I renamed this thread as I thought it's a interesting discussion.
Bianchi's seem not to be favored here that much, but (at least to me) their latest offerings seem good.
Also, considering the number of bikes they make in all price segments, they must still have something going for them.
Let's also not talk about italian bikes not being made in Italy, there are loads of top brands doing that.
I know there've been issues with their earlier carbon frames, but let's focus on the quality of their current lineup compared to what else is out there.
It has a carbon fork with alu steerer, so yes its about 200/250g heavier than the full carbon version but until i ride something considerably lighter I doubt I, or anyone else would really notice this. Listed weight is 8.4kg, mine weighs in at 8.35kg with pedals/computer/cage so I'd say their weights are pretty accurate.
Just need to decide what wheels to finish it off with now...!!
superleggera wrote:Also, its an Italian bike, which means it probably weighs 300 grams more than claimed.
Bianchi is an Italian brand, they are not Italian bikes by any stretch (at least not in the last decade). Having said that I've enjoyed the two models I have owned, the sizing is also quite nice for me. I have not ridden this particular one. I think Bianchi have got their act together recently too, I wouldn't pay big money to own one but you can often pick up Bianchi bikes in a sale here in the UK.
The build quality is good and they all ride really well. The celeste colour always evokes mixed reactions but I like it and its connection with numerous cycling greats over many years.
Amongst the local cycling community here there is a lingering memory of a high incidence of frame failures 10 or so years ago but also an appreciation that technology has come so far since then with better performance and reliability in general across most brands on the market.
Bianchi's representation at Protour level has certainly diminished over the years and there are certainly other brands leading technology and with greater retail presence, but for me it is a brand with a lot of pedigree which are still great bikes to ride today.
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ticou wrote:Was very keen on their Infinito, I'm just a bit too heavy.
Does it have a weight limit?
I don't recall any major brands (non-boutique) having weight limits on their frames. Correct me if I'm incorrect, of course.
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