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Bianchi’s new coffee-powered gravel bike

Steel gravel bike gets special edition treatment to mark the opening of the first Starbucks in Italy

Steel gravel bike gets special edition treatment to mark the opening of the first Starbucks in Italy

Bianchi has partnered with US coffee giant Starbucks to produce an exclusive gravel bike to mark the opening of the first Starbucks Reserve Roastery shop in Milan.

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The iconic Italian company has used is latest Orso, a gravel bike with a steel frame and fork and disc brakes, which launched just last year and replaced the previous Volpe Disc in the company’s range, as the basis for this limited edition bike.

The new Orso has increased tyre clearance up to 42mm and there are eyelets for fitting extra water bottles and racks for touring. The geometry sits somewhere between a road and a cyclocross bike, with a long and low stance that is intended to deliver good stability on rough surfaces.

Other details include 12mm thru-axles and flat mount brakes, an external threaded bottom bracket, a tapered head tube, and tubeless-ready wheels and tyres.

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This special edition bike has been given a slick new paint job with custom logos and matching brown saddle and bar tape. It’s only available to buy from the Milan store of the new Starbucks. It’ll cost €2,250 specced with a Shimano Tiagra groupset with 40mm wide Kenda Flintridge tyres.

“The bike’s special graphics, prepared by Bianchi’s designers, is minimal and classy, featuring the distinguishing colors of the Starbucks Reserve ™ Roastery,” says Bianchi.

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David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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