Bianchi came visiting yesterday and they told us about their new Sempre Pro road bike for the first time. It’s a bike we’ve not been able to show you before so here are the highlights…
As you’ll know if you’ve been paying attention, we have the new top-end Oltre XR in on test at road.cc at the moment. The Sempre Pro is Bianchi’s next-level road bike, still very much a high-performance machine. Whereas Vacansoleil-DCM will be on the Oltre XR next year, Bianchi’s other road team, Androni Giocattoli, will ride the Sempre Pro. Bianchi’s Federico Morini – a former pro racer himself with Gerolsteiner – was over in the UK to tell us all about it.
The Sempre Pro is a new carbon monocque frame that’s designed in a racing geometry very similar to that of the Oltre XR. It comes with a new tapered (1 1/8in – 1 1/2in) head tube for improved rigidity and handling, and a larger section down tube than the previous Sempre, the idea being to make to improve the transmission of power through the frame.
The new frame has internal cable routing and it’s compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting.
The Sempre Pro features Bianchi’s existing Carbon Nano Tube Tech which is the technique of adding what they call NanoPowder to the resin during the manufacturing process to fill empty spaces in the structure and avoid micro cracks, thereby increasing the resistance, toughness and lifetime of the frame. Bianchi say that this improves the toughness by 49% compared to standard resin.
The 55cm Sempre frame weighs in at 1,140g (Bianchi’s figure). If you buy it as a frameset, with Bianchi’s new full-carbon fork, it’ll cost you £1,700. There are five fully built up models available in the UK: Campagnolo Veloce (£2,000), Shimano 105 (£2,100), Shimano Ultegra mechanical (£2,600), Campagnolo Athena (£2,700 and Shimano Ultegra Di2 (£3,900). They all come with compact chainsets, by the way.
The mechanical Ultegra version, for example, comes with Fulcrum Racing 7 wheels, and the brakes and chainset are FSA Gossamer.
For more info go to www.bianchi.com
I'm willing to put myself forward as a control sample for the study.
The mechanic who fitted the rear mudguard had clearly seen the front mudguard fitter being put up against a wall and shot!
Isn't that to show how rugged and manly the devices are though?
50x11 @ 100rpm on 26mn tyres is ish 36mph , 52 chainring would be 4% more ish 1.4mph - 37.4mph...
In which case you know how vulnerable cyclists are, you know how to overtake cyclist and, more importantly, how not to overtake them....
The disparity in the image quality between Mark and Mike's images is stark....
What about Miguel Indurain?
Wow! I dream of getting 6,000km out of a chain! My bike has only just cleared 5,000km...
Maybe we need to take a note out of the drivists playbook and label the lack of secure bike storage as discriminatory against the disabled
Well, I passed this lot yesterday and they seemed to be enjoying the ride... (apparently it was the national chopper convention or something!).