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My new 2012 Bianchi Infinito

Old 08-03-11, 12:02 AM
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My new 2012 Bianchi Infinito

OK, here are some pictures of my new 2012 Bianchi Infinito, I will also include some of my "first driving" experiences with the Infinito:

The obligatory garage-door shot...



Here is a catalog picture of teh 2011 model, notice the subtle color scheme variation...



Cockpit shot (the steerer tube will be cut off after I have dialed in the right riding position)...



Bianchi-issued white handlebar tape and celeste brake hoods...



FSA Compact handlebars (and FSA stem)...



I replaced the standard Fizik saddle with a white Selle Italia SLR saddle (same as I use on my other bikes)...



Fork...



The Infinito name...



The head badge...



Riding impressions:

I have already put 80 miles on the bike since I picked it up from my LBS. I can say that the ride quality is very, very good. This is my first CF bike and I can honestly say that the ride is better than what I had expected.

The Infinito accelerates as quickly as the Columbus SLX Bottecchia and over the long haul it is as comfortable as the titanium LItespeed. At 17.12 pounds (with Look pedals) the Infinito is a little lighter than the Litespeed and a LOT lighter than the Bottecchia. Climbing, teh extra light and extra stiff CF frame was a real big help. In descents the Infinito is very confidence-inspiring; it is more stable than the very stable Litespeed.

The Ultegra derailleurs shift almost as smooth as the Dura Ace 7700 derailleurs in the Litespeed; shifts, however, are faster with the Ultegra. I love the Campy gruppo in the Bottecchia, but new technology has many advantages. For example, the brakes in the Infinito (and the Litespeed) are far better than the brakes in the Bottecchia-I can bring the Infinito and the Litespeed to a complete, controlled stop in a far shorter distance than the Bottecchia.

One note about SRAM components (I don't wish to start a flame war with SRAM devotees, I am just reporting my own impressions). Both the DuraAce and the Ultegra front derailleur have a feature that allows the rider to "trim" the adjustment for the derailleur travel. In other words, like with old friction shifters (in the pre-SIS era) I can move the derailleur a bit side to side to eliminate chain rub when cross-shifting. My friend recently bought a SRAM Force equipped Pinarello FP Quattro. There is no trim adjustment for the FD in a SRAM system, so my friend is usually left hunting for just the right gear. I don't have that problem with either the Litespeed or the Infinito (or the Bottecchia). My friend's bike has been back to the shop several times already for adjustment to the rear derailleur - seems like they just can't get it to shift right. I have spoken to one other SRAM owner and he reports the same problems keeping the derailleurs shifting properly. Again, please no flaming from SRAM owners, I am just reporting on my experiences and the experiences of friends.

Overall this is a great bike. I am having a blast riding it. the bike gets appreciative looks and comments from other riders and...above all...it is Celeste green. :thumbsup:

Thanks for reading!
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Nice! I didn't know the 2012 models were available yet. Just got my lady an Infinito last month, also Ultegra. You Ultegra looks like it is a very dark gray instead of the 2011 medium gray. Enjoy!
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How much did you pay?
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Does Look make celeste pedals?
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thats absolutely stunning. must have set you back a pretty penny. congrats!
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Celeste on tires! Now thats what I call a colour scheme!
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Very nice!
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Originally Posted by eja_ bottecchia View Post
One note about SRAM components (I don't wish to start a flame war with SRAM devotees, I am just reporting my own impressions). Both the DuraAce and the Ultegra front derailleur have a feature that allows the rider to "trim" the adjustment for the derailleur travel. In other words, like with old friction shifters (in the pre-SIS era) I can move the derailleur a bit side to side to eliminate chain rub when cross-shifting. My friend recently bought a SRAM Force equipped Pinarello FP Quattro. There is no trim adjustment for the FD in a SRAM system, so my friend is usually left hunting for just the right gear. I don't have that problem with either the Litespeed or the Infinito (or the Bottecchia). My friend's bike has been back to the shop several times already for adjustment to the rear derailleur - seems like they just can't get it to shift right. I have spoken to one other SRAM owner and he reports the same problems keeping the derailleurs shifting properly. Again, please no flaming from SRAM owners, I am just reporting on my experiences and the experiences of friends.
Well nice looking bike...but why did you even write this paragraph? It's the longest in your post, has NOTHING to do with your bike yet you state several times you aren't trying to start anything. I'm a Campy guy so I have trip all over SRAM and your Shimano stuff but this was just out of place. Oh and my wife's SRAM stuff shifts just fine and doesn't seem to need any trim.
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Very nice bike. OK, I'm probably going to take a beating here, but it's been a few years since I've looked at new bikes and I'm not up on all the new gadgets and gizmos. The front-on shot of the handlebars - - - what is on the shifter cables? Looks like some type of electronics.
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^^^^ was wondering that too!

To the OP, what Campy is offered on these & what was the price difference?
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Originally Posted by JAJ0404 View Post
Very nice bike. OK, I'm probably going to take a beating here, but it's been a few years since I've looked at new bikes and I'm not up on all the new gadgets and gizmos. The front-on shot of the handlebars - - - what is on the shifter cables? Looks like some type of electronics.
I believe those are little bumpers to keep the cable from rubbing into the finish beneath it. My steel Veloce has a couple of shiny spots where the cable housing has rubbed the paint down to bare metal.
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My guess for the cable widgets is that is the derailleur trim he was speaking of.
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Very pretty bike.

I've got a 2006 928 and the ride you describe is very similar. Somehow very comfy yet agile and quick. Responsive but not twitchy. A very confidence inspiring bike.

Not to knock it, but I put some miles on an Orbea before I bought the Bianchi. It scared me on descents.

My only quibble, and it is truly just a quibble, well I bet you can guess so I'll just shut up.

Have fun.
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Great looking bike.

P.S. Quit cross chaining and you don't need trim.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
My guess for the cable widgets is that is the derailleur trim he was speaking of.
i didn't think of that, but it's on both cables and he only talked about the trim being for the front, so ????
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i really need to quit coming in threads like this... that bike is HAWT!!!!
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Pretty bike -- congrats. I will join the crowd and say you should've gone CAMPY!

Failing that, the silver Ultegra finish is much more attractive and would have matched your otherwise-flawless color scheme. Enjoy the bike and now ride the sheeeeit outta it
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Congrats. That's a very sweet looking ride.
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
My guess for the cable widgets is that is the derailleur trim he was speaking of.
I believe it's an in-line version of the barrel cable adjusters that are usually on the frame at the top of the down tube. My CAAD9 has something similar. I guess you could call it trim but that's a different connotation, this is for occasional adjustments, when you have cable stretch for instance. Trim is usually used more often than that when it's available.
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Originally Posted by JAJ0404 View Post
i didn't think of that, but it's on both cables and he only talked about the trim being for the front, so ????
Going crosschain makes a hell of a noise on the front derailleur's chain guide. You can trim it with SRAM mountainbike twisters too, and it's nice.

Conversely in the rear you will get a little chatter or resistance to shift to the smallest cog. But I could still see trimming it out being a nice alternative to dealing with some noise or getting off to make a small tweak in the rear.

Me, I just change chainrings.
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Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
I believe it's an in-line version of the barrel cable adjusters that are usually on the frame at the top of the down tube. My CAAD9 has something similar. I guess you could call it trim but that's a different connotation, this is for occasional adjustments, when you have cable stretch for instance. Trim is usually used more often than that when it's available.
Thank you! Now that I look at them again that makes sense.
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I like the trim feature. I have 7900, which lacks trim on the big chainring. I miss it. In fact, I have not been impressed with 7900 at all. Dropped chains, missed shifts, shifting to the top chainring sometimes the chain sits on top of the teeth, etc. I know, I know...get a better mechanic. Oh yeah, and off topic too.
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
Does Look make celeste pedals?
I only wish....
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Originally Posted by cooleric1234 View Post
I like the trim feature. I have 7900, which lacks trim on the big chainring. I miss it. In fact, I have not been impressed with 7900 at all. Dropped chains, missed shifts, shifting to the top chainring sometimes the chain sits on top of the teeth, etc. I know, I know...get a better mechanic. Oh yeah, and off topic too.
My really off=topic given my comments.

I guess that is what I was trying to say about the trim feature (maybe in a long, round-about way). My friend had just called me (before I wrote the post) telling me how he wishes that he had put Ultegra in his new Pinarello. He is the one who sold me the Litespeed and he says he really misses the trim feature.

So your observations are similar to my friend's observations regarding the trim feature.
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Originally Posted by Grasschopper View Post
Well nice looking bike...but why did you even write this paragraph? It's the longest in your post, has NOTHING to do with your bike yet you state several times you aren't trying to start anything. I'm a Campy guy so I have trip all over SRAM and your Shimano stuff but this was just out of place. Oh and my wife's SRAM stuff shifts just fine and doesn't seem to need any trim.
You are probably right about the comments regarding SRAM. I was trying to give a brief rundown on my first impressions about the bike. I also prefer Campy, I just couldnot justify spending the extra $$$ that they were asking for the Campy-Athena version of my bike. Eventually, however, I will probably upgrade to Campy.
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