Posted Wednesday 10th August 2011 –
Bianchi bikes always seem to be a popular choice with sportive riders and for 2012 they’ll be adding a new sportive specific bike to their range, the Bianchi Impulso to their existing long distance C2C (Coast 2 Coast) range.
The bike is based on a brand new aluminum frame built using, what Bianchi refer to as, a triple hydroformed process. Essentially the tubes are hydroformed, then welded together than hydroformed again to create what appears to be a weld free join. Bianchi claim the advantage of this approach is it builds a stiffer and stronger bike but it also adds to the looks and to a certain extent gives the bikes the look of a more expensive carbon model. The fork is also new for this model but features Bianchi’s K-Vid technology as used on other bikes in their C2C line up which are designed to improve vibration dampening.
Like other models in the C2C range it will feature geometry designed to give a more relaxed rider position and handling than an out and out race bike to help increase comfort over long distance rides by means of a slightly taller head tube height and longer wheel base.
Three models are expected to be available fetauring a mix of either Shimano or Campag drivetrains although we’re currently unsure if all will be available in the UK –
- Impulso Ultegra Compact – featuring Shimano Ultegra drive train with FSA Omega MegaExo crankset
- Impulso Veloce Compact – featuring Campagnolo Veloce drive train with FAS Omega MegaExo crankset
- Impulso 105 Compact – featuring Shimano 105 drive train with FSA Omega MegaExo crankset
Like most 2012 bikes they should be available around autumn 2011 and we’d expect at least one model to fetaure the famous Bianche celeste colourway.