Bianchi XL Boron Centaur 2002 Road Bike

4.78/5 (9 Reviews)

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by farleyandy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: February 22, 2010

Strengths:    Steel frame

Weaknesses:    stock componets are not the best

Bottom Line:   
Simply sweet!!

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Favorite Ride:   anything dry

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   cannondale r1000, trek madone, cannondale six 1

Bike Setup:   Full Ultegra, hand built wheels on Ultegra hubs, Garmin GPS

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

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2003

Strengths:    Fast, stable at high speed and with the ErgoBrain, your hands never leave the brake/shifters. Can shift up and down while climbing.

Weaknesses:    NONE except it is only avaialble in odd cm and no custom frames from Bianchi USA.

Bottom Line:   
The best road bike I have ever ridden, my Peugeot Super Comp and Guerchiotti Campy Super Record stay in the house.

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Favorite Ride:   25 mile loop

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Yelow Jersey, Madiso

Bike Setup:   2002 Boron XL stock with 10sp Centaur and Bianchi Wheel set and 10spd ErgoBrain.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by grooverhank a Triathlete from Reno, Nevada

Date Reviewed: September 3, 2003

Strengths:    Light, FAST, comfort (get a gel seat though), and just a fun bike to go fast on. It can really climb well and can be pushed hard without the worry of breaking anything. I love the paint job and the color: Celeste, a Bianchi trademark. I just think Bianchi has a ton of great mystic and I'm proud to be riding one of these.

Weaknesses:    That carbon fork. I bought my bike in June 2002, and the frame was already about a year old, so it must be a 2001-2002. When I'm speeding downhill at about 30+, and I'm taking turns, it starts to wobble up front which translates to the rest of the bike. I've had the shop look at it. My headset's fine, so I figure it's gotta be the fork. I spoke to some other riders who have later models and they said that Bianchi changed the angle/bolstered the thickness of the fork. Next year I plan on having another fork installed.

Bottom Line:   
A comfortable, lightweight racing bike that gets better each time I ride it. I race Sprint Tri's so speed and quickness are important, but when I take longer rides I'm never "hurting" from the bike - just the workout! The better rider I become the better the bike becomes. I plan on upgrading the components as they wear-out and/or when I save up the money.

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Favorite Ride:   criterium loop(3mi.) in biz park/"Windy Hill"country road (20mi.)

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   Cycle City, Alameda,

Similar Products Used:   None.

Bike Setup:   Everything Shimano 105, triple chain-ring, Mavic XP21 aero wheels.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dan a Recreational Rider from Indy

Date Reviewed: March 25, 2003

Strengths:    The XL Boron is strong, light, responsive, fast, smooth, comforable, and beautifully finished. The stock components are not top class, but close. I'd prefer Record or Chorus, but who wouldn't? Campy's Daytona (Centaur) range is comparable to Shimano's Ultegra group.

Weaknesses:    The stock Selle Italia Octavia saddle is not perineum friendly.

Bottom Line:   
The Bianchi XL Boron (2001) is a great bike. And I got a great deal on E-bay, paying half the retail price for a brand-new bike.

Even at full price, it is one of the very best steel bike you can buy for the money. I have had the bike for just a few weeks, but over the first 100 miles or so, it's gotten better and better.

The best thing about this bike is its combination of lightness and strength. Bianchi's proprietary boron tubing is similar in weight to Foco and EOM 16.5. The XL Boron frame weighs in at 2.8 lbs. But, unlike some other super-lightweight steel frames, it is not restricted to use by lightweight riders. I am 6'2" and weigh 210 lbs, and the frame (as well as the virtually bullet-proof Bianchi Levitation wheelset) are sturdy and stable under me.

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Favorite Ride:   Eagle Creek Park

Price Paid:    $1150.00

Purchased At:   E-bay

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi San Remo

Bike Setup:   XL Boron frame (2.8 lbs)
Carbon fork with Cro-Mo steerer
Campy Daytona (now Centaur) comp. group
Cane Creek Headset
Salsa Pro Road Stem
Selle Italia MaxFlite TransAm Gel Flow
Speedplay X2 pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by agswin a Road Racer from Manndeville, LA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2003

Strengths:    * Very Smooth Ride
* Very Light for a steel frame
* Very Inexpensive vs. other Comparable Steel Frames
* Durable and reliable
* Great paint finish- no labels,painted lettering and clearcoated
* Versitile frame geometry- Rides Crits to Centuries equally well.
* Great Handling- uphill or downhill at 40+mph.
* Quality workmanship

Weaknesses:    VERY FEW:
* 1" Headtube & Full Carbon Fork- a little flex in headtube area when out of saddle sprinting.
2003 frame now 1 1/8 inch should solve
* Odd sized seatpost- 26.8mm

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2000 model Bianchi XL Boron. It was the last year for the flat horizontal tob tube frameset.

I have been extremely pleased with frameset and bike setup after 8,000 miles of riding over the past 2 years. I am a 6'1" 160 lb. rider and the 59cm frame fits me well and is quite comfortable.

My previous bike was a Bianchi Campione which was a lugged steel frame. I was very pleased with it but wanted something lighter and flashier. The XL Boron has exceeded all my expectations for a great all around mid to upper level road bike.

I like to do many weekend rides of 50-60mi+ over sometimes rough roads. I feel little or no soreness due to the ride when finished.

When I purchased my first road bike 4 years ago I test rode many bikes, all aluminum frames. I was quickly disappointed in the ride quality of all of them. To me ride quality is very important na I believe is to anyone who considers themself a serious racer or even recreational cyclist that rides 50-100 mile rides or races. If you only ride 20-40 miles an aluminum frameset might be ok. I think the high-end aluminum framesets with carbon seat-stays now ride pretty smooth, but you must be willing to spend a lot of $$$'s. I firmly believe that their is not a better well rounded performing road bike setup out their for the money spent.

I bike performs well climbing 12% grades in and out of the saddle and is an extremly stable and confident decender 40+mph. I carves 90 degree criterium turns at 25+mph without hesitation and inspires confidence in your bike handling skills. You will never be suprised taking tight turns at high speed.

The smoothness of ride reduces overall fatigue and soreness as well as allows for you to better focus on proper pedaling form throughout your whole ride.

In summary, if you want a great quality road ride for the money you will not be dissappointed. This bike is a high-performance machine that is nearly as low weight as the lightest carbon fiber or aluminum framset with a definitively smoother and more comfortable ride.

The Bianchi Italian craftsmanship, quality, design, and combined value are unsurpassed in vast array of road bike choices.

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Favorite Ride:   Reb Bluff- Morgantown, MS

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi Campione D'Italia
Specialized various
Raleigh R700

Bike Setup:   * 2000 XL Boron 59cm Frame
* Campagnolo Chorus 9spd
* Rolf Vector Pro wheelset
* Michelin Pro race tires
* TTT bars, ITM Milenium stem
* Look carbon pedals
* Easton CT2 Carbon post
* Specialized Pro-Ti geometry saddle
* Chris King Headset

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