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What about Bianchi's Talladega???(8 posts)

What about Bianchi's Talladega???SFG
May 5, 2001 2:26 PM
Just got done looking at at a Bianchi Talladega. If you own or ride one, I'd like to know your opinion. $1500 seems decent for Ultegra all around, and decent steel frame.

If I buy, suggestions for swap outs before I ride out of my LBS? Saddle?

Thanks for your thoughts!

SFG
Check out the Jamis EclipseMeDotOrg
May 5, 2001 4:07 PM
I hate to say it (because I'm a Bianchi Veloce owner) but the Jamis Eclipse seems to be the best value for under $2k road bikes. Steel frame, Time Fork, Cane Creek Headset, Mavic Kyseriums, Shimano Ultegra drivetrain with Mavic brakes. Weighs 18 pounds.

It's about $1800, but an incredible bike for the money. Check out

http://www.jamisbikes.com/bikes/eclipse2001.html
Check out the Jamis EclipseSFG
May 6, 2001 10:52 AM
Thanks MeDotOrg, but I need the 63 cm frame and the Jamis Eclipse (according to their site) only goes up to a 61. Looks like a great bike though . . .

SFG
re: What about Bianchi's Talladega???5ive
May 5, 2001 7:48 PM
I've owned one for 4 months. This is my first road bike and I knew I wanted an Italian steel bike. The bike as a whole, I'm fairly happy with it. Reynolds 631 frame is not the stiffest nor the lightest around, but it provides comfortable all around ride. It decends very well and stable around the corners. It does, however, flex a bit on the climbs. Although not excessive, I can feel it flexing around the BB and the fork. Another downside is the shimano 535 wheelsets. They are not particularly lightweight nor do they accelerate well. They do however feel sturdy and stay true. Mine is fairly stock with new handlebar, stem, seatpost, and saddle. It's very easy to drop a pound or two off this bike. New fork and wheelset and I'm sure mine (53cm) will get down to 18lbs -- not bad for a steel bike. I've also had my LBS switch the stock Ultegra tripple drivechain with a 53/double. You will definately wanna lose the stock saddle and pedals right away if you happen to purchase one. Hope this helps.
re: What about Bianchi's Talladega???SFG
May 6, 2001 10:49 AM
Thanks for your input on the Talladega. I've had a very tough time finding a bike that would fit me: all leg, small (relatively) short torso. Their 63 cm frame will work, with some minor adjustments. I was concerned about the flex of a large steel frame, but the LBS guy who fitted me on the Serotta system is a knowledgeable bike mechanic and said the trade off in smoother ride for a non-racer would be a benefit. I read the saddle is less than stellar--thanks for the confirmation.

Why did you move to the double drivechain? Were you having shifting problems with the front derailleur?
re: What about Bianchi's Talladega???5ive
May 6, 2001 5:43 PM
SFG -
The reason why I went with 53/39 over tripple is because I fancy myself a climber. I can drop some grams by going to a double crankset and I have no trouble attacking hills with my 12-25 casset. I made this switch when I first bought the bike, so I'm not sure if any shifting problem exists with ultegra tripple. BTW, if you are really that tall, I wouldn't personally recommend Talledega. I think you might find is too flexy. As far as the geometry goes, Talladega sports shorter top tube compared to other brands. My 53cm frame has 53.5cm top tube. (I just checked their brochure and their 63cm frame has 59.5cm). I will leave you with the best advise in the world: Test ride as many bikes as you can before making your decision.
PS: yes, the saddle is absolute junk. You might find all that padding comfortable in the parking lot test ride, but sooner or later everyone realizes that you bum wants a platform, not a sofa.
Good luck!
what about Tommasini Sintesi?....dave
May 6, 2001 6:04 PM
Don't think you'll find a finer standard steel frame anywhere. Fantastic paint & chrome and available in a 63cm. $1699 at colorado cyclist. Don't get the green tires though. Personally I'd pay another $150 and get Campy Daytona 10.
re: What about Bianchi's Talladega???Dean
May 7, 2001 7:32 AM
This bike made it to my short list, but I decided on a Landshark. The Landshark is Dedacciai Zero Uno and I weight 225 and get no flex. You can get one through GVH w/Ultegra for 1999. Gary can custom order you one to fit your needs if necessary.