Bianchi Virata Triple Road Bike

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)
MSRP : $2099.99

Product Description

Frame Material: Dedaccai Eom
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 73.5 seat
Sizes: 49cm, 51cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm, 61cm, 63cm
Colors: Kandy Blue
Fork: Bianchi carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra STI Dual Control
Handlebar: Deda Elementi Piega
Stem: Deda Elementi Nero
Headset: Aheadset AL
Front Der: Shimano Ultegra
Crankset: Shimano Ultegra Triple, 30/42/52 teeth
Rear Der: Shimano Ultegra
Pedals: Wellgo clipless
Tires: 700 x 23c Continental Ultra Gator Skin

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by johnlisa5135 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2008

Strengths:    Lightweight (for steel), comfortable but responsive (slight slope to top tube, but not radical departure from racing geometry), terrific components: Ultegra, Mavic Kysrium Equipe, carbon seat AND chainstays, fork.

Weaknesses:    Only the seat. Selle OEM not up to the standards of the rest of the bike.

Bottom Line:   
Bought this 2005 new in 2006. I had bought myself a Trek Pilot 2.1, and was loving its speed, comfort and quality. I started to feel guilty that my wife was still riding an inexpensive Trek Hybrid (720). I had a Trek 730. In usual fashion I had bought myself the better bike. This time I wanted to get her something nicer than I gave myself for a change.
Well, I succeeded. Too well, if you ask me. The Deda steel frame on this bike is amazing! It's lighter (by a full pound), more responsive, and more comfortable than the Aluminum/Carbon Trek. Under any riding conditions, it is superior. I agree with others, the seat is not perfect, so I swapped it for a Koobi. My wife can ride all day in perfect comfort. We also got a shorter/higher rise stem. That's it. The full Ultegra Triple drivetrain is superior to the Ultegra/105 mix on my Trek. I want one of these for myself now! Too bad it is discontinued for 2008, although I imagine it could make a comeback when folks realize what they've lost. Steel is real.

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Favorite Ride:   Cape Breton Highlands Nova Scotia

Price Paid:    $1400.00

Purchased At:   eBay (new)

Similar Products Used:   Trek Pilot 2.1, Giant OCR C2

Bike Setup:   Bone stock 2005, except for Koobi PRS Enduro (5 stars!) saddle, and Bontrager 90cm/15 deg riser stem.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bianchiguy a Commuter

Date Reviewed: September 14, 2005

Strengths:    The ride is smooth and compliant. The CF Black Box rear with the CF fork combined with the steel frame make for a great ride. The full Ultegra group works flawlessly together. Smooth, crisp shifting is what it should be and this provides it. Of course, the Celeste rounds everything out for the perfect package.

Weaknesses:    Upto this point, I can honestly say that I do not have any negatives to list. I have only put on a few hundred miles so another 2000 and I may have a comment to make in this arena. I have a century coming up this Sunday so this could bring out some weak points if there are any.

Bottom Line:   
I love this bike. After considering the Treks,Cannodl's, etc. I rode the Virata and I was sold. Ordered it up and had it the next week. I ride an average of 90 miles a week commuting to work which involes climbing and fast decents. I've done a few upgrades over the stock components including a Deda Newton 26, Bontrager XXX Lite seat post and some Conti GP Force/Attack I also installed some Time pedals. Coming from SPD's, these took a little getting used to.

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Favorite Ride:   Absolutely any. The worse day riding beats the best day at the office

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Brought on from the pressure of not getting enough ride time just Mtn. biking and at the insistance of my roadie friends, this was my plunge into the road world since I rode a Varsity and a Contenetal many years back. It feels great !

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

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2004

Strengths:    Excellent ride quality.
Dedacciai EOM steel.
Dedacciai Black Tail 2/Black Box carbon rear triangle.

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
So far, I am very happy with with my purchase. This bike has an incredibly smooth ride, and I have had no problems.

I am a larger rider (200 lbs.), and I was looking to upgrade my full Al. bike with something that would be more forgiving on longer rides. The Virata fits the bill exactly. While it's not as stiff as my previous ride, it is much easier to go fast on. It almost seems to float just above the road surface, and is easier to keep at high speeds. The bike does a good job on climbs. It doesn't sacrifice too much stiffness in order to get such a smooth ride.

The frame material is top notch. Build quality seems good, but the real test is the test of time so I will leave that for another review later on. I don't know of another bike in this price range that uses the Dedacciai EOM steel (one of the best on the market).

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Favorite Ride:   Natchez Trace

Price Paid:    $2100.00

Purchased At:   Gran Fondo

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Allez Comp

Bike Setup:   Stock setup.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by velolt a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 7, 2004

Strengths:    Smooth ride. Solid build. Nice rear carbon triangle. Smooth ride.

Weaknesses:    Was not built in Italy, and took a lot for me to get over the fact it was not celeste (Kandy Blue). I wonder if Bianchi only paints their upper end bikes celeste now? Headset went bad. The OEM Mavics could have at least been Equipe (sp?). Not good in sprints (at least for me).

Bottom Line:   
Bought this bike to replace old bike (GT Strike, was worn out, and too much to keep replacing parts). I commute to work daily +20 miles and typically put in a longer ride (+60 miles) every weekend. I have put approximately 700 miles on it so far.

I am not a large rider (5’8” – 145lbs), so do not know how the steel frame and rear carbon triangle would be affected by a heavier rider. I am not a racer, but have noticed a substantial decrease in rigidity over my prior aluminum frame. I should not have gone with the triple chain ring, as I never use the third ring (personal thing I know…). Sprinting takes more energy with this bike, but the ride is Very smooth. The OEM bike seat was murder, had to replace it or face painful saddle sore (to each their own). I had to replace the OEM headset the first one hundred miles as it was making a loud popping sound going over rough pavement. The bike has all Ultegra comp.
I also looked at the Cannondale R2000 when purchasing. I believe if I was to purchase again I would suck it up and get a higher end Bianchi or the Cannondale R2000. Still happy with my purchase though, although I would reccomend just purchasing the frame and fork option and outfitting it yourself.

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Favorite Ride:   PDX to Larch Mountain

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Lakeside Bicycles, L

Similar Products Used:   Looked at the Cannondale R2000 when deciding.

Bike Setup:   Ultegra Comp. (Triple)
Speedplay Zero pedals
Chris King Headset

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