Via Nirone, Milan, 1885, the Bianchi shop opens its doors for the first time, heralding a new era in bicycle design. Fast forward four years and this fledgling frame manufacturer took its first race victory under the guidance of Gian Ferdinando Tommaselli at the Gran Prix de Paris. The celeste wheels were in motion and Bianchi was beginning to make a name for itself as one of Italy’s finest frame builders. Picking up twelve Giro d’Italia victories, three Tour de France wins and two Vuelta a Espana titles, performance is at the heart of Bianchi.
With a 133 year history and an illustrious one at that, Bianchi has been the choice of some of the sport’s biggest names, including multiple grand tour winner, Fausto Coppi, and the pirate himself, Marco Pantani.
Both on and off the road, Bianchi has established itself as one of the most recognisable frame manufacturers around, and one we are proud to welcome into Sigma Sports for 2018.
The celeste paint scheme may be as iconic as British Racing Green, Ferrari Red or Ford’s Model T Black but that does not mean Bianchi are stuck in the past. For the upcoming season, the designers and engineers have further developed their extensive range to offer the cyclist an even better ride.
Whether it be the LottoNL Jumbo pros rattling over the cobbles at Paris-Roubaix or the keen gran fondo rider tackling a long day in the saddle over the mountains, the team at Bianchi have used state of the art engineering techniques to develop Countervail; ‘one technology, tuned for every need’.
Countervail is designed to reduce vibrations through the frame and after being developed and tested both in the factory and out on the road, in conjunction with Materials Sciences Corporations, the engineers have managed to reduce vibrations by 80%.
Whereas traditional carbon continues to vibrate, Countervail immediately cancels vibrations ensuring you ride on in comfort. This is an exclusive technology, only found in Bianchi frames.
Bianchi applies countervail technology to their high-performance models; the Specialissima, Oltre XR4, XR3, Infinito CV and Aquila CV. This unique fibre makeup with viscoelastic resin has also been used to great effect by NASA aerospace. Technology that's quite literally out of this world.
Not just Specialissima in name. The bike of choice for LottoNL Jumbo climbing sensations Robert Gesink and Steven Kruijswijk, Bianchi’s ultralight frame weighs a mere 780 grams and has been designed to be as at home on the climbs as it is on the descents.
Featuring Bianchi’s exclusive Countervail technology, the Specialissima is as comfortable as it is fast, thanks in no small part to the carbon monocoque hi-modulus frame. Compatible with both electronic and mechanical groupsets and hand painted in Italy, this model is a fine addition to the Reparto Corse range.
On the road this transfers to results, with LottoNL Jumbo’s Dylan Groenewegen sprinting to Tour de France victory on the Champs Elysees, on the Oltre. Hitting the cobbles hard in the last 200 metres, the Countervail technology worked to lessen vibrations, especially important after three tough weeks in the saddle.
A true racing bike at an affordable price, the Bianchi Aria pairs aerodynamic tubing with handling akin to a 'do it all' road machine. As comfortable on the hills as it is on the open, flat roads, the Aria is the ideal sportive bike, which can also turn its hand to triathlon events, with its full aero carbon fibre seatpost.
The tapered 1.⅛” to 1.4” headtube and full carbon fork provide pin-sharp handling, while the carbon dropouts, with metal inserts, ensure weight is kept down to 1100 grams.
Sharing the same aerodynamic characteristics found on the top of the range Oltre, the Aria does away with Countervail technology to make for a more affordable, yet still fast, offering.
The endurance model in Bianchi's fleet, the Infinito CV uses a more relaxed geometry when compared to the Oltre and Specialissima, and pairs it with Countervail technology to improve the ride quality and lessen road vibrations. The choice of LottoNL Jumbo for the cobbles of Belgium, the long wheelbase and high headtube ensure handling is both direct and predictable. This makes it the ideal bike for big days in the saddle, when comfort is a top priority.
Bianchi Active Technology (BAT) allows for variable levels of stiffness to be achieved across the frame. This technology works with different directional forces, but does not mean power transfer is lost. Weight is kept to a minimum, with a full carbon monocoque frame and an aero fork keeping the Infinito CV down to 990 grams in its 55cm guise.
For the cyclist looking for a dependable and expertly engineered road bike, the Via Nirone range delivers an engaging and inspiring ride. Hydroformed aluminium tubing and internal cable routing do not just give the bike its clean lines, it also ensures stiffness and high levels of reliability are maintained.
Sigma Sports ride the 2018 Bianchi range