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BianchiInfinitoCV Disc Road Bike Frameset
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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 4, 2020
I’m looking for a bianchi infinito cv ultegra Di2 frame only (rim brake) to replace a cracked frame - do you have any available? Thanks
March 31, 2020
- I've used it several times
I received my Infinito from Competitive Cyclist a couple of weeks ago, and I have not been able to stay off it. This bike rides like a dream. I don't know if it's the Countervail, the geometry, or the larger volume tires - probably all of those things - but I've never been so comfortable on a bike. Somehow Bianchi figured out how to deliver a ride that is buttery smooth, still, even "soft", and yet highly responsive, solid and connected to the road. It's an endurance bike that keeps a racing edge and even has an eye towards some gravel! The only limiting factor on my rides on this steed has been when I run out of available time. I had it built up with the Force AXS group, Reynolds AR41 wheels, the Black Inc barstem, and a Selle Italia SLR Flow saddle. I cannot find one single nit or niggle to complain about with this bike, and I won't hesitate to buy from Competitive Cyclist again whenever the N+1 rule comes up.
September 16, 2020
Todd, That bike looks so good! Glad you are having a fantastic time! Go Ride!
October 30, 2019
Is Celeste my new favorite color?
- I've used it several times
For anyone looking for a comfortable ride, with geometry that will fly up the climbs look no further. I was very impressed by the comfort of this build, and the majority of that comes down to the CounterVail technology. As all of the other reviewers have stated, it really works. I was hesitant at first because it sounds a little gimmicky, but it really is a huge noticeable difference. The build I rode had alloy bars and wheels, and it was still super comfy. So you can imagine the level of comfort if you splurged on some carbon in the right places. The majority of other "endurance" bikes I have ridden have felt a bit sluggish on climbs, as well as descents. Not the case with this bike, it flys up the climbs and the handling is just responsive enough to really have some fun on the descents but not be too twitchy. For a rider looking for a high quality feel, without sacrificing on speed this is the way to go. I am 6 3 and rode the 57, I would have to slam the stem to get the same feel on my other bikes, but it was the correct frame size.
October 2, 2019
Comfort + Speed
Full disclosure, I'm relatively new to road cycling so I can't offer an in-depth comparison to many other bikes. Here is what I CAN tell you: The Infinito provides a comfortable ride over smooth and rough roads alike. As Forrest pointed out in his review, Countervail is the real deal, reducing vibration and creating a smoother ride, which in turn increased my confidence on big descents and in tight corners. While not as responsive as a true race frame, the Inifinito transfers power to the rear wheel and accelerates quickly. If you're looking for endurance geometry but don't want sacrifice performance, this could be the one for you.
October 2, 2019
Say goodbye to bad vibrations
The biggest thing that sticks out on this bike is the lack of road vibrations that it transfers to the rider. This is all because of countervail system that Bianchi took the time to perfect into a bike without having to add any extra technology that could possibly need any maintenance. After riding this all around the Salt Lake Valley and over different types of road(SlC road can range from fresh asphalt to a broken up potholed pipedream of a road). While on the different terrain that the valley allows even with the worst potholes this thing absorbed the vibrations and quickly allowed me to forget how horrible the road I was on truly was. In the past, I justed to really enjoy a nice long endurance ride on the weekend like everyone else but after run-ins with car hung that hat up. It wasn't until riding the Infinito that I had the urge to but the hat back on and get to spinning on the road. 3 enjoyable takeaways from the bike 1) the countervail isn't a scam or gimmick and eliminates all the harsh vibrations over any other endurance bike I have ridden 2) The bike may have the comfort of an endurance bike but still had the geometry to crush long climbs in a great comfort level 3) The fizik Arione that was on the build was by far the most comfortable saddle that allowed me to settle in for the long spins and not have to worry 2 Things I would change 1) I was not too big of a fan ot the Fulcrum wheels and would have preferred something different like the DT Swiss 2) The bars come stock was too comfortable on the flats and as weird as it sounds I wish I had the Cervelo Carbon bar( after testing a lot of different rigs I have fallen in love with these) With all that aside the best part of this being a custom build is you can easily change the dislikes or things you see mentioned above to whatever you want it to be. As for riding and fit I am 6'1'' and was on a 55cm frame and felt like it was a perfect fit
September 12, 2019
No Gimmicks, Just a great ride
- I've used it several times
Countervail is real folks. I know, I know, it sounds like a gimmick, but I am here to tell you it is very much a real advantage. I love products that see use outside of the bike industry, that is very telling because if something is just a marketing gimmick, no other industry will use it, but if something is legit, often times that tech will make its way into other industries. Countervail is used by Wilson in their tennis rackets to reduce vibration, and it originated in use by NASA. It really does make for a smoother ride. I have owned the S-Works Roubaix, (prior to the headshock thing) and the Trek Domane and I really appreciate how Bianchi has stayed away from making suspension bikes and have instead produced a classic road bike that rides smooth like an endurance bike, with slightly more relaxed handling, but is still plenty stiff to track nicely in high-speed corners and translate your power directly to the rear wheel. If you are looking for a great ride for long days in the saddle, or if you aren't hitting the Yoga studio daily to stay flexible enough for a pure race bike, you should really take a look at the Infinito, it is amazing.