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    Bianchi SL3

    Can any one give me information on this frame, 2004 in particular. Also, I have a bit of a discrepancy. The Bianchi website shows the SL3 with carbon seat stays but I found one being sold on ebay claiming to be a 2004 but does not have carbon stays, which would make me think 2003. Did they make both options in 2004? However, the chorus component group is what came on the 2004 which this bike has. Here is the address: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...51#description Also I have read in reviews that the EV3 aluminum frames don't last very long (race day only) and they crack in the first season. Is this true of the SL3 has anyone read reviews or had any experience with this frame? Your input would be appreciated. I am just shy of 6'4" and 185 pounds. So i think I am not TOO heavy for a guy my height although I know I should avoid light duty aluminum frames I at least think this bike is worth my time for the component group, even if I only get 2 seasons from the frame. Thanks, your advice would be appeciated. Oh and up till now I have been riding lugged steel vintage bikes, but i have a student loan burning a hole in my pocket and a desire for performance.

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    Test road a 2004 SL3 team issue built up with centaur. Very nice bike it's what sold me on my Bianchi.
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    It looks to me as an 2003 model. I have 2004 Bianchi SL3, and it is different in color (deep and light blue), components (all Veloce), and wheels (Campy Vento). Still, it may not be a bad bike for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine
    Can any one give me information on this frame, 2004 in particular. Also, I have a bit of a discrepancy. The Bianchi website shows the SL3 with carbon seat stays but I found one being sold on ebay claiming to be a 2004 but does not have carbon stays, which would make me think 2003. Did they make both options in 2004? However, the chorus component group is what came on the 2004 which this bike has. Here is the address: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...51#description Also I have read in reviews that the EV3 aluminum frames don't last very long (race day only) and they crack in the first season. Is this true of the SL3 has anyone read reviews or had any experience with this frame? Your input would be appreciated. I am just shy of 6'4" and 185 pounds. So i think I am not TOO heavy for a guy my height although I know I should avoid light duty aluminum frames I at least think this bike is worth my time for the component group, even if I only get 2 seasons from the frame. Thanks, your advice would be appeciated. Oh and up till now I have been riding lugged steel vintage bikes, but i have a student loan burning a hole in my pocket and a desire for performance.
    I am a big fan of Bianchis for their cost to performance ratio. Great bikes for recreational and even amateur racers like yourself that won't break the bank. I took a look at that link as I too ride a 61 c-t-t Bianchi albeit in steel. I wouldn't touch that bike. Mostly because the 92% feedback rating of the seller. A good rule of thumb on ebay? Don't buy from anybody with a rating lower than 98%...don't take the risk. Some are even more discriminating. My guess is that bike has been raced and gone big miles...just a guess. The steerer has been cut down flush to the top of the head tube. This may or may not suit your needs being 6'4" as you will have a pretty high saddle position. The EV3 is a hellofva race bike for a reasonable amount of money....but I would look elsewhere for one. As to getting a couple of seasons out of it because of cracking etc....believe that is baloney. You should be able to get multiple seasons out of it provided you don't crash it. That frame is not made to tour but designed to take the rigors of racing and Bianchi stands by their product with an excellent warranty.
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    Thanks for the feedback. Ordinarily I would stay away but I think it may be worth if because the component group alone would go great on any bike. Also I am located in Canada which means i will not have to pay duties and taxes etc etc... I am even from the same province and could possibly have family pick it up to avoid shipping damage, thanks again for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclotoine
    Thanks for the feedback. Ordinarily I would stay away but I think it may be worth if because the component group alone would go great on any bike. Also I am located in Canada which means i will not have to pay duties and taxes etc etc... I am even from the same province and could possibly have family pick it up to avoid shipping damage, thanks again for the info.
    Not if the component group has 7K miles on it and it is torn up.
    My guess is you about to learn a good lesson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by biker7
    I am a big fan of Bianchis for their cost to performance ratio. Great bikes for recreational and even amateur racers like yourself that won't break the bank. I took a look at that link as I too ride a 61 c-t-t Bianchi albeit in steel. I wouldn't touch that bike. Mostly because the 92% feedback rating of the seller. A good rule of thumb on ebay? Don't buy from anybody with a rating lower than 98%...don't take the risk. Some are even more discriminating. My guess is that bike has been raced and gone big miles...just a guess. The steerer has been cut down flush to the top of the head tube. This may or may not suit your needs being 6'4" as you will have a pretty high saddle position. The EV3 is a hellofva race bike for a reasonable amount of money....but I would look elsewhere for one. As to getting a couple of seasons out of it because of cracking etc....believe that is baloney. You should be able to get multiple seasons out of it provided you don't crash it. That frame is not made to tour but designed to take the rigors of racing and Bianchi stands by their product with an excellent warranty.
    Good Luck,
    George
    What good is a guess? It just stinks.Do you have a hat to cover it up with... No warranty on used stuff...sorry

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