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  1. Colnago C40 58
    Colnago C40 58
    1.900,00 €

    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago,

    The C40 name originates from ‘C’ for Carbon and ’40’ in recognition of Colnago’s 40th anniversary (1954 to 1994). It was in production for
    approximately 10 years (1994 – 2004) and eventually superseded by the Colnago C50. Over the 10 years, the frame was revised on 3 occasions –
    so there are 4 different versions of the C40 frame.
    The Colnago C40 proved to the cycling industry and consumers that carbon frames were not only light and stiff, but extremely durable.

    In an interview with Ernesto Colnago, the C40 was listed as one of his most favorite bikes. Sir Bradley Wiggins was also quoted as saying the C40
    is probably his most favorite bike to look at (having not ridden it yet – he bought a frame on eBay for his collection). With it’s classic lines, racing
    pedigree and history, it’s easy to see why any serious cycling enthusiast (myself included) would like to own a C40.
    For many years, the C40 was also sold with a steel Precisa fork of which there are 2 versions. It wasn’t until late 90’s to early 2000’s when the C40
    was sold with a carbon fork (Star or Force models). Detailed information about the different frames and forks is discussed later in this article.

    Clever Design of the C40: Carbon Lugs.
    Whilst the C35 was built as a monocoque frame design (just like modern carbon road bikes), the C40 was built using carbon lugs, which saved
    weight and could be bonded to the carbon fibre tubes to create a single homogenous structure. Colnago was able to achieve this by taking
    advantage of Ferrari’s technology derived from exploring new ways to work with composites and join structural members as part of the
    development of the Ferrari F40 super car.
    This carbon lug frame building technique has been used for every ‘C’ series bike since the C40 ie. C50, C59, C60 and the current C64 model. By
    manufacturing the lugs in 19 different angles, Colnago was able to manufacture frames in many different sizes or with custom geometry – just like
    they were doing for so many years with their steel road bikes. The image below highlights the variety of lug angles.

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  2. Colnago C50 56 Black
    Colnago C50 56 Black
    1.900,00 €
    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago, Learn More
  3. Colnago C60 54 White
    Colnago C60 54 White
    3.200,00 €

    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago,

    C60 – introduced 2014.
    •this is a ground-up rethink that maintains the full carbon tube-and-lug philosophy that originated with the C40, but carries forward no specific components from previous designs.
    •massively oversized diameters everywhere except for the seatstays. completely new BB design

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  4. Colnago C60 56 Black Gold
    Colnago C60 56 Black Gold
    3.200,00 €

    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago,

    C60 – introduced 2014.
    •this is a ground-up rethink that maintains the full carbon tube-and-lug philosophy that originated with the C40, but carries forward no specific components from previous designs.
    •massively oversized diameters everywhere except for the seatstays. completely new BB design

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  5. Colnago C64 58 Black Red
    Colnago C64 58 Black Red
    4.300,00 €

    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago,

    Colnago C64 58 Black Red

     

    Writing an intro for a Colnago bike test is easy but hard at the same time. For most road geeks, there is no need to go into the whole who, what and where that makes up the Colnago legacy. But still, we know there are plenty of others who see the name and wonder, “What the heck is a Colnago?”

    Since our goal is to be as inclusive as possible in what we do, those of you road geeks who may be rolling your eyes right now can just jump ahead to the test. For the rest of you, here’s a brief explanation of what we’re talking about here.

    As of 2019, there are only two people alive who represent sheer royalty in the sport: Eddy Merckx and Ernesto Colnago. In the annals of race history, Eddy remains the greatest racer ever. And way back in the day, he had a mechanic who not only worked on his bikes but also built his frames. That man’s name is Ernesto Colnago.

    Over the years the Colnago brand has only gained in prestige as the brand has remained under the close direction of the old man himself. Beyond that, there’s not much more we can say, because it’s all about the bike.

    THE FRAME

    As with all the C-series bikes, every C64 is hand-built in the confines of the small frame shop that resides underneath Ernesto Colnago’s home in Cambiago, Italy. Like a prized puzzle, each tube and lug is hand-bonded and -assembled. For the C64, Colnago’s aim was to make the bike stiffer and lighter than its C60 predecessor. The 3K carbon-weave tubes of old have been dropped in favor of unidirectional tubes that are lighter.

    The new seat tube has a relief to leave room for the front derailleur, then leads to being the lug for the top tube and seatstays.

    In addition to the new, lighter head lug and one-piece chainstay and all-carbon dropout, the biggest change is the one-piece seat lug/tube. The chainstays are also asymmetrical, with the left side significantly larger.

    There is a new seatpost that is D-shaped, and to go along with this new shape is an internal wedge to hold it in place. This is accessed from under the top tube for a clean and hidden design. The Thread-Fit 82.5 bottom bracket is carried over from the C60 and allows for a wide variety of crank fitment.

    Cables are run internally, and the downtube has a recessed bottle-mount area that adds additional rigidity along the tube in addition to its already shaped design. The fork has a new recessed area at the rear of each leg just under the crown to allow compliance, as well as add lateral stiffness. The fork and rear seatstays are drilled for direct-mount caliper brakes, allowing for up to 28mm tires.

    Colnago offers the C64 in nine sloping (regular) and five high geometries, as well as a custom option.  side.

    THE RIDE

    The C64 is a head-turner for anyone that is a true road fanatic, even with our subtle white, silver and raw finish. The bold graphic is iconic, and the painted carbon lugs perfectly contrast the raw tubes. As expected, the ride quality is very race-oriented with a stiff bottom bracket matched to the asymmetric chainstays and large downtube. This combination drives the energy to the rear wheel. The fork on our rim brake version is stiff, and even with the recessed compliance shaping offers plenty of road feedback.

    The handling is responsive and at speed demands the rider’s attention and confidence. This is not overwhelming but definitely requires attentiveness and focus. The rear end is stiff, and even with the new D-shaped seatpost there is little forgiveness or flex. This is left to the seatstays that taper and change shape as they mate to the dropout lug.

    When it comes to climbing, this bike is an absolute rocket ship, and the power transfer and low weight offer up a veritable boost of power. Ascents feel natural and are where the bike truly shines. As always, the shifting was spot-on with Campy, thanks to their independent controls. The Campy rim brakes on the carbon wheels were also one of the best we have tested, but we still wish we could have gotten the disc version of the C64.


    With its lugged frame, the C64 hugs the corners.

    THE VERDICT

    When it’s all said and done, the C64 is an iconic bike representing Ernesto’s 64 years of dedicated and tireless innovation. The attention to detail is among the best in the frame industry. Although our test bike ran with rim brakes, we’re told that 70 percent of the C64s sold are with disc brakes. They also noted that the majority of people still choose the sloping geometry, but each year the number of high frame sales grows.

    With 14 stock sizes, as well as full custom, there is one that will fit nearly everyone with little compromise. At more than 5000 for a frameset, you are getting a piece of cycling history. For most of us it’s only a dream, but there is no doubt that this is a thoroughbred Italian race bike.

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  6. Colnago Carbitubo 53 black Red
    Colnago Carbitubo 53 black Red
    1.250,00 €

    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago,

    Colnago hedged their bets by releasing the Carbitubo in 1989, the same year as the all new C35. The Carbitubo featured a unique double down
    tube design and was also designed in collaboration with Ferrari. The double oblique down tube was designed to increase cross rigidity and the
    lugs were made of aluminium alloy. In 1993, Maurizio Fondriest won Milan San Remo riding a Colnago Carbitubo

    introduced 1988-89. made famous by guys like konyshev, rominger, riis, fondriest, and sorensen.
    distinctive dual-downtube carbon with aluminum lugs, based on the earlier all-aluminum Duall manufactured for colnago by Alan. at some point before the C40 came along there were a couple "mono-tubo" frames spotted in the pro peloton – basically an Alan Record carbon with proper colnago markings in the lugs.

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  7. Colnago Export 54 Shimano 600 Pastel Blue
    Colnago Export 54 Shimano 600 Pastel Blue
    1.900,00 €
    Colnago Ernesto & C. S.r.l. or Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago, Learn More
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