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Bianchi Pista Concept

Old 05-15-19, 08:52 PM
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Bianchi Pista Concept

I still have the bike in the photo - minus the fork, bullhorns, brake. Basically I put it back to stock and continued to race and train on the track with it. They tore our velodrome down 2 years ago. This bike is useless to me in its current form and I'm not about to let some jackhole have it. I want to make it a local (much loved) beater bike. I want to put fat[er] tires on it and run a disc brake on it (I'm a disc brake fan ever since I put one on my tandem in 2006 - way before they became a 'thing'). Options for fork, wheels? I can't figure out what brake lever I want: suicide or go with drop bars and a brifter style (is that still a word?). I may go back to bull horns, or I may go drop bar?!?


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Old 05-15-19, 09:45 PM
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How does that thing ride?
I owned a bianchi once, and I was very surprsied at how well it rode and how perfect the geo was.
It was a gravel bike, so it was a bit sluggish when trying to ride it like a fixed gear, but when I took it out to some single track or general adventure riding/working it felt like I literally could not ask for better geo. It just handled perfectly.

How is that thing on the street? Looks fun, but being my impression is that their bikes are extremely purpose built, it might feel like it doesnt belong on the street, but it[s perfect on thet rack.
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Old 05-16-19, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Doggus View Post
Options for fork, wheels?
Not sure the dimensions of your fork, but if it's a typical track fork, Surly makes a disc fork for the 26" Disc Trucker that will have roughly the same axle-to-crown height but probably more rake. https://surlybikes.com/parts/disc_trucker_fork

I may go back to bull horns, or I may go drop bar?!?
Casting my vote for townie bars and a rack now.
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Old 05-18-19, 02:18 PM
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Sounds like you remain ahead of the pack. When it comes to brake levers, rest assured jackholes do not use Paul Components. https://www.paulcomp.com/product-cat.../brake-levers/
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Old 05-19-19, 11:38 AM
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! no brakes
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Old 05-19-19, 11:53 AM
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The Surly Straggler's fork fits the description.
https://surlybikes.com/parts/straggler_fork

Only thing to keep in mind is the rake. Your concept is going to handle like it never did before.
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Old 05-19-19, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by phobus View Post
Not sure the dimensions of your fork, but if it's a typical track fork, Surly makes a disc fork for the 26" Disc Trucker that will have roughly the same axle-to-crown height but probably more rake. https://surlybikes.com/parts/disc_trucker_fork



Casting my vote for townie bars and a rack now.
I put that fork on my road bike. It's designed more for a mid-reach fork replacement, so it'll be about a centimeter longer, I guess. So that will slacken your angles a bit, maybe 0.5-1 degree. Which is probably a fine thing for a track bike on the road.

I've always been partial to bull horns since I'm barely ever in the drops and riding on just one hood would probably feel weird.

But yeah, townie bars and rack would work too.


Just be aware that the fork crown is pretty wide, it'll completely ruin the looks, even worse than townie bars, rack, and disc brakes
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Old 05-20-19, 08:58 AM
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IIRC the Pista Concept came with a 28mm rake fork. I am not aware of a disc fork with such a low offest. You could probably run a run disc fork (~40mm rake or so) but handling may be changed.
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Old 05-20-19, 09:41 AM
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I've seen them set up with risers and they look pretty good. If you haven't ridden a track bike with wider tires and wide risers, it's a blast for around town and low mileage fun.
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Pake did some disc forks for their Rum Runner Limestone run. They are probably the "trackiest" disc fork out there.
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