Bianchi 2000 Eros Donna Older Road Bike

4/5 (3 Reviews)

Product Description

road race & triathlon, Campagnolo Mirage Triple components, Bianchi fork

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Laurel a Triathlete from Berkeley, California

Date Reviewed: July 2, 2001

Strengths:    This is a comfortable, smooth bike that fits very well. I am just getting into the sport and this bike has been very easy to learn on, but also lets me go fast when I am feeling gutsy.

Weaknesses:    Shifting, as mentioned above.

Bottom Line:   
This bike has been great for learning on, but I am also getting ready to start racing it. I am always thrilled to get out on this bike because it feels like it was made for me (and others my size), it is comfortable, fast and also, very good looking.

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Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Village Pedaler

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   As mentioned above

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michelle G. a Recreational Rider from Chicago, IL

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2001

Strengths:    Perfect fit! I am 5 ft. 3½ inches tall, and this bike knows it. The frame, the handle bars, shift gears, etc. all of it: this feels like a tailor made product just for my size. And it has a Beautiful, smooth & FAST ride.

Weaknesses:    Shifting should be easier. I don't even take it to the 9 lowest gears because I have to shift 2-3 times for them to take, or/also I run the risk of getting off my chain.

Bottom Line:   
Terrifit Value. Beautiful smooth, fast ride. This bike can fly. Color: 'praise the lord' the Eros Donna come in a beautiful deep violet blue, with only the smallest Celeste green accents. Everything can be up-graded, but if I spend the money doing that, I will probably just get a racing bike. This bike is good to go just as it is! I do wish it would shift smoother. Maybe a solution here would be to drop off the lowest 9 gears all together (don't use them anyway). Practically a real racing bike for someone who wants to break into racing, or for the Recreational Rider who wants to feel like they are racing everytime they ride to the park!

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Favorite Ride:   Fox River Valley Trail

Price Paid:    $950.00

Purchased At:   Oak Park Cyclery

Similar Products Used:   I'm not much help here (I can't even remember all the bikes I've tried). I've been looking at bikes for 5-7 years (boyfriend was in the Road Cycling circuit) with no luck. I've looked at Cannondales, Treks, Raleighs (road only),& Lemonds.

Bike Setup:   'Chromo-Lite' chrome-moly steel, chrome-moly steel fork. All Campy components, 27 speed Mirage setup. Downsized Modolo Venus handlebar. Mavic cxp21 wheels, Vittoria competition/Roma 25 Kevlar tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sharon a Recreational Rider from Denver, CO

Date Reviewed: August 27, 2000

Strengths:    Perfect size for me (the Donna only comes in one size--46cm). The ride is smooth and very fast, especially for steel.

Weaknesses:    Shifting on front derailluer is extremely clunky. For $1000, it should shift like butter. Sometimes the chain falls off when shifting either up or down from center chainring. LBS says it's me, but I'm not convinced. I KNOW how to shift.

Bottom Line:   
I'm 61.5 inches in height, but with proportionately long legs--finding a bike that fit was difficult and became my grail! The 46cm Veloce stretched me out a bit too much, but for the Eros Donna, Bianchi has tweaked the geometry enough that it really fits. I still have neck and shoulder pain when I ride, but will adjust seat and handlebar over time. After testing several aluminum bikes, I had to come back to the smooth, supple feel of steel. The ride is beautiful, but the shifting up front sucks. Otherwise, I fly on this bike. I think 11 Bianchi decals on the bike is excessive, but celeste details over sparkly royal blue paint=sharp! Everything on this bike's drivetrain can be upgraded and interchanged with better Campy components. The bike is versatile and performs well as a recreational ride, but is well-prepared for touring or triathlon racing.

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Favorite Ride:   1800 miles away in Warwick, NY

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Turin Bicycles Denver

Similar Products Used:   This replaced a 14-year-old Schwinn Worldsport. Tested Bianchi Veloce, Trek 2200 WSD, Novara Carema,
Giant OCR2, Terry Symmetry.

Bike Setup:   TIG-welded Chromo-Lite double-butted chrome-moly steel, chrome-moly steel fork. 100% Campy, 27 speed Mirage setup. 165 mm cranks (yes!), downsized Modolo Venus handlebar. Mavic cxp21 wheels, Vittoria competition/Roma 25 Kevlar tires. Swapped very painful Italian saddle for Serfas Rx deep-groove saddle. Swapped Look pedals for non-clipless, handlebar stem for shortest one they had at the shop.

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