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 Post subject: My C40 project
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:00 am 
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I recently stumbled on a Colnago C40 B-stay in my size, and should have it in a few days.
I now have a few choices to make, and would like to hear the thoughts of WW's

Should I :
- Go Nuovo/Retro and kit it out with Campy 11 and Deda M35 stem and bars and new wheels or;
- Kit it out form its era (circa 2002) with allouy Chorus 10, and matching Eurus wheels, which I can get off another C40, which I was interested in, but found it too big?

Thanks in advance for the input
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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:20 pm 
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I think 11-speed campy is ok, but Deda 35 is maybe too bulky for this classic frame.

Although willy put it on the Master frame....

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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 2:37 pm 
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If you plan to ride it a lot, build it the way you'd most like to ride it. My C40s are all 10 speed Record, but with wheels newer than their era and all have the FSA carbon short drop handlebar and there was nothing like that on the market in 2003 when the last C40s were made. Heck, if we were going to be technically correct, we'd have to build all our C40s with Record 9 or 10 depending on age, FIR rims, ITM bars and stems since that's what teams using them (except the old Lampre for one season) rode them with.

Pictures most welcome.


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:47 pm 
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c50jim wrote:
If you plan to ride it a lot, build it the way you'd most like to ride it. My C40s are all 10 speed Record, but with wheels newer than their era and all have the FSA carbon short drop handlebar and there was nothing like that on the market in 2003 when the last C40s were made. Heck, if we were going to be technically correct, we'd have to build all our C40s with Record 9 or 10 depending on age, FIR rims, ITM bars and stems since that's what teams using them (except the old Lampre for one season) rode them with.

Pictures most welcome.


True. I plan on using it...
Pictures may be a few months off, but I will post frame pics asap...


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:39 am 
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bontie wrote:
I recently stumbled on a Colnago C40 B-stay in my size, and should have it in a few days.
I now have a few choices to make, and would like to hear the thoughts of WW's

Should I :
- Go Nuovo/Retro and kit it out with Campy 11 and Deda M35 stem and bars and new wheels or;
- Kit it out form its era (circa 2002) with allouy Chorus 10, and matching Eurus wheels, which I can get off another C40, which I was interested in, but found it too big?

Thanks in advance for the input
:noidea:
I have a De Rosa Merak from the same era. Went with a mix of 10 & 11 speed to keep it looking pretty correct.
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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:17 pm 
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Love the C40's. Go Deda bar and stem. M35 may be a little too loud for the C40, otherwise take the logos off the stem at least. Those M35 bars look interesting. Go 11speed chorus or above.

Wheels, ambrosio nemesis with silver spokes preferbly on campy hubs, otherwise a set of neutrons or something similar. A set of Cosmic Carbones(the old bright yellow decals) would look good as well.

Thats my 2 cents.


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:33 pm 
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I like the crankset on your De Rosa. What is it? I also suggest a black seatpost although I like what you have per se.

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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:06 pm 
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It's got to be old-school! I just added another Mapei Team race bike to my collection(couldn't resist) and forgot how much I love that stuff...


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 8:02 pm 
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kgt wrote:
I like the crankset on your De Rosa. What is it? I also suggest a black seatpost although I like what you have per se.
Crankset, BB & pin are all PMP. Post can't be changed as it has welded itself into the frame, besides I'm probably going to change the stem to a Zero 100 in Dark Metal Polish and the forks back to the original colour matched ones.

Looked like this when originally built up with Record 10 & Centaur Ultrashift.
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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
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The original fork is a must!

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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:28 pm 
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kgt wrote:
The original fork is a must!

Have to get an 86 degree Zero 100 first so I can use the fork as it's been cut a tad short!


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:19 pm 
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Draw some inspiration from here

http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=45642


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 9:01 am 
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Back up to seek more advice/thoughts.

The bike is now nearing completion with 2012 Chorus, and it needs wheels.

I am between Wheelsmith's Race 23's (which seem to get rave reviews and are all black etc) and Campag Neutron, which I will try and get a second hand pair or keep looking for a big discount online. Wheels need to be clinchers as the biek will most likely end up at a second home where I can then use it without having to transport a biek to and from.

Any thoughts on which of these would "suit" the C40 better?*



*Builds like this need to be "right" imo


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:02 pm 
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I have a C40 frameset, the first generation but with the star fork (I guess that's the name) which I will build with a 9 speed durace just cause I really like that groupset; the main problem is that I didnt find yet a complete durace in good condition yet so the frame is still sitting there but no hurry. :wink:

Please keep the topic updated with pictures!


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 Post subject: Re: My C40 project
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:37 pm 
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I have a 2000 era C40 in black with yellow accents set up with Dura Ace 7700 and ITM bars and stem.

It's still my favourite bike.

Can't take any photos as it's still home in Australia. :(

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