Build complete. And I'm sure as you've all guessed, it's a C-40!
After seeing those iconic images of Johan Museeuw winning the 1998 Tour of Flanders aboard his Colnago C-40 in AD10 livery I simply had to have one. So I bought my first C-40, in the AD10 colour scheme of course, from Mike Perry at Maestro, in late 1999. It came supplied with the newly introduced Star carbon forks and when I opened the delivery box I was absolutely stunned by the sheer beauty of what lay before me - first carbon frame, first Colnago. The paint on the rear dropouts was so thickly layered I initially struggled to get the wheel in! I built the frame up with Shimano Dura Ace 7700 and lived the dream for 6 years until I sold the C-40 in 2005 to make way for the next big thing which in this case was an Colnago Extreme C. Big mistake. Don't get me wrong the Extreme C was a great frame but for a back of the pack rider such as myself, the performance differences were minimal and I soon tired of the nude carbon finish which quickly appeared dull after having experienced the luxury of the AD10 colourway.
I started looking round for another C-40 about 2 years ago and early last year found this one in a bike shop in northern Italy, not far some the Colnago factory. I reckon it's probably circa 1998 and it came supplied with a full carbon fork which I believe may have been the forerunner to the Star fork which I think, as mentioned above, only became available from 1999 onwards. Buying second hand goods from a distance is always a bit of a gamble but I have to say that the frame, given it's age, is immaculate with only a few little marks here and there. The fork wasn't so great and it was also cut a little low for my aging vertebrate. So rather than take a chance on a 16/17 year old carbon fork I picked up this gorgeous NOS Precisa steel fork on ebay with the aim of building the bike in full "cobbled classic" mode!
I wanted to build this bike with Dura Ace 7700 as per my original C-40 but I was unable to find a NOS or decent second hand pair of 7700 STI levers so I settled for a 7800 rear derailleur and levers. I did manage to source the NOS 7700 chainset and mint condition front derailleur and luckily I had a new and unused 7700 bottom bracket with Italian thread lying in my garage stash. The 7700 brake callipers are actually the same set I used on original C-40! Through the years they had been relegated to a winter training bike, but in testimony to Shimano Dura-Ace quality, they cleaned up beautifully. Likewise the wheelset which I built in 2004 as a pair of general training hoops but they too had ended up on winter/turbo training duties - again a very deep clean restored them to a near pristine condition.
The ITM bars and stem are both NOS off ebay with the rest the components being a little mix of new and old. Hope you like it! Cheers.
Frame: Colnago C-40
Forks: Colnago Precisa
Headset: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700
Rims: Mavic Open Pro (blue)
Hubs: Shimano Ultegra 6500
Spokes: Sapim Laser
Tyres: Veloflex Master
Tubes: Continental Supersonic
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR XP
Seatpost: Colnago carbon (probably Selcoff)
Handlebars: ITM 260
Handlebar stem: ITM Eclypse
STI levers: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Brake callipers: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700
Chainset: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 53/39
Bottom bracket: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700 Octalink
Chain: KMC x10SL
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Pedals: LOOK Keo
Bottle cages: Tacx Tao
Weight as pictures 7.9kg