Bianchi San Lorenzo Road Bike

4.63/5 (8 Reviews)
MSRP : $3299.99

Product Description

Frame Material: 7000 Scandium aluminum
Frame Angles: 74.0 head, 73.0 seat
Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm, 61cm, 63cm
Colors: Matte Black/Celeste
Fork: Bianchi carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano Dura-Ace STI Dual Control
Handlebar: Deda Magic 31.8
Stem: Deda Magic 31.8
Headset: 1 1/8" Tange Aheadset
Front Der: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace
Rear Der: Shimano Dura-Ace
Pedals: Unspecified
Tires: 700 x 23c Continental Ultra Gator Skin

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve W. a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2013

Strengths:    great all around road bike

Weaknesses:    none considering it is aluminum
original wheelset (see summary)

Bottom Line:   
Have owned this bike since new in 2004. Was originally reserved for racing (it was our team bike)but eventually replaced by Xenith Team and has been relegated as a training bike ever since. I now have an S Works Venge so am in the process of selling the Bianchi. That being said, it has been an excellent ride, very compliant, not buzzy, quite snappy, lightweight (but obviously not as light as the other 2 bikes). It still would be the preferred bike for a reasonably flat century ride since it is the easiest to ride of the three. It climbs and accelerates well but not in the same league as the Jamis and S Works. The only negative comment would be the Shimano wheels that it comes with are mediocre and I replaced them with Ksyriums right away.

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Price Paid:    $2700.00

Purchased At:   Open Road Bicycles

Similar Products Used:   Jamis Xenith Team
Specialized S Works Venge

Bike Setup:   Mavic Kysrium SL wheelset
Shimano Dura Ace components
Fizik Arione saddle
Deda Magic handlebar
Deda Magicstik carbon seatpost

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by the beef a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2007

Strengths:    -Very light
-Responsive geometry
-Quick acceleration

Weaknesses:    -Shift cable placement

Bottom Line:   
I bought this San Lorenzo frameset used through Craigslist. Since then, I've built it up with Campagnolo Veloce components and more recently Shimano Ultegra.

The frameset is astonishingly light - it's one of the lightest aluminum frames on the market, and weighs less than many carbon frames. At 1045 g for my 53 cm, the San Lorenzo is an great way to get a light machine.

The geometry is very race-like, with a horizontal top tube. Tracking is precise, but because of the responsiveness can feel 'twitchy', especially when out of the saddle. Acceleration is noticeably very quick. Climbing is a blast.

I have one or two complaints: the shift cable stops are placed a little too forward on the downtube for my liking, and the housing has no choice but to rub heavily on the head tube. Also, the variable-diameter tubing causes a LOT of annoying cable chatter if you forget to install those little rubber cable silencer 'donuts'.

Overall, though, the San Lorenzo is a very capable frame ready for racing. You can easily build it up to 15 lbs or less with the right mix of components.

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Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Craigslist

Bike Setup:   Full Ultegra

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2007

Strengths:    Lightweight, price, fairly stiff, and compliant for aluminum.

Weaknesses:    fragile paint, flimsy fork

Bottom Line:   
I purchased the bike as a frameset on Ebay; thus, none of the components are the same. Overall, the frame is terrific. As previous reviewers have pointed out it is incredibly light. It has a reasonably stiff ride, but isn't terribly harsh. The paint looks good, but does not have a clear coat, looks bad when dirty, and scratches easily. The stock fork is garbage. It is also extremely light, but extremely flimsy. The star nut in the steerer tube also comes loose. I have a friend who rode the same bike and had the same fork problems, which suggests to me this is not an atypical problem.

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Favorite Ride:   Alsea Falls, Oregon

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Cannondale CAAD 3, Torelli Gran Sasso, and Bianchi 928 Carbon.

Bike Setup:   Campy mix, Campy wheels, with Ritchey bar/stem/post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by luca deangelis a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2007

Strengths:    Good stiffness and weight combo

Weaknesses:    Durability

Bottom Line:   
Awesome bike. Light stiff, ride quality is as good as my steel bikes.

Durability a problem. Frame failed after 3 years.

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Favorite Ride:   baldwin city

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Leawood Bikes

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

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2006

Strengths:    ultra light weight, reasonably comfortable for long rides, especially with carbon seatpost. Classic celeste/silver/black color scheme.

Weaknesses:    -rear brake cable makes noise and scratches toptube (put the cable in a length of rubber tubing to fix that problem)
-doesn't have structural foam injected seat tube, so water could get into the BB area
-straight rear stays can transfer vibration to the rider
-grease and road grime show up easily on the celeste paint
-no aerodynamic features (like the Soloist or Look 485)

Bottom Line:   
This is one of the greatest bikes available for a resonable price. The frame is well within the range of ultralight bikes (1000g for 49cm), without spending a fortune. The ride quality is good, although not as compliant as steel, but feels good. The San Lorenzo flies up hills, and doesn't flex at all when I'm out of the saddle hammering. The celeste paint must be kept clean to look good, but when the sun glints off it, there's nothing like it.

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Favorite Ride:   uphill

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Frameset on ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bianchi XL Boron (2001)

Bike Setup:   ITM Millenium stem/bars
Deda Blackstick carbon seatpost
Selle Italia SLR XP saddle
Dura-Ace 9sp drivetrain
Flashpoint FP-40 wheels

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