Anyone with experience on a C40?
Anyone with experience on a C40?
C50 here. All around great frame. Comfortable all day. Good on climbs. Great on descents. Very responsive. It's all it's cracked up to be and more. Technologically relevant at 6 years old. Classic design look.
The CX1 gets more use, but only cause it's closer to the door. The C50 has more carbon in total with Hyperons and Deda 35 cockpit. PR00 clear coat on weave makes it the dark horse.
It's my all time keeper for sure.
pay attention to the top tube length and get yourself a Mapei jersey. perfect addition to your collection and they ride great
Have a b stay C-40. Very comfortable ride. Not as stiff as a master ex light but stiff enough for anyone but a sprinter. Good for a 207 pound rider and lighter. Colnago hands to build strong so should last 40 + years. Actually since steel bikes last 25 to 40 years now maybe your C-40 might last 100 years. Tubes are replaceable so it can be fixed if you break it too.
Unless you are a big heavy sprinter I think you will love it. Oh and I am a sprinter of I am anything but not strong enough to over power this frame. My C-50 is a faster handler and is stiffer but the C-40 is a bike you can live with.
Had one .. loved it .. miss it. For me it was a little short in the top tube. I had a 140 stem on it and it was still a little short.
If you are buying used make sure you check out the rear d hanger. They had an issue with galvanic corrosion with the AL and carbon and bonding agent. Once it starts it's really hard to stop. Also the cable stops had the same issue. so make sure you take a good look at those.
Road really great and always looked great... it looks like a bike should. Always loved the way the fork looked and it handled great. For reference I sold mine on ebay a couple of months back. tons of people watched it 30 or so , i think I got $400 for it. it needed to be repainted
All Colnagos ride like 'dreams'. I have a Master X-Light that will be 10 years old this spring. They have shorter tt's than most bikes, but it is not an issue until you get into the larger sizes. For instance I ride a 59 which has a 57.2tt. Gads I just checked the price of a Master frame, about twice the price of what I paid for mine. I could probably never afford another one, new at least.
If that is the C40HP listed on eBay? Looks like it's been repainted, factory paint? Nice...
I guess you are taking a plunge into 'plastic bikes'....it's a nice one.
I have an Extreme Power, which is basically a newer version of the same type of bike. Love my Colnago. The bike really is very comfortable to ride but is still stiff. The C-40 is older, so I would try not to pay more than a $1000 for the frame, but since many consider it a collector's item, they might try and overcharge.
Thanks, I've always wanted one and came across this one on the bay http://www.ebay.com/itm/290641233145?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
Thinking of selling the prodigy and investing in the c40,If not this one then another.
Well, the sale ended on this frame. Either someone else bought it or the seller took it off the listings..or Mr. Bob has a new bike..
Hey Zoot some A-hole stole it from under my nose. :^) Oh well I couldn't really afford it until I sell one of mine anyways. I'll keep my eyes open for one or a Master X. One of a very few bike(s) I've never owned.
Bob- oh well, I guess it was not meant to be. I'd look around for an NOS Colnago Master Carbon. You can find a frame with carbon fork for around $1500. The carbon B-Stay rear end probably doesn't do anything, but you can pick up an '07 Master Carbon frame for around half the price of a new Master X-Light steel. R&A cycles caries them. http://www.racycles.com/
They have a 54 in stock
If I was looking for a new bike, I'd think hard about getting one.
For what it's worth on that Master Carbon- you have to put Master Carbon in their search box, they don't list it in their inventory..
If you see a Colnago Carbon Frame with 2 down tubes you might give it a miss. Oh and early C-40 had a little trouble with the aluminum BB shell from delaminating. Look for the frames with Ti inserts. I think they came at the same time as B stays. The C-40 with HP chain stays are also newer C-40's. The HP stays added some stiffness as I am told.
Oh Bob! You have truly disappointed many of us. We were looking forward to the photo show of this one going through the Bobswire makeover. Damm. OK, so you didn't win it. What else do you have in store for us to drool over?
I am looking to buy a Colnago C40 HP from a forum member. I would like to know what should I look for, and where, to make sure that the frame and fork are genuine? Also the frame series, where is it placed? I am asking these questions, as I have heard, there are fake frames on the market, the so-called Chilnagos.
Bob...CaptStash over in Paceline has a Colnago Master for sale...probably your size. Older one with curved fork. Good guy here in Seattle...rode with him over the summer.
I've got at 56 CM Master X Light frameset hanging in my basement. Found it for a good price some time ago and waiting for the day my son and I can go ride our Colnagos together.
You can't go wrong with a Moots...probably the only thing I really lust for at this point.
I do think you owe it to yourself to get a Master X Light though...I've gone through a lot of bikes, but the Colnago will be a keeper.
Definitely a solid, quality ride. I've owned a C40 and CT1 in the past. Love the way they handle - so stable/predictable, and it seems even more so the higher the speed. They are designed more to be ridden at 40-45 kph avg, not 32. However, I really wanted to like those frames more than I really did. For me, I have a great 'engine' but at that time I was 40 y/o and 162 lbs...big power outputs are a thing of the past. I eventually decided those rides were better suited to a strong rider, and I actually preferred softer frames.
Always wanted a Bititan.
BTW who does Colnagos paint, in house or outsourced?
The Italian jobs are in-house
I am with KR, a bititan in the Ariostea colors would rock
How do you know if a typical short top tube would be suitable for you.
Also, checking out the lower priced Colnagos, they sem to be well worn.
How do you know if it was bought by a light riding cyclist or a draft horse cobble eater?
What is the life expectency of an alluminum, Ti, steel, carbon frame?
I have broken a Bianchi, heavy columbus through extreme riding, (rolled over an open manhole cover at 35mph plus) plus loads of miles, an absolutel beautiful bicycle.
Also my all alluminum Bianchi cracked at the BB chainstay connection, chainring side.
I would imagine carbon never wears out?
My friends' high end Colnago ti bike cracked at the head tube.
Also another racer broke his SL3 specialized, 3 times on guarantee.
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