Full on tech info was still being prepped at time of my visit, which preceded the official launch by about a week, so when more details arrive we’ll get ‘em to you, but for now, feast your eyes on what I saw…
For the fullscreen view – click the thumbnail at top.
The 928 Superlight weighs in with a full carbon 900 gram frame (not sure which size though), and some beautifully shaped tubes. Geometry has not changed, (why mess with what works?) but it’s plain to see that Bianchi’s engineers have been up late to apply the latest industry standards – like lighter carbon, new shapes, and two other lines of bikes (not shown here) to appeal to the performance riders wanting a little more comfort.
The bike is covered head to stays in classically classy carbon weave and accented in famous Bianchi Celeste. The tube shaping and joint forms are pretty snazzy too.
The “928” name plays off Bianchi’s historic Giro-Tour double victories by Fausto Coppi in 1949 and 1952, and Marco Pantani in 1998. The top tube is slightly squared, and wider at the head- and seat- joints.
The seat stays connect in a simply streamlined forming of carbon. The shaping carries on past the seattube into the stays.
• The rear stays feature some sexy curves – typically Italian – while the chain stays feature varying diameter from tip through the middle section. That fat bulge in the middle is designed to help increase multi-directional stiffness through the curves of the stay.
Check out the headtube form – pretty cool.
The 928 HC I saw was built up with SRAM’s new shifters and brakes – indicating Bianchi’s desire to move the brand to the forefront of current design.
Luckily, the sign at the Bianchi factory is pretty easy to see…
Stay tuned as we work to land of these babies for the full PEZ-Test.
For more info, watch the Bianchi website.