Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell's Colnago bikes for sale on eBay

£10k bikes going for a song

by John Stevenson   October 30, 2013  

Dani King Colnago C59

Fancy a bike that’s been ridden by an Olympic champion? The Wiggle-Honda Colnago C59s used this year by Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell are up for grabs on eBay.

All three bikes are equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS components and Campagnolo hyperon wheels, a spec that would nudge into five figures if you bought it new.

The finishing kit comes from Deda, with fizik saddles, Look pedals and Vittoria tubulars. Extras include chain catcher, K-Edge number holder and Tacx bottle cages.

Along with each bike there’s a Wiggle-Honda team jersey signed by all three riders.

At the moment, Trott’s bike is trailing in the bidding at just £1,650, perhaps because it’s the smallest pf the three, a size 42s. King’s bike is a 52cm frame and Rowsell’s a 54cm and both are sitting at around £2,000.

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Are they being auctioned for charity?

posted by jarredscycling [457 posts]
30th October 2013 - 19:44

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jarredscycling wrote:
Are they being auctioned for charity?

Yes, the charity being women's cycling. I wish this tongue in cheek reply was true however it would seem to be a private sale.

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posted by sm [369 posts]
30th October 2013 - 20:41

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Joannas one took a bit of a beating when she crashed in the RideLondon criterium.

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posted by zanf [677 posts]
30th October 2013 - 22:11

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I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

posted by chokofingrz [386 posts]
30th October 2013 - 22:18

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chokofingrz wrote:
I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

They'll almost certainly have been given them by Colnago as part of their sponsorship. Everything they get for selling them now goes into next year's budget - can't see them selling them without having a similar deal lined up for next year. Their budget is quite small (as in fractions of a Froome for the whole team) - at that level every ££ counts

posted by VeloPeo [242 posts]
30th October 2013 - 23:00

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Anyway, it's an auction and with a few days to go yet, I would think these bikes will achieve a lot more money.

posted by landcruiser [6 posts]
31st October 2013 - 0:48

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**Insert crass, mindless sexist comment here**

Ta.

posted by farrell [1842 posts]
31st October 2013 - 9:54

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Seller kaz_n_jai, location Australia? Gilmore?

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posted by Gizmo_ [1144 posts]
31st October 2013 - 11:50

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Be awesome to pick one of those up, although a bit small for me.

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posted by notfastenough [3682 posts]
31st October 2013 - 12:00

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That's a lot of extra kit I'll have to buy just for the saddle fnar fnar arf arf and so forth.

Teams selling old bikes isn't exactly a new thing is it?

posted by Nick T [900 posts]
31st October 2013 - 12:04

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chokofingrz wrote:
I thought there was no money in women's cycling. Well, there will be even less if they go around selling perfectly good £10000 bikes on eBay for £2000! Maybe their team is downgrading to Carrera Subways for next season...

There will be an agreement on what happens to the bikes at the end of a season - sometimes they go back to the sponsor/manufacturer for assessment and R&D, sometimes they get given or sold to team staff/hangers-on, sometimes they get scrapped if they've been crash-damaged. And occasionally they get sold to the public.

You get more money for them that way, especially when the riders concerned are Olympic and World Champions. That money will go back into the team pot.

posted by crazy-legs [631 posts]
31st October 2013 - 14:23

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so for about £2k i could buy £6k worth of components...if only i had some spare cash lying around for it. Hopefully they'll get a good amount for each to help fund next season

posted by md6 [176 posts]
1st November 2013 - 15:59

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