from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: June 25, 2002
Strengths: Fast pickup and acceleration, light weight, nice color, quality craftsmanship, rigid power application, good components, great value.
Weaknesses: Sometimes the shifting is not smooth. Selle San Marco seat is a little hard.
After test riding several bikes, this one stood out: it handles well, accelerates and picks up quickly, climbs well, looks good. With the Giro in particular I felt like every bit of power I put into the pedals created speed. It's rigid, but well made, with a carbon fork, thus dampening a lot of the road shock. It's my first road bike, and I plan on using it to cross-train with, and eventually do some triathalons and maybe bike races. The bike is light, and rides smooth. Slight problems with shifting; usually no big deal, but I have only been riding for a month, and should get it tuned. Seat was uncomfortable at first, but it's gotten a lot better. Bottom line: the Giro fit my needs and my budget perfectly. I love this bike and always look forward to my next ride.
a Road Racer
from Grand Rapids, Mi
Date Reviewed: August 10, 2001
Strengths: Bargain Road ride with proven Bianchi geometry
Weaknesses: stiff ride
I bought this bike from through a web site and was able to choose my frame and component group. If I'd bought it through a shop I'd have payed 1400 bucks for a 105 group. Instead I got an amazing deal (1100) on last year's frame and Daytona gruppo. This bike cost me half of what a new Bianchi Daytona would have. The great thing is that I got a full campy bike with a very similar frame and ride as the 2000 Daytona frame. I feel like I stole this thing!
It's amazing. The ride is crisp and the bike responds instantly when I stand to sprint. It weighs just under 20 pounds and feels even lighter on long climbs. My only complaint is that I got the bike with a threaded carbon fork and headset/stem. The stem supplied on the Giro is cheap and flexes too much. I use the widest Salsa bar I could get, which really exagerates the flex in the stem. At the end of the year I'm buying a better carbon fork and going threadless. The Shark Ti Rail saddle is a little painful after long rides. I'd have preferred a Trans Am saddle, but the deal was so good I couldn't complain. The frame has been issue free and all the Daytona componantes are amazing. The Ergo shifts like butter, and after thousands of miles I've only had to adjust my break and derailer cables once! Many of the riders on my team ride Ultegra componants which rattle don't seem to function as smoothly as mine.
I'd suggest this frame to anyone, but I'd never buy it with the cheap shimano stuff that Bianchi sells on it.
Bike Setup: 59cm, Mavic Open Pro 32hole rims, Full Campy Daytona Gruppo (cranks, derailers, hubs, 9spd ergo shifters, chain, etc., Sella Italia Shark Ti Rail saddle, Salsa '46' bar, Conti Ultra 2000 tires.
Weaknesses: wheels come out of true easily, but I haven't had any problems with it
This is a great bike that I have truely enjoyed. I have had no problems with it and would highly recommend it to anyone starting out in racing. It is my fist road bike since I was about 12, and it has served me well. I got an excellent deal on it and, like I said, is great for a first bike. Mechanically it has been flawless, which is great for someone starting out. I have raced with it and trained with it and it has been great to ride.
a Recreational Rider
from Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Reviewed: July 14, 2001
Strengths: Light, stiff. Great color.
Weaknesses: Shimano 105 front shifting is impossible to adjust perfectly. The non-ergo handlebars are terrible.
For a large tube aluminum bike, the Giro is quite comfortable. I rode a metric century on it with no comfort problems, except from the horrible stock handlebar. The carbon fork absorbs a lot of road shock. The Giro also has all the attributes of a tuned aluminum frame: it's light, stiff, stable, and handles well. The Shimano 105 triple is very difficult to adjust. It seems to rub the front deraileur cage in some gears no matter what you do. I plan to upgrade to an Ultegra double, or maybe a Campy Daytona group, to eliminate this problem. All things considered, this is a very good bike for the money, and it requires only minimal upgrading.