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10 reasons to love this bike: Bianchi Infinito CV Super Record

BikesEtc
13 Jul 2016

An ultra-modern endurance bike that’s already on its way to classic status.

It’s a Bianchi

The Italian firm is one of the oldest in the business and has been making high performance bicycles since 1885, so it’s a name with real prestige and heritage.

It uses space-age tech

Launched in 2013, the Infinito CV is Bianchi’s cobbles-munching endurance machine, featuring the firm’s cutting edge Countervail Vibration Cancelling Composite Technology. Integrated into the carbon lay-up, Countervail cancels vibration while also increasing the stiffness and strength so comfort doesn’t come at the expense of sharp race-bike handling, as proven by the pros in the toughest of conditions at races like Paris-Roubaix.

It’s built for comfort

Along with the vibration-damping tech, classic endurance frame geometry means you don’t need to be a lithe racing whippet to get comfortable on the bike – and stay comfortable all day. 

It’s super light

This bike isn’t just comfortable, though – coming in at a svelte 7.16kg on the scales, it’ll get you over the hills too.

It has style

The Infinito is a very good-looking bike. Look closely and admire touches such as the hourglass-shaped head tube, neat internal cable routing, the slender, gently sloping top tube and skinny seatstays that flow around the rear wheel. We also love the subtle charcoal colour scheme finished with highlights in Bianchi’s signature celeste blue.  

It’s an Italian thoroughbred

It’s only fitting that a classy Italian bike like the Infinito should be finished off with classy Italian components, and what you see here is the top-end model with Campagnolo’s Super Record. Looks cool, the shift levers feel great and shifting performance is crisp and efficient. The only non-Super Record parts are the FSA SL-K chainset and brakes – small compromises to keep the overall cost down, but still excellent in their own right.

It’s futureproof

The frame is ready to upgrade to electronic gear shifting when you are, and is also available off-the-shelf with Shimano Di2.

It has great wheels

With their full-carbon 40mm-deep rims, the hand-built Metron 40 from Vision are a classy set of hoops, offering a good balance of stiffness and low weight. With an internal rim width of 17mm, they’re also a good match for the fashionably wide 25mm tyres.

It’s in your size

There are eight frame sizes available from a tiny 47 to an extra-large 63, so finding one that’s a perfect fit for you shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s reassuringly expensive

Bianchi bikes don’t come cheap, but what you’re paying for is all that tech that goes into the superlative frame. If you can’t stretch to the top-end Super Record model, it’s also available with Shimano Ultegra, Campagnolo Chorus or Athena for around £2,000 less.

£5,500, bianchi.com

Frame Infinito CV Carbon
Groupset Campagnolo Super Record
Chainset FSA SL-K (50/34)
Cassette Campagnolo Chorus (12-27)
Brakes FSA SL-K
Bars Reparto Corse Compact
Stem Reparto Corse
Seatpost Reparto Corse
Saddle Fizik Aliante
Wheels Vision Metron 40
Tyres Vittoria Rubino Pro
Weight 7.16kg

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