The distinctive celeste blue Bianchi is a road legend, the ride of Italian aces like Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi and Marco Pantani. This month the venerable Italian bike company has launched a new machine, the Aria, as part of its aero fleet which includes the Oltre, TT and TRI Aquila. The kicker to the Aria is how simple it is to turn into a triathlon bike.
A frame and fork geometry that is similar to the Oltre, along with wind-cheating tube shapes, were developed from extensive wind tunnel testing, the company reveals. The result for the rider is an aggressive, effective position with minimal drag.
The Aria converts easily to a triathlon bike. According to a Bianchi press release: “Just clip-on aero bars, set the bars’ stack height if required and adjust saddle height and angle” and voila, or, more suitably, ecco, appunto!
The Aria is also a more affordable bike in Bianchi’s aero line, although it’s still around $3331. The least expensive Oltre, the XR1 equipped with Ultegra, is $4500. Coming in eight sizes, the Aria is kitted with Campagnolo Centaur components and Vision Team 30 Comp wheels. A 55-cm frame weighs 1.1-kilograms.