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Old 06-07-10, 08:13 PM   #1
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Bianchi pista vs Killo TT

This is really what it has come down to for me. I know more about the pista and i like how it looks but other than that i dont really know the difference. I dont really care about bang-per-buck between these two... just bang. Honestly which can handle it all and move better.
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Aren't Pistas known to have weak frames? Plus their unicrown forks are so ugly!
I am in a similar predicament with you, but I am ordering a Mercier over Bianchi. It seems like Bianchi's bikes are getting worse every year. 2006 Pista looked awesome.
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Honestly which can handle it all and move better.


I'd choose a Kilo over a Pista any damn day.
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^^^Agreed.

Middle ground though: Raleigh Rush Hour, Jamis Beatnik, Gutterball (not middleground but a good frame), Fuji Classic Track, IRO MarkV or Angus, or as will make scrod happy a MADISON.
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Why is the kilo TT better? Spacifically... What's better that the kilo TT (if anything). Obviously people mess around with their bikes and make em a lot better but which is th best starter (or in general)
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Thank you CharneK.
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I don't think its that the Kilo is "better" but that the Pista is not better per $$ extra. The Kilo is a surprisingly good frame for the money you spend on it. Its cult following is not for its looks but for its quality.
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a pista's a great bike. i mean, it's not 'great' but it's fine for a beginner bike.

the kilo FRAMESET is definitely a cut above, but i'd rather have the pista complete if i was never going to change any parts.

i miss my kilo frameset so much. can't wait till it's back to me!
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i'd rather have the pista complete if i was never going to change any parts.
Thats a good way to look at it.
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I may be mistaken (due to lack of caring about Pistas) but don't the two completes come with practically the same components?
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The Kilo has water bottle mounts and eyelets for racks & fenders. This alone means it can handle more.
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very close, but i think the pista has better wheels and bars and seat. everything else is VERY similar.
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Not "better" enough, IMO. **** a Pista.
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true. but seriously, to get a bike with wheels worth keeping you have to spend 700.
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How about a TT Pro vs Pista? Then Kilo wins fosssssssshizzle.
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oh, easy. no contest.

but the tt pro isn't all that great. better than a pista is no huge credential, as mentioned.

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Since we are comparing bikes now....
I want to see what Scrod has to say on this one.

Madison or Kilo TT.

He would probably say Madison...
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obviously, i think his opinions on both are well documented. plus the reason he sold one for the other.
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both the pista and the kilo tt are reynolds 520 frames. the kilo tt has the aero downtube (not sure if the pista does too). i read somewhere that the pista has more aggressive geometry (can anyone confirm?). the pista comes with better wheels stock.
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kilo has a prettier fork
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pista has had similarly lax geo since about 2008.

pista is 4130. i know there's no real tractable difference, but even if it's only a superficial distinction, i'm pretty sure they're not "both reynolds 520"
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i meant to edit the above.
as of 2010, the geos are exactly the same for HT and DT angles, with varying reaches and wheelbases and such.

they're both similar.

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Seeing as how neither has a "better" frame material I think it comes down to components and such. The Kilo has rack and fender mounts making it more "useful". The Bianchi has maybe a little bit better wheelset but not loads better. They have the same crankset but the bianchi comes with a 48 and the Kilo a 46. Everything else is pretty comparable. The kilo comes in many more colors though.

All things considered, for a beginner, the Pista is just not a justified purchase when the Kilo is available.

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I bought a Pista recently and was choosing between that and a Kilo TT. This was my "real" bike - the others were all junkers for college and when I was a little kid. When I was researching, the Kilo TT was a pretty good deal. But I didn't know that much about bikes yet and assembling them and fitting them etc. So I went to the LBS to get their expertise and get fitted there and bought the Pista there. It's a little more expensive but I'm glad I got some help at the LBS and got fitted properly. Having ridden it for a while now, I did change the handlebars for comfort, got the proper brake handle for the handle bar, and the stem for a better fit. Otherwise, I didn't see the need to change anything else. I'm just a beginner though and using this as a beater exercise bike so my standards are probably quite a bit lower than some of the folks on here. Either way I don't think you'll go wrong - if you have some experience with bikes already and don't mind buying online and assembling yourself, I would say save a few bucks and go for the Kilo TT.
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true. but seriously, to get a bike with wheels worth keeping you have to spend 700.
I trued my stock kilo tt wheels and it hasn't been giving me a problem at all. But I also use my kilo like a beater so I'm not throwing too much money onto it. I'ld choose a kilo over a pista too.
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