Strengths: Frame stiffness and comfort - acceleration is strong
Weaknesses: Weighs 2-3 lbs more than a full carbon from a top manufacturer.
This bike is the best intermediate on the road. The frame is light and the ride is compliant for long rides. My bike is outfitted with a full Ultegra component set. The shifting is smooth and the brakes work flawlessly. I have put 5,000 miles (8046 KM) on the components and frame without issue. I would recommend this combo to anyone who is looking to step up to a new ride under $3,000
Strengths: Light, price (I bought a "new" 2005 in 2008), full Ultegra group, unique, smoooooth
Weaknesses: Terrible saddle
Two years and thousands of miles later, this is still my favorite bike! After suffering through many heavy, cheap, and old bikes for years I decided to get a real bike for an upcoming triathlon but something that I could enjoy riding everyday. I also wanted something unique, but at a price point of ~$1500 there isn't a ton of variety. It feels like I tried every boring entry-level bike out there until I found this one. WOW, I did not think I would be able to afford anything this nice. The only mods I've done to it are swap out the terrible saddle (there was actually a screw sticking into the center), replace the scratched up seatpost, and got some handlebars the correct width - and it only weighs just under 18lbs! This bike isn't a sprinter but it is fast and the full Ultegra group has performed flawlessly. The 1/2 steel, 1/2 carbon frame makes this an extremely smooth ride that gets a ton of compliments from other cyclists (usually as I'm passing them!). If you need a do-anything bike at a great price, I cannot recommend this bike enough.
Strengths: It is a jack-of-all-trades ride. Its pretty fast and quite stable, and you can ride it all day. Bianchi says its sub-19 lbs., my scale said 18.1. Having said that, it rode quite a bit lighter.
Weaknesses: Its a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none bike. Its not really a race bike and its not really a touring bike. It is a very god choice if you only have the room, cash, or desire for one bike.
This is a fine bike, but there are other options out there at this price point and using this design/technology.
I bought this 2005 NOS in 2007. I used it as a trainer post-surgery. I had a choice of 2005 or 2006 NOS, I went withe 2005 because I liked the color scheme better.
Weaknesses: No real complaints, but if it had come with carbon handlebars and nicer wheels, it would have been nice.
I have the 2005 model in traditional Bianchi celeste green. I have ridden it for two years. It is a fantastic bike overall. I have ridden both aluminum and carbon bikes. Aluminum is terrible; it should be illegal to make aluminum bike frames due to road vibrations. Carbon is great but so is fine steel. This bike really absorbs road vibration.
I am a 46 year old attorney-dad-husband and only get to ride once or twice a week, but I think it is plenty fast and very close to carbon framed bikes. The full Ultegra components of course work great.
I have upgraded the wheel set, stem and handlebars. Carbon stem and handlebars, and Spider custom wheels. The effect of these upgrades is a faster role and smoother ride, but the differences are pretty subtle.
Strengths: Smooooothe steel frame ride and still lite weight.
Weaknesses: Handlebars a inch too wide for my taste.
I shopped and shopped and shopped for the perfect bike. I knew I was only going to get one shot at a new road bike over the next several years so I wanted it to be perfect. I was looking for a value and hoping for an Italian frame. I did not expect to find the PERFECT bike but I did.
This sweet ride has all the benefits of a steel frame with carbon forks and rear triangle. It has the quiet ride of a monorail and I am comfortable in the saddle all day, but it still has the stiffness and power transfer of a thoroughbred racer (or at least a bad-ass club racer). And guess what, it has that Italian Bianchi mythos. Best of all, the 2005 model came in Bianchi Celeste Green. I really am pleased with every aspect of this bike and with the LBS (Black Dog Bikes) that special ordered it from Bianchi for me, set it up perfectly and tossed in some spd pedals, bottle cages, upgraded the stem, and gives his standard 1 year of free service. Gotta love that.
Ill start with the question. I'm looking to get back into riding, so I've been researching some decent used bikes. I came across a 93 bianchi virata. After digging around it seems to fit my needs (decent speed and weight, upgradability, triathlons possibly) It's in fair condition, it has a good bit ... Read More »
I don't understand the virtues or vices of the recent Bianchi alu-carbon road bikes. Which is the best one for racing? Which is best for general road riding including centuries? Is the Via Nirone a lower-level bike? Clarification would help. Thanks, WayneRead More »
New here and returning to road riding after a much too long absence; I have gotten hold of a Bianchi Virata frame to build up (w/ Ultegra 10 speed double) every reference to this carbon/steel frame states a steel main triangle with carbon chainstays and carbon fork.
This example that I have has a c ... Read More »
Today I traded for an older lugged steel Bianchi Virata with 8 speed 105 ergo components. I traded my Haro Gomez commuter bike plus $100 for it. The Gomez just made me feel cheap.
The Virata is in really decent shape. The frame is two tone, red and white. All the components are 105.
I've h ... Read More »
I have a ca. 1984 Bianchi Carbon Virata and really want to update its appearance a bit. Unfortunately, this being my first road bike, and me living in Florida (not very active bike culture), I have no idea where to begin.
I was thinking about new wheels, seat post, 'darken' everything a bit to g ... Read More »