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New bike roundup: Bianchi, Look, Eddy Merckx…

Plus new bikes from Tifosi and Niner

Check out the new bikes that we’ve spotted while out and about over the past week. Bianchi has introduced a new disc version of its Intenso carbon-fibre endurance bike.

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It uses 12mm thru axles front and rear and Shimano flat mount standard disc brakes. The disc brakes fitted are Shimano RS505 hydros and the wheels are DT Swiss R24 Spline DBs. The RRP on this is £2,500.

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The Vigorelloi is part of Bianchi’s Vintage range, built around a cromo steel frame with a carbon/alloy fork. It comes in this Shimano 105 build for £1,500. 

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The Volpe is part of the Vintage collection too, despite the fact that it features not-very-vintage disc brakes. This bike is essentially a road-going cyclocross bike (yes, that’s a contradiction in terms, but go with it) with a cromo frame too – butted main tubes and plain gauge rear stays.

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The brakes in question are Hayes CX Expert mechanical discs and the rest of the groupset is Shimano Tiagra, including the compact chainset. You’re looking at £1,150 for this one.

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We first spotted the Look 796 being ridden by Bretagne-Seche Environnement ahead of last year’s Tour de France. 

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As usual with time trial/triathlon bikes, aerodynamic efficiency has driven most of the key design features. The head tube, for example, is just 25mm (1in) wide to keep the frontal area as small as possible (UCI rules don’t allow anything narrower), and both the fork crown and stem are integrated into the frame.

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You can flip the bars and/or add spacers if you want a higher front end. 

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Look’s own Zed 3 cranks are designed to be aero too, as well as lightweight (a claimed 360g). They come in three different sizes, each of which is length adjustable.

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The frameset, including the fork (with an integrated brake), seatpost, cranks, stem and handlebar, is priced £4,999.

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The 695 Aerolight will be available in a limited and numbered edition to mark the Paris-Modena charity ride. This will hit the market in March. The Maserati branding is because the Italian luxury car brand is involved in the event too. 

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The frame is full carbon and the fork comes with an integrated brake. 

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Check out our previous story for info on the 695 Aerolight’s other features. 

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The new CR 564P track bike comes with a carbon-fibre frame that’s designed for aerodynamics and a dedicated aero seatpost. The frameset is £1,799.

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Niner’s RLT 9 cyclocross bike has a new bolt thru carbon-fibre fork with rack/mudguard mounts.

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Read our Niner RLT 9 review here. 

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It’s available as a frameset for £999, or in various complete builds starting at £1,899 for a Shimano 105 model with Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes. 

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The RLT 9 Steel – with a Reynolds 853 frame – gets the new fork too. The frameset is £1,499 with complete bikes from £2,299.

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The Eddy Merckx EMX-525 race bike is available with disc brakes for 2016: the EM-525. It has 12mm thru axles front and rear and uses Shimano’s Flat Mount standard.

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The Liege75 and the Roubaix70 are essentially the same bike with different paint jobs. They each feature a steel frame and a carbon-fibre fork, the Liege70 coming in a Molteni-inspired orange finish while the Roubaix70 is in Faema white/red.

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The frameset is priced at £1,699 while a complete bike in a Campagnolo Athena build is £2,549 and a next-level-up Chorus version is £3,249.

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Tifosi has several new bikes for 2016. The Andare is a disc-equipped carbon road bike with bolt thru axles front and rear. It is built up with a Shimano Tiagra groupset and mechanical disc brakes for £1,399.99.

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The Forcella is another disc brake road bike but with an aluminium frame that takes full length mudguards. This one is £999 in a Shimano Tiagra build.

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The SS26 is a lightweight race bike (the carbon frame is a claimed 950g) with a BB86 bottom bracket designed for stiffness and a slim 27.2mm diameter seatpost that’s intended to damp vibration.

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A complete bike in a Campagnolo Chorus build will be £3,499. Tifosi is taking orders now for delivery in March.

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This is the Ritte Stainless Snob Disc that’s available as a frameset with an Enve carbon fork and a Chris King headset for £1,999.

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It’s a beautiful looking bike with a BB30 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. 

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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socalbikecat | 7 years ago

Good to see a steel bike being adding to the new bike round up.

I ride a 2016 Bianchi Vigorelli and enjoy it! It's fast, yet smooth riding. Thanks for giving steel a place!

willythepimp | 8 years ago

Bb30 with ulregra chainset?

Poptart242 replied to willythepimp | 8 years ago

willythepimp wrote:

Bb30 with ulregra chainset?

Yup, you just need some spindle shims like this:


Although quite why the manufacturer would bother is another question. Nicer looking crankset than available from Rotor/FSA?

Rapha Nadal | 8 years ago

Those Tifosi bikes look amazing.  So nice.

peted76 replied to Rapha Nadal | 8 years ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Those Tifosi bikes look amazing.  So nice.

Yup! paint job simple but stunning  1

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