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Bianchi are taking their road bikes off-road and on-course.

Eurobike 2014: Bianchi Gravel and ‘Cross

Bianchi is a legendary bicycle brand, and the company seems to be starting to warm to the idea of getting the famous celeste blue paint a little bit dirty. With a new cyclocross model, and a Spring Classic-style bike with disc brakes, Bianchi shows it knows there’s grit in the air. Even though there aren’t any celeste-coloured bikes in this corner.

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The aluminum Zurigo cyclocross bike has been in the Bianchi stable for a while, but there are some newer gritty models for 2015.

Infinito CV Disc

It’s quite likely that the cobblestone ‘roads’ of Paris-Roubaix are more rugged and rough than most ‘gravel’ rides you’re going to experience. Therefore you can surmise that any bike already proven on the many pavé sections of Paris-Roubaix would be a good candidate for long, gritty and gravelly rides.

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The Infinito CV Disc has been proven at Paris-Roubaix. What can you prove?

Bianchi brings its iconic brand to the world of gravel riding. The monocoque carbon fibre Infinito CV is made to race the world’s toughest bicycle races like Paris-Roubaix and the other cobbled Spring Classics, but it’s also designed for endurance riding and conquering gravel rides. Especially the Infinito CV Disc model which, of course, features disc brakes.

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What makes this road bike an able gravel-riding contender? For starters, Bianchi makes this frame with its exclusive Countervail technology. To help mute road (or gravel) vibrations, Bianchi helped develop a carbon fibre layup that uses layers of viscoelastic material in between the layers of carbon to help reduce that nasty, continued vibration. Additionally, the Infinito CV Disc disc-specific frame has enough clearance for 28mm tires.

Zolder

Named for the legendary auto racing venue in Belgium that also hosts a legendary World Cup cyclocross race in December, the Zolder is Bianchi’s higher-end entry in the cyclocross market.

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Zolder, Belgium is the scene of a World Cup cyclocross race held on the day after Christmas. This is the inspiration for Bianchi’s new ‘cross rig.

While the Zolder is a fully carbon rig, it has a rather modest spec. It’s sold with Shimano 105 bits and Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes. Bianchi was sure to tell me that cyclocross is still a growing sport in Italy, and therefore the company doesn’t want to price themselves out of an embryonic market. It’s not such a bad idea. Such a rig could nicely appeal to seasoned road riders looking to get a dash of that fine Italian Bianchi legacy with their first foray into cyclocrossing.

Bianchi Zolder Cyclocross

Discs on an alloy frame. It’s relatively new in the road bike world.

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3 Responses

  1. Profile photo of peteg peteg says:

    Oh dear Bianchi, after the success of the Infinito, using a pop out mould frame for ‘cross smacks of laziness and relying on the badge.

  2. Profile photo of nemesis nemesis says:

    What he said. I do love A Bianchi but the Zolder is the same as the Fuji Altamira Disc or Ac098 direct from China.

  3. Profile photo of ben33cox ben33cox says:

    As a newbie to the sport, the Bianchi Zurigo for under £1000 looks like a winner to me – cycle to work scheme perfect….. What would you get for a grand???

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