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Bianchi Axis thoughts for commute, race, road rides, etc? (nm(3 posts)

Bianchi Axis thoughts for commute, race, road rides, etc? (nmdcsmooth
Jun 28, 2001 8:04 AM
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re: Bianchi Axis thoughts for commute, race, road rides, etc? (nmgoathead
Jun 28, 2001 10:55 PM
I've had my bianchi axis since april and I've been on the whole pleased. a few points worth mentioning: (1) the mountain drivetrain is versatile although converting the crank to a triple is somewhat problematic. you must reroute the front deraileur cable so it attaches to the opposite side of the tightening screw than normal in order to get enough throw from the dr. (2)the aluminum frame was a bit rough when I first got it but it has softened to the perfect ride now. also, the fork would do this weird resonance vibration thing when braking when I first got it. since the frame broke in the problem stopped. (3) the bike has a shorter top-tube than many bikes these days. from most accounts cx bikes should. if you are on the cusp of sizes go bigger.
Bianchi Axisniklas
Jun 29, 2001 1:32 AM
I've ridden mine for roughly a year in everything from road to really tough off road. It took a few rides to break it in, but now it's the perfect ride. It's really versatile. The ritchey trailmix tires that came with the 2000 model aren't the best in my opinion, but for commuting they work fine. The saddle (wtb) didn't feel good in the beginning, but is fine now after the break in period and some adjustments. Overall a great bike. I have bontrager re-1 pedals on it, but Time ATACs seem to be the thing to have on cx's.
A great bike, really recommend it!