Another bit of foolish eBay bidding I am awaiting delivery of a 2005 Bianchi S.A.S.S. frame. 17.5" of chromed out steelness.
I had been toying with the idea of butchering my Hahanna frame and welding in disc mounts, removing canti bosses and cable guides, sandblasting and clear powder coating it. But, with a quote of over $350 to get the work done, it seemed a little silly - especially as the Hahanna frame, as sentimental to me as it is, isnt exactly top of the line!
So, this Bianchi frame seems ideal. Its a better quality frame, fairly light weight and is also disc specific, which is what I want for this bike and of course has the horizontal drop outs which makes the whole chain tension thing a doddle!
The plan is to take most of the parts off of my Kona SS (linky in Sig) and transplant them over to this one. However I may opt for some different cranks and also will have to get a new seat post (thankfully in a more common 27.2mm size!).
I'll keep this updated with details of the build and I think that the combo of shiny frame, carbon forks and blacked out components will combine to make a sweet ride!
If anyone has any knowledge, info or experience of Bianchi SASS frames or bikes, I'd love to hear it.
'95 Kona Hahanna (first ever mtb), '06 Kona Dawg, '05 Bianchi S.A.S.S
'10 Bianchi Via Nirone 7 road bike