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Cadel Evans C-40(10 posts)

Cadel Evans C-40elviento
May 30, 2002 8:26 PM
Cadel Evens was riding a Dream Plus aluminum bike earlier this year but I noticed he is riding a C-40 in the Giro. I am just wandering if it's because his role in the team is rising or it's just a change of preference. You'd think Mapei isn't that cheap, wouldn't you?
re: Cadel Evans C-40jhr
May 31, 2002 4:14 AM
Cadel was new with Mapei this year. I read somewhere that dream plus's are issued early in the year to all riders as early season race/training bikes. Later in the spring, (Feb or March) the main racing bikes (C40's) are issued. Some of the pros who have been with Mapei more than one year start the new season on last years C40 race bike (eg Tafi). This was very apparent at both Mapei and Rabobank the year the b-stay was added to the C40. That year you saw a mix of b-stay and non b-stay C40's in the peleton until about March.

jhr
Colnago team bikes,TJeanloz
May 31, 2002 4:15 AM
Typically when somebody is sponsored by Colnago, they build them a custom Dream or steel bike first, to the dimensions that they think they should ride, let them ride it for a while, give feedback, and tinker with the fit before they build the custom C-40. It takes a while to build a custom C-40, but only about 2 days to slap together a Dream, so they dial in the position with a Dream, and the finished product is a C-40. Sort of like the Serotta size-cycle for people with WAY too much money (or too much riding on their performace).
Custom C-40's? Nope.JS
May 31, 2002 9:46 AM
Ernesto Colnago does not do special bikes for riders, you ride what he thinks you should ride, hence Musseuws dig at Colnago's after winning Paris-Roubaix on a special made Merckx. Look at the larger riders, do you think those guys want to use 140-150mm stems on those bikes? That's the only way they can get stretched out enough with those short top tubes.
Are you kidding?TJeanloz
May 31, 2002 10:01 AM
The whole benefit of the C-40 is that it can be custom built (as very few carbon bikes can). Each bike is custom fit to the rider- granted, Colnago does the fitting, but the geometries are custom. And the procedure I related was how it was explained to me when I asked a Mapei pro who shall remain nameless why he was riding a Dream.
Yep, I've got one.pmf1
May 31, 2002 10:16 AM
Bought it in Italy two years ago on vacation. The guy in the shop exhaustively measured me and ordered it custom from Colnago. Same shop that several Mapei riders use. He had several signed posters from Bettini. My wife got one too. Took over 4 months to get them. And of course, the day we got them built up, it snowed.

And the top tube isn't too short.
YepChen2
May 31, 2002 11:24 AM
Could you give us the name and location of that shop please? We'll be over there in September.
Yeppmf1
May 31, 2002 11:41 AM
The shop is Ciclosport in Castegneto Carducci (I'm sure I misspelled that). Its in Tuscany, not too far from Pisa near the coast. Its a typical family type shop where it takes half an hour to pay for something. The frames ran about 5 million Lira which was about $2500. Pay for it ASAP before the dollar crashes.

http://www.ciclosport.it/gb/gbstart.htm
Thanks much (nm)Chen2
May 31, 2002 2:20 PM
I think Colnago didn't have the C-40s ready in time (nm)ColnagoFE
May 31, 2002 7:07 AM