The story of the most famous steel tubes in the history of cycling began in 1919 when Angelo Luigi Colombo founded his steel mill with the ambition to “to do business in iron and steel and make a fair and honest profit".
In the 1930s Colombo created the name Columbus for cycling specific tubes: producing the first reinforced tubes with a tapered thickness made of molybdenum chrome steel in the history of cycling, as well as the first cold-rolled elliptical fork blades.
In 1977 Antonio Colombo separated Columbus from the main A.L. Colombo steel mill in order to concentrate solely on high-performance cycling tubing.
The result has been the history of cycling as we know it, from the legendary tubesets Air, Max, SL, SLX, Genius and Spirit tubesets, to multiple Giro d’Italia, Tour de France wins, till Olympic golds and hour records riding with top teams and world class legendary athletes.
Nowadays Columbus is redefining the new generation of the hi-tech hi-performing steel tubing production and development, supporting the heritage craftmanship of framebuilding art from the artisan scale to the most advanced OE production, completing its offer with the totally renewed Futura carbon forks range suitable for any style of riding.Learn about the Technology behind Columbus Steel Tubes View Columbus Products