Icons of cycling: Colnago C40

We take a look at the bike that started the carbon-fibre revolution

Colnago’s revolutionary C40 piloted by Franco Ballerini. Photo: Graham Watson

The potential of carbon-fibre as a superior material for bike frames was recognised in the Seventies, but it wasn’t until the arrival of the Colnago C40 in 1994 that it was actually proven — and how!

With the carbon-lugged construction of the C40 — ‘C’ for carbon and ‘40’ to commemorate Colnago’s 40th year in business — Ernesto Colnago solved the problem of how to make a carbon frame durable enough to win the toughest cobbled Classics yet light enough to soar up Alpine cols.

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