Bianchi SL Aluminum Centaur 2002 Road Bike

4.25/5 (4 Reviews)

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

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2008

Strengths:    Smooth. Pretty fast. Stable. Surprisingly comfortable for an aluminum team bike. A very solid Centaur group with the ability to dump multiple gears in a throw.

Believe it or not, it has carbon hubs. Yes, really, carbon hubs.

I find the Levitation wheelset to be well put together, responsive, of decent weight, and comfortable.

I love celeste and subtle graphics. This has both.

Weaknesses:    Its 5 years old aluminum technology. Therefore it is not the lightest aluminum ride on the market.

Bottom Line:   
I had been looking for the steel version of this model with no luck. A bikeshop out east found an unbuilt (unboxed) aluminum model and listed it on ebay. I was the only bidder.

Seriously, luck me. Very solid bike.

As I don't have a ton of money invested this became my travel bike; I send it to where I am going and then back home.

I have several bikes that cost much more. Having said that, I am always surprised how much I enjoy riding this bike.

Please understand that I have evaluated this bike in light of what I got at its price and its use as a traveller.

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Favorite Ride:   Depends on where I am

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi Veloce (Reparto Corse and non), Bianchi Virata (this bike is better), Merlin Extralight, Bianchi fg lite (that bike is better, but compare the costs).

Bike Setup:   Straight stock, except for a selle saddle.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by will davies a Recreational Rider from worcester uk

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2003

Strengths:    looks, ride quality

Weaknesses:    paint finish, frame strength, wheels

Bottom Line:   
don't get me wrong,I love this bike for all its problems. The first day I rode 4 spokes unwound themselves and even after adjustment there was a massive amount of flex in the wheels. The paint chips and wears where the cables rub on the frame. The campag chain snapped after 2000 miles and poor finishing around the bottom bracket left me struggling for 2 days to remove it. Having said that with new wheels this bike was a joy to ride, responsive frame, great stylish components then it snapped! The frame just broke above the replacable dropout. I am now waiting for a replacement on the waranty but all of bianchi is shut for august so it could be months.

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Favorite Ride:   alps

Price Paid:    $1600.00

Purchased At:   cycle shop

Bike Setup:   mavic open pro on chorus hubs, chorus

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

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2002

Strengths:    light
no flex
a deal and 1/2

Weaknesses:    pant chips very ez
cables rub on down tube

Bottom Line:   
I got the bike w/ full dura ace, bianchi carbon fork and mavic wheels for 1300$. the bike has no flex(im 130lbs). the frame will take some out the vibratins our of the road.

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Favorite Ride:   1 w/o cars

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   ebay new never used

Similar Products Used:   1st road bike

Bike Setup:   full dura ace, mavie helemu wheels, speedplay peds

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

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Strengths:    Lightness, Campy, wheelset, Celeste paintjob.

Weaknesses:    The gruppo isn't Chorus or Record, the geometry is more cramped then, say, a Lemmond.

Bottom Line:   
This bike is pretty sweet. It's got one of the best stock setups of any bike on the market. The Campy Centaur gruppo is amazingly good. The 10-speed cogset allows for a 23-tooth gear helping to smooth out some of the bigger hills. This stuff feels more solid than the Shimanos any day. The frame is ultra-light and ultra-stiff with a nice geometry. Bianchi's stock EVOlution wheels are as light as anything out there.

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Favorite Ride:   Fast and hard.

Price Paid:    $1550.00

Purchased At:   Boulevard Sports

Similar Products Used:   Giant TCR-1, Giant TCR-2, Giant TCR-3, Trek 2300, Trek 5200 (icky carbon), Cannondale Caad-5.

Bike Setup:   Stock with Sidi Genius shoes.

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