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 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.
”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.
We are offering a special Colnago C40 USA Paint scheme, very likely made for 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, build with Campagnolo Record Titanium 9speed groupset and Colnago Servizio Corse wheelset. An iconic Italian bicycle perfect to enrich any classic bicycle collection or just to enjoy a fast and comfortable ride.
Frame & Fork: Colnago C40 USA Paint, Carbon Star Fork
Size: – seat tube (c-t): 57,5cm
– top tube (c-c): 56cm
– headset tube: 14cm
– standover 80,5cm
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record 9 speed
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Record Titanium 9 speed
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 53/39
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo
Stem: ITM Millenium 130mm
Handlebar: ITM Millenium 42cm (c-c)
Shifters / Brake Levers: Campagnolo Record Titanium 9speed
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Rims: Colnago Durex Servizio Corse
Tires: Michelin (new)
Seat Post: Colnago carbon
Seat: Selle San Marco Regal
Handlebar tape: white (new)
Condition: Used. The frame has no cracks or dents and is not bent. The paint has a few minor touchups, otherwise it is in very good condition. All parts are in very good condition and are working fine.
Era: Mid 1990s
Price: SOLD (shipped to Belgium)