Bianchi Infinito Review
Carbon frames, low profiles and eminent style help to define the Bianchi Infinito group of race-ready road bikes. Although these are typically compact in their designs you will experience a surprising level of stability onboard thanks to the slightly elongated wheelbase, making each well suited to precise control over long distances.
Bianchi Infinito 105
The Bianchi Infinito 105 comes with a TC9 C2C carbon frame and a FF35 K-VID full carbon fork. Both the frame and the fork feature Kevlar inserts which maintain the strength of the construction while making it a little more sympathetic to the comfort levels of the rider. As the name suggest you get the full Shimano 105 groupset on both the gears and brakes, with the shifters integrated into the brake levers for ease of access. One of the benefits of this Infinito and the range as a whole is that much thought has been put into the frame geometry and the riding position, which is optimised to prevent you from becoming fatigued. You can still put every ounce of energy into powering the bike onwards, but the riding position means that you will feel comfortable carrying this out for longer.
Bianchi Infinito Veloce
The Bianchi Infinito Veloce is slightly more affordable than the 105, featuring as it does the Campagnolo Veloce groupset rather than Shimano’s offering. The shifting is still smooth and the breaking just as adept, so you may find that the close pricing of the two models puts your choice more down to personal taste than anything else. You get the same Kevlar-infused carbon frame and fork along with that all-important elongated headtube for a more comfortable, sustainable riding position. Fulcrum Racing 7 rims, spokes and hubs are matched with Hutchinson Equinox 2 tyres for speed and slickness on the tarmac.
Bianchi Infinito Ultegra
The Bianchi Infinito Ultegra continues the good work started by its more affordable siblings. The full carbon frame and fork is very light without sacrificing anything when it comes to stiffness or strength. If you are upgrading from an alloy or steel framed road bike then you will be very surprised by the difference you feel when climbing aboard your first carbon cycle. Shimano Ultegra components combine with a 105 cassette and you get the Fulcrum Racing 5 rims in combination with the Hutchinson Fusion 3 tyres to keep you in contact with the surface of the road at all times.
Bianchi Infinito Athena
The Bianchi Infinito Athena is to the Ultegra what the Veloce is to the 105, coming close to matching it in price but featuring a different set of components on the drivetrain to give riders more of a choice. The essence of the Infinito range has not changed, so the carbon elements are still intact alongside the same Fulcrum rims and Hutchinson tyres as seen on the Ultegra. However, the drivetrain comes in the form of the Campagnolo Athena and Chorus groupsets, complete with integrated shifters in the brake levers. The power and the passion is here, but you can shave a little bit off the asking price by opting for Campagnolo kit.