Bianchi or De Rosa?

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Dregsi76
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Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby Dregsi76 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:14 am

I'm loving de rosa at present, dunno why but they are beauties. Is it worth the money? Is bianchi better. When I replace my cube peloton pro I fancy something sexy and I understand these to be just that. Any thoughts?

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby nochekmate » Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:50 am

Yes, they are both just bikes, so don't really see where sexy comes into play - sorry lacking humour today.

Bianchi, De Rosa, Pinarello etc all conjure up images in people's minds (for some it equates to sex :shock: ) of some luxury Italian ideal when in reality their modern day connection to Italy is often by name only but leaves people still wanting to pay over the odds for the name.

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby lotus49 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 14:42 pm

I think "sexy" is in the eye of the beholder. Your question is a bit like asking one of your mates to decide who you should go out with on the basis of who they think is sexy.

Pick a bike that you think is sexy, but don't expect her to fancy you back :wink: .

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby bobones » Wed Jan 09, 2013 16:05 pm

Bianchi is really the Raleigh (of old) of Italian bikes. Not an exclusive or boutique brand at all.

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby LittlePlums » Wed Jan 09, 2013 16:41 pm

Not sure I agree with the comparison with Raleigh, but what we are talking about is reasonably high end bikes that are widely available. Most manufacturers have a range of bikes that fit that description, so comparing with (solely) Raleigh is a little unkind.

Bianchi are possibly more akin to Alfa Romeo (without the questionable service record) in the car world. They have pedigree, they have a certain cache, but no, they are not unique, and they are at somewhat of a premium if all you are concerned with is statistics. How they ride/drive and how they make you feel are more esoteric and how can you put a price tag on that?

Life is about more than a gram or two here or the exact number of titanium bolts that have been used. Choose the bike that will make you want to go out and ride the damned thing, which even though your head knows the frame was made in Korea, your heart can over ride it with images of it being assembled lovingly by hand in Milan.

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby jotko » Wed Jan 09, 2013 16:42 pm

My Cinelli has a made in Taiwan sticker on the bottom lol

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby Dregsi76 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:00 pm

When I said sexy I was referring to it in the Ferrari, Ducati Italian exotica. My actual question was supposed to ask which is best of the 2

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby lotus49 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:02 pm

jotko wrote:My Cinelli has a made in Taiwan sticker on the bottom lol


And most Italian bikes that don't should have.

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby SmoggySteve » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:07 pm

If you want an Italian bike that looks awesome, get a Basso

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby Dregsi76 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 18:43 pm

SmoggySteve wrote:If you want an Italian bike that looks awesome, get a Basso

Basso?

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby thegreatdivide » Wed Jan 09, 2013 19:53 pm

Wilier
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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby smidsy » Wed Jan 09, 2013 20:04 pm

Dregsi76 wrote:
SmoggySteve wrote:If you want an Italian bike that looks awesome, get a Basso

Basso?


Yes Basso. Nothing to do with Ivan either.

Small family business and their frames/forks ARE handmade in Italy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77946148@N ... hotostream
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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby jonomc4 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 20:12 pm

I have a DeRosa 838 - it is ******* awesome! You go buy what you like best and feel most comfortable on.


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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby PAK-MAN » Wed Jan 09, 2013 21:13 pm

jonomc4 wrote:I have a DeRosa 838 - it is ******* awesome! You go buy what you like best and feel most comfortable on.


^^ this (and the R838 is ******* awesome)

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby Teisetrotter » Wed Jan 09, 2013 22:31 pm

Colnago?

Go choose and build .......... Campagnalo only on an Italian though ......... :
http://www.buildityourway.co.uk/roadbike.php

In terms of creating an image of style you have to admit the Italians have it. If you named a top end sports saloon 'Jones Fourdoor' you'd be laughed at. Call it a Maserati Quatreporte and it all changes.

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby letap73 » Wed Jan 09, 2013 23:35 pm

smidsy wrote:
Dregsi76 wrote:
SmoggySteve wrote:If you want an Italian bike that looks awesome, get a Basso

Basso?


Yes Basso. Nothing to do with Ivan either.

Small family business and their frames/forks ARE handmade in Italy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77946148@N ... hotostream


Very very cheap for Italian hand built and with Athena groupset:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/basso-astra-athena-2011/

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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby LittlePlums » Thu Jan 10, 2013 07:13 am

I'll put my hand up for Bianchi, but you probably guessed that already.
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Re: Bianchi or De Rosa?

Postby Teisetrotter » Thu Jan 10, 2013 08:19 am

letap73 wrote:
smidsy wrote:
Dregsi76 wrote:
SmoggySteve wrote:If you want an Italian bike that looks awesome, get a Basso

Basso?


Yes Basso. Nothing to do with Ivan either.

Small family business and their frames/forks ARE handmade in Italy.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77946148@N ... hotostream


Very very cheap for Italian hand built and with Athena groupset:

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/basso-astra-athena-2011/


WHAT AN ABSOLUTE BARGAIN!


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