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    Bianchi Virata Carbon/Steel

    New here and returning to road riding after a much too long absence; I have gotten hold of a Bianchi Virata frame to build up (w/ Ultegra 10 speed double) every reference to this carbon/steel frame states a steel main triangle with carbon chainstays and carbon fork.
    This example that I have has a carbon main triangle and steel chainstays and steel fork. Can anyone shed light on this reversal? Theoretically this frame seemed to promise a very crisp lively ride and I am looking forward to the fruition of this project and riding again!

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    Is it a vintage frame? Many of the early bikes using carbon consisted of carbon main tubes with metal...everywhere else...head tubes, forks, stays, joints. As knowledge & technology have improved carbon has been placed where it is better utilized, leading to today, when carbon is more easily shaped and utilized thoughout the entire frame.

    I formerly rode a Trek mountain bike made of carbon main tubes and aluminum for everything else. The aluminum was painted a deep purpley-blue. That frame was excellent and the bike was super fun to ride.



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    Thank you for the reply, your assessment must be right on as all the lugs and BB shell are also steel. It is not Celeste Blue but dark red & Iím guessing mid 90ís era which does make it vintage now. In any case it is the right size & I am looking forward to the resulting bike. Thanks again, Hal D

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