Strengths: Smooth. Fast. Comfortable. Versatile. Gorgeous. Plays classy Italian music while in motion. World champ stripes. Tells other riders "I'm going places"
Weaknesses: Some kind of rattle (vibration) in the fork; I think it's actually from the anti vibration kevlar thing installed in it...which is aggravating.
Pretty F'n Good.
So, if you shop around and compare reviews on what people say about this bike and the Jamis equivalent at the time (usually Quest) for the last 10 years or so, they're about the same, except for the Jamis price point being a little lower.
I spent some time on both frames. The Jamis fit me just a tiny little bit better. The Jamis has a +1 better component set. The Jamis uses marginally better steel. The Jamis has a more subdued and sleek paint job. The Jamis for doesn't have some occasional quirky little rattle in the fork.
But, the Jamis doesn't make you feel like you're driving a Ferrari through twisting country roads in Italy with a large breasted woman you can barely understand....and maybe some cocaine too.
The Jamis isn't parked in my garage.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: September 19, 2013
Strengths: Good quality steel frame, comfortable to ride, perfect bike for long weekend rides
Triple chain is very convenient
Weaknesses: would be nice if they included Shimano 105 shifters
Very nice bike to ride, comfortable, fast and I like a steel framed bike. I have several good bikes but this one is the one I choose for a long distance ride.
Strengths: Carbon hybrid forks and seatpost. Reynolds 631, Tiagra shifters, ect. Great bike for someone who likes long, intense weekend rides, but still uses a bike to get around town. Very stylish, but dosn't scream "I just spent $$$$ on a bike! Steal me!"
Weaknesses: It has 2 sets of brakes that one might find cumbersome (easily removable). Also a bit heavy compared to other Bianchi bikes, but with steel thats to be expected.
Great overall bike for pretty much everything I need a bike for. The triple makes commuting easy, even in the hilly neighborhoods. The Carbon and steel are very comfortable, and the bike is very fast and easy to ride. Great value if you want a high quality steel road bike. I'm not much of a racer, but for fast cornering, steep climbs, and rapid acceleration this bike is far better than any other steel I've ridden. Ever.
Strengths: Smooth ride. Sharp looks. Triple chain is nice on the big hills. Reasonable price )down now from 2003). Good entry bike in my opinion. I'm looking now to upgrade to TI with Dura Ace, but no fault of the Imola (just willing to spend 3x the Imola price now as I've become an addict!!!).
Weaknesses: Just the headset problem ,and that was a fluke I think.
I ride the 2003 Imola, and love it. For the price, I think it's a great bike. Very comfortable ride (gotta love the Bianchi steel), and quick enough too. I have over 4,500 miles on it in 2 years. Only problem after 3,000 miles was the headset (faulty), which dealer replaced for free. I'm 5'10", 165 - ride the 55. Ride 18+ mph with my club on 50 mile rides (21+ on 20 mile rides).
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