Let's start this review off by saying that I am a Bianchi dealer. In fact I am a nut for all things celeste and always have been. As a lover of all things from the 40's and 50's about 60% of the things in my house are celeste. So it was natural when I was looking for my first carbon bike that I wanted a Bianchi. Very specifically I wanted a Bianchi Infinito. This was way back in 2010 when Bianchi was-shall we say-not the most prominently stocked bike in the states. I drove all over SoCal looking for my bike in vain and ended up with a cervelo. Now-I love my cervelo. But it's red and white and not very pretty. Functionally great but not very me.
Fast forward to 2012 when it was time to open my bike shop-I wanted Bianchi and they wanted me. It was a match made in heaven. The store opens and I am still riding my cervelo. Per Bianchi this simply wouldn't do. I guess I would *have* to buy a new bike. They shipped me my dream bike-a celeste infinito-I finally had one. I love my Bella bianchi. She fits me like a glove, handles like a dream, and virtually disappears under me when I ride it.
Last year at Interbike, Bianchi introduces the Infinito CV with countervail technology. Space age substances woven into the carbon that would virtually eliminate road vibration. Hmmmm....sounds good. Its not cheap-so it must work, right? Pros riding over cobblestones love it. Did I REALLY need it for rides up and down PCH and Orange Country roadways? Apparently, the answer is YES.
I had the opportunity to finally ride one of these lovelies yesterday. Frame geometry is the same as my infinito so after a few fit tweaks and a saddle change, we were off. I have DI2 on my own bike-but this new Shimano Ultegra 11spd groupset was amazing. A satisfying clunk as it shifted smoothly and effortlessly. Almost as easy as my DI2. This was the first thing I noticed.
The frame was nice and stiff without being harsh. I felt more secure on this frame. Not being the lightest or shortest girl rider on the block, sometimes carbon flexes a little *too* much for me. This felt more secure right away than even my infinito. But what I really felt was the utter lack of feeling. My hands weren't vibrating....my 43 year old joints felt, well nothing. As someone that broke her wrist 8 months ago, the residual pain I feel on every ride was gone. In fact I didn't even notice the lack of these things until about 15 miles into the ride it was so subtle.
Did the bike make me faster? No. Was it just as responsive as my current infinito? Yes. In fact it handled almost exactly the same. But what I realized when I got back after 30 miles was that I didn't FEEL like I had ridden 30 miles. The bike rides with the comfort of steel but the responsiveness of carbon. It made me want to ride more miles without the fear of back spasms and wrist pain from old injuries, and when you have been around the block as many times as I have-thats a GREAT thing. If you want to know about bike weight and grams and all that good stuff-you can find it online. This bike has won "Bike of the year" many times over. Feel, fit and function are really all I care about. And this bike has that in spades.
I may just *have* to buy another new bike....