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My wife has agreed to purchase a bike w/out me knowing..Bianchi 928 C2C Ultrega

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My wife has agreed to purchase a bike w/out me knowing..Bianchi 928 C2C Ultrega

Old 07-03-11, 07:42 PM
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My wife has agreed to purchase a bike w/out me knowing..Bianchi 928 C2C Ultrega

So, I have been saving my pennies... was getting ready to buy a 2011 Giant Defy 1 used for $900...Then she runs into somebody selling a 2009 Bianchi C2C 928 Carbon K-VID Ultegra...

Agreed price is $1500 with Keo grey pedals and Cat-Eye Strada wireless speedometer.

I guess the seller a college student trying to reduce his debt and he owes $1500 on a loan for it.. Purchased it brand new in 2010 and says it has 200 miles on it.

From what I read, I should be happy with the purchase (going down tomorrow AM) or should I say no? It would piss her off alot since this is a friends son and she has made the agreement. She said it was a surprise gift and I can say no if i want to...(read between the lines on that one)

EDIT TO ADD: She would not normally do this, but I have involved her in my search for a bike and really want a Giant Defy Advanced carbon.. but they were to pricey new and couldnt find used. To her credit, she did do a bit of research and saw that it was a relaxed geometry bike and jumped on the chance to buy it before he listed it on Craigslist....

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Frame & Fork
Frame Construction Monocoque
Frame Tubing Material 928 Carbon w/K-VID kevlar
Fork Brand & Model Bianchi C2C Carbon w/K-VID
Fork Material Carbon fiber/carbon fiber steerer, aero crown
Rear Shock Not applicable

Components
Component Group Shimano Ultegra SL
Brakeset Shimano Ultegra SL brakes, Shimano Ultegra SL STI levers
Shift Levers Shimano Ultegra SL STI
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra SL
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra SL
Crankset Shimano Ultegra SL, 34/50 teeth
Pedals Not applicable
Bottom Bracket Shimano Hollowtech II
BB Shell Width Unspecified
Rear Cogs 10-speed, 12 - 25 teeth
Chain KMC DX10SC
Seatpost FSA SLK Carbon, 31.6mm diameter
Saddle Fi'zi:k Aliante Delta
Handlebar FSA K-Wing compact
Handlebar Extensions Unspecified
Handlebar Stem FSA OS-190LX
Headset 1 1/8" FSA Orbit CE Plus

Wheels
Hubs Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Rims Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Tires 700 x 23c Vittoria Rubino Slick
Spoke Brand Unspecified
Spoke Nipples Unspecifie

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does it fit?
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It's a fine bike at a decent price, but if it doesn't fit, it's a total waste of your money. You should never agree to buy a bike until you've been able to take it to a shop or knowledgeable friend to be sure it will fit you.
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As to fit... its a 55cm and for the Defy, I could have gone either with a 54 or a 56 per my LBS... depending on how I wanted to go.. So its right in the middle...
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Go for it. Great bike. And then ride it like you stole it...
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Originally Posted by XringX
As to fit... its a 55cm and for the Defy, I could have gone either with a 54 or a 56 per my LBS... depending on how I wanted to go.. So its right in the middle...
It's not just about a single number. Each bike has different geometry, and will fit different body types differently. At least it sounds like it's probably in the ballpark, but really, don't buy a bike without taking it in for at least a brief fitting session.
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Originally Posted by foresthill
It's not just about a single number. Each bike has different geometry, and will fit different body types differently. At least it sounds like it's probably in the ballpark, but really, don't buy a bike without taking it in for at least a brief fitting session.
I own and ride a 2010 Defy and test rode one of the 2009 Bianchi 928s when searching for a bike, and their geometries are pretty similar. Test rode a 53 and ended up on a 54/M size Giant. I now would've preferred a smaller frame in either model or a more aggressive geometry, but for the OP relaxed is probably fine.
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That is an awesome bike. I hope it fits you and you get to enjoy it!
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Originally Posted by Bquillero
Go for it. Great bike. And then ride it like you stole it...
Because that kid did, is that what I'm getting here?
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Originally Posted by Velo Gator
does it fit?
This. But, really, he owes $1,500 on a loan for his bike?
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Originally Posted by rooftest
This. But, really, he owes $1,500 on a loan for his bike?
I financed my bike via the trek card. 0% for 12 months. Can't beat that with a stick. He might well be in the same boat. He could also owe 1500$ on a different item, and is looking to pay that loan off.
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I would say NO just to set a precedent with my wife. I love my wife, but the last thing I need is for her to be picking out my biking equipment.
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Originally Posted by valygrl
Because that kid did, is that what I'm getting here?
No, that's just a popular expression.
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Originally Posted by SBRDude
No, that's just a popular expression.

Yeah I know..... what I meant was, that's the impression I got from the story about the loan - that it's stolen.
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I have the same bike but in 105 great comfy bike......if it is your size enjoy it....
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Bianchi categorise the 928 as part of their 'C2C' range, but it has more aggressive geometry than the Defy, which is more relaxed.

I had the Defy and found it disturbingly wobbly on fast (55mph) descents - maybe because it has a long-ish wheelbase?

I sold it in short time for a Colnago Ace, which I sold in short time for a Bianchi Infinito, which, finally, I'm absolutely in love with... so I'd say Bianchi every time... but get the Infinito! Sorry, not much help.
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I would say NO just to set a precedent with my wife. I love my wife, but the last thing I need is for her to be picking out my biking equipment.
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I have an Infinito which is pretty much the same platform as the older C2C models and I LOVE IT. Dont forget you can always put on a longer stem and change the saddle setback so as long as its within 1 size up or down you should be fine. Personally I ride a 53cm because the top tube is huge on the C2C models so I went with 1 size down for my bar drop height to be right but you can achieve the same with a -12 or -17 stem from 3T etc.

Also for that price thats AMAZING!!! Enjoy
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She loves you, man.

I've got a 2006 928 and it is S W E E T !
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PS. Your wife has excellent taste... she coulda bought you a Trek or a Specialneedz...
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Well, we got the bike.. its in excellent condition and only slightly dirty...I think 1500 was a fair price but thats it.. but the kid had a wrong date.. its a 2008. The only damage I could find was the left brake had a scuff on it and one of the Bianchi stickers has peeled off the frame on it paw.. otherwise very clean

The handle bar stem is to long for me, but that is fixable...I rode it for about 20 mins and enjoyed my time. The handle bar stem is the only issue I could find in my ride.

Gear changing was very smooth, bike was very smooth in general.

I dont have any bike shoes...which brings me to a question... The bike has Look pedals.. do I buy any shoes I want then buy the parts that bolt onto the shoe?
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make sure your shoes are spd-sl compatible. (the one with the three holes in a triangle pattern on the bottom of the shoe.)
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Originally Posted by XringX
. The bike has Look pedals.. do I buy any shoes I want then buy the parts that bolt onto the shoe?
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make sure your shoes are spd-sl compatible. (the one with the three holes in a triangle pattern on the bottom of the shoe.)
Most road shoes as far as I've seen have a three hole pattern. You want to find out if the Looks are Keo or Delta. I'd bet they are Keos from the date of the bike but ya never know...

Clean it up and post us a picture or two!
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Originally Posted by foresthill
It's not just about a single number. Each bike has different geometry, and will fit different body types differently. At least it sounds like it's probably in the ballpark, but really, don't buy a bike without taking it in for at least a brief fitting session.
Example here is that I ride a 54 in a BMC, but just about anything else is a 56. It's all about the top tube length.
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PS. Your wife has excellent taste... she coulda bought you a Trek or a Specialneedz...
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