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BianchiInfinitoCV Disc Road Bike Frameset - 2018
Item # BIA000V
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The spec for the disc bike indicates a 12x135mm rear thru-axle. However, the build choices are all 12x142mm. Which is correct?
Hi Hubert, the frame is a 12x135mm thru axle which is a standard that didn't really stick so off the shelf options are a little slim. Our bike builder is not correct in this case, but hubs from DT Swiss, Industry Nine, Mavic in some cases, and a few other brand have adapters to allow them to fit.
Andy Clark's Review on the Infinito
Bianchi’s Infinito CV Disc represents a high water mark for endurance road bikes. Fast and responsive, yet surprisingly comfortable, it’s a compelling candidate for the one-bike quiver for those seeking impressive power transfer mated to all-day ride worthiness.
There are few names in the bike industry that stir up my passion like Bianchi. When I was new to cycling, some of the first high-end road bikes I lusted after were the lugged steel, Celeste-green beauties ridden by my buddies. I’ve never owned one, they’ve always been slightly out of reach for one reason or another, and that elusiveness has definitely made my heart grow fonder.
A few years ago, I got to spend some time on the first-generation Infinito. That was before all-road or gravel bikes were a thing. Since then, the landscape (and the way we ride across it) has changed dramatically, turning the quest for a bike that’s a “quiver killer” into an obsession. And after a few months I realized the Infinito is about as close as I’ll ever get to the one-bike garage.
Bianchi imbued this frame with an interesting mix of carbon technology. The entire frame is constructed of the same carbon used in their Oltre and Specialissima, but it was the first in the line to mold a layer of their patented Countervail material in between the high-mod carbon layers. Countervail is a visco-elastic material, so it’s almost like having an elastomer from a suspension fork between the two rigid layers. The result is uncanny. The Infinito is as smooth, quiet, and comfortable as any gran fondo bike, but when you’re ready to rip some legs off, it responds like a thoroughbred race bike.
I mean it, when it was time to attack or close a gap, I never thought “man, this thing is sluggish”. I actually never thought anything at all. I just put my foot on the gas and the bike responded perfectly. And when the pavement got nasty, or ended, the Infinito took on a different persona- it’s almost like I flipped off the race bike switch and pushed the gravel bike button. Granted, you can only fit 28s, so there are options for fatter tires out there, but on most of the fire roads I ride (which are part of the infamous Belgian Waffle Ride) I never found myself wanting anything different. The Infinito was sure-footed and stable, and it didn’t beat me to death when the road got really choppy.
The Infinito CV Disc is the first road disc bike I’ve ridden, so I took multiple trips to one of the twistiest roads in SoCal- Palomar Mountain’s South Grade Road. It’s a half-hour drive from my front door, and has the same elevation gain as Alpe d’Huez, with more switchbacks. And the pavement’s pretty sketchy in parts, so it was a perfect testbed. I climbed and descended Palomar four times over the course of a few months, and on the last ride (because I’d learned the road) I really pushed it, going faster, braking later, and intentionally riding over the rough stuff.
The Infinito didn’t miss a step, and I’d say once you get used to the slightly slower steering it’s handling and performance are strikingly close to the five-thousand-dollar uberframes I’ve owned. And man, it’s just comfortable. I wanted to keep riding all day every time I clipped in.
I don’t know how they did it, but Bianchi really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the Infinito. If you’re a hard-core roadie that likes to hit the occasional long stretch of fire road, look no further.
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With A HED Belgium + wheelset will I encounter tire rub problems with a 28mm tire? Let’s say I combine it with a Conti go4000s II 28mm. They are true to size they tend to blow up to 30mm even more at times. Would I have to use a 25mm to be safe? I’m hoping you say no. You’ll be fine with that wheelset.
I realize that your question is from almost a year ago . . . I just purchased this frame. I'm using Reynolds AR41 wheels, which have a 21 mm internal width. I'm using exactly the tires you asked about: Continental GP4000 II 28 mm. The tires blow up to nearly 32 mm on these rims, and they work perfectly well in the frame. Bianchi claims a maximum tire clearance of 28 mm, but there is clearly a bit more room than the spec sheet says.