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. 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 its revolutionary 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.
Mapei was an Italian-based pro cycling team active from 1993 to 2002, named after sponsoring firm MAPEI. They were the biggest and most ambitious team that cycling has ever seen and won practically everything. Looking back from another decade, we examine that Mapei team earned a unique place in cycling history. For 7 years in a row (1994-2000) they won UCI Team rankings. Stars riders included Abraham Olano, Johan Museeuw, Michele Bartoli, Franco Ballerini, Óscar Freire, Frank Vandenbroucke, Axel Merckx, Andrea Tafi, Tony Rominger, Paolo Bettini among the others…
The Colnago C40 won 5 out of 6 editions of Paris-Roubaix in years (1995-2000) and several world champion titles in years 1996-2002 .
Here we are proudly presenting the legened of the cobblestones – COLNAGO C40 Mapei, which dates back to 1998. Full carbon frameset is shinning in outstanding Mapei paintjob and equipped with Shimano Dura ace 7700 groupset, ITM cockpit. One of the last real bikes. No much words needed.
The legend! For all Colnago fans.
Frame: Colnago C40 Mapei Team edition 1998
– seat tube (c-t): 60,5 cm
– seat tube (c-c): 57 cm
– top tube (c-c): 57 cm
– headset tube: 16,7 cm
– standover: 83,5 cm
Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700 (172,5mm)
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Rear Derailleur: Shimano2 Dura Ace 7700
Levers: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Headset: Shimano Dura Ace 7700
Saddle: Hoskar Mapei
Seatpost: Colnago carbon
Stem: ITM Big One (120mm)
Handlebar: ITM 260
Pedals: LOOK (original)
Tires: Veloflex Master (new)
Condition: Used, but good condition. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint and decals. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.