Bianchi’s Infinito CV Potenza is a £3,000 endurance road bike that features a brand new groupset from Campagnolo.
The Infinito has a geometry that’s a little more relaxed than that of Bianchi’s Oltre and Specialissima race bikes. We have the 55cm model here and the head tube is 30mm taller, putting you into a more upright riding position. It’s still performance focused but not as extreme.
Bianchi uses its CounterVail (CV) technology here. CounterVail is a viscoelastic material that’s embedded within the carbon-fibre layup. The idea is that it cancels out high frequency road vibration to reduce muscle fatigue and save energy while at the same time improving handling and control.
This is the first bike we’ve had in for review at road.cc that features Campagnolo’s new Potenza groupset. It’s an 11-speed system, mostly aluminium, that Campagnolo sees as a direct rival to Shimano Ultegra, It comes in below Chorus in the Campag hierarchy.
The Infinito CV Potenza weighs 7.8kg (17.2lb).
Of the road bikes that we’ve reviewed on road.cc recently, the closest in price to the Bianchi Infinito CV Potenza is the £2,999 NeilPryde Bura SL. Like most other bikes that this price, the Bura SL is built around a carbon-fibre frame, and it’s fitted with a Shimano Ultegra groupset. Our review model was a little lighter than the Bianchi at 7.2kg (15.9lb).
Stu called the Bura SL “a lightweight race machine that's also comfortable for covering the miles”.
The Genesis Zero Disc I is 10% more expensive at £3,299.99. Again, this is a bike that’s centred on a carbon-fibre frame and the groupset is Shimano Ultegra, but this time it comes with Shimano RS805 hydraulic disc brakes. One of the biggest decisions you have to make when buying a road bike at this price is whether to go for rim brakes or discs.
Stu reviewed the Genesis too and said it was an impressive bike with a high level of comfort, although he felt it deserved better finishing kit.
We’ll be back with a review of the Bianchi Infinito CV Potenza soon. In the meantime, go to www.bianchi.com for more details.
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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 road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. 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 pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.