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    Bianchi L'Eroica bike, some close ups

    Here are some close ups of the new Bianchi L'Eroica bike, before I make a few modifications. The bike came with one major difference from the online spec sheet. It was supposed to have tubular tires and rims but instead came with Ambrosio clinchers and 23c Vittoria Zaffiro Pros. I am okay with that and would have changed to clinchers anyway but I was surprised to see it. Here is the important stuff.










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    Sweet! Now I want one.
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    Columbus zona is nice stuff. This is a nice re-interpretation of a classic bicycle. I've never owned a celeste Bianchi but I love the color and the history.

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    Very pretty. Looks like room for some really fat tires. Are those brakes hard to adjust?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    Very pretty. Looks like room for some really fat tires. Are those brakes hard to adjust?
    I just got it up on the stand. The front brake should be easy, it has barrel adjusters at the lever and the quick release. The rear however only has an adjuster at the lever. It should be fine though. I am putting some Compass 32's on it but I could go bigger. I've got a few other changes to make but will take some after pics as well.
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    The quality of the frame looks great. I am very impressed!

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    Is there tape on your crank? and what is the red stuff on the FD/larger chain ring?

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    very nice indeed...

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    The Bianchi decals on the downtube and the Bianchi head tube decal certainly look authentic. Great stuff!

    Extra bonus points for the high-enough 100 gear-inch top gear, instead of one of the absurdly high gears we see on so many of today's bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabass_First View Post
    Is there tape on your crank? and what is the red stuff on the FD/larger chain ring?
    That is the set up gauge, used to ensure proper spacing between the derailleur and the big ring. It was there from the factory. This bike is fresh out of the box! I asked my local shop not to assemble it. It was almost completely pre-assembled from the factory and it came in a HUGE box!
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    Me likey, whats the retail on that bad boy?
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    Looks decent. What does the fork rake look like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vonruden View Post
    Me likey, whats the retail on that bad boy?
    let me google that for ya: Eroica | Bianchi USA

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seabass_First View Post
    let me google that for ya: Eroica | Bianchi USA
    Thanks, I tried to Bing it and failed. Lovely bike, a little beyond my range for a non custom.
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    That is nice. I was leery when I heard of this bike but Bianchi has done a nice job with it. Makes me wonder if Campy is going to start re-issuing some of their old group sets.

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    Thanks for the pics. What exactly is a "Campagnolo Silver Vintage" derailleur? Looks intriguing.
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    Gran Compe is cool. Very Italian. Looks very cool. New AND Vintage. But 48-36 is not L'Eroica. (After this year, I might get some Italian cups for my 48-34.)
    Oh....Very nice photography.

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    BTW, this bike appears to be among the first sold in the US, it is frame #WBK000022K . Does anybody know the Bianchi serial number code? Is this bike number 22 off the production line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
    Makes me wonder if Campy is going to start re-issuing some of their old group sets.
    I doubt they will.

    We'll be lucky to have an alloy groupset from Campy at some point.

    I would be thrilled if they did a run of silver Record 10/11 hubs.

    Now that would be good news.

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    That bike is really sweet, congrats! I'd ride that thing everywhere- vintage rides, club rides, road, gravel. It's just darn pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
    BTW, this bike appears to be among the first sold in the US, it is frame #WBK000022K . Does anybody know the Bianchi serial number code? Is this bike number 22 off the production line?
    Email Bianchi, I bet they will reply. I had the same question about an off-topic Cinelli frame. I emailed and they replied in a week or two with the answer.

    But also realize they probably ship randomly like Cinelli. I had Tom from GVH bikes order my frame from Cinelli. He ordered 2, 1 for me and 1 for stock. The serial numbers were nearly 200 digits different.

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    How is shifting 10 on the downtube?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    How is shifting 10 on the downtube?
    I don't really know anything yet, I'm still making some changes before I ride it, and it is snowing outside. I have ridden 10 speed on the down-tube before though and it seemed alright. It was Campy Record 10 on a 1998 De Bernardi and it worked fine. It did take absolutely every bit of shifter travel to get through the gears though. The shift lever was slammed in both directions! I suspect that this unit will be dialed in so that you are not at max/max to make the shift.
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    Looks really nice. I like everything but the price and no sewups. I would have been disappointed if I bought one and it came with clinchers.
    Any idea of the weight?

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    I really like the bike. Any indication of who produced the hubs?
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