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Bianchi Via Nirone 2008 with Shimano Sora: What to upgrade first?

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Old 08-19-08, 08:45 PM
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Bianchi Via Nirone 2008 with Shimano Sora: What to upgrade first?

I am a newbie to all of this. I have a Bianchi Via Nirone 2008 Triple with the following set up. Just curious to know what, if anything, you would upgrade first on this bike to make it faster/lighter. I am a pretty fit person. I am 6'3" about 175lbs. Have been riding for about three months (while I know I don't need to upgrade yet I am just curious). Here is the set up of the bike.

MODEL :C2C Via Nirone 7 Alu Sora 8 sp mix Triple
FORK :Bianchi FL5 K-Vid Carbon/Alu 1-1/8”
SHIFTER : Shimano SORA
REAR DERAILLEUR: Shimano SORA 8 sp
FRONT DERAILLEUR :Shimano SORA
CRANKSET rowheel OUNCE-630 Triple 50/39/30
CHAIN :Shimano CN-HG50 8sp
SPROCKET: Shimano HG-50 12/25
REAR HUB :Joytech F192SB 28h
FRONT HUB :Joytech A141SB 28h
RIMS :Jalco DRX-2000 black
TIRES :Vittorio Zaffiro 700x23
HEADSET: FSA ZS4-CUSTOM
STEM: Alloy 27.2 mm
HANDLEBAR: Deda Elementi BIG PIEGA alloy round
SEATPOST: RC SP-928-G Carbon fiber 31.6 mm
SADDLE: San Marco PONZA C)steel (already upgraded to Fixik Arione
BRAKES: RC-466E Forged Alloy Dual-Pivot

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Get a different bike.

Just kidding. I'm sure it is very nice.

I would consider starting with the least expensive stuff.

tires, saddle to one that suites you if the one on the bike does not, pedals ,FORK etc.. overall most of these thing ( tires will help) will not help speed directly but they may improve the ride, how comfortable you are on the bike etc.. what are your goals?

The fork is a great start for a project like this as it is where the biggest impact will be made for the least amount of money.
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I hate triple cranksets. I'd go for a double if you were itching to upgrade!
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I already upgraded the seat to the Fixik Arione from the uncomfortable San Marco Ponza. I also changed the pedals to the basic Shimano SPD PD 540 which i picked up for $20. I was considering the Conti Grand Prix 4000 next, but am interested to see what people say. It is quite possible that I will just keep everything the same and then save money for an upgraded bike in a couple years.
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Rims would be one of the easiest way to lighten/quicken the bike. Perhaps some Xero XR-1's. Unfortunately you can't really take any real weight off the bike or improve it much without spending a decent sum of cash. I would ride it and save your money to buy a nicer bike in a year or two. You could sell this one on ebay or craigslist and recoup some of your investment.
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Make it fit comfortably and leave it alone for a year, at least. Replacing widgets won't make you appreciably faster. Riding it will.
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Make it fit comfortably and leave it alone for a year, at least. Replacing widgets won't make you appreciably faster. Riding it will.
Good advice here.

I've resisted tinkering with my bike for 2 years, except for fit adjustments. Just this week I started thinking about getting some compact handlebars. And then I thought about upgrading the group, as I'm not sure the benefit I'm looking for from the compacts - more riding in the drops - is going to happen if I keep the Sora. And then I'm looking at a new saddle....

All that being said, there's nothing wrong with my bike. I'd be sure of what you want to achieve before you start tinkering. Wheels are always a good option, though.
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some good advice already given

I would ride it for a while and work on the comfort things first then work on some of the other stuff. Sora is really crappy stuff and so are the wheels. You could always buy a BikesDirect.com bike and transfer over the components and wheels etc. but this isn't too cheap.
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Set up correctly, Sora works pretty well. You have to decide if the thumbshifters on the side are comfortable for you. They worked ok for me, but some people don't like them.

Since you've upgraded the seat, I would personally make wheels the next thing. I had cheapo wheels on my old bike and saw a night and day difference when I upgraded to some $250 reynolds. I can also recommend $200 fulcrum racing 7 wheels: they are heavy but they are really solid and smooth.
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I think the biggest issue with Sora is the shifters. I upgraded simply because I couldn't hit the shifts in the drops, my hands are too small. Stupidly I went to Campy. It's a bit better, but some of the same issues.
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Appreciate the feedback. I am sure I will just stick with the Sora parts since they seem to work just fine for me for the time being. Would it be difficult to make this a 9-speed, and would it be worth getting a more solid crankset? Also appreciate the feedback on the wheels, that is an area where everything just seems to be a huge expense.
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Ride it, maintain it, replace only what needs fixing. If you have money burning a hole, then get some good shorts and save for the next bike.
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Appreciate the feedback. I am sure I will just stick with the Sora parts since they seem to work just fine for me for the time being. Would it be difficult to make this a 9-speed, and would it be worth getting a more solid crankset? Also appreciate the feedback on the wheels, that is an area where everything just seems to be a huge expense.
You have kind of got an upgraded saddle. I would stick with what you have. A year from now, which will fly by, you will have a completely new perspective of what you really want especially if you stay on the bf for ideas.
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I really don't think Sora is all that bad. The brifters have the shift mechanism in an odd place, but otherwise, well tuned Sora works very well. I had a Sora bike that was a few years old, and started riding it again this year, I was surprised at how well it worked.

I don't consider changing things like the saddle/stem to be upgrades as you need the correct size/type in order to be comfortable. Change those if you need to.

Otherwise, if I remember correctly, Bianchi uses the same frame on much more expensive bikes. If you do get the upgrade bug, go with the wheelset, and eventually the rest of the drivetrain. I don't think it will make you much faster though
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Ride it hard and replace whatever breaks first.

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wheels if anything, but upgrading low-end bikes is never really a cost-effective idea.
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Not worth upgrading.

Buy better tires, maybe that's it.
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Why do you want to go faster?
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Either get all that Shimano stuff and change your frame to a non-Italian frame, or keep your Italian frame and put Campagnolo everywhere.
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Either get all that Shimano stuff and change your frame to a non-Italian frame, or keep your Italian frame and put Campagnolo everywhere.
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