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Biachi AxisChrisV
Oct 8, 2001 10:39 AM
I have a chance to get a leftover 01 Axis from Bianchi and I am looking for input from those who rode or raced one last year. Looking for good/bad comments. Thanks!!
re: Biachi AxisThe Walrus
Oct 8, 2001 2:19 PM
I went a little nuts and wound up with three '00 models (in my defense, only the first was bought at full price; I built the second from a frameset and got the third for about 40% off). Two are in 'cross configuration (with different approaches to the drivetrain) and the one I built is set up for touring. Obviously, I don't have much negative to say about them, beyond a few quibbles with the spec: the Ritchey Trail Mix tires are kind of an unhappy compromise--not that aggressive in the dirt and not very fast on pavement--and I hated the WTB saddle (first thing I dealt with). Handlebar is gratifyingly wide (unusual to find), brakes have more than adequate power(after a bit of fiddling, although I still occasionally get some squeal),
the LX/XT drivetrain works well (although the LX derailleur isn't the perfect match for the 105 STI) and the Race Face crankset is excellent.

I like the ride; it's a little more supple than my Redline or Jakes, but the handling is a wee bit slower (although that's more of a sizing issue in my case).

I don't know what kind of price you're getting, but I don't think you'll regret the purchase. I sure didn't.
re: Biachi AxisJoe P
Oct 8, 2001 6:48 PM
I bought a '00 frame and fork and built it up from there. This is my first season racing cross on it but have been riding it
on and off since the spring. The ride is very supple for aluminium and it does tend to handle a little slowly - I feel
that this is a good thing as a twitchy bike is a little unsettling on a cross course. The bike even with standard components
is very light. The price is right too. My complete bike cost me about the same as an IF frame and fork would have and I
like the ride better than the IF's I've ridden.
re: Biachi Axisniklas
Oct 9, 2001 6:25 AM
Go for it. I've had my Axis for 1,5years now and I love it. As already mentioned, the ritchey tires should be replaced, but the 01 model did have Kendas, didn't it? Anyway, I think the saddle is ok after a thorough break-in. An awesome bike, all in all. Check out the reviews for more info. A carbon fork would be nice to upgrade to someday...
re: Biachi Axisflyweight
Oct 9, 2001 12:22 PM
The 2002 will come with the Winwood carbon fork. You can get the fork (complete with Bianchi decals) from the Bianchi website.
Thanks for the input guys....ChrisV
Oct 11, 2001 6:48 AM
Thanks for your input, I did get the 2001 Axis, changed the wheels to some R535's the shop had lying around and now witht the black wheels and green michelins, the bike looks great. Will be racing it for thie first time later this month! Will post an update. Thanks again!