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.
Happy to offer another masterpiece by great Ernesto – Colnago C40. It’s the 2nd incarnation of C40, called also Colnago C40 MK2, shinning in beautiful Rabobank paint job, built with Campagnolo Record Titanium10s groupset, Fulcrum clincher wheels, Deda stem and hanldebar, San Marco saddle.
For all Colnago enthusiasts. Ready for serious riding.
Frame & Fork: Colnago C40 MK2
– seat tube (c-t): 59.5 cm
– seat tube (c-c): 56.5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 56.5 cm
– headset tube: 15.8 cm
– standover: 82 cm
Wheelset: Fulcrum Red wind clinchers (35mm)
Crankset: Campagnolo Record Titanium 10s (172.5mm, 50/34)
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium 10s
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium 10s
Levers: Campagnolo Record 10s
Brakes: Campagnolo Record
Stem: Deda (110mm)
Handlebar: Deda Shallow
Seat: Selle San Marco
Pedals: Look Keo
Tires: Continental GP4000
Condition: Used, but very good condition. No cracks, no dents. Some signs of normal use. All parts are in good condition and are working fine.