Franco Pellizotti’s new Bianchi Sempre Pro

Italian champ's ride for 2013

by Mat Brett   January 7, 2013  

Here’s Italian road race champion Franco Pellizotti with the new Bianchi Sempre Pro bike that his Pro Continental Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela will be riding this year. We’ll be showing you a whole load more 2013 pro bikes over the next few weeks.

The latest evolution of the Sempre model, the Sempre Pro carbon monocoque frame is part of Bianchi’s B4P (Born for Performance) range, the bikes being built to the brand's racing geometry.

 

Bianchi use Carbon Nano Technology here. They add Nano material into the carbon fibre to reduce empty spaces and avoid micro cracks in the carbon laminate, and so increase toughness and resistance to fatigue.

The Sempre Pro comes with an Ultra Thin Seat Stay (UTSS) design at the back – like the Oltre XR that we reviewed recently – the idea being that those stays will absorb shock.

“I tested my new Sempre Pro frame in December and the main thing I appreciated was the stiffness of the bike, something which is also visible from the larger diameter of the new massive down-tube and the oversized chainstay,” Pellizotti said.

 

Pellizotti’s Sempre Pro is matt black with aggressive tricolore inserts to match his Italian Champion jersey. The rest of the Androni Venezuela team ride a Celeste model shaded red and black.

Team Androni Giocattoli Venezuela ride in 2013 Campagnolo Super Record groupset, combined with FSA K-Force chainset and new SL-K brakes.
 
We’ll shortly be running a story showing you all the bikes used by the World Tour teams this year.

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Far better looking than the Oltre, if it was running Standard 111's rather than Fulcrum's it would be stunning.

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7th January 2013 - 13:45

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Far better looking than my Via Nirone 7.

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7th January 2013 - 19:02

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Even though it's brand new, it has this charming old friend look about it. Awesome!

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posted by koko56 [312 posts]
8th January 2013 - 1:00

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Great looking piece of kit. Are they still made in Italy like other similarly priced bikes from other Italian firms?

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8th January 2013 - 11:15

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I think the frame is built in Asia and the components are added in Italy thus allowing a made in Italy badge. Nice bike but isn't it a bit mean not to give the Italian champ an oltre when they are an Italian company.

posted by kylemalco [31 posts]
9th January 2013 - 20:32

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