OLDBICI Review: Tom Steels’s Colnago C40 MK2 Mapei Quickstep

OLDBICI presents the classic Colnago C40 of Tom Steels used in the Tour 2000

When Ernesto Colnago released the Colnago C40 he started a revolution.

Before, carbon fibre has been seen as the future of cycling and there have been loads of experiments going on since the 1970s. But to that point no carbon fibre bike proved so safe and light at the same time, that it was suitable as a professional team bike. Well constructed enough to equally compete in the mountains and the classics of Flanders.

1994, to celebrate the company’s 40th birthday, the C40 was first presented to the public. A construction of profiled carbon fibre tubes, fitted together by well proportioned carbon fibre lugs and steered with a high tech Columbus steel fork. And it became available in an unbelievable amount of paint schemes. All paintjobs were carried out by hand and found the company some extra fame.

However, the frame had yet to prove that it was capable of being a threat to the aluminium and steel bikes in the hard races pro teams have to attend. Ernesto outfitted the Team Mapei as the first squad to race his prestigeous machine. They proved that the bike was capable of coping with the roughest conditions. And how they did!

Mapei’s Franco Ballerini won the 1995 Paris-Roubaix and suddenly everybody was aware of the fact that the demise of Aluminium frames might have begun. The next year ultimately made the frame a legend, when Johan Museeuw, Andrea Tafi and Gianluca Bortolami crossed the line at the Roubaix velodrome as first second and third of the race. As if this would not have been phenomenal enough, Team Mapei repeated the triple in 1998 and 1999. 1996 is the year that Tom Steels joined the Team Mapei.

His best season was 1998 when he won the national championship for the second time and returned to the Tour de France to win four stages. The point jersey would also have been his, as the people in front of him all admitted to doping. He was also national champion in 2002 and 2004 and won five more stages in the Tour.

Major wins :
Tour de France, 9 stages
Belgian National Road Race Champion (1997, 1998, 2002, 2004)
Gent–Wevelgem (1996, 1999)
Omloop Het Volk (1996)

Steels retired from racing at the end of the 2008 season, during which he raced for Landbouwkrediet – Tönissteiner. In October 2010 it was announced that he would work as a coach for Quick Step.

Here is the full info on the Tom Steels Colnago bike from the Mapei team of 2000.

Frameset: Colnago C40 MK2; Carbon fiber lugged Carbon fiber tubing

Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace – 175mm, 53/39
Stem: ITM Millenium – 120mm
Handlebar: ITM Millenium – 42cm
Hubs: Shimano Dura-Ace – Cassette 11-27
Rims: Ambrosio TQB – 32 holes
Seat Post: Shimano Dura-Ace EASTON – 27.1mm
Saddle: Selle San Marco mod. Rolls
Handlebar Tape: Colnago Mapei
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 7700

Bike Size:
Seat Tube (c-c): 55 cm
Seat Tube (c-t): 56.5 cm
Top Tube (c-c): 56 cm
Head Tube: 15 cm

Finishing touches: Mapei Enervit water bottle and Elite Ciussi Bottle Cages!

WOW! Ritchey Road Logic – Road Classic 1996

Ritchey Road LogicRoad Classic 1996

Very rare Ritchey Road Logic from the mid 1990s!
If you are looking for a light and very rare classic bicycle, Tom Ritchey‘s masterpiece then this it is!
You will love the smoothness of the ride on a steel frame and the great functionality of the best Campagnolo Record Carbon group!

The Road Logic is the culmination of years of experience on and off the bike.
It is created with painstaking detail and is one of the finest road frames available.
If you are looking for a complete race ready road machine right out of the box with the heritage of Ritchey, this is the bike for you.

One ride on the Road Logic and you will become a believer.
Built with a Ritchey Road Logic heat treated steel frame stiff enough to hold a line through the twistiest of mountain switchbacks, but supple enough to not leave you feeling beat up after a long day in the saddle, it begs to be ridden. It is designed to give you miles upon miles of confidence inspiring performance. The Road Logic is a no-nonsense road machine that disappears beneath you.
It is responsive yet stable, light yet durable. Like all of life’s simple beauties it is a contradiction in terms.

Complete bike specifications Ritchey Road Logic – Road Classic 1996

Frame – Telaio: Ritchey Road Logic 1996 – Size: 54cm c-t-c, 56cm c-t-t seat tube, 56cm c-t-c top tube
Frame – Telaio: Ritchey Road Logic – Fillet brazed – Tubing Ritchey Nitanium
Fork – Forcella: Ritchey Carbon Comp – 1″ alloy steerer (alloy dropouts)
Paint/chrome/decals: Ritchey Road Logic 1990s

Groupset – Gruppo: Campagnolo Record Carbon 10 speed groupset
Headset – Serie sterzo: Campagnolo Record Carbon – Threadless headset 1″
Stem – Attacco manubrio: Ritchey WCS – 120
Handlebars – Piega manubrio: Ritchey PRO 7075 Alloy 235g – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost – Reggisella: Ritchey Comp – 27.0
Saddle – Sella: Selle Italia – Flite Titanium
Tape/grips – Nastro manubrio: No brand – Color red
Brakes – Freni: Campagnolo Record
Brake levers – Leve freno: Campagnolo Record Carbon (lever hoods red)
Front derailleur – Deragliatore: Campagnolo Record
Rear derailleur – Cambio: Campagnolo Record Carbon – 10 speed
Shifters levers – Leve cambio: Campagnolo Record Carbon – Ergopower Carbon 10 ULTRA
Cable Shift Housing Set – Cavi e guaine cambio: New Campagnolo Road
Cable Brake Housing Set – Cavi e guaine freni: New Campagnolo Road
Crankset – Guarnitura: Campagnolo Record Carbon 170mm – EPS C10 53/39T
Cassette – Cassetta: Campagnolo Record 10 speed 13-26T
Chain – Catena: Campagnolo Record 10 speed
Bottom bracket – Movimento centrale: Campagnolo Chorus – English 102mm BSA 1.370x24T
Pedals – Pedali: Ritchey SPD Road bike E62
Wheelset – Ruote: Campagnolo Proton 622x15c Aluminium Alloy – Asymmetric rear, Symmetric front – Spokes: 24/22 – Pair: 1.640g
Quick release – Sganci rapidi: Campagnolo
Tires – Gomme: BRN PROLITE – Clincher 700x23c – Tubes Michelin Airstop Butyl

Accessories INCLUDED:
Water bottle cage – Portaborraccia: Elite Custom Race – Color: bw
Water bottle – Borraccia: Ritchey – Color: bw

All photos HERE
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Amazing Colnago Carbitubo

Just finished amazing Colnago Carbitubo

Complete bike specifications Colnago Carbitubo:

Frame – Telaio NEW: Colnago Carbitubo – Carbon fiber – Size: 52cm c-c (54cm c-t), top tube 54cm c-c
Fork – Forcella NEW: Colnago Precisa fork
Paint/decals: Black Purple – Original Colnago paintwork
Groupset – Gruppo: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400

Headset – Serie sterzo: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 1″
Stem – Attacco manubrio: 3ttt Colnago pantographed – Status Racing Team – 100
Handlebars – Piega manubrio: 3ttt Colnago pantographed – Racing Team – 42cm (c-c)
Seatpost – Reggisella: Colnago Carbon – Colnago pantographed – 26.0
Saddle – Sella: (NIB) San Marco Regal – Black leather rino, frame copper colour / carbon steel, copper rivets
Tape/grips – Nastro manubrio: Deda Dedacciai – Color black
Brakes – Freni: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Brake levers – Leve freno: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Front derailleur – Deragliatore: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Rear derailleur – Cambio: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – 8 speed
Shift levers – Leve cambio: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – 8 speed (Dual Control levers)
Cable Shift Housing Set – Cavi e guaine cambio: New Shimano Road
Cable Brake Housing Set – Cavi e guaine freni: New Shimano Road
Cassette – Cassetta: Shimano 8 speed 13-27T
Chain – Catena: Shimano 8 speed
Crankset – Guarnitura: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 170 mm – 53/39T
Bottom bracket – Movimento centrale: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400 – ITA 113 M36x24T
Pedals – Pedali: Look ARC 236 – Color: grey
Wheelset – Ruote: Ambrosio – Inox Eyelets Made in Italy Giro d’Italia Durex – Servizio corse – Spoke Drillings: 36
Quick release – Sganci rapidi: Shimano Dura Ace ST-7400
Tires – Copertoncini: Clincher BONTRAGER RL All Weather 700x23c – Tubes Michelin Airstop Butyl

Accessories:
Water bottle – Borraccia: COLNAGO – la Bicicletta (Bottle cage: ELITE vintage)

Description:
Very rare Colnago Carbitubo road bicycle from the mid 1990s! The frame shows the typical Colnago paintwork and has dual down tubing.
The frame is made of carbon fiber tubes inserted into aluminium lugs and, beside that, shows a unique geometry with a double-tube down tube which makes the bike very stiff,
the bike is equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace ST-7400 parts from the same era.
The whole frame is stunningly and precisely manufactured. Tony Rominger even claims it to be his favourite frame of all times and is known to have half a dozen of them in his garage!
If you are looking for a light and rare classic bicycle, then this it is!
You will love the smoothness of the ride on a carbon frame and the great functionality of the best Shimano Dura-Ace group!

Era: 1990s

Bicycle weight (in photo) : 9.1 kg

ciao! Happy and Ride out in Style!
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