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Looking for information on Bianchi XL Carbon frameset...(10 posts)

Looking for information on Bianchi XL Carbon frameset...Peninsula Ryan
Jan 15, 2004 4:11 PM
Just wondering if anyone out there has any experience with this frameset. It is a beautiful frame, but as it is Bianchi's first attempt at full carbon (as far as I know), I wonder if it is the way to go...

anyone out there have any thoughts?

I'm looking for a new bike to replace my beloved Masi Team 3V...that bike was a pleasure to ride...or race. An amazing bike.

Thanks
re: Looking for information on Bianchi XL Carbon frameset...fitzpb
Jan 15, 2004 5:35 PM
Have you looked at the XL Boron? Steel is real - outfit it with Campy Record and we're talking about 17 lbs of pure heaven...
great...I'll take a look. Still looking for any Carbon info. nmPeninsula Ryan
Jan 15, 2004 11:45 PM
re: Looking for information on Bianchi XL Carbon frameset...divve
Jan 15, 2004 11:26 PM
No practical info on the frame, but I was amazed at how "cheap" they're selling such a nice frame. Lists in Europe for 1399 Euro, including fork and headset. Can be had for around 10-15% less depending on the shop.
I'll be able to help you out soon...FSonicSmith
Jan 16, 2004 8:03 AM
Ryan, our team is riding Bianchi this coming year-we rode Orbeas last year. I think 11 of us are getting the Carbon XL and they will be coming in the next two weeks. Allowing for another week or two to build them up and we should be riding them within the next month.
Frankly, I have some of the very same concerns. I have no idea how much R and D went into design and if the pros like it a lot or not. We all know that it is extremely expensive for a factory to set up molds for CF frame production and once over that big expense, any business is going to want to recoup the expense in profits before changing over to a new design with the cost of new molds. I'm building mine up with '04 Chorus and Campy Eurus wheels. I stopped by the shop that sponsors us yesterday and got my first direct look at the real thing. The frame looks well-designed although I was surprised at how "delicate" the rear non-drive side dropout looks. The stays have an interesting, cool-looking shape to them obviously from CAD analysis, as does the downtube. It's light, just a tad lighter than the '02 Orbea XLR8TR Carbons most of us rode last year. The warranty is 3 years. The frame is built in-house at Bianchi's factory in Treviso. I was most surprised at how light the fork is-it's much lighter than the Reynolds Ouzo Pro I have on my Orbea. My best guess from looking at it is that it will be pretty comfortable frame and it will handle well. I have no idea how it will feel jumping at a surge or with accelerations up steep hills, and that's the kind of thing you just don't know until you get some miles on it. If you have a month to wait, send me an e-mail and I will supply you with feedback-mtallan@ggptl.com. FWIW, our team is Savage Hill Cycling in Columbus, OH, www.savagehillcycling.com.
nice, thanks for the help...I've read it has one of the best...Peninsula Ryan
Jan 16, 2004 9:02 AM
stiffness to weight ratios....so that bodes well for it's acceleration.

In looking at it, it is a beautiful frame. I'm considering buying it, and hoping for the best (although that's quite some $$$)

I'm itching for a road bike...don't know if I could wait for your review. But if I haven't pulled the trigger, I'll hit you up for a review.
Interesting that there are not more reviewsFSonicSmith
Jan 16, 2004 9:33 AM
under the bicycle review section of this Board. It isn't like Bianchi is an under-represented brand.
just built mine up last weekgrandemamou
Jan 17, 2004 5:59 AM
A fantastic ride. It was a replacement for my cracked EV2. The geometries were almost identical so I gave it a chance. Handles just like my EV2, very quick. Not squirrly but you have to "ride"it. Just a flick here or there and you can make a move.

It's plenty stiff and glides over road imperfections. Much more comfortable than my EV2 or other steel bikes. The finish is fantastic no imperfections. Matte finish and very understated graphics. It built up about a pound heavier than my EV2 but I would not go back.
thanks, I'm working out a deal for mine, with 03 ChorusPeninsula Ryan
Jan 17, 2004 5:59 PM
Thank you for the information.
great, post a pic when done(nm)grandemamou
Jan 18, 2004 4:45 AM