Why would we feature a cyclocross bike in April? After a winter of challenging outdoor riding or being stuck indoors on the trainer, isn’t it time to start thinking about bikes for century rides? We’ll start delving into endurance road bikes next month, but this month we wanted to share with you our newest arrival at Higher Gear.
Recently, we introduced to you a new category of bike. “All roads bikes” are bikes that are just as comfortable on the road as they are making detours off-road. Cyclocross bikes are purposely built to handle a variety of terrain and some, like the Zolder, are ideal for the road cyclist looking for a little adventure.
If you’re looking for a bike you can ride year-round on the road and off and to maybe give cyclocross or gravel racing a try, the Bianchi Zolder is your next bike.
New in the Bianchi lineup for 2015, the Zolder gets its name from the legendary Formula 1 racing venue in Belgium that is also host to a legendary World Cup cyclocross race, officially called Heusden-Zolder, held the day after Christmas.
This new Bianchi cyclocross bike has a carbon monocoque frame with a Pressfit 86 bottom bracket and a tapered head tube. A full carbon fork with a 1.5” bottom bearing provides quick steering while internal shifter cable routing will keep the shifting smooth and free of dirt.
The latest disc brake wheels from Fulcrum are the Racing Sport DBCX which offer increased contaminant protection at the bearings via larger double lip seals, keeping the bearings running smoother and longer versus standard seals.
Built up with the latest kit from Shimano, they’ve upped the game for the workhorse 105 build group including improved ergonomics at the shifters, better front derailleur leverage (for quicker up shifts), and the addition of an extra cog on the cassette giving the rider eleven gears to choose from at the rear.
The geometry of the Zolder follows Bianchi’s previous generation of carbon cyclocross bikes, but with a bottom bracket that is 2mm lower. This updated geometry more easily mimics cyclists’ road bike position and it falls in line with the demands of riders using the Zolder for long days in the saddle across all kinds of road conditions.
This bike can take on dirt and mud, road and gravel. It also has mounts to accept fenders and other add-ons, for those of you who want your bike to do more. If you’re a road cyclists considering cyclocross or gravel racing, or you just want the confidence to know you can handle a detour when it comes your way, the Zolder is for you.
Come in to Higher Gear to check out the Bianchi Zolder.
- Check out CX Magazine’s First Look at the 2015 Bianchi Zolder.
- Interested in a bike that can do it all? Learn more about the new category of All Roads Bikes.