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Bianchi Sprint 2021: Why Not?

Old 10-27-21, 01:34 PM
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Bianchi Sprint 2021: Why Not?

The girlfriend wants to upgrade - significantly - from her 2016 Specialized Dolce w/8-speed Claris. It's a pretty decent little bike, but she wants a level above that (at least). She does 6K kms a year and is no pushover, so it wouldn't get dusty.

She's got her eyes full of a new Bianchi Sprint with 105.

Since I'm a huge Bianchi fan, I'm a bit biased. I think it's a gorgeous machine, I've looked at the geometry of her old bike vs this one, the Bianchi seems a little more racy, with a lower stack and ever-so-slightly shorter reach. But it's really similar and shouldn't be anything she can't adapt to. The upgrade in components should put a massive smile on her face.

Is there any reason she shouldn't treat herself?

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Old 10-27-21, 02:08 PM
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Probably quite a bit more aggressive fit on the Bianchi as opposed to her current Dolce. Although if the Dolce is a smaller size than what she would normally be recommended, then maybe not.

I wouldn't expect to easily get the bars back to the Saddle to bar drop height her Dolce probably is at currently. So if a more aero position isn't desired, I'd look for some other Bianchi or another brand.
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Old 10-27-21, 03:10 PM
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Myself, I'd get an Infiniti instead. Heck, I just might!
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She might need to play with stem and spacers ... or whatever. it looks like an awesome bike ... but she probably needs to look at a couple more, and sit on a couple, and think it over.
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Old 10-27-21, 05:09 PM
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It looks very nice. The 105 groupset is excellent. I like Bianchi, I love the colour. Might want to think about disc vs rim brakes. Might also want to consider the Infinito, depending on the sort of riding she does. Race vs Endurance.
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How old is she and how's her flexability?
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I would think there are enough different stems in the world that one of them would solve any position difficulties.

I don't see why she shouldn't treat herself, but the flexibility question above could be a pertinent one.
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Old 10-28-21, 04:27 AM
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As much as I like that Bianchi Sprint (she loves it too, just based on looks), this isn't a bike for me, so I'm going to take what seems to be a sound general consensus advice to pop into every bike shop she passes and try out a load of different bikes.

Also, "endurance" seems to be the geometry buzzword that would likely be best for her. That's what concerns me about the Sprint, it may be a bit too race-oriented, being a full 1 inch shorter (stack height) than the Specialized Dolce is a big change. It's just too bad Bianchi doesn't seem to have a mid-range price point (around 2K) for an endurance frame (the Infinito XE is the guts of 3 grand!). Then again, she might love it, she's very competitive.

I'm now looking at the Canyon Endurace CF7. A more relaxed geometry, nice carbon frame, Shimano 105, less expensive, killer looks (in the Movistar blue)... but not currently available and not in shops (online only). I'm now on their mailing list, and we'll see what happens in the meantime.

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback!

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Usually a "sprint" bike has a steeper headtube angle a shorter fork rake / offset and this is great for criterium racing but less so for general road riding. Worth checking out with a test ride of a similar frame before making the purchase.
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I'm not sure what bike she should get because that's a very personal thing. I will say I love the geometry on my Domane. The Endurance or Gravel set up is pretty comfortable for a beat up old guy like me.

The really pertinent question ......should she treat herself....Absolutely !!

If she finds one that's a bit out of her price range maybe you could kick in a few bucks !!
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post

I'm now looking at the Canyon Endurace CF7. A more relaxed geometry, nice carbon frame, Shimano 105, less expensive, killer looks (in the Movistar blue)... but not currently available and not in shops (online only). I'm now on their mailing list, and we'll see what happens in the meantime.

Thanks guys, I appreciate the feedback!
Canyon make nice bikes for sure. The only thing to consider with the Endurace is that it's been around in its present form for a number of years, so probably due an update. That's not a criticism of the bike, just something to bear in mind. If you bought one and then a new version came out within a year, would you be bothered?
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Originally Posted by ridelikeaturtle View Post
  • It's just too bad Bianchi doesn't seem to have a mid-range price point (around 2K) for an endurance frame
  • the Infinito XE is the guts of 3 grand
  • she's very competitive.
Personally, I'd take the stairs two at a time. Scrape together another grand, get the Infinito, and she'll be happy for years to come. But I'm a "buy once/cry once" kind of guy.
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Canyon make nice bikes for sure. The only thing to consider with the Endurace is that it's been around in its present form for a number of years, so probably due an update. That's not a criticism of the bike, just something to bear in mind. If you bought one and then a new version came out within a year, would you be bothered?
I wonder if that's why Canyon are sold out, they've shifted production to the next model?

Yeah, that could be annoying, especially if the price is pretty much the same for a nicer bike. In the current market, I don't see bike prices coming down anytime soon, with the shortages, the run up to Christmas, then warmer weather in the Spring, they're always seem to be in "high demand".

That's all motivation to wait. If there's any of last year's bikes left over in her size, she might be able to grab something at a discount to make room for new models.

One that's really caught my eye is the ORRO Gold Evo 105. There's a local dealer, we'll go have a look and see.
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I wonder if that's why Canyon are sold out, they've shifted production to the next model?

Yeah, that could be annoying, especially if the price is pretty much the same for a nicer bike. In the current market, I don't see bike prices coming down anytime soon, with the shortages, the run up to Christmas, then warmer weather in the Spring, they're always seem to be in "high demand".

That's all motivation to wait. If there's any of last year's bikes left over in her size, she might be able to grab something at a discount to make room for new models.

One that's really caught my eye is the ORRO Gold Evo 105. There's a local dealer, we'll go have a look and see.
Yeah the Orro Gold looks good too. I see a fair few of those around at UK Sportives. That's half the trouble, there are too many nice bikes to choose from and not many lemons! For this reason I would go with the heart. I bought my Defy using my head when I got back into road biking and have been drooling over more "sexy" bikes ever since!
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