The Vertigo road bike is new for 2013 and forms part of the comfort-oriented Bianchi C2C – or Coast to Coast – range, with a price tag of £1,499/US$1,999.99.
De rigueur tweaking of geometry means the chainstays have been lengthened slightly, for greater stability, and the top tube has been shortened a tad. The head tube has been elevated to create a more upright, back-friendly riding position.
The geometry isn’t that extreme – this 54cm model has only a slightly relaxed 72.5-degree seat tube angle and 72-degree head angle. It has a 1 1/8in steerer and the main frame tube profiles are oversized, with a substantial bottom bracket junction. The chainstays are also chunky.
The wheel and tyre combination pairs Hutchinson Equinox tyres and Shimano R500 wheels – both are tough enough to handle badly maintained roads. Shimano 105 is also par for the course, as is the very well-finished frame with full internal cable routing.
The chainset is a non-series R565 item from Shimano, while elsewhere on the 8.36kg (18.43lb) Vertigo there’s a selection of Bianchi Reparto Corse own-brand parts, namely the bar, stem, seatpost and brakes. There are even some subtle celeste green touches on the frame and kit.
Lenghtened chainstays are designed to help stability