I first got word of this bikes existence at Eroica California earlier this year and became very intrigued. It is fascinating to me that there appears to be enough interest in classic bicycles these days that a major manufacturer like Bianchi has decided to reintroduce what is basically a 30 year old bicycle in most regards. Apparently they believe that there is a demand that is not being met in the current marketplace.

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Check out the basic specs:

  • Down-tube friction shifting levers
  • Dia Compe Center pull brakes and levers
  • Brooks Professional saddle
  • Quill stem
  • Tubular tires and rims
  • Campagnolo front and rear derailleurs

Many of these qualities like friction shifting, tubulars, center-pulls and a leather saddle haven’t been spec’d on a production bike for 25 years or more! I think that it is quite bold of Bianchi to go in this direction and I am quite happy to see it.

I have since heard that the price point of this bike will be around $4500, depending on the current exchange rate, and will be available in mid-September. It will be manufactured in Italy and imported only with an order, which means they will not be stocking these at your local Bianchi dealer. Right now I am all over this thing and hope to get one of the first ones to arrive. I’m hoping to be able to follow up with more info soon.

Here is the official blurb from Bianchi:

This is a preview of the new Bianchi L’Eroica prototype. The bicycle will be released soon by the prestigious Italian brand. Inspired by the Bianchi racing machines of the 1950’s and 1960’s, the new frame is made in Italy from Columbus Zona tubing and painted in the traditional Celeste Bianchi colour with chrome-plated parts. To make it easier for anybody to find a bicycle to ride at Eroica Events, the bike is officially certified by L’Eroica as a proper vintage-style bike. It will be available in 7 frame sizes: 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, 63. The 10 speed gearing is signed by Campagnolo with a 13-29T cassette and a 48/36T crankset. The bike also features a Brooks leather saddle. Further details on the components and suggested retail price will be release soon by Bianchi and L’Eroica. – See more at: http://eroica.cc/journal/preview-of-bianchi-l-eroica-bike#sthash.rjoLbMeH.dpuf

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