Boardman Team or Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Veloce

by kupepe   December 17, 2011  


I am interested in buying my first serious road bike. I got a budget of 1000 pounds max. I am interested in

Boardman Team

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Veloce

I am planning to do 1-2 days of training per week solo and when i get feet I am gonna follow more experienced groups of riders 70-100 kmh. Maybe some amateur racing if I feel like it.

Which of the two bikes is better for it. Bianchi has an issue of wheels from what I read over the net. A nice design, but I do not know if the frame can be fast if I change wheels and tyres

On the other hand Boardman is not Bianchi but it has excellent reviews. Moreover, I am gonna order the Boardman without being able to test it since I do not live in the UK.

What do you suggest? Anyone who has experience of both bikes?


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"I am gonna follow more experienced groups of riders 70-100 kmh."


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posted by charliemac74 [181 posts]
17th December 2011 - 14:27

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I have a 2008 Bianchi and it has been without doubt the best bike I have ever owned and people still drool over it.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1348 posts]
17th December 2011 - 14:33


well ... I am a noob I am currently doing like 40kms 2 times a week ... but who knows ... Wink

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
17th December 2011 - 14:47


I reckon you'll get more bike for your buck out of the Boardman. A friend has been riding one for a couple of years and while I'm constantly looking at new bikes he's perfectly happy with his. We regularly do >100k rides together.

The Via Nirone, sex on wheels by the way in common with most of the Bianchi range, there is definitely something about Italian design... But anyway the Via Nirone is in their C2C range so the geometry will be more comfort than fast. Not a bad thing but sounds like not what you're after if you're saying "I might get into amateur racing". In the Bianchi range the Sempre looks like it may be more appropriate, but of course that comes in at way over £1k.

Have you thought of second-hand? It is a gamble I know but there are genuine riders out there who take care of their bikes and when they look to upgrade their kit will put their old bikes on e.g. eBay. I picked up a Giant TCR Advanced (full carbon plus ultegra groupset) for only £50 over your budget and it is a superb bike. But, as I say, a gamble.


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posted by PeteH [159 posts]
17th December 2011 - 16:14

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I do consider using ebay, the only source i know for used items. However, finding one at my size 60-61 and actually liking the bike ... will take time and i am totally tripping for long rides by the sea where i live. Every weekend is a pain watching all those people moving as groups by the sea... Smile

I too have the feel that boardman is more of a bike for your money... and the bianchi sexiness as you say ...

Damn it .. that is the exact problem ... mind over heart... damn italians....

posted by kupepe [63 posts]
17th December 2011 - 16:36

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I think to some boardman are looked down on due to the halfords connection and that they are thought of as a bike bought by someone making the most of a cycle to work scheme.

That said they are very good bikes. Always get good reviews and are well equipped.

All said and done I think I would personally go with the bianchi though, just 'cause the heart shouts louder in me.

posted by Super Domestique [1695 posts]
17th December 2011 - 16:47


There is one thing I don't understand about Bianchi, though. Why do they make bikes in colours other than celeste? I mean, what's the point? They surely can't sell any? Confused

If you do get a Bianchi you do realise you'll need to get full Mercatone Uno kit à la Pantani Big Grin


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posted by PeteH [159 posts]
17th December 2011 - 19:29


The Boardman is better priced.

Can you wait for the Jan sales? Might get better deal?

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [380 posts]
18th December 2011 - 14:15


I love my boardy. If there's anything that would put me off buying a bianchi, it's celeste green. Hate it.

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posted by Cooks [525 posts]
18th December 2011 - 19:16


had my bianchi nirone for a few years now it was my first road bike and the thing that attracted me first was the colour of it.Celeste is just so recognisable

posted by mpt68 [107 posts]
18th December 2011 - 23:25

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