Bianchi Imola 2002 Road Bike

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paradigm26 a Road Racer from Chicago, IL; United States

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2002

Strengths:    This bike is a real great deal. Although I probably paid a bit more for it than at other places, it is still great considering the entire component group is 105. There's not a mix-in of Tiagra parts anywhere.

Weaknesses:    As stated, the whole thing is a bit heavier than one might expect. However, it's honestly a small price to pay to go without the vibrations of an aluminum frame; that is, w/o upgrading a couple grand to go carbon.

Bottom Line:   
This is actually my 2nd Imola as the first was lost to a car door vs. bike accident. A great ride. Although it is a bit heavier than an aluminum frame, I'm a bit larger myself so it's a better fit for me. Smooth ride with no problems at all. The included Welgo pedals took some tweaking to get just right, but I'll probably change those out to Speedplay. The bike can even handle the few dips and cracks on the paths without too much jarring. It's a bit difference from my last ride ('98 Giant Kronos). Even the color is great...just enough Celeste to be noticable w/o being obnoixous. I've been on four rather long rides with it already (35mi ea), multiple training rides (12-20mi ea) and commute to work with it everyday (6mi roundtrip) and there's no chance I'm going back to any other frame.

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Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   On The Route; Chicag

Similar Products Used:   Trek 2000
Giant Kronos


Bike Setup:   Full Shimano 105
Flight Deck (wired)


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by almundell a Commuter from Republic, MO

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2002

Strengths:    Responsive, yet stable ride. Absorbs road shock (chip and seal roads) much better than cheap alluminum. Lot of quality for the buck.

Weaknesses:    The Vittoria HSD tires (rear) became torn within the first 200 miles. Needed to replace. Found that the tire is already out of production, so I could not match the front tire for color. Had to buy a new set of another kind (Hutchison). Frustrating, as I liked the tire's color match to the Bianchi Celeste in the frame.

Bottom Line:   
This is my second road bike. I started out on cheap alluminum. Liked the light, hill-climbing ability, but didn't like the jarring ride. Although a bit heavier, the steel frame/carbon fork combo of the Imola is pefect for me. The ride is responsive, fairly good for climbing, and quite smooth. The 105 group has worked very well thus far. The stock seat is even pretty good. I am very please with this bike. I wish the fame was not made in Taiwan, but it seems that many frames are made there now.

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Favorite Ride:   16 mile Commute to/from work (no phones, pages, problems).

Price Paid:    $1289.00

Purchased At:   Sunshine Bike Shop,

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1000.

Bike Setup:   Stock all the way right now. No complaints yet. I ride hard, but do not race, so I am likely to stic


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Recreational Rider from ABQ NM

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

Strengths:    steal is real, its supper smooth, I chose it over its italian made counterpart!

Weaknesses:    Not made in italy, thats if you care, doesnt have the threadless headset!

Bottom Line:   
Alot of bike for the money, the Shimano 105 group is responsive and smooth, the bike rides very smooth and the carbon fork really aids in the sharp turns, bike really sticks to the road, and has a gentle but responsive ride.

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Favorite Ride:   long straight rides some hills and a sunny day!

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Purchased At:   two wheel drive NM

Similar Products Used:   cannondale trek basso

Bike Setup:   stock as it need nothing just a rider!


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris a Recreational Rider from ABQ NM

Date Reviewed: May 2, 2002

Strengths:    bike is very responsive and smooth corners sharply and is very comfortable for long rides and it does fly!

Weaknesses:    doesnt come with the lastest threadless headset, and how important is it anyhow?

Bottom Line:   
Alot of bang for the buck, very smooth rider, the shimano 105 group delivers nicely, I test rode more expensive bikes and couldnt justify spending the extra money as I could tell the difference and ive been riding alot of years!

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Favorite Ride:   long straight roads, with sunny skies

Price Paid:    $1250.00

Similar Products Used:   Basso with rolf vectors, trek, cannondale.

Bike Setup:   for comfortable long rides and speed when I feel the need!



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