|2011 Bianchi Volpe. Image by Bianchi USA.|
The 2011 Bianchi Volpe, MSRP $1099.
In 1997, Sheldon Brown was so taken by the Volpe that he devoted a web page to it. “I don’t know anything in the price range that can touch it,” he wrote. Years later, he labeled the page “obsolete,” explaining that “nowadays there are many more nice touring bikes available from a variety of manufacturers.”
The Volpe may no longer be unique, but count it as a positive development that it has survived at a time when there has been doubt about the future of Bianchi steel.
The Volpe has been categorized as a touring and a cyclocross bike, but the reason it’s a bike for the rest of us is because of its quality build and versatility, the latter due to its geometry and the double eyelets for fenders and front and rear racks.
Here are the 2011 specs:
FRAME Bianchi Cr-Mo, TIG weld
FORK 1-1/8‚Äù CrMo
HEADSET 1 1/8″ threadless
SHIFTERS Shimano TIAGRA
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano TIAGRA
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano TIAGRA
CRANKSET Sugino XD 500T SQ, 48/38/28
CHAIN SRAM PC 951
SPROCKET SRAM PG-950, 11/32
BRAKES Cane Creek SCX-5
BRAKE LEVER Shimano TIAGRA
REAR HUB Shimano FH-4500
FRONT HUB Shimano HB-4500
RIMS WTB DX23
TIRE WTB All Terrainasaurus
STEM Kalloy alloy
BAR TAPE Crok Tape
SEATPOST Kalloy SP-600
SADDLE Velo VL-1166
If you have a Volpe from any year, please leave some feedback.
UPDATE: Urban Velo had a review on 2/6/12.