DSC03381.jpgDSC03382.jpgDSC03385.jpgDSC03386.jpgDSC03384.jpg A good friend of mine bought this from a collector in Italy, it came with low end parts and he lost interest. He knew I was a long time Bianchi fan and had welded a lot of titanium in the past, so we did a deal. It took a little effort to get the proper mid 90's Record parts, but it came out almost correct.
I only know of one other Bianchi 1996 PR bike, and that's in Japan. Somewhere some body knows how many got built and where they went. They were not popular because of their weight.
That Bianchi is sweet, in it's own very special bizarrely awesome way!
Just a little more information. In 1996 I was a member of the Fremont Ca. bicycle club, the west coast Bianchi distributor is in Hayward, just down the freeway.
The club asked Bianchi to do a show and tell about what's new, the rep. brought a down hill racing frame and a down tube from a TI Megatube frame. The down tube was made from two sheets of titanium, formed and welded. The interesting thing was the sheets had small stiffeners formed into the sheet.
I'm a long time welder/fabricator and needed to know how that was done, the Bianchi rep. didn't know, I guess only the factory that made the sheets knew.
My new Ritchey Breakaway cross. Built it up as a do-anything travel bike for road and light touring, with maybe a little gravel. Ultegra 10sp triple with room for a fat cassette in the back should I need it.
I'm traveling a lot this year, the bike is definitely coming with me.
Upgraded from Ultegra 6700 to 6800 this weekend!
Why the saddle so far forward???
Because it's very comfortable?
Nice titanium bikes.
I bike every day for fun.
Not full Ti these two. The left (Gladio) has 3 carbon tubes and the right has 2 (Fidia).
These are from Paduano racing.
They also have full ti frames.
1993 Merlin Extralight with updated components. My daily ride.
Super sweet merlin
I have always liked the idea of carbon fiber but how do they ride? Are they a bit harsh like aluminum? Or are the smooth lol steel? Or in between
It depends on how much money you want to spend; with AL being the cheapest but potentially the harshest riding and least durable and can corrode; or whether or not you want to be a follower of the crowd that all wants to ride CF which has some major potential problems with hidden defects or hidden damage that can occur; or whether or not you want to be one of those vintage looking riders and ride steel but also wants comfort and don't care about weight, but it can rust if not cared for (none of my vintage bikes have any rust but I know simple secrets to prevent that); or if you want something that is more expensive and durable, won't rust or corrode, yet stands out from the crowd, and it is a tad more comfortable than steel, then get the TI. I got my ti bike because I wanted something nicer yet last the rest of my life without worry about what sort of weather I want to ride in and it's the most carefree material.
Again all the above is an opinion. On the comfort scale the difference between steel and ti is only a fraction and it depends on which steel bike I ride. My steel touring bikes are more comfortable than my TI bike, and they get more comfortable as they become loaded for touring; but the ti bike is a tad more comfortable than my other non touring road bikes. The Ti bike is also more responsive than my steel road bikes too.
Without getting into a war with other members here that's all I'm going to say about the various materials, again it's all just my opinion.
I hope I said my opinion enough times to prevent a war, this is a forum and discussions like this one, and others here, are mostly opinions, if someone here can't understand that then too bad.
Not sure if this qualifies but maybe since about a third of it was titanium?, but one of favorite looking bikes, one of which I could never afford, was the Merlin Cielo, the titanium lugs were beautiful and then Merlin added engravings on the lugs, wow! Too bad ABG group bought them out and ruined the reputation by not honoring warranties, and too bad it's no longer being produced. Those bikes still command a lot of money even used on E-Bay.