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You can't buy heritage.

Italy has one of the best problems that we've heard of -- Italian goods are at such a high standard of quality that people will pay an arm and a leg for them. And if you look at the Celeste-tinted history of Bianchi, it becomes easy to see what all of the fuss is about -- Bartali, Coppi, Gimondi, Pantani -- the list goes on and on. Essentially, Bianchi has been the face of Italian cycling for over 125 years, and this same tradition of craftsmanship and sheer speed has been continued with the new Sempre PRO

To make the Sempre PRO the ultimate all-rounder, Bianchi built it with a full monocoque carbon fiber construction. Ready for a little lesson on carbon construction? Surprisingly, the definition of the monocoque process is hidden within the name -- 'mono' being Latin for 'one,' and 'coque' being French for 'shell.' So, as logic would have it, monocoque carbon fiber is formed as one piece in a single mold. This system has many advantages. For example, the use of monocoque allowed Bianchi complete creative control in developing the Sempre PRO. From the geometry to the tube shaping to the layup, every design parameter is attainable with monocoque, whereas the tube-to-tube construction method that you see on halo bikes is far more limiting for the engineer. Ultimately, this construction method makes the Sempre PRO extremely agile and stiff, directly equating to strong power transfers along the chain stays from the oversized, BB30 bottom bracket shell.

And if this wasn't enough, Bianchi has incorporated a few proprietary construction methods to the Sempre's carbon design. For one, it's been made stronger by using Bianchi's Carbon NanoTube technology. This process involves adding nano-scaled particles to the resin. By doing so, the particles reduce the microcopic gaps between the resin and the fibers of the carbon. Ultimately, this increases the strength and fracture-resistance by 49% compared to using standard epoxy resin systems. To reduce the harmful effects of road vibration, Bianchi had to add vertical compliance to counteract the Sempre's rigid frame. This is where Bianchi's Ultra Thin Seat Stays (UTSS) came in. Since the chain stays are beefy, the super slender seat stays are there merely to balance the load and firmly, yet lightly, connect the dropouts to the rest of the frame. Meanwhile, vibration is thoroughly absorbed and dissipated throughout the frame. So, as you can see, the Sempre PRO provides everything in large amounts -- stiffness, compliance, and durability.

But what about handling and aerodynamics? This is easy because the two characteristics go hand in hand. Starting at the front of the Sempre, it shares an identical fork to that found on the Bianchi flagship, the Oltre XR. The F.Carbon HoC1 fork's straight blade design cuts through the wind, while providing predictable and nimble handling. Also new to this year, the Sempre PRO features a tapered carbon head tube. The 1-1/8 x 1-1/2 inch design bolsters the front triangle's rigidity, but it also creates a purposeful surface design that increase laminar flow over the bike. Complimenting this, Bianchi moved all of the cable routing internally, and also made it compatible for electronic and mechanical shift systems. 

The Bianchi Sempre PRO is available in six odd sizes from 50 to 61cm and in the color Carbon/black and Celeste/carbon. Please 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 Stock

Sempre Pro 2014 Stock

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How it looked when it arrived at my LBS

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

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Not many bikes look this exotic...

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

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

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

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

Sempre Pro 2014

Sempre Pro 2014

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

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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)
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Nice pics ;)