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Always pro.

When a company with a cycling heritage as rich and storied as Bianchi releases a new high-end frame, the cycling world takes notice. When it makes it even better and slaps the designation "PRO" onto it, we notice harder. The Bianchi Sempre PRO is just such a bicycle, and its position as a highly desirable piece in the world of high-end road frames is easily understood if you take a closer look at what makes it so.

While not as light and as raw in power delivery as the brand's top-shelf Oltre XR, the Sempre PRO plays a beautiful second fiddle and does so while saving you some cash, too. Bianchi's intent was to craft an ultimate all-around frameset, which required ultimate frame construction techniques. A monocoque carbon design was chosen, which means the frame is constructed as one single carbon fiber structure all at once, rather than being multiple elements that are bonded together for the final product. The monocoque format bestows the frame with unsurpassed stiffness and solidity.

Construction methods amount to little in the performance department if the materials utilized aren't top shelf, however, and Bianchi has developed some of the best in the business. Its Carbon NanoTube technology is revolutionary, addressing a common issue with using the industry-norm epoxy resins in carbon construction. Carbon NanoTube tech is the addition of sub-microscopic carbon particles to the resin that bonds the frame's layers together, which reduce the gaps between the layers themselves. The result is a stronger, more cohesive bond that's also 49% more fracture-resistant than standard resin construction.

This, of course, makes the frame especially stiff, so to add a bit of comfort to the machine, Bianchi crafted its UTSS, or Ultra Thin Seat Stays. These stays flex far more than most on the market, but don't hinder the bike's vital lateral stiffness that's afforded by the thicker, stronger chain stays. In short, UTSS blesses the Sempre PRO unheard of smoothness for a frame that's also so stiff and responsive.

And let's not overlook the oft-forgotten fork. The Sempre PRO borrows the F.Carbon HoC1 from Bianchi's top-dog Oltre XR. It's got a tapered 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 inch profile that reinforces the lateral stiffness of the front end, for precise and stable handling. The fork's blades are thinned for an aerodynamic edge, a mission which is further carried out by the fact that all of the Sempre PRO's cables are internally routed.

The Bianchi Sempre PRO is available in six odd sizes from 50 to 61cm and in the color Carbon/black and Celeste/carbon. Please note that the Sempre uses a BB30 bottom bracket and comes equipped with an FSA Orbit CE Plus Headset.

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Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

Saddle is alright, not fitting of such a nice bike. Another item to swap out

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

Swap out the brakes... not very reliable in less than perfect weather

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

Swap out the wheels...the stock Fulcrum Racing 7s are bomb-proof, but not race-ready!

5 5

Bianchi Sempre Pro 2014 (Ultegra)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I initially wanted to buy a Trek Madone 5.9. Let's be honest, we are all susceptible to mass marketing and the works, so seeing all the big brands on the road all the time, I never thought twice about which brand to buy until I came across Bianchi. Nevermind the century and a half heritage of Bianchi, these frames really are individual pieces of art.

Sure, they aren't as unique as a custom titanium frame, but the Sempre Pro still has the intrinsic value any $3,000 bike should hold! Although I do love celeste and the color made famous by the brand, I decided to go with black since it just as unique and has an intimidation factor. Right out of the garage the frame screams the thirst for serious speed and begs for me to rip down the road. However, unlike similar aggressive geometries, the Sempre Pro gives impressive comfort to the behind. After riding the bike for a few months now, I have decided to upgrade to Campagnolo Athena/Chorus mix from the original Ultegra/FSA components.

I advise everyone buying or considering this complete set to automatically switch to a campy group...the FSA brakes are sluggish and the Ultegra just doesn't have the fluidity and Italian precision of Chorus.

Although not the lightest or most aggressive frame out there at this price point, Bianchi has created a versatile frame- comfortable yet stiff, elegance and functionality. Truly money well spent.

Bianchi Sempre Pro 2014 (Ultegra)