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New tires on the T-Cube.

Tire choice is as important as saddle choice, or shoe choice when it comes to road cycling. A bad selection of either can make a ride miserable with little to no way of avoiding the truth; that you can't trust your bike at full speed in a corner, sit comfortably on the tip of your perch in pace line or pedal without arch cramping or hot spots underfoot. Tires have always interested me because they are the last variable in the formula of forward propulsion on a road bike. The 2009 Hutchinson Fusion Ultra 2 is the French company's new race tire. I pulled out the digital scale to confirm a weight of 210gr per tire. If you require a higher level of puncture resistance, move to the Hutchinson Intensive, weighing in at 230gr. Installation of Hutchinson's road tires are surprisingly easy. I was originally running the Intensives on the T-Cube and swapped them over to my wife's Bianchi. Both tire installations were performed easily without tire levers! (note 700cX23c sizes) . It

2009.5 Monza- get your roll on.

She's a beaut' Clark! May I present to you the 2009.5 Monza. A returning name with a new platform based off of the Camaleonte II. (which was a run away success in our major cities Nationwide.) This Monza features a 7005 alloy, hydroformed, pulse TIG-welded frame with Cro-Mo unicrown fork Stopping the rubber is Shimano's Alivio mech disc brakes, gear changing with Rapid Fire SL shifters and a Deore rear derailleur and cassette. The cockpit appointments are labeled with WTB for the saddle, flat mtb style handlebar and double walled 32 hole rims wrapped in a 32c sized rubber. The paint is carring over our two tone theme from 2009s Cross Terrain line; metallic beige with reverse panel color for the corpo logo, subtle and tasteful. Retail on the 2009.5 Monza is $849.99 so get to your local Bianchi Dealer and bug them to order you one in either a 17/19/21/23in or a ladies 17/19in as well. Hmmm, I'm thinking drop bars for myself, with a 1x9 DT...can't leave well enough a