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BianchiInfinitoCV Disc Force AXS Complete Bike
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October 9, 2020
- I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought
- 5` 11"
2020 has been rough. Hours spent in a windowless basement trying to remember the feeling of finishing a group ride at the coffee shop and enjoying conversation without so much as a thought of the potentially lethal spray of fine particulates emitting from my buddy's maskless face. It truly is a magical time to be alive. This bike has been the silver (Celeste?) lining to an otherwise awful year. I took the Infinito home with me the week before lockdown, and I was forced to hang onto it for a little longer than I had originally anticipated. Try not to feel too badly for me. If you're new to the world of road bikes, I'll introduce Bianchi with a car metaphor. If a wild, futuristic Pinarello is analogous to a Lamborghini, and a classically tubed, gorgeous Colnago is akin to a Ferrari, Bianchi is Alfa Romeo. Steeped in tradition without being stuck in the past, and aesthetically motived without losing sight of performance. A Bianchi is easily identifiable by its signature Celeste blue-green coat, but the real magic lies a layer or two deeper (literally.) Compared to its traditionally racy sibling, the Oltre XR4, the Infinito is slightly more upright, compliant, and relaxed. It was designed with the cobbles of Roubaix and Flanders in mind, but it's certainly not a one-trick pony. A Spring campaign in Belgium is brutal, but the machines that are developed to cope usually end up striking the ideal balance for an amateur rider. Most of us don't have the luxury of daily rides on flawless roads, or the mental ability to give up our daily rides during harsh winters, and as a result, an out-and-out race rig with narrow clearances and an unyieldingly rigid chassis won't honestly serve us as well as a more tempered option like the Infinito. I use the word tempered deliberately. The Infinito is not a mushy 'endurance' bike that sacrifices lively mannerisms and an efficient character at the alter of vaguely-defined comfort. This is a bike that was designed to race. It's stiff enough to carry you through a street sign sprint, and can be built light enough to eat up mountain miles like a champ, but it doesn't ever feel dangerously sharp or numbingly rough. The handling is perfectly balanced, and the CounterVail layers built into the carbon really do work; lending a discernable smoothness that I've yet to experience on anything other than another CV-equipped Bianchi. It will even negotiate some light gravel courtesy of its 32mm tire clearance. The competition might beat it on price, but I guarantee none of them are going to look as good, ride as smooth, or steal your heart in the same way that the Infinito will. The Infintio is a truly great bike, and it was a wonderful partner to carry me through an otherwise dark time. I spent every day counting down the hours until I could sneak away on my favorite local routes and enjoy the one aspect of my life that had remained the same. I'm going to miss it badly. Amore Infinito.
October 16, 2020
what build and wheels are you running? what did it weigh in at? Thanks
May 9, 2020
What's the weight of a 59 Infinito complete bike?