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Bianchi Road Bike Opinions(5 posts)

Bianchi Road Bike OpinionsToddM
Mar 24, 2003 1:19 PM

Looking at a couple new bianchi bikes and was curious on opinions. I'm looking at training/racing bike. I'd like to stay with campy and about the only local choices for that is bianchi.

One is a 2003 bianchi veloce, price about $1350

The other is a 2001 bianchi SL daytona 10sp kit, holdover, price about $1650

Both are new, I'm curious how the 2001 daytona compares to the new veloce, I know the veloce is 9sp and the daytona 10sp, however I'm curious if the 2003 veloce compares to the 2001 daytona in quality aside for the 1 gear difference.

I'm also thinking that the shop might be more inclined to deal some more on the daytona since it is 2 years old already.

Mar 24, 2003 1:38 PM
The Datona group is a pretty good group. A little better than Shimano Ultegra. The SL frame is just a little heavier than the "new" superlight frames, which is a good thing. If you can get the Datona for $1500, it would be a bargin.
daytona = centaurFez
Mar 24, 2003 2:25 PM
you can decide whether having 10 speed is better than 9.

the daytona is exactly the same as centaur. it was just renamed over the dispute over use of the daytona name (do a search in components board and find out more). although the compatibility is not an issue between daytona and centaur (because they are the same group), will it bother you that if you get replacement parts they will say centaur on it while the orig parts are daytona?
different frame materials & different purposesskywalker
Mar 24, 2003 3:48 PM
The biggest difference between these bikes is not the groupo but the frame material. Veloce is steel, SL is aluminum.

Veloce probably would be better for training, SL for racing. Veloce's steel frame makes it a very sweet ride, but the deraileurs are a little slow and the entire rig is on the heavy side (22+ lb). Aluminum SL Daytona is lighter and the groupo shifts a little better (or at least that's what I heard from a guy who destroyed his Veloce deraileur and replaced it with Daytona), but you probably would not care for the difference unless you race. 10 speed kit is also a really nice touch if you are racing.

Good luck choosing.
re: Bianchi Road Bike Opinionsdesmo
Mar 24, 2003 6:44 PM
If you're going to do more training and just race enough to say that you do the Veloce is a good choice. Especially if the roads are chip-sealed and rough where you ride. As the steel frame is super comfy. I rode one for the last three years (but had upgraded to Chorus). Nothing really wrong with the Veloce group except it's a bit heavy and does not intergrate with the new 10 speed stuff the way the Daytona 10 would. Too bad they don't offer a Centaur equipped Vigorelli, that would be really ideal. Ask your dealer, if it's a good shop they may be able to cook something up like that.