Known for producing bicycles that deliver in terms of style, comfort and impressive performance, Bianchi, a brand that has been around in India for a while now has it’s 2018 range set to enter the market. We got the opportunity to check out the Bianchi C Sport 2.5 (2018), read on to know more about this bicycle.
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 has been made using an Alloy 6061 frame with hydroforming. Not only is an alloy frame lightweight, it is also durable and agile, allowing for easier handling. The welding on this frame is of high quality, evident from the smooth edges. The geometry of the frame enables a comfortable riding position with a hint of aggressiveness which, in my opinion, enhances the overall performance while not straining one’s back. The frame has mounting options for two water bottle holders, a provision for mudguards at the front and rear, and a pannier mounting option at the back. This bicycle is available in three sizes - Small (17”), Medium (18.5”) and Large (20”).
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 comes with a rigid front fork made of alloy. The slight bend or curvature of the fork ensures that it works to provide enhanced stability and absorption of vibrations felt from uneven roads, transferring minimum vibration to the riders arms.
When it comes to this department, Bianchi sure know what they are doing. I am yet to come across a bicycle from Bianchi that does not look good! The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 is available in two colour options - a classic ‘Bianchi’ Celeste Green with white decals and black branding, and a black with grey branding and teal/grey decals. The paint job appears to be high quality with precision and attention to detail. Additionally, internal cabling not only adds to performance but also the overall aesthetic appeal of the bicycle! This bicycle is a sure head turner.
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 is a 24-Speed bicycle that comes equipped with a Shimano Tourney Front Derailleur and a Shimano Acera Rear Derailleur whose shifting is controlled by Shimano ST-EF505 shifters. The derailleurs worked effectively to enable smooth and seamless shifting without a hint of any lag or delay in changing from one gear to another. The shifters were quick to respond and in transmission. An upgraded front derailleur could have been expected at the given price point, though the performance of the existing one is beyond satisfactory. The placement of the shifters enabled easy, comfortable access.
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 comes equipped with Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc Brakes. The braking performance was responsive enabling soft braking that felt stable and controlled. However, abrupt braking was not as powerful, which might be required while riding in crowded conditions requiring abrupt powerful braking that is smooth and stable.
This bicycle comes with a 700mm alloy handlebar that is relatively flat. The width of the handlebar enables a comfortable, ‘open-chested’ riding position. Additionally, a wide, flat handlebar ensures added control, stability and manoeuvrability. The grips on the handlebar exuded comfort with the perfect amount of cushioning required for a hybrid bicycle for long distance riding.
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 comes equipped with Kenda Kwick Tendril 700x35C tires. The dimensions of the tires ensured a speedy ride, and the light treading on them offered superior grip and stability. These tires ensured that cornering, even at higher speeds was well balanced and smooth. Additionally, the treading on the tires are sure to ensure that this bicycle is stable while riding on wet and slippery surfaces. The tires are attached to TEC-Sport Edition Alloy rims which contribute to keeping the bicycle as lightweight as possible. The wheels come with a Quick Release option at the front and the back, enabling for quicker and easier removal of the wheels when necessary.
This bicycle comes equipped with a WTB saddle. While on the test ride, the saddle was found to be comfortable. However, I feel that it could be on the harder side when used on long distance rides. I feel that the overall experience on this bicycle was rather comfortable and impressive.
The Bianchi C Sport 2.5 is a premium hybrid bicycle that is reasonably priced given it’s specs. The bicycle is ideal for endurance-oriented riding where comfort, performance and speed are all equally prioritized. Though the saddle could be on the harder side when used for a long distance, a good pair of cycling shorts will help here!
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.