Friday, February 10, 2012

Bianchi Sempre Nero Chorus 11

One requirement of being an employee at a bike shop is a love for bikes and having an artistic approach to building up your personal ride. After all, you can usually tell the difference between a custom shop build by an employee who has lovingly selected each part to go on their bike, and the dude on the local group ride who spent an entire winter cherry picking a discount online parts retailer. Baller versus buster. Although I still see high end builds where the builder doesn't match the stem and seat post via brand. It goes without saying you shouldn't wear a brown belt with black dress shoes so match those bits please.

Knoxville, Tennessee Bianchi dealer, Biketopia has a good selection of the mid to top self bikes from the brand. Shop employee, Adam Sandling started off with a Sempre Nero SRAM Red bike. Really, the guy just wanted the Nero frame and since it's not offered this year as a color option in a frame set, Adam took the road less traveled. He now has an extra build kit on his hands after installing the latest Campagnolo Chorus 11 group. This 59cm bike scales in a 16.09lbs as shown in the photo below with the stock carbon/alu clinchers.

Feedback via Adam:
"I did pull the SRAM Red off though, loaded it up with a full Campy Chorus group and even got FSA to send me a Campy free hub body for the Vision wheels. I got to ride it the other day and I couldn't be happier. It's everything I wanted and didn't know I wanted. Stiff, stable, fast..."
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