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Old 10-13-06, 11:25 AM   #1
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Bianchi Fremont

I tested a Bianchi Fremont yesterday. The bike store had just gotten it in. It was a pretty interesting fixed-gear bike, very, very light. The guy at the store told me it's about 16 pounds (it's got aluminium frame and carbon forks). The only thing I didn't really dig in that bike was that it felt more like a road bike than a track bike. It's 700$.And the handle bars were classic road bike's ones. I think with some track handlebars and just one brake lever it'd look great. I loved the color too. http://www.bianchiusa.com/07_b4p_fremont.html
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Fremont (the city) sucks.

16 pounds? With all that ***** componentry on it? Wow.

Something to look into.
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Old 10-13-06, 11:30 AM   #3
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Sounds just like what I am looking for (as I noted in a different thread where this bike was shown)! This and the new Masi.
How is the BB height/crank length or more practically the pedal strike clearance - does it have a road bike geo all around?
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The only thing I didn't really dig in that bike was that it felt more like a road bike than a track bike. It's 700$.And the handle bars were classic road bike's ones.
Well, look at the geometry of it; that is a roadbike, just re-done as a SS bike. I suppose this is Bianchi's answer to the Langster. It does look nice.
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16lbs? I doubt it. Weigh that thing!
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16lbs? I doubt it. Weigh that thing!
That's what I'm saying. Take off all the cheap components, and replace with super light ones, you could arguably drop 6 pounds. Which seems to me impossible.
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I think he meant 16 pounds without wheels...
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I think he meant 16 pounds without wheels...
I think he said that because he smelled a sale.
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$700? For no-name everything on an AL frame? A bit much for me.
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Sounds just like what I am looking for (as I noted in a different thread where this bike was shown)! This and the new Masi.
How is the BB height/crank length or more practically the pedal strike clearance - does it have a road bike geo all around?
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It does have a road geo all around it. I think a Pista with a few better components (pedals, saddle...) would still be cheaper that the fremont. The bike did feel very very light, although 16 pounds seemed a bit too light. It's probably more like 18... The pista felt a lot faster than the fremont too.
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