms of material, lightness, design and assembly. Creating, for example, the first variable thickness reinforced tubing in chromium-molybdenum alloy steel in the history of cycling, and the first cold-rolled elliptical fork blades.

In the overview, a large section of the exhibition focuses on the results of use of the innovative tubing series: bicycles that have brought victory to outstanding teams and champions like Coppi, Anquetil, Ole Ritter, Hinault, Gimondi, Merckx, De Vlaeminck, Lemond, Moser, Argentin, Oersted, in every field of competition, from the Hour Record to the great Classics and Monuments. They are narrated from an original perspective, offered recently by studies and rediscoveries in the Archivio Storico Columbus (Columbus historical archive) as it takes form (a true “open work” that will generate a unique contribution to the discipline of corporate history), through fragments of stories, objects, press releases, catalogues, advertising, gray literature, jerseys, caps, letterbooks and curious anecdotes, pointing to questions that at times pose quandaries for the curators themselves.

The other section of the exhibition contains items “hors concours”: bicycles, frames, machinerie, working tools, commemorative objects, as a natural compendium of the first section, to sum up – in narrative and physical terms – the celebration of the first 100 years of a Milanese metallurgical manufacturer, as indicated in the subtitle of the entire initiative.
The goal of this second exhibition in the Columbus Continuum program is to reveal how the special (and centenary) heart of steel of Columbus metaphorically but also physically crosses the history of cycling and the history of enterprise, of Italy and the world: in terms of means, thought and production.

We would like to extend particular thanks to the organizations, museums, companies, individuals and friends of Columbus in general that have contributed with passion, generosity and expertise to the creation of this exhibition.

Columbus “a night with” Richard Sachs!

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Richard Sachs, world-famous American framebuilder, celebrates 100 years of Columbus at Anima d’acciaio, in a conversation with Pietro Pietricola from Officina Dario Pegoretti, led by the journalist Federico Meda.

The dialogue will explore Sachs’ experience as a rider alongside with the origins and development of his job as a framebuilder, using Columbus tubing, and his collaboration with Dario Pegoretti.
Pietro Pietricola’s experience and point of view will face the relationship between tradition and innovation.

Contributions from a qualified public of framebuilders, makers and Columbus friends will be a further enrichment of the speech.
The conversation will be held in English.
Further info here.

A night with Richard Sachs
December 4th 2019 | 7pm
Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea
Via Solferino 44, Milano

“Anima d’acciaio: Columbus and bicycle design” hosts Richard Sachs’ amazingly red race lugged-steel-frame.
Here a selection of images of the contents and opening of the exhibit.
Open to the public until January 18th 2020.

Columbus Continuum: Anima d’acciaio

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Dear Friend,
we are very proud to invite you to the opening of Anima d’Acciaio: Columbus and the bicycle design, the second chapter of ‘Columbus continuum: 100 years of a steel manufactory in Milan’, Wednesday, November the 20th from 6.30 pm to 9 pm at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery.

The exhibition will be open to the public from November 21st to January 18Th 2020.

Anima d’Acciaio: Columbus and the bicycle design
Wednesday 20th November
from 6.30 pm to 9 pm
Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea
Via Solferino 44, Milan

Columbus and Wohnbedarf license

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In the early months of 1933 Milanese entrepreneur Angelo Luigi Colombo decided to meet the architect Marcel Breuer to discuss his tubular steel furniture. In the metal laboratories at the Bauhaus, starting from the mid-twenties, the architect first experimented with the Wassily armchair (1925) and more importantly with the cantilever chair (1926).

On a business card, Breuer notes for Colombo the name of the newly formed Zurich based company Wohnbedarf, which was founded by the historian and critic Sigfried Giedion along with the architect Werner Moser, that held the rights for the industrial production of his furniture.

A company without a factory – an “editor” so to speak – one which relies on specialized and competent manufacturers, like the Swiss based company Embru in Rüti. Following Breuer’s suggestion, Angelo Luigi Colombo signs an agreement to realize exclusively and to produce under licence, with its Columbus brand, the furniture for Breuer and other architects of the Bauhaus and of the Swiss-German school, such as Flora Steiger and Werner Moser.

In 1933 Wohnbedarf, whose visual identity was designed by Max Bill, opened a shop in Zurich, also designed by Breuer, that became an important reference for the industry distribution and remained such for many years, well after the Second World War. In the same period, he had also started producing furniture by Alvar Aalto, Alfred Roth and by Giedion himself.

The exhibition Flessibili splendori. Columbus and the tubular steel furniture in on show until November, 9th 2019.
From Tuesday to Friday 10am – 1pm, Saturday 3pm – 7pm.

Columbus Continuum: Flessibili Splendori opening video

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Flessibili Splendori: Columbus and the tubular furniture
curated by Alessandra Bassi
Opening Wednesday 25 September, 6.30 pm
From 26.09 to 9.11.2019

Columbus continuum: 100 years of a steel manufactory in Milan, is the title of a series of exhibitions and activities, which will develop over the course of one year, displaying one hundred years of Columbus, an Italian metallurgical company specialized in the production and processing of metal tubing in its various applications. The 4 exhibitions will take place at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea gallery, a 20-years-point of reference in Milan for contemporary figurative art, founded by Antonio Colombo in 1998.
Over the course of a hundred year, the company – founded by Angelo Luigi Colombo in 1919 in Lambrate – has developed various processes related to metallurgy and produced finished products in many different fields, from transport vehicles to furniture.
In order to narrate the many stories composing this unique entrepreneurial scenario, related to the founder himself and the son Antonio Colombo, four exhibitions have been planned, to set and show the company from four different perspectives and industries: tubular furniture; steel series for bicycle frames; the great innovation and research content of the company that lead it to collaborate to amazing goals and achievements (from airplanes to cars and riding machines); the constant focus on art and design.
Today Antonio Colombo’s activity continues in the world of cycling, with the brands Columbus, which produces steel tubes and carbon forks for bicycles, and Cinelli, manufacturer of high-end frames and components for bicycles.

The first exhibition Flessibili splendori: Columbus and the tubular furniture, curated by Alessandra Bassi, with an exhibition set-up by Franco Raggi, is dedicated to the creation of metal tube furniture started by A.L. Colombo’s company in 1933 and ended in the immediate post-war period.
This production begins with the acquisition of the exclusive license for the Italian manufacturing of the tubular furniture made by the Zurich company Wohnbedarf, which had developed models with many architects, such as Alvar Aalto, Sigfried Giedion, Werner Moser, Alfred Roth or Flora Steiger, but above all with Marcel Breuer who from the mid-twenties had designed with tubular steel at the Bauhaus.
Columbus creates, on license, “original” furniture with the specialized quality competence in the manufacturing of the steel tube, which is the result of a mechanical process that requires a deep handcraft expertise and ability.
Therefore it’s not by chance that the architect Giuseppe Terragni – and before him Giuseppe Pagano, for the design of a popular umbrella stand – turned to Columbus for metallic tube furniture of the Como buildings of the second half of the Thirties, such as the Casa del Fascio or the Sant’Elia nursery school. Armchair and chair, with the characteristic springy cantilevered frame, adopted in both architectures, were produced in small “industrial” series.
Among the Italian designers, another prestigious Columbus collaboration was the one with Piero Bottoni, during the VI Triennale di Milano in 1936, where for the waiting room of a dental practice different solutions for armchairs based on an original elastic crossing are tested.

Columbus’ is an important story in the history of Italian design, well preserved and re-built thanks to the meritorious will of Antonio Colombo, son of Angelo Luigi, who wanted to create the Columbus Archive, encouraging studies, publications (the volume Flessibili splendori. Il mobile in tubolare metallico. Il caso Columbus, Electa, 1998), initiatives and exhibitions. Such as those ones occurring this year, 2019, in the occasion of the centennial of the foundation of his father’s company.
The Columbus Archive represents a unicum in the world: a well safeguarded heritage, made up of hundreds of original furnishings, designs and drawings, catalogues and advertisement – both from the company and competitors, revealing a universal curiosity towards the world as a whole – wooden molds for production and dozens of thousands of documents. A business archive, active since the mid-Nineties, which testifies of the vitality of certain advanced entrepreneurship in Italy, the merge of capabilities of R&D, dialogue with the project, and an appropriate and visionary cultural substance.

Following, starting in November, three other exhibitions: the first aims to highlight the crucial contribution of Columbus to the evolution of professional cycling, result of the manufacturing of special steel tubes devoted to the production of excellent bicycles for champions such as Coppi, Anquetil, Gimondi, Ritter, Merckx, Moser… alongside with the role that Columbus plays in the contemporary international renaissance of steel and new makers, apprentices of the historic frame builders, who are giving a brand new life to steel frames.
The second sets Columbus within the wider scenario of the history of Italian entrepreneurship: the life of the company retraced through the key stages of its production, such as the in-depth studies on metallurgy, as shown by products, patents and technical solutions.
The third and last exhibition investigates the deep relationship among Columbus, Cinelli, bicycles and art.