Pro Bike: Nathan Haas gets retro Italian airbrush style in Kansas custom Colnago G3-X for UNBOUND

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 road World Champ Peter Sagan on the start line looking for a win. Haas’s secret weapon though, will be retro Italian airbrush style…

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom for Nathan Haas

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, complete

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Haas last placed second at the UCI Gravel World Series (yes, that’s a thing now) race a few weeks back in Seven, Australia. Unbound Gravel isn’t part of the UCI series, but plenty of big names are expected to show up. And he will stand out in the pack, racing this 1990s retro-style Colnago gravel bike.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, angled detail

Colnago describes that old look as “real works of art”, although for many, the airbrush look was always over the top flashy Italian style that now feels dated. Yet, as Colnago has transitioned to a simpler, more modern aesthetic, this feels like a nice dose of nostalgia to see the style reimagined.

Kansas state flag inspiration

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Haas’ new Colnago G3-X gravel race bike for Unbound takes inspiration from the colors and sunset fade on Kansas’s state flag, but taken a bit further with a dash of neon.

Can I just say that more modern bikes need to bring back chrome stays? And that shiny chrome fork looks soooo good! (Although, why in the world are all the dropouts white instead of chrome!)

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, toptube detail

The Art Decor bike design even features the silhouette of Nathan Haas himself riding the bike just behind the headset (…in case he forgets what he’s supposed to be doing mid-race?) Plus the state’s Latin motto “ad astra per aspera” on the top tube.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, Ad astra per aspera

Through roughness to the stars” isn’t a bad motto both for the pioneers that settled the Midwestern state and for a modern icon of gravel racing.

 

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Colnago says that designer Richard Pierce ‘curated’ the look together with Castelli, and Haas should be decked out in a matching kit too, inspired by the same ’90s style. We imagined a bright, flashy Euro pro look with lots of sponsor logos and color-matched shorts? But thankfully they at least gave Haas some black bibs for modesty’s sake.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, studio

The bike itself is the same Colnago G3-X that we looked at earlier this season under Haas, and the same bike ridden to win last year’s Unbound by Lauren De Crescenzo.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, non-driveside

The G3-X is a bike design inspired by Colnago’s decades of proven cyclocross racers, and this Kansas Art Decor custom build really does look a lot like an old cyclocross bike. But it is a proper dedicated gravel bike with bigger 42mm tire clearance (with room for the Kansas mud that is forecast this weekend), longer wheelbase, lower BB, and generally more comfortable & stable geometry for long-distance off-road racing.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, frameset detail

There’s also 3 sets of bottle cage mounts and a direct top tube bag mount, although no clue what Haas’ race day setup will really look like?

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, downtube

Unfortunately for retro Colnago fans, this is a one-off bike.

Colnago G3-X Unbound retro Art Decor custom gravel race bike, Pro Bike Check: Nathan Haas, complete

You’ll have to find your own Italian airbrush artist to recreate this look for your own gravel bike…

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Dink
Dink
6 months ago

how are people liking the thumb shifty doo dad longer boy for the drops?

Astro_Kraken
Astro_Kraken
6 months ago
Reply to  Dink

They work better than the regular Campy thumb shifty doo dad short bois. Much easier to reach.

Mike
Mike
5 months ago
Reply to  Dink

They are ok but I prefer the sram or shimano levers. You’re constantly changing your hand position to shift and the lever throw to shift into an easier gear is massive. The 13 speeds is pretty cool but tbh for the gravel racing I’ve done on it I would have much preferred a 2x setup.

The thumb shifter is VERY easy to reach from the drops though. That is one cool thing.

Chris
Chris
6 months ago

LOVE that paint job and the matching “chrome” fork is baller. Well played.

Larry Falk
Larry Falk
6 months ago

The original straight-bladed “Precisa” fork was one of the most beautiful ever, but this one might look better.

WhateverBikes
6 months ago

LOVE it.
Bring back the colorful days! #blackisboring

Robert smith
Robert smith
5 months ago
Reply to  WhateverBikes

Totally agree!

Mr Pink
Mr Pink
6 months ago

Wish they were still made in Italy. 🙁

Robert smith
Robert smith
5 months ago

Love it. Wish bikes had more color these days!