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Bianchi 2003flyweight
Jul 22, 2002 2:04 PM
Bianchi is coming out with a scandium 'cross frame for 2003. Should be very light. Cost is looking to be around $1000. No word on the fork. Hope to have more details in a week or two.
re: Bianchi 2003Slacker Joe
Jul 23, 2002 4:25 AM
Interesting - any news on the 2003 Axis spec? Most notably, the wheels, fork, or crankset? I thought I read here it would be a summer release, but Bianchi tells me October, although that could be their generic answer.

Anyways, any info appreciated.
re: Bianchi 2003The Walrus
Jul 23, 2002 1:12 PM
An October release is optimistic; Bianchi never seems to do anything early, and they're typically very tight-lipped about spec until Interbike in September. When I was trying to get info a couple of months ago about the Axis & Axis frameset I talked to or exchanged e-mails with 4 or 5 people at Bianchi, and got at least that many different answers. Just gotta be patient, I guess.
re: Bianchi 2003flyweight
Jul 23, 2002 2:08 PM
Depends where you're at. We're in San Francisco, Bianchi USA's backyard and deal with them several times a week. We've been fortunate enough to receive several items - the carbon cross fork and Imola bikes to name two - pretty early. We're hoping to get a hands-on look at the scandium frame next week. No news about the Axis. At this stage the spec has to be complete. You need that much lead time to place orders with Avid, Kinesis, Merida, Kenda, Vetta, etc, etc. They'll probably make the public/industry wide announcement at Interbike but they usually let local dealers see the spec before that.

Personally, I'm hoping the scandium bike has disc brake mounts. If you're going to do a scandium frame you might as well go full geek with it! I just hope it doesn't come with that crappy Winwood fork!
re: Bianchi 2003hummu
Jul 23, 2002 6:07 PM
Er, what's the problem with the Winwood fork? My LBS has recomended it to replace the Aprebia (sp?) that came with my Marinoni. The QC guy must have been sleeping when my fork came out of the autoclave. The right canti post is cock-eyed and also higher off the fork leg than the left. I need a new fork.
re: Bianchi 2003flyweight
Jul 24, 2002 10:42 AM
Well there's nothing WRONG with the Winwood. However for a carbon fiber fork it's not exactly light. I've seen steel forks that weigh less. The steel crowned fork that comes with Gunnar frames weighs only 2 ounces more than the Winwood. A TIG welded unicrown fork is even lighter. The Kinesis aluminum fork is about the same weight and costs $100 less. The Empella carbon fork is lighter and only $30 more.