Bianchi's new D2 time trial bike for Barloworld

Rigid & slippery new frames from Italian maestros

In addition to its fleet of new Bianchi road machines, Barloworld riders now have proper time trial rigs from the heralded Italian company as well. 

According to Bianchi product development manager Lars Svalin, the all-new D2 was conceived with a balance of rigidity, weight and aerodynamics in mind.

The head tube, down tube and chain stays of the new machines are dramatically oversized while the T-shaped top tube and spindly seat stays are pared down for weight savings. The chain stays also bear unique pass-through ports that supposedly further improve rigidity by adding surface area.

Up front, the bladed fork is equipped with a long trailing crown to help ease airflow transition to the down tube and the deep-profile seat tube includes a close-fitting cutout for the rear wheel

Bianchi specifies the D2 with a 76 degree seat tube angle but an adjustable head for the integrated design will allow for substantial fore-aft movement to accommodate both time trial and triathlon applications.

Claimed frame weight is 1350g; the matching fork is said to be 450g.

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
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