Strengths: Come on, it's a Bianchi, of course it looks sexy. Stiff. Great for the entry level racer and will last through many a racing season with the right build.
This is a great bike for the fast recreational cyclist looking to make the jump to something a bit race oriented, but doesn't have the big cash to spend. Overall the frame is stiff and can be built to be very aero and fast. While Boonen or Contador may not approve, it is more than worthy for a humble cat 3-5 racer
The carbon seat stays go a long way in taking out road vibration, but do yourself a favor and get a carbon seatpost as well. As others have said, paint is a little thin and is easily marked. My rack for the car has worn a couple spots on the top tube. Two dollars of foam pipe insulation later and the problem was fixed. Not really a complaint but just a trait to keep in mind during transport.
The best part about this bike is its ability to be a long distance touring bike as well as a race bike. I completed the 575 miles of the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway in five days with it and never felt fatigued from the stiffness of the frame.
If you are looking for an entry level racer, that can also be used for a long distance tour, this is a great place to start.
Bike Setup: Campy 20 speed veloce grouppo, Campy Nucleon Wheels, Veloflex Pave tires, Selle Italia flight saddale, Bontrager carbon fiber seatpost, Easton EA30 44mm handle bars
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: April 8, 2007
Strengths: acceleration, handling, stopping,
Weaknesses: ride could be a little smoother. shifting could be a little smoother.
o.k. i alway said i would only ride steel!!!
that said, one of the guys i ride with told me to try this bike. big mistake. to smooth, to responsive, way to quick. this bike comes with all 105 components. i know some of you don't like 105's but on this bike it really works.
Strengths: Carbon seat stays are great! Stock Mavic Cosmos wheels are strong and dependable.
Weaknesses: Paint seems to chip rather easy. Need to take extra care.
Had the Giro for two years with over 2500 miles and still running strong. Bike orig. came with 105 group, but since then upgraded drive train to Ultegra (highly recommend). I also added a carbon seat post to compliment the seat stays (soaks up bumps even more). This is an entry level racer and can keep up with some of the more expensive bikes. Excellent climbing and downhill abilities. A little slow on the flats, but mostly because of my old legs :)
What would you guys recommend for wheel/tire choices for the Giro, on Sept. 7th?
I've got Mavic Cosmics (50mm deep), Reynolds R32's and a set of 20mm carbon tubulars. Are the roads clean enough for tubs, or should I stick to clinchers? I use the Continental Gatorskin Sprinters on the tubs.
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Looking at getting a new pair of shoes (don't need them, but want some). Current shoes are PI's that look more like a running shoe. They're comfortable but I'd like something with a little more class. Came across the Giro and the Vittoria 1976, both have the class angle covered, but I'm not crazy ab ... Read More »
Today I picked up a pair of 2014 Giro Empires on sale from the lbs. The initial fit felt good and I had no issues. I threw on a brand new set of cleats and went on a short ride. Immediately the cleats felt way too far back on my foot and quite awkward. I changed the cleat position from the middle, t ... Read More »