|Colnago C35||Michael Coates|
Jul 11, 2001 1:29 PM
I am trying to gather information regarding the Colnago C35. I have looked on the 'net and there is little information. So, does anyone out there have one? If so, could you answer the following questions:
- How much does the frame weigh?
- The frame is a monocoque - does this mean it gives a hard ride?
- What is it like over long distances?
- Is it a practical frame for everyday us, i.e. is it the sort of frame that will last many years without problem?
Any advice greatly recieved.
|Check the Photo Gallery||PaulCL|
Jul 12, 2001 11:42 AM
|There's a C-35 posted there by the owner. I think his handle is Bikenut. You can email him from the photo link.|
Jul 12, 2001 11:49 AM
|Colnago started making his bikes in 1954. The C-35 was introduced in 1989. At the time it was a major breakthrough in the manufacturing of carbon fiber bicycles: a 54cm frame weighed in at less than 1350 grams (3 pounds). You can watch a whole movie on the subject at
The C-35 is a one-piece (monocoque) frame produced using bladder-moulding technique, which is similar to the method employed by Kestrel. Kestrel offers two different versions of the same frame design - the SCi (intermediate modulus graphite/spectra) and EMS (Enhanced Modulus Spectra). Colnago, on the other hand, (or in this case Ferrari, to be more precise) makes its frames of high modulus (HM) carbon fiber only.
Colnago-Ferrari cooperation also yielded the mountain bike version of the C-35, the C-35 MTB and the C-35 MTB Elite with a beautiful paint job depicting on the top tube a Ferrari car bathing in the rays of the setting sun and two palm trees in the background. The C-35 MTB frame has no seat tube and was offered with a steel fork. Both C-35 and C-35 MTB have replaceable dropouts.
In 1991 Colnago and Ferrari made the C-35 frame available with monocoque carbon fiber wheels as a limited edition of 500 units.
One-piece carbon frame design means that each geometry must have a single mould, thus limiting the number of sizes and increasing the production cost. Like other manufacturers, Colnago therefore steered towards the lug and tube approach. First, only the tubes were carbon and lugs were aluminium (Colnago Carbitubo - no longer made - hails from that era).
But then in 1994 - again in collaboration with Ferrari - Colnago came up with the C-40. It is an all-carbon frame, i.e. both its lugs and tubes are made of HM carbon fiber. While lugs and tubes are manufactured separately, the most distinguished feature of the C-40 is that carbon lugs are NOT glued to tubes, but melded together using resin transfer method. Thus the final product is also a monocoque frame. This method is somewhat similar to Calfee's pressure lamination construction. It is perhaps worth mentioning that the three lugs of the C-40: the head tube, bottom bracket shell and seat lug all three together weigh only 250 grams (size 54cm)!
In 1996 Colnago introduced another carbon monocoque frame, the C-42. It was used by Abraham Olano (Mapei) in the 79th Giro d'Italia.
In September of 2000, Colnago unveiled his latest creation: the CF1 (Colnago for Ferrari). The carbon monocoque frame is produced by Ferrari at its manufacturing facility in Modena in Northern Italy. It weighs in at about 1220g for size 54 cm and has some interesting perks: the fittings (i.e. bottom bracket and head tube sleeves, water bottle cage bosses, and anything in touch with carbon fiber) are all made of titanium. The dropouts are made of aluminum alloy and are replaceable. The frame comes with the 390-gram Star fork, also carbon monocoque (fibers run continuously from dropouts to the top of steerer).
The CF1, which is offered only as a complete bike fitted with Campy Record 10v, Colnago carbon monocoque wheels and Record Pro-Fit pedals, weighs 7700g/17lbs (size 54). Colnago carbon wheels have Ambrosio X-Carbo rims (415grams) laced to Record hubs; weights (without quick releases) front 720g , rear 840g. These wheels are raced by the Mapei team.
490 CF1's were available for sale worldwide: roughly 100 through the Ferrari network of dealerships and the rest sold by Colnago. The number of the CF1's thus imported into the United States, for example, is less than the number of States.
For the 2001 Milan Bicycle Expo in September, Colnago promises a surprise for mountain bikers: the CF1 version for MTB?