When Ernesto released the Colnago C40 he started a revolution.
Before, carbon fibre has been seen as the future of cycling and there have been loads of experiments going on since the 1970s. But to that point, no carbon fibre bike proved so safe and light at the same time, that it was suitable as a standard professional team bike. Well constructed enough to equally compete in the mountains and the classics of Flanders.
In 1994, to celebrate the company's 40th birthday, the C40 was first presented to the public. A construction of profiled carbon fibre tubes, fitted together by well-proportioned carbon fibre lugs and steered with a high-tech steel fork.
However, the frame had yet to prove that it was capable of being a threat to the aluminium and steel bikes in the hard races which pro teams have to attend.
Ernesto outfitted Team Mapei as the first squad to race his prestigious machine. They proved that the bike was capable of coping with the roughest conditions. And the manner in which they did, was simply stunning. There is no bike with more victories in the cobble spring classics. Riders like Museeuw, Tafi and Ballerini made this frame a legend.
In 1996, the carbon racer made another big leap into the racing bike zeitgiest when the three Mapei racers, namely, Johan Museeuw, Gianluca Bortolami and Andrea Tafi crossed the finish line (almost) simultaneously on the 100th edition of the Paris-Roubaix. The legendary race went through the world like a fire, which is why Colnago released this beautiful special edition in honour of the triple victory. No advertising and no catalogue entry, this incredible story was enough to bring this special edition bicycle into the publics eye.
The model that we present here is 113 of 300, a truly rare piece.
ConditionUsed. The bicycle is in good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. The paintwork and decals are all original with some small signs of use. All parts have been checked and are working fine. The bicycle went through a full checkup at Steel Vintage Bikes workshop! All parts were disassembled, cleaned and re-assembled again. The frame was checked for structural integrity and all wearing parts were replaced with new ones. You can expect the bicycle in fantastic riding condition and ready to go for your vintage bike ride.
|Size (Center-Top)||56 cm|
|Top Tube||55 cm|
|Head Tube||14,5 cm|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Shifters||Campagnolo Chorus 8 Speed|
|Brake Levers||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Chorus; 170; 52-42|
|Freewheel/Cassette||12-23; 8 Speed Miche|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Seatpost||Colnago C40 Carbon|
|Seat||Selle Italia Turbomatic 2|
|Rims||Campagnolo Moskva 80|
|Tires||Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700x25c|
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