Bianchi San Lorenzo 2003 Road Bike

4.33/5 (6 Reviews)
MSRP : $2999.99

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

Date Reviewed: September 2, 2007

Strengths:    stiff and lite...the celeste green with zipps looks great

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
first time i own an aluminum frame. built it up with dura ace 10 /pedals with zipp 404 with corsa cx tubulars. total weight is 15.8 lbs. frame is very stiff. flex free with dura ace cranks- rock solid during sprinting. every pedal stroke results in forward motion. climbing is also noticeably more efficient. comfort issues can and should be remedied with a well padded saddle and a nice carbon post..i use d sella san marco-us postal edition and specialized with zertz..

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Favorite Ride:   cerritos to dana point

Purchased At:   friend

Similar Products Used:   first alum

Bike Setup:   dura ace 10, zipp tubulars , deda magic stem n bars, specialized carbon post, san marco saddle,

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ccrider a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2004

Strengths:    quick, nimble, very fast, builds up light, cool paint scheme, good for short fast/intense rides

Weaknesses:    Stiff ride, not for rides over 40 miles, derailler cable bosses place cables too close to downtube (so when you go over bumps the cables rattle against the tube), not Reparto Corse made (might be made in japan? or *gasp* taiwan?). I bought it for cheap but its definitely not worth the MSRP.

Bottom Line:   
I'm a steel-is-real guy and have always like italian lugged steel roadbikes. This San Lorenzo was the first non-steel frame I've ridden in since I was a teenager (my first real racing bike at 16 was a Cannondale). This year I started to think about trying something lighter and 'faster', so when I came across this frameset on closeout for $500 I decided to try it. First thing, this DOES NOT ride like steel. Yes, its light and handles quickly and tracks well with no surprises (its a Bianchi afterall) and it climbs very well too, but... its way too stiff! I feel every bump in the road. I feel really beatup after any 30+ mile ride. Going over rail road tracks isn't fun, so I can imagine riding this over cobbles would be a nightmare. It appears I've given up comfort for a lighter/faster rig. But is it faster over longer distances? I think not. If you aren't comfortable you can't be efficient and so you can't go longer. Its a cool looking rig and I've gotten lots of compliments, but I miss the feel of steel. I'll probably look for a Bianchi Boron XL or a Cervelo SuperProdigy to replace this San Lorenzo.

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Favorite Ride:   Denton Alps (southwest of Lincoln)

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Pacific Bicycle (Nov

Similar Products Used:   Bottechia, Giordana, Concorde, Surly, Bianchi

Bike Setup:   9sp Shimano Ultegra/Dura-Ace mix, Rolf Vector Comp wheels, FSA cranks, 3T Forgie bar&stem, Specialized carbon seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe Sconzo a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2003

Strengths:    Stiffness, responsiveness, climbing agility.

Weaknesses:    Roads here in SW Conn. are pretty beat up. The bike is very hard on the body on rough roads - not for a once-a-week club cruiser.

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a very stiff, responsive bike for the crits and road races I participate in here in CT. Crits are short and fast coruses and road races are very hilly. The San Lorenzo was recommended by the shop owner as an all-around well performing rad race and crit bike. I bought the 57 frame from him as well as the Deda magic stem and oversize bar. Completed the kit with Dura Ace and an FSA carbon crank set along with the new Topolino wheels. I can say this bike rocks! On the hills it is really light on ascents and very responsive on descents. During crits it performs very well, especially during a sprint. (The Topolinos are also awesome). For serious riders only.

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Favorite Ride:   Long training rides in SW Conn.

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Bethel Cycle, Bethel

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale R900
Specialized S-Works

Bike Setup:   San Lorenzo Frame and carbon fork
Selle Italia Flite Gel Bianchi Seat
Deda carbon seat post
Deda Magic stem and bar
Shimano Dura Ace group (except front crankset)
FSA carbon crank set
Topolino wheels (carbon and kevlar spoke system)
Michelin tires

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by long_rider a Triathlete from Mountain View, CA

Date Reviewed: June 15, 2003

Strengths:    Good value with component group.
Good climbing bike

Weaknesses:    Bone jarring ride on any bump

Bottom Line:   
Only demo-ed this bike for a somewhat long test ride, but felt I had to comment on previous review. Seems like a pretty good value with the Durace component group, and the construction is good, but this does NOT ride like steel. It is stiff, and you will feel every bump. I doubt if you are used to steel that you will like this ride. The
"scandium" aluminum blend to me should be called "scamium". Really, you're getting the nice component group and a regular aluminum bike w/carbon fork ride.

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Favorite Ride:   Any early morning ride

Purchased At:   a bike store

Bike Setup:   Full Durace with Mavic Ksyrium SL wheelset

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by smbrand1 a Road Racer from Seattle, WA

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2003

Strengths:    Smooth, stable, stiff rear end and BB, light. General, overall goodness.

Weaknesses:    a little flexy in a sprint? made in Taiwan? the tripple crank set? i don't know...

Bottom Line:   
I had the chance to demo this bike pretty extensively (thanks Bianchi Rep). I was really impressed. I'd never ridden Scandium before the demo and was really surprised at how smooth and lively it is. It's a lot like steel, which I'm told is the whole point.

The bike smoothed out the road as well as my Trek carbon does and felt a little more lively. I was told that a lot of the "smoothing" was probably due the Vredestein Open Tubular tires that were mounted to the Ksyrium Elites. I'd like to think it was more the frame though. The bike felt really efficient and powerful (read: stiff) while climbing in the saddle. It decended smoothly and stabley.

The bike looked like it would be a little twitchy due to it's semi-compact geometry but I was completely wrong. It seemed to guide itself on long descents and it cornered smoothly and predictably. The bike was more stable than my Trek Carbon which has a more traditional geometry.

The only downfall I found was that while putting in a hard effort out of the saddle on a short steep climb, the frame seemed to felx a bit. My guess is that it probably flexes similarly when sprinting. But then, I'm not very good at sprinting so I don't care. Otherwise, it seemed really stiff and efficent. Scandium = good. And oh yeah, it's way light! just over 17lbs in a 57. And that's with a DA tripple, the Ksyrium elites and a really wierd heavy saddle. This bike could easily be less than 17lbs. I wouldn't hesitate to recomend the San Lorenzo to any rider who wants a DA racing bike at a good price.

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Favorite Ride:   don't know yet... just moved here...

Purchased At:   Montlake Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Trek Carbon, uh... I guess that's it...

Bike Setup:   Stock with that weird saddle. It was comfy though...

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