I have seen a few interesting 2009 offerings from Bianchi on the web lately. Cyclelicious posted recently about the steel Vigorelli and also the Boron steel Pinella frameset, which is back in the line for 2009 after a two year absence. Bike Hugger posted recently about another steel Bianchi for ’09, the celeste colored Dolomiti Veloce with chrome lugs and beautiful 1950’s graphics (certainly in keeping with that classic theme that I brought up in a recent post).
The Dolomiti may be the stand out in the 2009 line but a couple of other bikes caught my attention as well. Cross season is coming up and I like the cyclocross specific top tube shape on the D2 Carbon Cross Concept frame (pictured here). It makes perfect sense to build a shape that is comfortable for shouldering the bike into the form of the carbon frame.
As you know from previous posts, time trial bikes always get my attention. The new D2Crono frame looks to be changed quite a bit from the ’08 model as well. It looks like the carbon TT frame will also be available as a complete bike this year. The thin profile top tube, integrated seat mast, and seat tube that shelters the rear wheel all seem to be new for Bianchi this year. I don’t know much about it other than what I can see in the pictures, but the bike certainly looks fast.