Bianchi Roger Cyclocross Bike

Roger

  • Frame: Easton Ultralite
  • Fork: Bianchi carbon
  • Headset: Tange Integrated 1-1/8" threadless
  • Handlebar: Deda Elementi Piega
  • Stem: Bianchi Componenti
  • Chain: KMC
  • Cassette: WTB, 17T
  • Pedals: Resin
  • Wheels: WTB Single-Duty

User Reviews (6)

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Hotep   Recreational Rider [Jul 20, 2008]
Strength:

Good durable bike. Not sure how it races but as a everday commuter winter riding bike, it's been fantastic.

Weakness:

Cranks are not great, but everything else is pretty good considering the price.

The only other thing I would say is even with the Easton Alum, this thing doesn't ride what I would call great. If it were 853 Reynolds, Holy Moly!

I thought I would post up a review after I've had this bike a while.

Wanting a single speed road bike, and loving the durability and power of a disc brake, I was ready to have somebody build me a custom frame. Then, came Roger.

Basically I've owned this more than a year now. I use this bike as my crappy weather, training, commuting, beat the sh** out of it bike.

I replaced the cranks, saddle, tires, mounted up fenders and boom. The best Thrasher Communter Bike ever.

Changing a rear flat with fenders is an issue so I keep the tires fresh to minimize the risk, run biggish tires with 28-35 tubes.

Best 1000 bucks I've ever spent.

I liked this bike so much I went and bought a Bianchi Lewis (the single speed mountain bike) as a result.

Similar Products Used: I found NOTHING like this bike, that is why I bought it.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
bianchiSS   Commuter [Dec 26, 2007]
Strength:

Brakes - great stopping power in wet, snowy, slushy, or dry conditions
Light frame and carbon fork
Fast! Snappy acceleration

Weakness:

Heavy wheels, frame transfers all road vibrations directly to your body

I've been commuting 10 miles round trip in Massachusetts on this bike for 6 months, and am still happy I bought this bike. The bike is pretty light, responds instantly when you put the hammer down, and handles very nicely. Being a SS means there is little in the way of maintenance to take care of, just brakes and keeping the chain clean. The BB creaks a little bit when I stand up to pedal, but it may be the BB shell rather than the BB itself - at any rate after ~1500 miles it's still spinning smoothly. I have not really tested this bike's capability offroad, but I appreciate its durability every time it rains, snows, or I hit a pothole. Not exactly a cushy commuter, but a fast, fun bike to ride twice every workday.

Similar Products Used: Lemond Tourmalet, 2003
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Brian Logan   Recreational Rider [Dec 06, 2007]
Strength:

Simple design bristling with features.

Weakness:

Too big of stock gear (unless used on flat asphalt)

The ultimate in year round commuter/winter training partner. Discs don't mind slush, single speed drivetrain reduces maintenance, and superlight aluminum will not rust. Great looks, great handling. Swap the front cog for something around 36, and ride.

Similar Products Used: 'Cross bikes from Felt, Marin, and a few other commuter build ups.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
simplegreen   Road Racer [Nov 12, 2007]
Strength:

Thick paint. Light frame/fork. BB7 brakes add a punch to this single speed.

Weakness:

Cranks/BB. Top tube cable moves around too much. zip tie it down!
Wheels are heavy.

To have a bike designed by Chuck Yeager's daughter, Sky, is a treat in itself. 2007 is the last year of production on this bike. Got my hands on one quickly and built it up in the shop. Great paint finish. Could use extra clamp on top tube for the cable rubs I see happening in the future. Zip tie will work I guess. The top tube has a nice square shape toward the seat tube for a more relaxed feel when the bike is slung up on your shoulder. Wheels are heavy but the frame and fork are rather light. Whole bike with pedals weighs 20.5 lbs. Not bad. Gearing is large out of the box. 48x17 but went 42x17 for the woods. Sugino cranks are not my cuppa so I will change it out after this season.

Similar Products Used: Bianchi Lewis, MUSS, San Jose and Trek 69er.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
ccrider   Road Racer [Oct 17, 2007]
Strength:

frame and fork

Weakness:

all the parts

For a single speed with a MSRP of $1000+, this bike should be ready to race right out of the box. It is not. It comes with a mediocre drivetrain and very heavy wheels. You have to change the gearing (I swaped in a 42t ring), get lighter wheels (the WTB single duty's are okay for a heavy 29er, not a cross bike), and better cranks. The Suginos with splined bb kept creaking, (I'd rather have square taper). The frame and fork are light and handle well, but the parts suck. Fun bike for cruising around town and working on your spin, but as is with stock parts it's not up to the task of racing cross. Overpriced for what you get.

Similar Products Used: Bianchi Axis, Bianchi steel cylocross, Hot tubes cross
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
William Santana   Road Racer [Oct 12, 2007]
Strength:

Bomb-proof. Very comfortable. Very stable in it's intended environment.

Weakness:

Different cranks are a must IMO. Cable slap. Rides like Volvo. Choose your gearing in favor of your top legspeed.

Coming from the track with plenty of spin ability, this bike is a great pub crawler for me. It came stock with a 80in. gearing.The Xwolf tires handle gravel very well. I removed the Xwolf tires just for intown riding and put a zero offset seatpost so I can get a better spin and the position dialed right in. The Avids are overkill for right now but they sure are a luxury to have. The only complaints I have is that the rear cable slaps on the middle of the top tube. I put some electrical tape around it. No more slap. Bianchi needs to put one more cable clip on there. The other issue is that the Sugino Alpina cranks are splined. I have yet to have a set of splined cranks that don't eventually pinch play in between the splines. Square taper still rules. The Cane Creek hoods are like Campy <3!The WTB saddle that came on it is now my favorite saddle. The bike is bottom heavy which makes it accelerate slow but descend fast. The over-the-shoulder provision on the bottom of the toptube is a plus. I love it.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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