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 Post subject: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 2:09 am 
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I didn't do an intro for my team ride last year (probably should have). But as there's not a huge amount of Bianchi's on this board thought I would pop my 2014 ride up.

I'll be riding for Bianchi Lotto Arbitrage, which will include 3 months over in Belgium. Really, really looking forward to the experience. Know the racing will be hard, but that's ok by me!


Bike below is a loan from a mate (owner of Richmond Bike Force) so has Red 10sp on it. The Enve wheels are mine - could not bear to part with them 12 months ago, so they sat in the garage all year while I rode my Mavic wheels. Team bike will be Shimano 9000 and different wheels.

Weight was 7.25kg without bidon cages but with (much) heavier Vison wheels. Won't get down to 'super bike' weight, but more than enough for me. Do still need to fit my SRM too...

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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Looks sweet! Local team (Herring Gas) rides Sempre's....really nice bikes from the look of them. Good luck this season!! :beerchug:

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 6:12 am 
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needs more Celeste... otherwise a beautiful bike indeed

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:54 pm 
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There's a few more celeste pins that the shot hasn't captured, so I'd say it's about right. For me at least.

Does need my SRM on there though, pronto!

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:29 pm 
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good looking bike! congrats on the new team for 2014 nick!


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 5:38 pm 
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I think its just the right amount of black/celeste - nice and stealthy but the celeste gives it a subtle Bianchi identity :) Beautiful


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:32 pm 
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nice looking rig Nick. when I saw it on instagram, my first reaction was 'oh no, built with SRAM!' but relieved to hear your one will have shimano on it. they are pretty nice for a 'second tier' frame, my little brother rides one and loves it.

will you be running FSA finishing kit on your team issue one? It's crying out for Deda or 3T...


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:08 am 
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In action over the weekend

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Few races on it now, handling certainly has me impressed. And not lacking in stiffness.

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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I can live without the Celeste, I have a sister named Celeste but she's okay. I must to a traditionalist since I still sudden every time I see a bike of Italian heritage that does not wear Campagnolo. I do love my Red.

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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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I like this one. Some of the Bianchi's with Celeste, black et al were a bit too busy for my liking. Prefer the more understated look here.


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:17 pm 
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Nice. I've looked at one in the shop. Sempre seems like a price/performance winner and looks good too. Black and celeste is nice but I also like traditional Celeste and white. Always have a soft spot for Bianchi's since they got me into road riding.


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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In action over the weekend



all the pictures in memory of you , are you off the front. Kudos!


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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You won't be disappointed! Spent all last year on the same frame and I love it. viewtopic.php?f=10&t=118213&hilit=sempre

Completely agree about the Sempre striking the balance between performance and value. The Oltre's do look awesome but hard to see where the additional $$$ goes with respect to performance.


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 Post subject: Re: Bianchi Sempre
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The race kit looks great ....



Bike is nice too.


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I don*t like Bianchi,but this one looks very good. :D


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