Showing posts with label Bianchi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bianchi. Show all posts

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bianchi Strada Metropoli

Metropoli Alivio

Metropoli Acera

Metropoli Acera Dama
The Strada line from Bianchi USA includes the three Metropoli models pictured above.  The Metropoli Alivio has 24-speeds (triple chainring + 8-speed rear cassette) and hydraulic disc brakes. The MSRP is $900.  The Metropoli Acera and Acera Dama are both 21-speeds (triple chainring + 7-speed cassette) with V-brakes.  The MSRP is $700 for an Acera.

Robert W., who told us about Virtue bikes, wrote us again recently about the Bianchi Cortina he was checking out.

Turismo Cortina.  All photos courtesy of Bianchi USA.
The Cortina is a nice enough bike, but it doesn't have the fenders and rear racks that the Metropoli models have, and it doesn't look like the Cortina is designed so that you can easily add racks and fenders.  Hopefully, Robert W. will send us a review of the Cortina after he test rides it.

The Metropoli and Turismo models are all Bianchi Strada bikes, which are Bianchi's "comfort bikes."  I've never been comfortable with the term "comfort bike."  I mean, who wants to ride a bike that's not comfortable?  But if "comfort bike" means an upright riding position with wide tires, then knock yourself out Bianchi, churn out more comfort bikes!

The Metropoli Alivio seems to be built for hilly country, or maybe San Francisco.  It has lots of gear combinations to get you up the steepest of hills, and powerful brakes so you can avoid hitting a streetcar at the bottom.  Here are the specs on the Alivio:

MODEL Metropoli Due Alivio 24sp Hydraulic Disc
CODE Y2BB8U
COLOR Black
SIZES 43-47-51-55
FRAME Metropoli Triple-Hydroformed, Butted Aluminum
FORK Bianchi Aluminum 1 1/8"
HEADSET FSA ZS4 Custom
SHIFTERS Shimano Acera
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Alivio
CRANKSET Shimano Tourney 48/38/28
CHAIN KMC Z72
CASSETTE Shimano Acera 8sp 11-32T
BRAKES Shimano Alivio Hydraulic Disc
WHEELS Alloy double-wall, 32H
TIRE Spectra S-Amber 700 x 37
STEM Bianchi alloy
HANDLEBAR Bianchi alloy, 20mm rise
BAR TAPE / GRIPS Herrmans Primergo Flite DD22B ergonomic
SEATPOST Tec Obvius alloy
SADDLE Selle San Marco Elba Arrowhead
PEDALS VP-516A

The Metropoli Acera models have sufficient gear range for most terrain, and V-brakes have powerful-enough stopping power for most riders.  Here are the specs on the Acera Dama:

MODEL Metropoli Uno Dama Acera 21sp
CODE Y2BB0U
COLOR Gray
SIZES 43-47
FRAME Metropoli Triple-Hydroformed, Butted Aluminum
FORK Bianchi Aluminum 1 1/8"
HEADSET VP-A42E
SHIFTERS Shimano Altus
REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano Acera
FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano Altus
CRANKSET Shimano Tourney 48/38/28
CHAIN KMC Z51
CASSETTE Shimano Alivio 7sp 12-32T
BRAKES V-Brake
WHEELS Alloy double-wall, 32H
TIRE Spectra S-Amber 700 x 37
STEM Bianchi alloy
HANDLEBAR Bianchi alloy, 20mm rise
BAR TAPE / GRIPS Herrmans Primergo Flite DD22B ergonomic
SEATPOST Tec Obvius alloy
SADDLE Selle San Marco Elba Arrowhead
PEDALS VP-516A

Your thoughts?

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bianchi Volpe

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:

MODEL VOLPE
CODE Y1BC3
COLOR Cream
SIZES 46-49-51-53-55-57-59-61-63
FRAME Bianchi Cr-Mo, TIG weld
FORK 1-1/8” 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
WHEELS
REAR HUB Shimano FH-4500
FRONT HUB Shimano HB-4500
RIMS WTB DX23
TIRE WTB All Terrainasaurus
STEM Kalloy alloy
HANDLEBAR 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.

Monday, September 15, 2008

The "San Jos8," from Harris Cyclery

The San Jose is terrific bike, but if one gear just doesn't do it for you, Harris Cyclery will set it up with Shimano's Nexis 8-speed internally geared hub and shifter. With some lights and fenders, this bike approaches an ideal drop-bar all-rounder. The idea came from Sheldon Brown, which is reason enough to try it: The San Jos8, at Harris Cyclery.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Bianchi San Jose

The Bianchi San Jose is a single speed available at Capitol Hill Bikes for $700. They call it a "simple, worry-free, do-it-all" bike.

2008 Specs

Frame: Double-butted CrMo; sizes: 44-49-52-55-58-61
Crankset: Sugino 42T
Chain: KMC Z30
Sprocket: Shimano SF-MX30
Wheels: Alex Solo Track
Tires: WTB All Terrainasaurus 700 x 32C
Brakes: Cane Creek SCX-5

Pretty simple. Add fenders and a rack and call it a day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Bianchi Milano Parco

Milano Parco by Bianchi. Available at Capitol Hill Bikes for $450.

Review by Coffee Joe, a commenter at Commute By Bike.

2008 Specs:

Frame: Bianchi 26" Milano City Aluminum (Sizes: 16.5, 18.5, 20, 22")
Colors: Celeste
Crankset: Prowheel PI-244A alloy with steel ring 44T
Chain: KMC Z610H
Cog: Shimano 20T
Front hub: Joytech JY-761DSE alloy 36h
Rear hub: Shimano Nexus SG-3R40 3-spd 36h
Rims: Alex ACE19 alloy 36h
Tires: Kenda K-193 26"x1.5
Handlebar: Kalloy SP-359 alloy 27.2 mm
Saddle: Velo VLG-519AD2 double density
Brakes: Lee-chi XL96 alloy
Pedals: Pistal type steel
Chainguard: Plastic SP-45C painted
Mudguards: Yuen I YCA-5M alloy tubular