Bianchi XL EV4/Record 2003 Road Bike

5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $4999.99

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

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2004

Strengths:    Light Weight
Build Quality
Finish Durability

Weaknesses:    Firm Ride - If you're a tender bottomed poseur or 'comfort cruiser', this bike is not for you.

Bottom Line:   
This frameset is frighteningly lightweight yet amazingly stiff, durable, and responsive. I built mine from a frame/fork, and the complete setup checks in at a scant 15.6 lbs (~7.1kg). When you're rolling in the flats, the machine responds instantly to your every thought, yet feels very secure at speed and in descents. It's absolutely fabulous for the hilly country. When combined with a very light wheelset (e.g. Hyperons) and components, it accelerates like nobody's business and when you get to the hills, you'll drop others like a bad habit. It transmits quite a lot of road feel despite the carbon fork, and a carbon seat post and comfortable saddle are recommended. Invest in a quality ($) set of shorts/bibs as well if you're going to make longer distance rides (e.g. 100 miles). You can easily spend more on a more exotic frameset and get less performance, so the EV4 is akin to a Ferrari for the price of a Lexus.

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Favorite Ride:   Show Me the Hills

Price Paid:    $1700.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   2001 Bianchi EV2 XL
2001 Bianchi Giro

Bike Setup:   Full 2004 Record Groupset
Campy Hyperons
FSA Team Issue Carbon Crankset and various FSA carbon goodies

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by adamrodkey a Road Racer from Muncie

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2003

Strengths:    Weight, handling, rigidity. Looks.

Weaknesses:    Won't accept Campy Hiddenset; nit-picking, but ALL Campy would be nice.

Bottom Line:   
This is a truly awesome frame. Very light weight, but maintains stiffness. Shorter wheelbase makes it handle very fast and respond like a well paid butler. Fork is one of the lighter full carbons out there. All around great frame, light, stiff, responsive and fast. Looks super stealth in black w/ grey. Pricey, but if you want the best you have to pay.

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Favorite Ride:   alone

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Kirk's Bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   L Lite Alloy frame (different geometry though)

Bike Setup:   Record 10, Ksyriums, Conti. Force/Attack, Deda Newton bar/stem, Record post Flite TT, Looks.

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