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Bianchi EV2 2001 Dissapointment(7 posts)

Bianchi EV2 2001 Dissapointmentixiz
Jul 22, 2001 7:51 PM
I recently received my EV2 2001
1. The Bottom bracket and the deraileurs clear coat was so thich that i couldnt thread the cups nor the deraileur on without having to cahse the threads and in turn chip the crear coat around the area when the clear coat chips away
2, The Headset is a major dissapointment - The internal headset does not sit well(between lower bearing and fork race) it has 2 mm gap and the top has 1.5mm gap
3. The expander bolt is cheap and does not expend and would not pull the stem down - i.e. would not fasten fork
4. the fork is approx 2-3 mm narrower than 100mm - have to spread to place front wheel on.
5. The rear dropouts have to be filed in order to put wheel on because the clear coat is so thick

Please advice if you have any solutions for other EV2 owners

My only issue remain is the Headset gap and the expander bolt

Thanks for listening to my whinning, Its a top of line frame it should presnt itself like one. Ill let Bianchi explain
What headset?Sawyer
Jul 22, 2001 8:05 PM
What model of headset are you using? Sometimes they have different height for the sleeve that goes into the headtube. As for the expander bolt, try another brand then use the alum. cap (with the bianchi logo) with it. My friend gave me one so I was excited at first but then I found myself with the same dillema. I got around it by using a diagonal cut sliding nut (as with quill stems but on both sides just like insertion type bar-ends but smaller). Well, that's all that I know. Hope this helps.
I believe its cane Creek S5ixiz
Jul 22, 2001 8:10 PM
It comes with the bianchi xl EV2 frame - integrated headset
Oem specs...Sawyer
Jul 22, 2001 9:31 PM
It's an original equipment. Can you send it back to the LBS that you purchase from and have them fit the cups correctly? Most LBS will do this free if it's still in the warranty phase. Wonder why Bianchi would allow such a crappy job to pass from it's quality control? I've heard and read many problems with this frameset. Seen a few shot frames which have cracks along the underside of the downtube. Disappointment since I'm also a Bianchi owner. Hope they would improve on their next frame (EV4) before the public completely losses their trust on a bicycle heritage.
re: Bianchi EV2 2001 Dissapointmentmackgoo
Jul 23, 2001 4:08 AM
You should deal with Bianchi directly on this. I'm sure the last thing they want is for the credibility of they frames to suffer.
Get over it...TJeanloz
Jul 23, 2001 9:32 AM
You buy an Italian bike and expect things to be right? It's a good thing you didn't get a Colnago.

Bianchi expects you to do full frame prep before you assemble it. This means chasing and facing ALL of the surfaces. This is completely normal for an Italian manufacturer.

The forks/expander etc. are crap. I wouldn't reccommend them to my worst enemy.

It is possible that you have a bad headset, many in the early runs were sent out with races that didn't meet the same spec as their bearings. This was Cane Creek's mistake. Have your dealer check with Bianchi to get a new HS.
Im over it but just disssapointedixiz
Jul 23, 2001 10:15 AM
Spoke with Bianchi and cane Creek
everything ive got is the latest and Cane Creek knows about the issue and hope to have a solution by September - In the meantime ride it !

What is the Thread size of the rear Deraileur ? Can anyone confirm ?

I normally can put together a bike without having to build wheels in less than 2 hours (incl square all cables and torque all bolts) meticulously and spend lotsa time on bar tape. But the Bianchi EV2 took over 6 and there are still minor things to do.