Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2009 Bianchi D2 Super Pista frame

There is no doubt the Pista Concept frameset is one of the most requested items from dealers nationally.

The PC has developed a large amount of street cred to the point that making enough to sell has been at times tough. But, when you're given lemons, time to make lemonade right? Fortunately our UK family has the solution for us Yanks. The D2 Super Pista frame.



So the million dollar question is, why this and not the Pista Concept? Well, for starters this frame is stiffer than the PC. Secondly, it is stronger than the PC. The PC is solely a track bike, or at least that is the intended purpose of it. This new frame track ready but the D2 SP frame will hold up to the rigors of non-track riding, if you get my drift. Urban use, non track use, commuting use, enough said.


Yes. That is a big frame. It's celeste paint despite looking more like light blue. That's the magic of the pearl based Bianchi paint. Depending on the lighting, it will look historically celeste(green), or in bright lighting, the pearl blue will dominate the color spectrum. Love it!

The top and downtube are also triple butted 7000 grade aluminum in order to create a responsive ride whether you're on a 61 or 51cm



The 61cm frame has 38mm high chainstays with the typical stainless inserts at the dropouts.


Here we have the fork lifted from the 2008 D2 Crono. Speed is of the essence here. The front brake mount comes covered with a small classy Bianchi Eagle that can be removed for the installation of a front brake. Ahhhh, front brake, couldn't do that on the PC, eh?


Here is the build up for now. Naturally I aspire to build up a wheelset with something more appropriate for a bike of this sweetness.

Here is the current build list:

Model D2 SUPER PISTA
Frameset Code X9B08U61K
Colour
Sizes 61CM
Frame D2 PISTA ALU
fork BIANCHI FKU CARBON/ALU 1-1/8"
Group headset FSA ORBIT
shifters none
rear derailleur none
front derailleur none
crankset CAMPY XENON 170MM w/TOKEN ISO TK867CM BOTTOM BRKT
chain KMC Z410-gold
sprocket STEEL 16T
brakes Bianchi RC-Alloy
brake lever CYCLOCROSS FRT ONLY
Wheels wheels ALEX SOLO TRACK 28H
rear hub
front hub
rims
tire CONTI ULTRA SPT 23X622
Components stem SALSA S.U.L. 110MM
handlebar TITEC HELLBENT 26.0 CHOPPED DOWN
bar end none
grips OURY BLACK
seatpost Kalloy alloy 31.6
saddle TOKEN TK954U RED
pedals P.O.S
waterbottle hanger NONE

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Will Mahler
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