|Ti comparison ques||pben|
Mar 21, 2003 10:33 AM
|Comparisons and comments are constantly being made on this board about litespeed, merlin, colnago, etc. etc. titanium bikes. Can anyone give me info/feedback on Bianchi's titanium bike? Thanks|
|What do you want to know?||TJeanloz|
Mar 21, 2003 12:04 PM
|The current Bianchi XL ti is built by Bianchi, in Italy. The craftsmanship is good, not as refined as the major American builders (Litespeed, Moots et.al.) in terms of weld prettyness; but I don't think Bianchi puts much weight in pretty welds. The ti is nominally 3/2.5, probably Russian in origin. All in all, its a very good riding bike -- I've sold a few, and everybody loves them.
That said, they're more expensive than similar bikes from domestic manufacturers. From a technical perspective, its similar to a Litespeed Tuscany or lower end Eddy Merckx. Bianchi USA has also tended not to stock them, so they take several weeks to special order from Italy.
Mar 21, 2003 2:24 PM
|The newer models use machine cut tubing to yield a "butted" tube profile. Bianchi states the tubes are .8 mm thick on the ends and .5 mm in the center which is a fairly agressive butting configuration. With tubing this thin the finished frame weight should be quite light. Machine cut tubing is more expensive than straight gauge and is usually reserved for more expensive frames.
Another thing, the frames are polished first and then clear coated from what I've read. Some owners of polished Ti frames complain that they are hard to keep clean so the clear coat should help. Other owners of Ti frames like the fact that there is no paint to scratch. The clear paint would negate this advantage so it's a matter of personel opinion on which way is better.