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My 2006 Bianchi Giro is finally complete! (with pics)

Old 02-23-08, 12:13 PM
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My 2006 Bianchi Giro is finally complete! (with pics)

I finished it a week or two ago and just got around to taking some pics.

I have literally less than two miles in the saddle so far so I'm still working on getting the fit just right.

Current Specs:
Frame: 2006 Bianchi Giro 57cm
Fork: Matching Bianchi Carbon with Aluminum Steertube
Crankset: Bianchi Carbon ISIS 53/39 170mm
Bottom Bracket: FSA Platinum Pro Titanium ISIS 68x108
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus 32mm Clamp-On
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus
Shifters/Brake Levers: Campagnolo Chorus (with white Hudz)
Cassette: Campagnolo Centaur 12-25
Chain: KMC X10 SL
Wheelset: 2006 Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Tires: Continental GP4000S
Brakeset: Mavic SSC
Headset: Cane Creek
Handlebar: Specialized S-Works Carbon
Bar Tape: Fizik Microtex Chalk White
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis
Saddle: Specialized Toupe Ti 143mm
Seatpost: Specialized Pave Pro Advanced Composite 27.2mm
Seatclamp: unknown, I'm assuming it's from the factory
Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 2Ti White
Bottle Cages: Delta Inox Stainless Steel
Weight: 18 pounds 6 ounces as pictured without water bottles










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Old 02-23-08, 12:21 PM
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Beautiful.
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Thanks! I think so, too.
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Very nice job!
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Damn well done. I don't think my bike was that clean brand new from the LBS. How does it ride?
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that's one sexy bike
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That's a great looking Bianchi. Great choice of components.
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mmm that's purty...

the only thing that'd make it better looking IMHO is removing the decals on the wheels.
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very nice!!!...I like the white hudz!!
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I've never been a big fan of celest but, your Bianchi is changing my mind.
Very nice. Now stop posting on BF and get out on it!!
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Drop dead sexy!
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Great looking ride. Congrats!
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I think celeste tape would accent the hoodz nicely : )
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looks dumb as hell.......just kidding...its very nice...

holy carbon
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Classy, which is not a word heard around here often.

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Nicely built. Mavic should make a wheel with one Celeste spoke.
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Thanks for all the positive comments, you all are so sweet.

FWIW, I weighed it at my LBS yesterday. 18 pounds 6 ounces as pictured above except without the water bottles.

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Very nice bike. I'm still waiting for my white Hudz to come in
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First (real) Ride Report:

i did about 22 miles today over some somewhat hilly terrain for the first half and some fairly flat terrain the second half. the bike felt pretty good as far as i could tell, definitely a lot different from riding my fixed gear which i've been on for the past five months or so. i guess that was the biggest thing i noticed on today's ride, being able to change gears. what a novel idea...

breaking was pretty awesome, very responsive and easy as compared to the relatively mushy feeling old dia-compe front break i have on my fixed gear.

i think the toupe saddle is going to have to go bye bye. i've tried to give it a fair chance (on my fixed gear and now on the bianchi) but it just doesn't feel all that great and i even noticed some general pain in my sit bones area on my ride today within the first five miles. i'm going to try adjusting the angle and the fore/aft positioning on a few more rides before i make my final decision, though.

i might need to get a slightly shorter stem. i think the one on there is a 120mm so maybe a 110mm or perhaps a 100mm. i just felt a little too stretched out when i was on the hoods. i'm going to futz around with the bar angle and hood positioning a bit more before i jump to any conclusions on that.

but yeah, all in all, a pretty good feeling ride with a few fit issues to work on. so it goes.
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Originally Posted by jjiggajouncer
Thanks for all the positive comments, you all are so sweet.

FWIW, I weighed it at my LBS yesterday. 18 pounds 6 ounces as pictured above except without the water bottles.
Really? I would have thought under 18 lbs.

Now I'm curious to get a weight on mine. It's an '05 with most of the original 105 stuff, a Ritchey WCS cockpit, and Mavic SL3's.

FWIW: the seatpost clamp looks the same as mine (which is stock).
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That crank finishes the frame beautifully.
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