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 Post subject: Bianchi Dolomiti
PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 1:50 pm 
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Not a major heads down racer kind of guy but the racers that have always turned my head are Bianchi's in there trade mark celeste colour.
Looking at their site I spotted this in their classic section, a Bianchi Dolomiti in steel in celeste 8)
http://www.bianchi.com/uk/products2010/Road_Classic_Y0BE7.aspx
Thats a bike I'd have if cashflow was not a problem :D


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 2:02 pm 
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The colour rules. And the name has pedigree. They did some great steel back in the day. Not sure on that one though. What's it built from and by whom? Assume Bianchi have no builders in house any longer. The photo puts me off too, clearly no idea how to size it up, a foot of post on a standard frame looks sh*t.

Also they did the Bianchi Pista.

If you want contemporary steel from italy why not look at De Rosa offerings. Or Colnago, Pegoretti etc.


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 4:02 pm 
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I can see the appeal of this sort of thing, but for the outlay of a new bianchi Id far sooner have a 'classic' merckx/colnago/pinarello.

I do love celeste paint though. I have heard a few stories of poor QC and finish on bianchi's which initially put me off one last year (and caused me to become engrossed in the ergopower era!)


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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 5:56 pm 
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fingers wrote:
I can see the appeal of this sort of thing, but for the outlay of a new bianchi Id far sooner have a 'classic' merckx/colnago/pinarello.

I do love celeste paint though. I have heard a few stories of poor QC and finish on bianchi's which initially put me off one last year (and caused me to become engrossed in the ergopower era!)


The EV2 alloy frames of about 10 years ago had a particularly poor track record as far as failure goes, which did nowt for the company's reputation.

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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2010 6:02 pm 
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The colour rules. And the name has pedigree. They did some great steel back in the day. Not sure on that one though. What's it built from and by whom? Assume Bianchi have no builders in house any longer. The photo puts me off too, clearly no idea how to size it up, a foot of post on a standard frame looks sh*t.


Doesn't quite work appearance-wise being built up with modern competition-standard parts; if they're going to the trouble of using 11sp Athena I'd have put a carbon fork on it myself.

Edit: Having had a second look I think it's the fork crown that doesn't sit right. Should've used a cast crown not a welded unicrown if going for a steel fork (as per the De Rosa Neo Primato).

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I would prefer to see some chrome if they're really going for retro!


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 3:33 pm 
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Fingers, look closer, the lugs are chrome :D

Italian steel bikes and bike bits are fantastic, I just have a thing for Bianchi's although I'm also fond of Campagnola and Miche components, especially 1" steel headsets :roll:


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PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2010 7:59 pm 
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Fingers, look closer, the lugs are chrome :D

Italian steel bikes and bike bits are fantastic, I just have a thing for Bianchi's although I'm also fond of Campagnola and Miche components, especially 1" steel headsets :roll:


Pah!

I mean stays, dropouts, the works ! :wink:


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PostPosted: Sun May 16, 2010 7:59 pm 
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For a fraction of the cost of a Dolomiti you could find an old Campione d'Italia, respray it, add Campag Chorus and other trick parts and have a bike actually made in Italy (assuming the Dolomiti is made in Taiwan) -

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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:19 am 
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Looks good to me, apart from the Deda Murex quill stem. I love that colour and the older Bianchi typeface looks better than the modern (and would look awful with modern). For the money though you could have a home grown custom frame with a mid-range group.





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