Friday, August 15, 2008

2009 Bianchi Mono-Q Ultegra SL

Any major bike brand will confess that the steadily growing road bike segment (aside from commuting bikes b/c of the increase of gas prices) are the sub 3k road bikes. Mostly the carbon models.

Bikes that cost 3k vs 5k in some cases have a noticeable performance difference but in the consumer's eyes... but is that 10% increase in perceved gain worth the 2k dollar price jump? In most cases no. The point goes to the lesser priced model.


Enter the 2009 Bianchi Mono-Q. A new price slot is being filled in Bianchis B4P line up. This is the 'affordable' T-Cube. Think-geometry of the T-Cube (minus tube to tube technology) with a monocoque frame construction. I like to think of it as a morphed Giro from back in the day. The Giro was one of my favorite bang for the buck race rigs.

The parts spec of the Mono-Q will be available with Campy Chorus, Veloce, Shimano Ult SL (Compact crank, standard crank, and triple), 105(Compact and standard). No SRAM will be available at this time. The cranks will be pair with it's respectable groupo. No FSA substitutes and in my book, that's a good move!

The frame weight is in the neighborhood of 30-40 grams heavier than that T-Cube. Right around 1080gr with a 12k weave. While most carbon frames brag about being sub 1k gr Bianchi still touts its frame weight on strength, stiffness in the BB and life expectancy on the road.

This bike is available for to stocking dealers as I type this so run out and bug them now!
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s.b.

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