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Colnago C40 deal....shall I?(7 posts)

Colnago C40 deal....shall I?ParticleMan
Jan 19, 2003 6:24 AM
Hi all. Just wondering - I got a chance to get a 6 mths old, perfect condition Colnago C40 frameset [00F color- very nice]for abt USD1650. Its size 56. I ride a 55 cm Pinarello Prince, and have a 57cm lemond GLX [with French Excell tubing, from 1993]. I don't really need another frameset, but this deals looks good..and yes, need and want are 2 different beasts! I love cycling and bikes,and it would be a 'you live only once' thing to have both marques, a Prince and C40. Is the size ok? Should I go for it? What do you guys think? And finally, Happy New Year to all.
re: Colnago C40 deal....shall I?seyboro
Jan 19, 2003 7:02 AM
Want sometimes turns into need later. That price for a C40 sounds great, especially if it is in mint condition as you said. I bought a Litespeed Palmares about 3 years ago and found it to be the perfect frame for me. I am still looking for a second (LS stopped making them, sigh!), just in case the unthinkable happens and I destroy this one. You never know, go for it, Bro!!
re: Colnago C40 deal....shall I?teoteoteo
Jan 19, 2003 7:11 AM
Check out top tube length. I think they run short
it's only a 54cm c-c...C-40
Jan 19, 2003 8:01 AM
The 56cm Colnago only measures 54cm c-c. It's significantly smaller than your other bikes. I bike that doesn't fit is not a bargain.
Hey C-40Horace Greeley
Jan 19, 2003 9:02 AM
You mind if e-mail you off forum a few fit questions? If so, my e-mail is Thanks.
if the 55cm Prince fits...C-40
Jan 19, 2003 10:51 AM
then the 54cm c-c Colnago won't be much different. The TT lengths are alsmost identical and the STA is only .25 degree different. Compare the head tube lengths. The Colnago's should be about 143mm plus 25-28mm for the headset (168-171mm). If this total length isn't shorter than the Prince, you may be in business.
if the 55cm Prince fits...ParticleMan
Jan 19, 2003 5:27 PM
Thanks for the replies. I am going to measure it again carefully, and take the bike for a ride. The owner, a friend, has little seat post showing compared to my prince, and hence, he wants a smaller frame. His seat height is 76cm, while mine is 78.5, and theres still a quite a bit of seatpost left in his C40. I could probably rasie it to my height easily. However, as you have pointed out - the headtube length is critical, and that I have to measure real careful. I don't want it to be too small, and have a low stem height.

I'll go spin it soon, and keep you guys posted. But it is in real mint condition, last I checked.