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    Bianchi Dolomiti: Production version

    Here's a photo of an an actual final production Bianchi Dolomiti courtesy of Yellow Jersey Bike Shop.

    Looks like Bianchi went with a partial Celeste carbon fork instead of that all black one on the official website, good move I think. However, the fork crown is for an integrated headset/headtube as you can see.

    I think the Celeste fork makes all the difference. I still think the brown saddle looks out of place, a white saddle would have been a better match.
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    still f'ed up... too much black, fork crown, giant dork disc (albeit camo'ed in clear clear). they need to just sell the frame
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    Agreed. This would do better as a frame only... with either an all celeste carbon fork or a chrome steel fork.

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    Agree too. More chrome, or polished AL at least.
    My carbon footprint has cleats

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    They should have waited for Athena, and got those kids in China to build a proper fork.
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    Yeah, no excuses on the fork I think. There are plenty of Taiwanese catalog chrome forks that Bianchi could've spec'd for this bike.

    Even Kona specs their budget Paddy Wagon with a cromoly lugged fork.

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    agreed on the fork but I have seen that exact bike in person and the picture doesn't really do it justice...

    the chrome that there is really pops in person and the suede (or whatever) saddle doesn't look that bad in person.

    I also wish it was available as a frameset

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    As with ALL Bianchis, the Dolomiti have "Made in Italy" on its tubes. We all know that all Bianchis are made in Asia. Just wondering if the same is true for this new steel frame. After all, if Bianchi wanted to really go retro classic, then they should truly be made in Italy and not just finished in Italy. Not trying to start up another debate/arguement about "Made in blah blah blah" here because I don't have anything against made in Asia carbon frames- I would get a Willier Cento Uno or a Fondriest TF1 or TF2 or a Colnago CX-1 or a Pinarello Prince if money was no object. But when it comes to lugged steel, I for one will only buy a true "Made in Italy" lugged steel frames. I checked off a Tommasini Tecno. Need to check off a Colnago Master X Light, Gios Compact Pro, and De Rosa Neo Primato in the future. And if this Dolimiti is really made in Italy, then it too will have to be added to my list. Anyone know the scoop??? Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride-Fly
    As with ALL Bianchis, the Dolomiti have "Made in Italy" on its tubes. We all know that all Bianchis are made in Asia. Just wondering if the same is true for this new steel frame. ... Anyone know the scoop??? Thanks.
    Not sure other than the sticker on the frame says Made in Italy, but as you mentioned we all know that can mean "finished" in Italy.
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    I don't really dig its current setup but its got potential. Threaded steel fork and polished components would do wonders.

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    It's got potential, but there are few things that should be changed for my tastes. First, the fork. Why an integrated fork on this frame? It looks like someone threw together a build with spare parts. Next, why the brown saddle? Finally, the stem. Every component on the bike is black, and then they put on a silver stem. I don't have an issue on whether the stem is black or silver per se, but the look should be consistent on the whole bike.

    On another note, isn't this the same frame as the Kona Kapu?

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    Yeah, that fork does look mighty strange on that frame. Even if it's not a chrome fork, being an integrated fork with a non-integrated headset just looks strange.

    To me, if they would have painted the entire fork instead of just the top, it would look better.

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    The bicycle actually looks quite beautiful in person. I agree about the carbon fork (and the stem is pretty awful, too), but why all the hate for the brown saddle? Brown is a true retro color.
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    $3300 seems kinda spendy for Veloce to me.

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    Hrmph.

    Like I said on our my Raleigh Clubman for 2009, you've got to pick black, OR silver / chrome. Don't fuss around with both.

    On the Bianchi, Chrome lugs, black headset, black spacers, chrome stem, what gives?

    That frame is beautiful. People say they should sell the frame alone, and it makes conceptual sense, but in their defense framesets are great to buy but hard to sell.

    SPAM / HIJACK ALERT!!

    That's why I'm really happy we'll have both the Clubman (welded, slightly sloping top tube, silver accessories) and the Record Ace (lugged, straight tubes, white bike with black bits.)

    Honestly I would like to build up a Record Ace with more traditional stuff, and may yet do that -- but the Ultegra 6700 is a sales draw in of itself. Glad we kept the downtube bosses on it. People around here have the same murmurs about hoping on a frameset.

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    I like the black. I agree about how Bianchi just needed to commit to either black or silver and be done with it. Actually, now that I look at, it's really just the stem that is an eyesore Put a black a stem on it and it's 90% there.

    Complaints aside, gotta say it's good to see Bianchi sell a bike like this, just wish it wasn't $3300. I'd pay $1900 for it maybe.

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    Hijack complete

    If you're interested, this is what the Record Ace looks like. It doesn't have Campagnolo on it, and it isn't made, sorry, "assembled" in Italy, but it has the new Ultegra 6700 on it.

    This bike will cost under $2,000.


    Quote Originally Posted by Le Wrench
    I like the black. I agree about how Bianchi just needed to commit to either black or silver and be done with it. Actually, now that I look at, it's really just the stem that is an eyesore Put a black a stem on it and it's 90% there.

    Complaints aside, gotta say it's good to see Bianchi sell a bike like this, just wish it wasn't $3300. I'd pay $1900 for it maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Argentius
    If you're interested, this is what the Record Ace looks like. It doesn't have Campagnolo on it, and it isn't made, sorry, "assembled" in Italy, but it has the new Ultegra 6700 on it.

    This bike will cost under $2,000.
    Personally, I think that is a far better looking bike than the Dolomiti. Argentius do you know what type of wheels it has not it?

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    Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by lousylegs
    Personally, I think that is a far better looking bike than the Dolomiti. Argentius do you know what type of wheels it has not it?
    They're the kind of wheels that make the bike cost <$2k! ;)

    That is to say, they are an OEM wheelset, pretty standard stuff. 28-hole hole Joytech hubs and a "Weinmann" rim.

    Spec'ing handbuilts is hard these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argentius
    If you're interested, this is what the Record Ace looks like. It doesn't have Campagnolo on it, and it isn't made, sorry, "assembled" in Italy, but it has the new Ultegra 6700 on it.

    This bike will cost under $2,000.
    Sweet with just one exception.

    The new Ultegra 6700 cranks are too heavy looking and aggro for an otherwise impressive bike. Shimano has been heading towards this trend. Even the last generation 6600 and DA 7800 were already pushing it, but at least those had a polished look that could blend into an old retro bike build.

    Under 2 grand is good price for all that. The 6700 STI lever alone are listed at $550 at Jenson.

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    Agree

    Definitely my take, too, but there aren't really many quality cranksets on the market that look the "classic" part -- at least for geared bikes.

    I have a Record 10 Aluminum crank that I'm going to swap out with mine.

    I can probably sell the 6700 crank for a couple bills anyway.

    The 6700 group on the Record Ace is complete minus the brakes -- so you get the shifters, derailleurs, crank, cassette, and chain. I like the feel of the shifting a lot, but I've only messed with it in the showroom so far.


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    Sweet with just one exception.

    The new Ultegra 6700 cranks are too heavy looking and aggro for an otherwise impressive bike. Shimano has been heading towards this trend. Even the last generation 6600 and DA 7800 were already pushing it, but at least those had a polished look that could blend into an old retro bike build.

    Under 2 grand is good price for all that. The 6700 STI lever alone are listed at $550 at Jenson.

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    I saw that bike at Yellow Jersey on Memorial day weekend, The fork is an abomination, period!

    It desperately needs a lugged, chromed steel fork and threaded headset. I just looks gobbed together.
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Touch0Gray
    I just looks gobbed together.
    So it's got the vibe of a frankenbike eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Argentius
    Definitely my take, too, but there aren't really many quality cranksets on the market that look the "classic" part -- at least for geared bikes.

    I have a Record 10 Aluminum crank that I'm going to swap out with mine.

    I can probably sell the 6700 crank for a couple bills anyway.

    The 6700 group on the Record Ace is complete minus the brakes -- so you get the shifters, derailleurs, crank, cassette, and chain. I like the feel of the shifting a lot, but I've only messed with it in the showroom so far.


    what about sugino? I wouldn't be afraid to mix, heck, there are some cos that would call an otherwise all-record bike w/ fsa cranks a "full record gruppo"
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    Quote Originally Posted by holy cromoly
    So it's got the vibe of a frankenbike eh?
    It really does in my opinion. I have a 2002 veloce, steel fork, all celeste, brooks antique brown tape (finished with hemp), matching saddle, I have removed ALL black (stem and seatpost) and replaced with nitto, Silver nitto randonneur bars and silver wheels (mavic laced to campy hubs) with all decals removed), THAT is what the Dolomite should look like!
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