RIDE bike review overview – Bianchi

Bianchi is another to have had a double-digit tally of tests in RIDE Cycling Review. Steel, aluminium, carbon-fibre we span the generations and trends from this Italian brand. The most recent test was of the Oltre XR akin to what Vacansoleil-DCM will use during the 2013 season. Bianchi has a long history on the racing scene and the famous celeste coloured frames are always popular with the public.

Here is a summary of the 11 Bianchi bikes that have been reviewed in RIDE over the years.

 

Oltre XR. Reviewed by Shane Lovejoy. (RIDE #58)
“The Oltre threw up impressive numbers on our flex test jig and, it’s interesting to note, it translates to a good ride. The bottom bracket area is deep, leading into sizable chainstays, which goes some way to explaining this. Stiffness does not always guarantee efficient power transfer. Sometimes the pursuit of a stiff bottom bracket can mean dynamics are lost and the frame can feel lifeless. The Oltre suffers none of this, as Greg said when he rode the Oltre on the day of the ‘Round Table’ discussion: ‘This bike is dialed!’ I rode only 100 metres to appreciate his statement. The balance and poise of the Oltre is immediately evident.”

 

This was the favourite handling bike for many who rode it. The low head tube and dialed geometry shifts your weight slightly forward over the front wheel — a proper race position. It’s stable yet responds quickly to any rider input on the handlebar. Nothing better on big sweepers.

 

Brand Model Name Price* Issue number Zinio Link Back Issue
Bianchi L-Lite $3,600 RIDE #07 Not available #07
Bianchi Alloy Pro $2,990 RIDE #17 Not available #17 (Sold out)
Bianchi XL Carbon $5,499 RIDE #22 Not available #22 (Sold out)
Bianchi Via Nirvone 7 $3,250 RIDE #27 Not available #27 (Sold out)
Bianchi FG Lite $8,499 RIDE #32 Not available #32
Bianchi 928 Carbon $3,999 RIDE #34 Not available #34
Bianchi 928 Carbon SL $11,500 RIDE #37 Not available #37 (Sold out)
Bianchi Mono-Q $6,299 RIDE #43 Not available #43 (Sold out)
Bianchi Infinito $6,499 RIDE #48 Available #48
Bianchi Oltre $14,999 RIDE #52 Available #52
Bianchi Oltre XR $15,500 RIDE #58 Available #58
Bianchi Infinito XR $5,799 RIDE #62
*In AUD at the time of the test

 

Oltre. Reviewed by Alex Malone. (RIDE #52)
“I wouldn’t say the sensations from the rear wheel into the saddle are soft. Even with the thin seatstays the ride is firm. This is Bianchi’s top model, a race bike as used by the pros. It’s not intended to be plush like the Coast to Coast range (RIDE #48). Bumps are subdued just enough. A change of saddle, cork bar tape and a pair of softer, larger bag tyres and the Oltre would be on par. Reviews are generally “as specified” but if this was a genuine purchase I would make these changes before calling it mine. Some parts just have to go. Deal with it!”

 

No, this is not a front brake mounted to the rear. Campag has released — for Super Record only — a dual-pivot rear calliper. More power and only a few grams more weight.

 

Infinito. Reviewed by Nicholas Legan. (RIDE #48)
“Often internal cable routing is a huge pain for mechanics; it can look horrible with cables entering the frame at all angles, and it often doesn’t work well. That is not the case with the C2C frameset. A small screw keeps the guides in place even when the cables are removed. No more searching in vain for small (but vital) pieces on the shed floor!”

 

 

Bianchi uses a tailored carbon lay-up construction techique for each tube to balance the torsional and compressive forces acting through the C2C frame.

 

928 Carbon Mono-Q. Reviewed by Toby Shingleton. (RIDE #43)
“The Mono-Q is part of Bianchi’s Born for Performance (B4P) range and is positioned just below the pro-level carbon 928 T-Cube. The profile of the frame is slim across the length of the carbon tubes and does without the sometimes outrageous variations in width that so many companies opt for when building a monocoque frame. The top tube has a slightly squared-off profile, along the lines of a BMC but without the distinctive T-shaped profile of the Swiss brand’s tubes. Making use of Bianchi’s high-modulus IM600 carbon, the end result is a simple and clean looking frame reminiscent of the steel incarnations of the past. It’s a pleasant and classy aesthetic and when paired with the luscious and shiny paint… well, you’ve already read the bit about how good it made me look!”

 

 

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