New Bianchi Infinito spotted at Tour of Flanders
By James Huang | Monday, April 1, 2013 2.23pm
Several Vacansoleil-DCM riders - including Juan Antonio Flecha - used Bianchi's as-yet-unannounced new Infinito model for this year's Ronde van Vlaanderen James Huang/BikeRadar
Bianchi's Infinito endurance bike receives a major overhaul for the 2014 model year, as revealed by Vacansoleil-DCM riders who used the new bike during Sunday's Ronde van Vlaanderen (The Tour of Flanders). We expect the Infinito to retain its long distance demeanor but it looks to have gained a healthy dose of extra performance, too.
The current Infinito is nearly four years old now and while it's comfortable, it isn't exactly considered to be on the cutting edge in terms of performance. This new version is fully modernized with an hourglass-profile tapered front end to replace the original version's straight 1 1/8" steerer, a lighter PressFit 30 bottom (possibly with a carbon fiber sleeve) to replace the old threaded aluminum one, and convertible internal cable routing with a dedicated battery mount located underneath the down tube.
Unique seat stay shaping on the new Infinito
The changes should make the Infinito more competitive in terms of efficiency and weight but Bianchi appears to have made it more comfortable as well.
Shaping out back is more radical than before with the chain stays adopting a much taller and fatter profile up front before being flattened for flex through its midsection. The seat stays look slightly slimmer throughout their length, too, and the old wishbone layout has been replaced by a more unusual fully split configuration that blends into a wider top tube at the seat cluster.
Once again, Bianchi has incorporated its K-VID feature into the fork with layers of Kevlar aramid fiber that supposedly increase vibration damping.
Bianchi has an official event planned for early June so stay tuned for more official details then.
Bianchi added an hourglass profile to the head tube of the new Infinito
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