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. The C40 MK1 was their first generation, later MK2 and MK3 with B Stay were introduced.
Team Mapei and Lampre Panaria were a top level professional cycling team back in mid 1990s and they were winning races on Colnago C40 bikes. The Colnago C40 won 5 out of 6 editions of Paris-Roubaix in years (1995-2000).
Proudly offering another legendary winning machine by great Ernesto – COLNAGO C40 mk1, so the very early C40 bike which dates back to 1994-95. Carbon frameset with steel precisa fork is shinning in beautiful in very rare pearl white/green paint job, fully build with superb Shimano Dura Ace 7402/7410 groupset , Mavic Cosmic 1st gen wheels, ITM cockpit, Selle Italia Flite saddle. Ready to ride.
A legend. For all Colnago fans. Fair price.
Frame & Fork: Colnago C40 mk1 / steel precisa fork
– seat tube (c-t): 58 cm
– seat tube (c-c): 55.5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 55.5 cm
– headset tube: 15 cm
– standover: 81.5 cm
Wheelset: Mavic Cosmic 1st gen
Crankset: Shimano Dura ace 7410
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7403
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace 7402
Brake Levers /Shifters: : Shimano Dura Ace 7410 STI
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace 7403
Headset: Shimano Dura Ace 7402
Saddle: Selle Italia Flite Titanium
Stem: ITM Eclypse (110mm)
Handlebar: ITM Italia
Handlebar tape: Colnago cork, black
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. No dents, no cracks or bends. Some tinny signs of normal use. Groupset and components are in good condition and are working fine.