Bianchi Infinito C2C Road Bike

infinito This used (maybe 8-9 years old) Bianchi Infinito C2C is a great bike, and a great looking bike. A little dated, perhaps, for the elitists riding amongst us, but this Infinito is just fine for serious long-distance riding, even for racing. A few years’ age has not diminished this bike’s capabilities. You do not need an $8,000 bike to win a race or ride a brisk century. This $2K bike will take you wherever you want and as fast as you can pedal. Your legs will be the key to victory/success on this bike, or failure. This Infinito will do whatever you ask of it.

A carbon frame, DuraAce/Ultegra ensemble with electronic shifting (albeit wire), and Hed wheels from Belgium make for a winning combination; the Infinito is as light and stiff a bike as you’ll ever need unless your last name is Pogachar, Carapaz, Bernal, Roglic or Froome. In which case your Pro Tour team will be buying your bikes for you.

There was a time when I could put this bike through its paces, take it close to its limits. But those golden days are decades gone. I’ve got Dollar General legs now. Not that I don’t love riding this bike. But an average of 12.9 mph on a good day isn’t fast enough to truly enjoy this bike, other than the electronic shifting, but even that goes south on you sometimes. The front derailleur batter ran out of juice mid-ride the other day and all of a sudden I could not shift. No warning or anything. Luckily I was on the small chainring on the time. I had a couple of good ascents ahead, and if I had been left stuck in the big meat I might have ended up walking one or two of those hills.

Make no mistake about it: the Infinito made me go faster, even on crappy days when my back had me singing “Paint It Black.” And I lasted 40 miles on it the other day, my longest ride since probably 1997.

Would I buy this bike? If I had $2K burning a hole in my pocket, probably so. What’s another bike when you already have half a dozen? and it’s fun. Is it overkill? At my age, yes.

This Infinito deserves a rider who grind out between 15 and 20 mph, depending on the type of riding, for hours at a time.

That being said, anyone who likes riding road bikes will love the Infinito.

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