Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Cycling News: Eurobike 2012 tech: Bianchi 2013 road and mountain bikes, September 4, 2012

2013 Sempre Ultegra, courtesy of Bke Radar / Cycling News
Oltre XR
"The company have introduced the newly tweaked Oltre, now called the Oltre XR, for 2013. Layup alterations have further reduced the overall frame weight (859g for a 55cm size) and the addition of more Nano Tube carbon and UHM fibres has improved stiffness too."
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Sempre Pro
"The race-ready Sempre has had significant upgrades to its frame for 2013, in the form of a new tapered head tube from 1 1/8in down to 1 1/2in. The bottom bracket is BB30 and cable routing is now fully internal. The bike is dual compatible between mechanical and electronic groupsets."
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"Bianchi’s more sportive focused Infinito also has fully internal routing and dual compatibility for next year. Up front, the head tube rises above the line of the top tube. Bianchi claim this is to reduce the need for too many headset spacers, which can have an adverse effect on front-end stiffness."
"The latest addition to Bianchi’s road line - the Vertigo - is a first for the classic Italian brand, pitching them at a whole new carbon price point.
It was the only 2013 bike Bianchi could confirm pricing on at Eurobike. At £1,500 the full carbon Vertigo features a Campagnolo Veloce group, and Bianchi’s in-house Reparto Corse finishing kit and wheels (courtesy of Maddux). US pricing is still to be confirmed.
With a frame weight of about 1.2kg (2.5lb) it’s looking impressive for the price, and we will be getting a first test on the new platform as soon as possible."
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