Bianchi Volpe 2002 Touring Bike

4.33/5 (9 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by elinora a Commuter

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2008

Strengths:    strong like iron. so versatile, so speedy. built like a tank and geometry that stays comfortable even when you're riding all day.

Weaknesses:    as mentioned, the paint is very easily chipped - I actually think this is kind of a good thing, because it means it's less appealing to thieves. My rear shifter bit the dust about two years in, so I replaced it with an Ultegra shifter and haven't had any problems. (It broke because I got sand in it, I think, but a note of warning about STI shifters - once they stop working, they're almost impossible to fix.)

Bottom Line:   
I LOVE my volpe. love it love it love it. I bought it new in 2004, all stock parts except a Selle Italia Dolce Ti saddle. The Tiagra components were fine, and the build was rock solid. My Volpe has taken me across the country twice and about 9,000 miles all told. At this point, I've replaced all the components except the headset (which is still great) and the cranks.

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Favorite Ride:   over the golden gate bridge

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   American Cyclery

Bike Setup:   Shimano Tiagra hubs, Alex rims, Shimano Ultegra and Deore STI shifters, Ultegra 9 speed 12-25 cassette, triple crank, cane creek headset, Selle Italia Dolce Ti saddle.


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by aimee bishoff a Commuter

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2008

Strengths:    Great speed, durable tires, comfortable saddle, hardy break pads, good control. Great beginner bike for those used to the size, weight, and style of mountain bikes.

Weaknesses:    Tiagra front derailer needs constant adjustment and doesn't seem to be very compatible with the Sugino crank set. Looking into swapping the derailer out for a smoother component. Drop-outs are a little testy

Bottom Line:   
I love the sturdy ride. Definitely holds up on rugged Oakland street terrain. Pretty fast for the weight and very comfortable. This is my first non-mountain bike and it was easy to adjust to a road bike set up with the Volpe's cyclocross features. I have noticed considerable adjustment issues with the front derailer, and the clunky shifting has been an issue when climbing.

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Price Paid:    $900.00

Purchased At:   Missing Link

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   original manufacturers set up.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by solid_blake a Commuter

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2008

Strengths:    Strong, Sturdy, Unique, and perfect for both long tours and local commuting.

Weaknesses:    It's a bit heavy (especially with a Pannier/Top Bag/Rear Saddle set-up); however, I've yet to have an overloading problem. The paint does need some touching up after a few nicks/scrapes.

Bottom Line:   
I found my Volpe from a seller on Craig's List and I've been in love with this bike ever since. As reviewers have already mentioned, this bike is truly unique. I've taken this bike on a few tours around the New England area and it has yet been matched by any loose gravel, dirt road, or pothole. For longer tours, I'll make sure to throw in the extra pair of nobbies I have to tackle some tough back-roads/trails. This bike is fast for a hybrid and extremely stable. I love tailing bike messengers throughout the Boston area. I could go on and on about how satisfied I am with this bike.

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Favorite Ride:   Weaving Through Traffic On Mass Ave

Price Paid:    $580.00

Purchased At:   Craig's List

Similar Products Used:   None, this bike is beautifully unique.

Bike Setup:   VP HeadSet, 1 1/8" threadless, Bianchi alloy handlebar, Bianchi 3D forged 15º Stem, Cane Creek SCX-5 cantilevers brakes / Shimano Tiagra STI levers, Sugino XD500T, 28/38/48T Crankset, Wellgo clipless 2-sided Peddles, Shimano Tiagra hubs, Alex ACE 19 36h rims, Shimano Deore 9spd / Shimano Tiagra 28.6mm Derailleurs, Shimano Tiagra 9spd STI Shifters, Brooks B17 Saddle, Poise XC suspension 27.2mm Seatpost.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Vinh Ho a Commuter

Date Reviewed: August 28, 2007

Strengths:    Solid frame; no worries that it'll break down on a long road trip.

Weaknesses:    None that I know of.

Bottom Line:   
The Volpe is a great touring/commuter rig, though, the Surly Cross-Check maybe a strong alternative. I've used it mainly as a commuter for those 'round the town errands as well as a grocery-go-getter.
Recently, the ride quality was phenomenal at the 400K Korea East/West Coast Ride spring 2007.
Looking forward to keeping it humming and tackling San Francisco hills on my August move there.

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Favorite Ride:   Tantalus Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Island Triathalon &

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Brooks B-17 saddle, 105 groupo, Bell Lap handle bars, Conti Top Touring, Nashbar Carbon fiber cyclo-cross fork, Cane Creek headset.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tvphobic a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2004

Strengths:    comfortable, nice geometry, exceedingly versatile

Weaknesses:    Heavy-ish. Tiagra hub cones aren't impossible to pit, LBS's don't like carrying cones. Don't over tighted the screws on Avid Shortys, they will strip; mind you, Avid is an excellent company, they warranted the "back tension" adjustment screws. Excellent!

Bottom Line:   
This is an update to the review below.
The Volpe is very sturdy and comfortable, but like another reviewer points out, the paint dings very easily.

Everything on the bike is fairly heavy, but the saddle is better than I first thought. The Nashbar legend saddle I bought is too soft, went back to the Celeste stock saddle, which is quite heavy but harder. The more cycling you do, the more you will dislike soft saddles.

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Bike Setup:   Planet Bike clip-on Fenders, Big Specialized underseat bag.



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Questions about updating a 1987 bianchi Volpe

My 1987 Bianchi Volpe has been my primary ride for awhile now but I'm going to get a 2nd bike so i plan on stripping, powdercoating, and rebuilding it this spring. Currently it is a mix of random parts that were put on to replace various broken or worn parts when I got it. It has bar end shifters, ... Read More »

Still waiting for my Volpe

Ordered it over a month ago and still waiting. My LBS says Bianchi is the problem and it's fairly widespread. What really sucks is that the excitement of getting a new bike has caused me to forsake my old bike, but it could be weeks before my Volpe comes in!Read More »

87 Biachi Volpe tubing?

I just baught an older volpe, and best I can figure it is a 1987. Anyway there is no tubing sticker on the frame. There is a Tange sticker on the unicrown fork, but nuthing on the frame. Anyone know what tubing this frame is made of? Anyone else have one of these older volpes, what are your thought ... Read More »

Decidiing between Bianchi Volpe or Masi Randonneur

Hello, I am looking to purchase my first steel bike and I have narrowed mt choice between the Bianchi Vople or Masi Speciale Randonneur. I will be using the bike for casual to moderate weekend day rides of 25- 50 miles and I will not be loading up with panniers. Which bike have the better ... Read More »

max tire size for Volpe

looking to get a second set of wheels for trails and would like to get some fat tires to handle the roots, etc. 42 would be great but could live with a 40 or maybe a 38 The chain stay looks like it can handle at least a 43 as measured with a caliper. brakes are narrower at about 39, but as lon ... Read More »

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