Bianchi XL Carbon Chorus Road Bike

4.71/5 (7 Reviews)
MSRP : $4099.99

Product Description

Frame Material: Bianchi RC XL Carbon
Frame Angles: 73.5 head, 72.5 seat
Sizes: 61cm, 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, 58cm
Colors: Natural Matte
Fork: Bianchi carbon
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Campagnolo Chorus Ergo
Handlebar: Deda Elementi Newton
Stem: Deda Elementi Newton
Headset: 1 1/8" FSA
Front Der: Campagnolo Chorus
Crankset: Bianchi Carbon, 39/53 teeth
Rear Der: Campagnolo Chorus
Pedals: Not applicable
Tires: 700 x 23c Michelin Axial Pro Race

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

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2006

Strengths:    lateral stiffness + vertical compliance = comfort and performance

Weaknesses:    fork is kinda weak, could use some beefing up. Makes the downhills a bit dicey.

Bottom Line:   
The nicest riding road bike I've ever owned. Beautiful celeste graphics, razor sharp handling and laterally very stiff. Very comfortable on long rides, compliant vertically to save your "bits".

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Favorite Ride:   any

Price Paid:    $775.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   2001 XL EV 2 Team Pirata Replica, 2003 Specialized E5 S works, 2006 fuji carbon professional.

Bike Setup:   full dura ace 9, AM classic CR-420's, FSA SLK compact cranks, Time RXS pedals, Bontrager XXX seatpost, Specialized Avatar Saddle (which I love).

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Soo-re Cha a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2006

Strengths:    smooth. comfortable. stiff. looks.

Weaknesses:    bike handling could be better.

Bottom Line:   
it's not the lightest but not the heaviest frame. but it's a carbon frame. very comfortable and smooth after 100 miles of riding. also it's fairly stiff for a carbon frame. i felt little wobbly at first but then it got better. love the compact geometary. it's not the best bike i ever ridden but not the worst either. pretty good experience with this guy though. i would highly recommend.

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Favorite Ride:   big climbs...

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   from a oaklahoma bia

Similar Products Used:   cannondale. trek oclv.

Bike Setup:   2006 Shimano Ultegra Comp.
Mavic Ksyrium Elite.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ladams a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: October 7, 2005

Strengths:    Dampens road vibration admirably without being a noodle (once you replace that accursed fork).

Weaknesses:    Not one decal on the frame is the same color, including all the "Bianchi" decals. Get rid of the fork before you start.

Bottom Line:   
Purchased frame/fork as a replacement for my AL racing bike that was stiffer than I like. This is a "second" bike to my custom Ti. This is the bike that gets bad roads, bad weather, and bad packs.

The frame came equiped with the Bianchi fork. This is the worst fork that I have ever used. It is torsionally as strong as a cooked spagehetti noodle, horizontally as compliant as a slugs body, and has the vertical strength of a worn out '67 Chevy spring. It has been replaced.

The frame itself is wonderful. Chip-seal melts away. BB is quit stiff. Cornering is predictable (after fork replacement). This makes the bike agile without being too quick. Too quick can be a problem when tired and/or in a large pack.

The frame appears very similar to several other european carbon frames. The main frame tubing looks similar to some that Columbus was marketing a few years ago. In any case it appears to work.

I owned a carbon frame some years ago from another manufacturer and I did not like the dead feel. I decided to try one again after a decent evolutionary period and am very happy. This does not replace the Ti, but makes a nice compliment.

As for the overall and value ratings in RoadBkeReview I have a small rant. If all the products get a five then average becomes exceptional. If the item works as advertised it is a three, optimal, average, etc. If the product did not meet your expectations then it is below average, not average. Please be objective. A five means that you are so happy that you are leaping for joy, the product was less expensive than you expect, and of far higher quality than it should/needs to be.

This bike is a four, the price was good and it is a nice design. The fork was terrible and the decals don't match.

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Favorite Ride:   Pretty Much All of 'em

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   Private Sale, but ne

Similar Products Used:   Many high end frames of Steel, Ti, and Al, but none in carbon for years.

Bike Setup:   Very nice.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mgeren a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2005

Strengths:    Stiff ride, but not uncomfortable
Classic Italian handling

Weaknesses:    Heavier than some other carbon or Scandium frames with equivalent stiffness

Bottom Line:   
This was my first carbon bike and boy was I nervous. I had to sell my Orbea Starship (Columbus aluminum) because the frame flexed too much under my (then) 200lbs, so I was skeptical when they reccommended a carbon frame. Let me just say that I am quite impressed with the Bianchi. It is as solid a ride as my old steel MTB but weighs a respectable 18lbs with aero bars. My first real ride was the Horribly Hilly Hundreds ( with a 13/29 cassette and it was absolutely perfect for it. It's stiff enough for the climbs and descended like a champ. I just love it.

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Favorite Ride:   Horribly Hilly Hundreds, Madison WI

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Willy Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Orbea Starship
Giant TCR

Bike Setup:   XL Carbon Frame
Campy Centaur Gruppo
Ksyrium SLs
FSA bar / stem
Thomson Masterpiece post

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

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2005

Strengths:    Centaur drive train
Sweet and sleak colors
Perfect frame
Most important to me - owning a bike that not every one else owns. (cough trek cough):)

Weaknesses:    The Fizik Pave saddle (transplanted from my 2003 Jamis Comet) is like sitting on concrete. Changed out with a Selle Italia Flite gel saddle.

Full retail price is a little steep. I am glad I didn't pay it.

Bottom Line:   
Bike is a complete custom build with a full Centaur groupo, Chorus hubs with Mavic open pro rims, and 3T stem and bars, and carbon seat post. I got the frame as a year end close out at $1099 and built the entire bike for around $2500.

The frame is my first full carbon frame and it rides like a dream. It takes the brunt of the road vibrations while still giving a responsive feel like many of the aluminum frames I have ridden. The bottom bracket stiffness is as tight as any bike I have ever ridden or owned as well. Although I plan on upgrading the wheels in the future, the custom built Open Pro’s are light where it counts, the rims, and the 32 spokes make it a great “bombproof” training wheel.

My biggest surprise of the bike was how much I like the Campy groupo. I have always been a Shimano person until now but figured I give Campy a try. I love being able to shift up or down up to 5 gears at a time in the rear and the hoods fit my hand better than the Shimano’s. I probably will never go back to Shimano after this pleasant experience with Campagnolo.

The best thing for me is that Bianchi is one of the few brands that stocks a 55cm (c-c) frame with a 55 cm effective top tube that fits me the best. I was a little nervous about buying a bike before I test rode it, but thank to a lot of research before buying it, it turned out great.

On a side note, I was very happy with the knowledgable service I got at Cobblestone Bikes. I would recommend that shop to anyone living in the Richmond, Va area.

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Favorite Ride:   West Creek

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Cobblestone Bikes

Similar Products Used:   Owned: 2003 Jamis Comet
2001 Trek XO1 cross bike

Test rode: 2003 Lemond Zurich (My second choice)
2004 Trek 5000 and 5200
2004 Orbea Onix (very nice) and Mitis 2
2004 Cervelo Prodigy

Bike Setup:   See above with double chain ring and a 12-25 cassette.

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