I had the 2000 Axis- I chose it in part since had a really good parts setup for 'cross and good components compared to most of the other prodcuction CX bikes out there. I bought it as a commuter bike, with the hope I'd race 'cross one day. I put a lot of miles on that bike and finally took up 'cross racing, but the Axis itself failed after 3 years and about 12,000 miles. Massive cracking at the welds near the bottom bracket- luckilly no crash. Bianchi was very good about warranteeing the bike and said I could get credit towards a new Axis, credit towards a scandium cross-concept frame, or get one the discontinued steel frames.
I opted for the steel- in part it was scary seeing a frame fail under me, and I weigh 190-200lbs so super-light scandium seemed like a bad idea (adn a lot more expensive). I dig the celeste color, and it came with the cross-concepts carbon fork (except with threaded steerer). I love it- I don't knwo the exact weight, but it doesn't feel especially heavy and it seems less bone-jarring than the axis.
since I do a lot more CX racing now, I have a seperate commuter/backup CX bike (surly cross-checkl) and save the bianchi for training and racing.
I'm dissapointed to see the new acix go to a triple ring- I liked that the Axis had a real racing set-up. and, I prefer the threaded steerer to the integrated headset of the CC, which I fear could get damaged and ruin the frame.
did you end up getting the bike? I think it's a great choice for a race-frame- classic design and classic celeste-
Originally Posted by cyclox66
I know of someone through my LBS who has built one of these up. Anybody with experience with these frames? They run around $400 and seem like a pretty good deal for a steel frame. I'm considering this as an option and building it up with my parts spec rather than going with the aluminum bianchi axis.
I guess these frames are new but not included in the bianchi catalog for some reason.
Thanks for any wisdom...