Andrea Tafi’s Paris-Roubaix Winning Colnago C40 Race Bike | GCN Tech Retro Pro Bike

Andrea Tafi’s Paris-Roubaix Winning Colnago C40 Race Bike | GCN Tech Retro Pro Bike


Ollie checks out a truly iconic bike – Andrea Tafi’s Colnago C40, the actual bike he used to win the 1999 edition of the ‘Hell of the North’, Paris-Roubaix whilst riding for the iconic Mapei cycling team. Complete with a custom paint job and 20-year-old french pavé mud, this road bike is a classic.

Check out the GCN App:

https://gcn.eu/GCNAndroid

Subscribe:
The GCN Shop:
GCN Tech Uploader:
#Cycling #GCN #GCNTech #RoadBike

Frame and forks: Colnago C40 Carbon Fiber Lugged
Wheels: Custom built Ambrosio rims on Dura Ace hubs
Tyres: Vittoria Tubulars
Saddle: Selle Italia Rolls
Shifters: Shimano 7700 Dura Ace STI
Brakes: Shimano 7700 Dura Ace
Front Mech: Shimano 7700 Dura Ace
Rear Mech: Shimano 7700 Dura Ace
Chainset: Shimano 7700 Dura Ace hollowtech
Pedals: Look
Chainring size: 53/42
Cassette: 9 Speed

Bike weight: Just over 10kg
Stem length: 120mm
Crank length: 175mm
Tyre width: 23mm

Finishing touches:
Custom geometry and Mapei paint, double wrapped bar tape for the cobbles. Still has his race notes on the stem and race number. Cateye computer on the bars, Elite bottle cages.

If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍

If you’d like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here’s the link –

Watch more on GCN Tech…
📹 Eddy Merckx Colnago Super |

Music – licensed by Epidemic Sound:
Heavy Words We’re Holding – Trevor Kowalski
Luminescence – Trevor Kowalski

Photos: © Velo Collection (TDW) / Getty Images & © Bettiniphoto /

Brought to you by the world’s biggest #cycling channel, the Global Cycling Network (GCN), GCN Tech goes deeper into the bikes, kit and technology stories that matter.

GCN Tech is utterly obsessed with seeking out and showcasing the best in bikes, tech, products and upgrades. Everywhere. Every week. From news and rumours, first ride exclusives, how-tos, the weekly GCN Tech Show, pro bikes, set-up tips and more, we geek out over the tiny details that can make the big differences to you.

With years of racing and industry expertise, we also bring you instructive maintenance videos to hone your mechanical skills, as well as behind the scenes factory tours and in-depth analysis of kit chosen by the pro peloton to keep your finger on the pulse of cycling’s latest technological innovations.

Engage with us every week on the channel and across social media – we’re here to answer every question you’ve got on cycling tech.

GCN Japan:
GCN Italia:
Suscribirse a GCN en Español:
Facebook –
Instagram –
Twitter – t

100 Comments on "Andrea Tafi’s Paris-Roubaix Winning Colnago C40 Race Bike | GCN Tech Retro Pro Bike"


  1. Love that Dura Ace 7410 headset, converted to threadless. I still have a front wheel with a Ambrosio Nemesis on it. Same for that Vittoria, green, 23mm all weather tub.

    Reply

  2. The Rolls is from Selle San Marco, not from Selle Italia! The tires are Vittoria Open Pave Tubulars, very common until the early 00's.

    Reply

  3. 😍😍😍AVE !!! Colnago DA 7700 Every epoch has its champion… every champion has its Colnago. 😎🤗

    Reply

  4. The Vittoria Pave's a classic tyre for so many years in the peloton the famous green stripe! Still have a pair of 27m on a set of tubulars! I'm surprised Ollie didn't talk about the Vittoria Pave's at all!

    Reply

  5. I love these bikes. Growing up into youth and early adulthood via the 70s 80s and 90s I thought that aesthetically all the bikes were gorgeous and classic and simple in line and shape.

    Reply

  6. Beautiful bike. When I was growing up, I lusted after one of these but could never afford it. Paper rounds just didn't pay well enough!!! The Mapei bikes always looked better than the kit. Also liked the Rabobank Colnago's too, but the Mapei's were the sweet ones for me. I do like the idea of the modern retro version! Hmmmmm. 🤔

    Reply

  7. Lovely bike that I drooled over when I started cycling.Still 🤤 .Shame the tyres weren’t pumped up .

    Reply

  8. Long wheelbase on that bike! Jeez!
    I still have an old cat eye computer with the wire wrapped around the front brake housing… No wireless system is as responsive and likely to give you a proper top speed reading when sprinting. In fact, I'd like to find an old avocet, a blue one like I had in 1990.

    Reply

  9. You guys do PRO BIKES how about PRO KITS. The history of the team what the sponsors do and what made the team great and who rode for them.
    Another great video 👍👍

    Reply

  10. Where is the museum to see this bike and the other ones behind you ollie? would be a great day out to view this iconic machine remember it so well what a beautiful bike.

    Reply

  11. Nice bike…..but those tyres…..I remember when they were that skinny….and over cobbles…..my taint hurts just thinking about it

    Reply

  12. I got a 2003 Fondriest and it looks way more modern than the C40 – but, it also has blue bar tape, so must have been a thing back then. It's amazing how fast tech moved an, then there's another giant leap to my 2018 main bike…

    Reply

  13. I’d really like it if you would include details such as frame size (seat tube, and head tube lengths) as well as seat and head angles, and c-top of the saddle measurement as well when reviewing pro bikes in the future. This sort of information is particularly interesting to me, and I feel it would be nice to know.

    Also, please note, that the Rolls saddle was made by Selle San Marco, not Selle Italia, and I am willing to bet you a GCN Bottle, that small ring is not a 42t. I’m guessing it’s a 46.

    Stellar bike, by the way! I’m currently waiting for delivery of my own C-40, I just purchased off of eBay to be added to my collection!

    Reply

  14. Anyone care to elaborate on Enzo's suggestion that a straight fork would offer more dampening? Feels counter-intuitive, seeing that impacts are virtually perfectly axial with straight fork blades leaving only compression of the material for dampening, which steel doesn't really do.. whereas a raked fork is slightly angled to the impacts, allowing it to bend on impact, something steel does very well.

    Reply

  15. Alex Pong developed the hollow crank arm for Cannondale in 1992. Nothing on that bike seems that old or classic…

    Reply

  16. I had to look twice at the chainrings because I thought it might be a single speed! Then he says… 53/42? I count 46 on the inside.

    Also, they say it's the same bike, and the handlebar tape seems to match, but the ITM logo seems noticeably different between the pictures.

    Nitpicks aside, very cool video! I love these retro bike checks.

    Reply

  17. this brings a tear to my eyes. I had a C40 in the Mapei team colours up until 2006. I loved that bike.

    Reply

  18. Alibaba has been selling steel repliracers for 600 bucks for quite a while. These are full modern 520 replicas. This channel not covering or showing any of this is simply absurd.

    Reply

  19. How many spokes? Lacing? Butted? Soldered? Brass nipples? Shallow head angle, long stem and upward tilt on the brake levers for control and grip over the pave? A few more details would be nice. That is what makes Paris-Roubaix bikes interesting. Please build a copy and ride Roubaix on it. Compare to a modern bike. Which is more comfortable? More stable? Less tiring? What is the ideal blend of weight, durability, comfort, handling and aero? Cheers!

    Reply

  20. Bike from the peak of the clown years. Ridden by a clown. Not my cup of tea. Saw it up and scrap it. Better to forget that entire generation.

    Reply

  21. The C40 along with that straight fork, killed the era of road suspension forks that had dominated the early 90s at Roubaix.

    Reply

  22. And this ad was proudly brought to you by Colnago.

    Hit up your nearest Colnago dealer to grab yourself a limited edition Colnago C64 in MAPEI colours!

    Reply

  23. 5:34 wow, I ah…actually just sold my bike that still had that about 2 months ago…I honestly didn't know it was that vintage, lol.

    Reply

  24. Disappointing that Ollie didn't mention that the green Vittorias are the Pavé model specifically designed and used extensively by teams on the P-R and RVV

    Reply

  25. Open yr eyes people, this is the way bikes we're supposed to be made, not bikes looking like stupid mountain bikes with relaxed frames for fat lazy shits who don't want to train.

    Reply

  26. 53/42 crank setup, yeah something else, not like the fatties today who want their shit little baby cranks of 36/50. The generation of phone zombies who want everything easy.

    Reply

  27. State of art bike, still beautiful more than a lot of modern anonymous bikes.
    P. S. The C64 replica mapei is soooo sexy

    Reply

  28. Love Colnago my first was a C40 my second C35 my third Oval Titan my fourth C40 B stay and my last was a C40 Oscar Freire World Champion White paint job used to buy all the Mapei kit from Prendas Ciclisimo and I usedto be known as the Mapeiman when I phoned up withmy order which was quite regular because Mick allways had the limited edition or even some team issue kit for sale

    Reply

  29. The early C40's had steel forks, like this one. I have 2 C40's and they both have the carbon forks. They are sweet riding bikes.

    Reply

  30. There’s an imprinting process whereby the bikes of your formative years always look the sexiest.

    Reply

  31. My C64 Mapei arrives on Wednesday. Will be built with Record 12 Mechanical and Bora 35 clinchers. Can’t wait..#dreambike. Love the video. Thanks.

    Reply

  32. Arguably the greatest race bike ever in terms of build. It was revolutionary at the time and even now can bring a good price.

    Reply

  33. How does a straight fork reduce vibration more than a curved fork? That's not logical?
    Curved seat stays reduced vibration because they are able to bend slightly, where as something that is straight, like a fork transmits the energy directly up to your bars.

    I have both carbon and steel forks in straight and curved and the curved are definitely more comfortable. I believe it has more to do with restrictions of geometry than comfort as to why they changed them, also perhaps the difficulty in making curved carbon tubes? Bending a steel tube into shape is quite easy.

    The story about Enzo is either untrue or misunderstood? Or perhaps he had more talented men design his cars for him. With coil spring suspension not straight steel bars holding up the wheels 😂

    Reply

  34. Retro tech question. With older road bikes often having a lot less tyre clearance what tyre and wheel combination offer the lowest overall height? My 2007 Orca with 23mm continental race tyres and a 17mm internal rim have just 2mm of clearance at the top, not great for autumnal leaves and grime. Would a wider rim bed flatten the tyre profile? There is reasonable sidewall clearance. PS Watching notifications of fellow cyclist nice(ing) your prized steed is so painful😂

    Reply

  35. Some corrections before everybody takes this for granted. The inner ring is a 46. That stem is a 13 or 14cm, not a 12. Vittoria Pave aren't made in 23 so they are either 25 or 27. Probably 25. And that is a square taper bottom bracket, not a hollow axle.

    Reply

  36. What a magnificent video! I live in Brazil and I am a fan of Mario Cipollini, so I have 2 canondale caad 4 and caad 5. Could they do a story with some Cannondale de Cipollini? Thank you very much.

    Reply

  37. Carbon fiber so good why haven't they started making cargo racks out of them it seemed like a perfect logical Choice since that's the biggest weight add weight 2 touring bike or a cargo bike

    Reply

  38. Io tifo Tafi!
    That bike is quite possibly the greatest thing ever. I was there at Paris-Roubaix when Andrea won. Such great memories.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *