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Can you tell me about this Bianchi Veloce for $700?

Old 06-11-06, 12:01 AM
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Can you tell me about this Bianchi Veloce for $700?

For the longest time I've been torn between going for the Bianchi Eros with full Mirage ($1000 at my LBS) or the Bianchi Vigorelli with full Ultegra ($1399, a pretty damn good deal). The problem is that I really, really want Campy - so much that if given a choice for a free bike, I might even take the Eros. I know Ultegra's better. But my heart longs for Campy.

So it seemed like a miracle today when I saw an ad for a 2004 model year 54 cm Bianchi Veloce for $700, in supposedly perfect condition. As a student on a real budget but a love for bikes, I practically leapt with joy and sent him an email right away. With a full Campy Veloce group, steel frame, and Mavic wheels, the bike seemed like an amazing deal, especially as it was in 'perfect condition'.

He says that the bike has a white paintjob and even says that it was made in Italy, instead of Taiwan. I can't find any information on a bike like this though. He'll be sending pics soon, which I'll post; but for the time being - what kind of bike is this? Should I go for it?

Thanks for the input.
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https://gianni.bianchiusa.com/2003/si...Veloce-BW.html

I think 2003 was the last year they made this model in italy, before they became produced in taiwan

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My first real road bike was a Bianchi Veloce, and I'm still riding on some of the components on a different frame. If it's as advertised, I'd go for it. I'll post when I finish the pimp my Bianchi project.
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Originally Posted by the beef
For the longest time I've been torn between going for the Bianchi Eros with full Mirage ($1000 at my LBS) or the Bianchi Vigorelli with full Ultegra ($1399, a pretty damn good deal). The problem is that I really, really want Campy - so much that if given a choice for a free bike, I might even take the Eros. I know Ultegra's better. But my heart longs for Campy.

So it seemed like a miracle today when I saw an ad for a 2004 model year 54 cm Bianchi Veloce for $700, in supposedly perfect condition. As a student on a real budget but a love for bikes, I practically leapt with joy and sent him an email right away. With a full Campy Veloce group, steel frame, and Mavic wheels, the bike seemed like an amazing deal, especially as it was in 'perfect condition'.

He says that the bike has a white paintjob and even says that it was made in Italy, instead of Taiwan. I can't find any information on a bike like this though. He'll be sending pics soon, which I'll post; but for the time being - what kind of bike is this? Should I go for it?

Thanks for the input.
The Veloce has all Veloce components. They are between 105 and Ultegra in performance. I would say they are better than 105 but not the equal of Ultegra. You would have to go to Centaur or Chorus to beat Ultegra in performance and weight savings. You will also spend a lot more money than Ultegra. If the bike is really nice for it. Good luck.


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I have yet to every here anybody who didn't like a Bianchi Veloce. A very good bike for the money if you like to train or cruise. I have a '04 with all Veloce components. Have mine apart as I write this to upgrade the wheelset to '06 Campy Scirocco and hope to have it back on the road by tomorrow.
I like the Vigorelli but honestly I would never own a Bianchi with Shimano...that's like owning a BMW with Cragar wheels...lol.
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Originally Posted by biker7
A very good bike for the money if you like to train or cruise.
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I agree.

We bought my wife a Veloce in 2001 or 2002. It has "Handmade in Italy" stickers on it. She hasn't ridden it much (kids came after), and, really, cycling is my passion anyway. Fortunately, it fits me! I've officially made it my second bike which I use for building early season fitness. Read that as I get fat in winter and need a triple. The frame fits great, but I haven't dialed in the fit (stem, saddle, bars, etc).

My primary bike is a Serotta Atlanta with a Record 10 group.

The Veloce group is like driving an old, 70's station wagon (slow and lethargic shifting). I find that I have to be much more patient with it. So far, I've only used it for shorter, early season rides. It handles well. I'm not sure of the geometry differences between the two, but I feel like the Bianchi is a bit more agile.

Don't plan on being competitive with the Veloce group. You'll end up frustrated with the shifting performance.

I think the $700 is in the ball park. Especially if it fits you. Test ride if you can. Unless you're mechanically inclined you might need to factor in the cost of an overhaul & service.
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I wish I can get one for $700.In the UK the Veloce is near £800 about $1400.what a rip off
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[QUOTE=the beef] I know Ultegra's better. But my heart longs for Campy.

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I think your own quote let's you know how I feel. You are basically giving up quality for a label by your own admission, not a great way to pick a bike
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[QUOTE=jjmolyet][QUOTE=the beef] I know Ultegra's better. But my heart longs for Campy.


I think your own quote let's you know how I feel. You are basically giving up quality for a label by your own admission, not a great way to pick a bike

If it gets him out there riding, then it is perfectly justified.
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Spending the money justifies him, I was trying to help him spend it more wisely!

He lists a Bianchi Brava and a Schwinn in his sig, I am sure he is riding
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I bought my 2001 Biancho Veloce a few months ago for $650. It's a little on the heavy side, but it's steel so that's expected. The Veloce components aren't anything special based on my experience with 105 and Ultegra. The biggest downside I can speak of is the difficulty in finding compatible parts if/when you want to change something or upgrade. I want to get rid of the anchor wheels (my bike came with 580g rims!) and had to pay top dollar for a Record rear hub. Aside from that, I got exactly what I wanted, a pure blooded Italian road bike. I know, a poor reason as well, but now that I'm riding for fun it's a perfectly acceptable way of choosing a bike
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