First quality road bike - specialized vs bianchi

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by FJB85, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. FJB85

    FJB85 New Member

    Jan 12, 2017
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    Hello all - I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping I can get some unbiased guidance here before I purchase my first decent road bike. I've been looking at the Specialized Allez and the Bianchi Via Nirone 7. Both are entry level road bikes with very similar components (Shimano Claris).

    I can get the Allez in my size (58) tomorrow at $700 - The shop that is selling it also offers a lifetime warranty (on the entire bike) and free brake and gear adjustments for life, which is very appealing to me. I also got a good vibe from the staff at the shop with the Allez, which makes me feel more inclined to buy there.

    The Bianchi is not available in my size anywhere locally. The shop by my house has my size in the next model up, which carries Shimano Sora components and is priced at $950. I do not think the Sora components are $200 better than the Claris and I also don't think I need the upgrades being that it is my first decent bike and I'm not sure how frequent I will be riding. When I went there tonight, I felt like I was being pressured into a sale and left the shop without bike.

    I'm taking a breather to look at both bikes and see what is the best investment. I think I am being drawn toward the Bianchi for aesthetic reasons, which seemed fine before because they were the same price point and basically felt like very similar bikes. Now that I know the Bianchi is not available to me in the entry-level model, I'm leaning toward the Allez, but I also realize I know very little about all of this, which is why I'm here.

    So the options on the table are the Specialized Allez with Claris components at $700... or the Bianchi Via Nirone 7 with Sora components at $950. Any thoughts?

  2. Volnix

    Volnix Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2011
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    If you get a bianchi get it with campy not Shimano...

    It's a good way to get a good deal on a campy groupset..

    I can vouch for the allez. I have an allez.

    Are they both carbon fork bikes?

    Ideally I would say try to get a bianchi with veloce.. claris is the new 2300 and if the Sora one is from last year it would be probably very similar...

    Mind you that the claris, 2300 etc Shimano brifters have a nasty habit of breaking if you pull the cable whilst it's somehow stuck. Eg when cleaning the bike. And they are non repairable... They are also quite expensive for 60euro each..

    If you get Shimano try to get something at least 10 speed... If not 11...
  3. Motosonic

    Motosonic Member

    Aug 25, 2016
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    Just my 2 cents, of those two, the Bianchi is the better option. There are less expensive options/brands out there that'll give you more bang for your $, but you may have to 'travel' a little further to get them depending on where you live... and as Campybob has mentioned on here a few times... Ribble has a lot of great deals online and for $900 you can probably get a pretty nice ride.
  4. Froze

    Froze Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2004
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    I'm sorry, I like Campy Bob for the most part, but I cringe when I see off branded bikes, they may be fine which Campy Bob says they are, but just something about a generic made Chinese bike that was given a decal of some bike shop to be sold cheap, which means the bike shop paid maybe $500 for it, and the factory probably sunk about $125 into it.

    I haven't seen a Ribble frame sawed lengthwise but I did see a Specialized and a few others including Trek and Pinarello, plus a couple of others, and the bike frame with the best quality control was the Specialized, of course there was no Ribble being cut so no telling what that would have looked like, anyway see:

    Specialized has really good warranty service reputation, plus usually there is a local shop near you that carries Specialized whereas with Ribble, as well as others, may be an overseas type of process.

  5. dhk2

    dhk2 Active Member

    Aug 8, 2006
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    Cool video Froze, thanks for posting.