Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Northern Michigan
Bikes: 2003 Bianchi Volpe, 1995 Gary Fisher Paragon
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I'm picking up my new Volpe this afternoon.
The 2003 model has a threadless headset; if you're not a fan of these, look for last year's model.
The gearing on this bike needs a little work; mine came with a 30/42/52 crankset and an 11-32 cassette. I'm planning on swapping the 30-tooth for a 28 and maybe even going to a 12-34 cassette, depending on how much carbon I end up blowing out on the hills.
But for the money (~$850 at my LBS) you get a cro-mo frame with a good reputation, decent Shimano components (albeit not great), beefy wheels/spokes, and clipless pedals.
I was amazed that Bianchi sells a red bike with blue handlebar tape, though!
Can't help with divorce lawyers as I'm still happily married!