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Bianchi 2003 Scandium frame(7 posts)

Bianchi 2003 Scandium frameflyweight
Aug 30, 2002 7:43 AM
Well the 2003 Bianchi Scandium frame has arrived. It's not mine so I can't tell you how it rides but can give you some details. The tubing is Easton Scandium and it's made in Taiwan. The fork is the same carbon/aluminum Winwood seen on last year's Axis. The pain job is a very flat black, similar to last year's Pista with the Bianchi decals in Celeste. Very nice looking except they have these big white decals saying "CROSS PROJECT 2003" on the top tube. The 2003 pista frame we got had the same stupid decals. Not sure if it's a pre-production thing or not. Hope it isn't because it looks silly. The frame uses an integrated headset which I'm not too crazy about. The rear seatstays are curved when viewed from the side and have quite a bit of flex. This will probably be the smoothest aluminum cross bike since the days of the Alan. The chainstays are also quite interesting. The left, non-drive side stay has a chunk cut out of it to add clearance while the right/drive side stay doesn't even go the bottom bracket. Instead there is a CNC'd piece of aluminum that spans about 3" from the BB shell to the chainstay. Really smart idea given the fact that chainsuck would almost certainly destroy a thin walled aluminum chainstay. Overall clearance in the rear triangle looks to be good but not great. Doubt you will be able to run anything larger than a 32mm and still have decent mud clearance. The top tube is round tapering to a rectangular shape where it meets the seat tube to provide a nice wide flat spot for portaging. Very cool. The downtube has the now mandatory Bianchi Megatube shape. The frame does include 2 bottle mounts. Dropouts are socket style, similar to Ritchey drops. All cable are top run and one of the sets of stops are set for full-length housing. We didn't bother weighing it but it is the lightest cross bike I've ever held, even lighter than my one-off Colnago.

One of our mechanics is building the bike up and should have it ready to race next week. Price will probably be somewhere in the $1200-1400 range for frame/fork/headset (just a guess based on the wholesale price)
the new SS?Jakob
Aug 30, 2002 7:53 AM
Cool. Thanks for the write up.

Have you seen the new steel Bianchi Single Speed MTB? Hurl mentioned it on carsrcoffins.com. I'm curious about that one, too.
the new SS?flyweight
Aug 30, 2002 8:21 AM
Nope. Only 2003 products we've seen are the Scandium Cyclocross Concept Project frame/fork and the Pista Project Concept frame/fork. It almost seems like Bianchi are dumping the Reparto Corse frames they've been selling more or less unchanged for nearly a decade now.
Check out the mtbr single speed forum.Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 30, 2002 8:25 AM
It's called the SISS. Steel, discs, looks nice. I wish I had held off on the DISS.

Alex
Photos? Photos?The Walrus
Aug 30, 2002 11:04 AM
Anything more that you can reveal about the "regular" Axis yet?
Photos? Photos?flyweight
Aug 30, 2002 12:17 PM
Sorry, don't have a camera. Nothing about the '03 Axis.
IndeedB123
Aug 30, 2002 6:21 PM
The new Bianchi certainly is nice. I had a chance to ride it, road only. Stiff, light, rode smooth like my EV2. Built with nothing particularly fancy it was 18lbs for a ~59cm. Some light wheels, carbon seat post, etc. you would have a bike that picked itself up over barriers.

Wonder how it will hold up to cross abuse?