Ernesto Colnago was born on February 9, 1932 in Cambiago, near Milan, Italy. At age 13 he entered in world of two wheels and immediately he fall in love with bikes and cycling. In 1952 he founded Colnago and started to work as mechanic for several professional teams. Colnago’s bikes still have a domination of the world’s cycling sports because Ernesto was always an innovator and pioneer of new technologies which supposedly provide more efficency or comfort.
In 1994 Colnago started to produce their very successful model C40 — ‘C’ for carbon and ‘40’ to commemorate Colnago’s 40th year in business. Full carbon frame with Master profile carbon tubes bonded to carbon lugs. Ernesto Colnago solved the problem of how to make a carbon frame durable enough to win the toughest cobbled Classics yet light enough to soar up Alpine cols. That’s the reason why the C40 is the favourite bike of all time for so many people — including Sir Bradley Wiggins. Colnago could have created something with perhaps a swoopy, futuristic profile befitting itsrevolutionary design. Instead he kept the tubes ramrod-straight in the traditional style — albeit with the star-shaped cross-section that he had pioneered with the steel Master.
”When we built the C40, we were the only ones to build carbon frames and all the mechanics and competitor technicians were saying that they would be too dangerous to use on cobbled roads, especially with the straight carbon forks. There was a company that wanted to fit suspension forks on the bicycle, but I wasn’t going to have suspension forks on the C40. The night before Paris- Roubaix I had Mr. Squinzi, the Mapei boss, on the phone to me raising his concerns about using such a delicate-looking thing. I told him that we’d done all of the tests that we could on the frame and the fork and we were certain there would be no problem. I had to take personal responsibility for what was going to happen and I spent all night worrying about it, barely able to sleep. But when I heard that there were 4 Mapei riders in the break, I knew I could relax.” The C40 went on to win 5 editions of Paris-Roubaix in 6 years.
Here we are offering a legendary Colnago C40 B Stay, the 3rd incarnation of this iconic model made by great Ernesto Colnago. This superb bike dates back to 2001, a model with B-Stay to improve efficiency and comfort. Completely built with Campagnolo Record 10s groupset, beautiful Campagnolo Bullet wheels, Selle Italia SLR saddle. Ready for serious riding.
For all Colnago enthusiasts. Fair price.
Frame & Fork: Colnago C40 B-Stay, Carbon Star Fork
– seat tube (c-t): 53.5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 54.5 cm
– headset tube: 11 cm
– standover: 77.2 cm
Wheelset: Campagnolo Bullet, marked Colnago
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 10s (53/39)
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 10s
Levers: Campagnolo Record 10s
Brakes: Campagnolo Record 10s
Cassette: Campagnolo 10s (27/13)
Chain: Campagnolo 10
Seatpost: Colnago /carbon
Seat: Selle Italia SLR
Handlebar tape: cork, black
Pedals: Look KEO
Condition: Used, but very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents. Original paint. Wheels are line new. All parts are in very good condition and are working fine.