Bianchi Strada Touring Bike

4.5/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $749.99

Product Description

Frame Material: Reynolds 520
Frame Angles: 72.0 head, 72.5 seat
Sizes: 44cm, 49cm, 52cm, 55cm, 58cm, 61cm
Colors: Gray
Fork: Bianchi
Rear Shock: Not applicable
Brake Levers: Shimano
Handlebar: aluminum flat bar
Stem: Kalloy aluminum
Headset: 1" VP
Front Der: Shimano Tiagra, clamp-on/28.6mm
Crankset: TruVativ Elita, 28/38/48 teeth
Rear Der: SRAM ESP 7.0
Pedals: WTB MP350
Tires: 700 x 25c Continental Sport 1000

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User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2007

Strengths:    light feel, nice road feel, decent components

Weaknesses:    It's basically a Volpe w a cf fork and road brakes. The brakes limit possibilities for cross tires as a 700c x 30-32 is about as large as you can go.

Bottom Line:   
This is a great bike. There's nothing quite like a steel ride with good chro mo tubing and a cf fork. It feels lighter than it is (around 23 lbs). I did some retrofitting with replacement of the SRAM grip shifters with SRAM trigger shifters. The SRAM x-7 derailleur works very well particularly with the x-7 trigger shifters.

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Favorite Ride:   around Ashland - bike paths

Price Paid:    $680.00

Purchased At:   Cycle Sport

Similar Products Used:   Marin Lucas Valley (Bianchi has a better ride).
Bridgestone MB-1 with lugged light cro mo frame (also a very sweet steel ride).

Bike Setup:   stock except shifters

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by raymo7521 a Commuter

Date Reviewed: May 23, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, Alex AT-400 Rims (durable), good brakes, steel frame and carbon fork (soaks up the bumps)

Weaknesses:    Not the fastest bike on the street

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the 2005 Bianchi Strada. I purchased this bike because I needed an affordable commuter bike while I was in Washington DC. This bike is great. It is light for a steel frame bike, yet soaks the bumps and potholes on city streets. I don,t commute very far, but sometimes on the weekends I use the bike to cruise around town, and this bike fits the bill. It isn't the fastest bike, but it is substantially faster than a mountain bike. I added fenders and a rack to the bike which adds to its versatility. All in all, it is a great commuter bike for those wanting to use it as such or even a touring bike.
I think the bike originall listed for $799, but it was a 2005 model, so the price was reduced to $560.

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Favorite Ride:   Around town

Price Paid:    $560.00

Purchased At:   Capitol Bikes DC

Similar Products Used:   Trek 520

Bike Setup:   Stock with sks fenders and a blackburn rack.

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