When Bianchi redesigned their Infinito in 2014, the Intenso moved over in the ranks to fill in the gap of a high performance, but reasonably priced machine. The Intenso became the go-to for the rider who wanted to be able to do century rides, long weekend rides or be more comfortable while racing.
With eight years of R&D behind their Coast to Coast (C2C) line of bikes, Bianchi’s Intenso marks a new generation of all day riding performance for riders. Bianchi’s C2C bikes are designed for the road enthusiast who wants to go far. Long distances can be covered in the optimal riding position for maximum performance with minimum fatigue, guaranteed by Bianchi technology and a unique geometry.
When we featured the Intenso as our Bike of the Month in April 2014, we looked at decked out in Ultegra. For someone who is just beginning the world of endurance cycling or getting their first carbon bike, however, it’s nice to have an entry point. The Intenso built up with Shimano 105 offers a fantastic bike at a price point that’s easier for a new rider to swallow. And Shimano 105 isn’t what it used to be.
Shimano 105 has now been upgraded to 11 speeds, closing the performance gap even more between the top tier Shimano groupos. With a larger rear cassette and a compact crank, you can tackle the steepest of climbs on your next club ride or chase that personal record across the next set of hills you’ve been calling your nemesis, the past two seasons.
The frame – materials, design and technology – is the same you’ll find throughout the Intenso line, which means that new riders can upgrade components in a few years, but still have the best frame.
The Intenso is a monocoque carbon fiber endurance road bike that yearns for any road surface you can throw at it. With 28c tire clearance, internal cable routing and K-VID technology in the fork and seat stays, you can hammer away down dirt farm lanes and chip sealed roads as you hunt for the next Strava segment.
A full carbon fork and tapered steer tube keep the steering reactive and stable as you carve up the high speed descents on your next club ride. Riding on a longer wheel base with a slightly slack head tube angle, the Intenso offers the rider stability when the road gets rough and the crosswinds rip across the farm fields during your mid-November rides.
We at Higher Gear recommend the Bianchi Intenso 105 for the discerning new rider who wants to be able to go the distance in comfort and style.
- Come in to Higher Gear today to test ride our July 2015 Bike of the Month, the Bianchi Intenso Ultegra.
- If the Intenso isn’t intense enough for you, check out the Bianchi Infinito CV, our January 2014 Bike of the Month.