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Bianchi revamps lineup for 2016

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Team Lotto Jumbo's Specialissima CV is one of the best looking team bikes around

Team Lotto Jumbo's Specialissima CV is one of the best looking team bikes around (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Bianchi's all new, yet old l'Eroica bike is a faithful recreation of a 1970s pro racer

Bianchi's all new, yet old l'Eroica bike is a faithful recreation of a 1970s pro racer (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Another angle on the Oltre XR1's striking getup

Another angle on the Oltre XR1's striking getup (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Feast your eyes a little closer…

Feast your eyes a little closer… (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Custom Di2 shifting on the Lotto team bike

Custom Di2 shifting on the Lotto team bike (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Infinito CV can now be had in the same matt-fluoro-celeste as the Specialissima

The Infinito CV can now be had in the same matt-fluoro-celeste as the Specialissima (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Bianchi's adventure road offering for 2016, the AllRoad

Bianchi's adventure road offering for 2016, the AllRoad (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The understated paint job of the AllRoad is something of a departure for Bianchi

The understated paint job of the AllRoad is something of a departure for Bianchi (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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We've not seen many road bikes equipped with a dropper post

We've not seen many road bikes equipped with a dropper post (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Wide seatstays and big clearances on the new Bianchi AllRoad

Wide seatstays and big clearances on the new Bianchi AllRoad (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Infinito CV is now available in Dama Bianca (women's-specific) versions

The Infinito CV is now available in Dama Bianca (women's-specific) versions (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Dama Bianca logo is removable. As the bikes are available in much smaller sizes than the men's range, that means boys or smaller riders who are terrified of being seen on a 'women's bike' can choose from the CV range

The Dama Bianca logo is removable. As the bikes are available in much smaller sizes than the men's range, that means boys or smaller riders who are terrified of being seen on a 'women's bike' can choose from the CV range (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Infinito CV Dama is UCI approved for racing

The Infinito CV Dama is UCI approved for racing (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Fizik provides a matched Vesta women's saddle on the Dama Bianca

Fizik provides a matched Vesta women's saddle on the Dama Bianca (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The flame orange and celeste option looks great on the Oltre XR1

The flame orange and celeste option looks great on the Oltre XR1 (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Oltre XR1 now comes in some much bolder paint jobs

The Oltre XR1 now comes in some much bolder paint jobs (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Intenso frameset features decent tyre clearances

The Intenso frameset features decent tyre clearances (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Campagnolo supplies custom derailleurs bearing only the Campagnolo name

Campagnolo supplies custom derailleurs bearing only the Campagnolo name (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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L'Eroica or 'the heroic' is an annual event in Tuscany (and now many other countries) of which Bianchi is one of the main sponsors

L'Eroica or 'the heroic' is an annual event in Tuscany (and now many other countries) of which Bianchi is one of the main sponsors (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Dia Compe's Gran Compe 610 centre pull brakes are just one of the many great period touches on the L'Eroica

Dia Compe's Gran Compe 610 centre pull brakes are just one of the many great period touches on the L'Eroica (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Dia Compe Gran Compe brake levers with natural rubber grips certainly look the part

Dia Compe Gran Compe brake levers with natural rubber grips certainly look the part (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Bianchi even recreasted period transfers for the bike

Bianchi even recreasted period transfers for the bike (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Bianchi hi-flange hubs keep the attention to detail high

The Bianchi hi-flange hubs keep the attention to detail high (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Italian-made Ambrosio box section rims finish the bike off nicely

Italian-made Ambrosio box section rims finish the bike off nicely (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Bianchi's new Intrepida features an all-new carbon monocoque frame and all carbon fork

Bianchi's new Intrepida features an all-new carbon monocoque frame and all carbon fork (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Bianchi has entered the high-end alloy battleground with the new Freccia Celeste

Bianchi has entered the high-end alloy battleground with the new Freccia Celeste (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Intenso range is now joined by a disc equipped model

The Intenso range is now joined by a disc equipped model (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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The Intenso disc gets a new thru-axle disc fork

The Intenso disc gets a new thru-axle disc fork (Image credit: Immediate Media)
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Out back the Intenso is thru-axle too

Out back the Intenso is thru-axle too (Image credit: Immediate Media)

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar

Off the back of a successful year for Bianchi, including the beautiful superlight Specialissima superbike, the Italian firm was turning attention at Eurobike to expanding its existing stable. This included adding a few more disc models and faithfully recreating a late-70s pro-level Bianchi as part of the L'Eroica range (Bianchi is one of the headline sponsors of the legendary Tuscan retro ride).

Looking back through celeste-tinted glasses

L'Eroica or 'the heroic' is an annual event in Tuscany (and now other countries) of which Bianchi is a key sponsor

Bianchi has also specified a Campagnolo Veloce alloy rear derailleur that's custom finished for drivetrain specialists to just bear the iconic Campag logo. The Bianchi designed hubs are laced to classic Ambrosio box-section rims (available in either clincher or tubular). The hubs are high-chrome and high flange designs, and with their drilled out design look like the Campag Record units of 30 years ago.

Dia Compe's Gran Sport range provides the 610 centre-pull brakes (which have much of the look and design of original Mafac's or Weinmann 610s) and the Dia Compe chainset with its three-arm spider stays equally faithful to the era. Finishing things off are a pair of Dia Compe levers, complete with natural rubber hoods, and a Bianchi quill stem and deep classic drop bars.

Italian-made Ambrosio box section rims finish the L'Eroica off nicely

At the back you'll find a classic chromed layback seat post and of course a Brooks saddle (Brooks now own the L'Eroica series). We'd have expected a bike with such attention to detail, and you'd also imagine quite a niche market, to be a pricey proposition. So we were surprised to find that it will retail in the UK for £2500 (US and AUS pricing is TBC) – compare that with other retro Italian designs and that's what you'll pay for a frameset alone.

Dropper posts, budget newcomers and more discs

Looking to the other end of the road biking spectrum, Bianchi is introducing its take on the adventure road category. The new AllRoad combines an alloy frame with a carbon disc fork, both with clearances for tyres in excess of 35c.

The bike is running on Shimano's RX31 disc wheels and Kenda semi-slicks driven by Shimano 105 and stopped with Shimano's BR765 hydraulic brakes. The most intriguing component choice however is the inclusion of a dropper post – we've only seen one once before on a road bike – which will open up a whole new experience on steep slopes to the off-road-roadie. As with the L'Eroica only UK pricing was available at the show and this one's set to cost £1800.

We've not seen many road bikes equipped with a dropper post

Bianchi's lower end offering has been revamped with the all-new Intrepida. It's a carbon monocoque frameset that comes combined with an all-carbon fork, with builds including a new full Tiagra-level bike with R500 Shimano wheels. We most like the look of the 105 option, which will retail for £1500.

Back when alloy ruled the peloton Bianchi was regarded as one of the great innovators of the lightweight metal with dream machines like the Grand Tour winning EV4. But while we've seen the likes of Specialized, Cannondale, Trek, and BMC all enter the high-end aloy arena recently we hadn't seen anything from Bianchi – until now.

The new Freccia Celeste is built around a Bianchi designed A6 alloy and a full carbon fork. Bianchi claims an impressive 1050g frame weight (56cm) for the model on show. With a Dura-Ace mix drivetrain (the chainset is the impressive new FSA Gossamer Pro) and brakes, Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels and a carbon 27.2 diameter seatpost, it looks like it'll give similarly priced carbon a serious run for its money at £2200.

Bianchi has entered the high-end alloy battleground with the new Freccia Celeste

Bianchi's mid-range gran fondo offering, the Intenso, has a disc iteration for 2016 with the C2C endurance design frame featuring increased tyre clearances and thru-axles front and rear. The Shimano hydraulic disc equipped bike, running on DT Swiss Spline R24 wheels, is set to retail at £2500.

Bianchi also debuted a full-custom paint range for the Speciallisima (though why anyone would want anything but the gorgeous matt-celeste model is beyond us) and in the process of choosing and testing colours it inspired the designers to add a few flashes of brightness throughout the range. Our pick of the bunch is the electric orange and celeste Oltre XR1 which really stands out from the crowd and is very keenly priced at £3000