Bianchi 2000 Daytona Older Road Bike

4.63/5 (8 Reviews)

Product Description

road race & triathlon, Campagnolo Daytona components, Bianchi carbon fork

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by randell a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 6, 2002

Strengths:    perfect bike,was going to buy an EV2 bianchi,but after i test road this machine,ithought just with a few upgrades the daytona would be just like the EV2,i think i was right.

Weaknesses:    has anybody have some imfo on carbon fork lifespan? 1st time useing an carbon fork,dont realy trust it yet

Bottom Line:   
bought the daytona after 2 years of the bike due to 2 nd hip break(car got me).i have a 2001 model .the 10 speed cassette works great,still dialing it in.changed seat post to chorus ti. post seams to help the ridea lot,not so stiff.changed crank set and b/b to chorus,just liked the crankset i am going to change the rear derailler t chorus to help the shifting qua. well leave the rest of the bike alone.

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Favorite Ride:   allong the coast w/ itailian g/f chaseing in the audi

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   city bikes

Similar Products Used:   bianchi EV2

Bike Setup:   all daytona except chorus crankset,b/b and ti. seat post, useing time equipe pedals

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Recreational Rider from Grafton, MA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2000

Strengths:    I'm a racer wannabe and "performance" recreational rider. This is my first "real" road-racing bike and I selected it with a view that it's an "entry level" performance machine. Visually it's very appealing and gets compliments from everyone that sees it (even non-cyclists!). The bike is very nicely put together, hangs on tight round corners and climbs like nothing I've ridden before. The carbon forks help soak up bumps. The frame has a nice feel of stiffness, without too much beating you up after a long ride.

Weaknesses:    I had a bit of trouble with the wheels going out of true and quite a lot of tweaking them back in the first few months (New England roads are full of holes too!). This seems to have stopped now though. I can't honestly say this is a weakness because I've never had a bike with light wheels this may be normal as the wheels settle in.
An annoying bottom bracket creak when I'm really putting some power in has developed which probably just needs a strip and rebuild. My brother has the same bike (but Shimano gear) and had the same trouble. I wish (for the extra few bucks it would cost) that it came stock, with a Ti rail saddle. The stock saddle is fine though (though it took me a about a month to get used to it!). As others have said it can feel a little skittish on fast tight corners, but it carves a nice line and I've never had the feeling that the bike was going to be the limiting factor in getting round.

Bottom Line:   
If you are a stricly touring/recreational rider, then this isn't the right machine for you.
The frame is the cats meow! It's a great buy with the Campy gruppo and Mavic Open Pro wheels. If you are looking for a performance machine that won't "outgrow" your skills as they improve (this was a major consideration for me as I've only moved to road riding over the past year or so), this is a great place to start. It's a real race ready machine without needing to break the bank!
So, if this fits with what you want out of a road machine.....get your credit card know you want to!

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Favorite Ride:   Wachusette Resevoir

Price Paid:    $1800.00

Purchased At:   Bike Alley, Worcester MA

Similar Products Used:   Most of the similar level current models.

Bike Setup:   I added Bianchi bottle cages (color matched) and a computer... I'll be replacing the saddle with a Sella Ti rail one this season.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Road Racer from Madison, WI

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    Awesome Ride. Al. frame is tight in the corners, quick on the sprint/up hills, and is surprisingly damp on rough roads. Component group very nice.

Weaknesses:    A little sketchy on really fast decents.

Bottom Line:   
Bottom line is this bike flies. I haven't been able to find a better bike at a better price. It's fast, responsive, light, and above all...not expensive. The Campy Daytona is a surprisingly good shifting system. I find it much more accurate than it's targeted competitor, Ultegra. Bianchi has made an exceptional product that, to say the least, turns heads.

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Favorite Ride:   all of 'em

Price Paid:    $1799.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   LeMond Zurich, Chambrey. Cannondale R1000. Basso Viper.

Bike Setup:   Stock with Ultegra pedals.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Glassfan a Recreational Rider from Morris, Illinois

Date Reviewed: October 28, 2000

Strengths:    Italian and not boring like Trek. Surprisingly smooth ride for an aluminum frame, yet stiff where it counts. Great for a big guy like me (6'-3", 200 lbs.)- no flex in the largest 63cm size that I have. Very light bike yet I trust things won't break. Campy Daytona group is high quality for the money, and the hubs are phenomenal (superlight and easy to adjust). No Shimano equipment. Campy shifts great once dialed in and it stays there. Drivers slow down alongside while riding and they yell their appreciation for how cool the bike looks- it has happened 3 times in 3 months. Good workmanship and paint quality by Bianchi's Reparto Corse. All the tons of decals are placed on nice and straight. Good frame geometry.

Weaknesses:    Replaced off-brand chain with a genuine Campy C-9 chain and it improved shifting. ITM handlebars have funny "ergo" bend that makes brake/shift levers far away when using the drops. Finish of black off-brand seatpost is uneven. Wheels have good components, but the build quality is not the greatest.

Bottom Line:   
This bike looks like a pro bike that costs twice as much. Great frame and good parts. Sweet ride. I highly recommend upgrading the chain to a Campy C-9. You could make this bike superlight if you wanted to by changing a few parts. Bianchi is back on top of the production road bike world. Great for training, racing, and triathlons if that is your cup of tea. Excellent value, especially at the price I got mine. Turin Bicycle in Evanston, IL is a good place to find a good value.

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Price Paid:    $1550.00

Purchased At:   Turin Bicycle, Evanston, IL

Similar Products Used:   My other road bike is a Tommasini 15th Anniversary SPX from 1991 with a Record group. It is too valuable and beautiful to ride all of the time so I bought the Daytona to train on. The Tommasini has quicker frame geometry, but the Daytona is plenty quick too. Both are great bikes and I'm thankful to be able to enjoy both!

Bike Setup:   Changed chain to Campy C-9. Changed tires to Continental Grand Prix 3000. Changed saddle to a Flite Titanium Genuine Gel. Changed pedals to Time Equipe Magnesiums.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rene Navarre a Road Racer from Metairie LA U.S.A.

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2000

Strengths:    Classic Italian look. Lightweight, rigid frame. Smooth ride. For years, I heard horror stories about the harsh ride of aluminum (especially on these New Orleans, terribly bumpy streets.) WRONG! This puppy rides like '65 El Dorado.

Weaknesses:    Campy Daytona shifting slightly less than perfect. It takes a little adjusting to quiet the rear derailleur sometimes.
Some of the welds looked like they were squeezed from a toothpaste tube. Also, "Bianchi" is written over twenty times on this bike. The color tells people what brand it is.

Bottom Line:   
This sweetie rocks! I never believed all the hype about aluminum accelerating until I rode this thing in a Cat 4-5 race. When the gaps open up, or the pace line picks up, just pedal this darling and you're with 'em.
I rode steel for eleven years and my only regret was not going over to aluminum earlier.
The Campy Daytona does require a little finesse. It's not Record, but neither is the price.
And the color! One look and people know it's not a Klein!
Perfect bike for the rider looking for value, performance, and digs Celeste.

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Favorite Ride:   Saturday morning group ride

Similar Products Used:   1988 Bianchi Trofeo

Bike Setup:   Stock, except for Speedplay stainless steel pedals.

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