After a two year absence, it looks like Bianchi will reintroduce the Boron steel Pinella frameset in 2009.
I don’t have information on the 09 model, but the sub 3 pound Pinella has been among the lightest weight steel frames available. Though there are concerns with durability — the light weight comes from paper thin tubing — when built up the Pinella frame makes for a fantastic looking bike that handles well at high speeds. It will be available as shown in the classic Celeste color with black graphics.
After a one year absence, Bianchi has reintroduced steel road bikes for 2009, including the nice Vigorelli.
The Bianchi people I’ve spoken with really like the 2009 Vigorelli steel road bike — the exact word used is “love,” and this bike built up with Reynolds 631 CrMo tubing and carbon fiber fork is indeed easy to love. Equipped with a mix of Shimano 105 and Ultegra 10 speed components with a compact crankset, the price I’ve heard is “under $1800.”
It’s good to see a decent steel road bike from a top tier bike vendor. 2009 will also see the return of the Imola (Tiagra 9 speed triple) and the entry level Brava (Sora 9 speed triple).
While Bianchi has a nice lineup of carbon fiber dream machines for 2009, higher prices on everything as well as renewed interest in steel among consumers will make the Vigorelli and their other steel bikes a good seller, I think.
Bianchi will introduce a flat bar and brakes version of their popular Pista fixed gear bicycle.
Besides the handlebar, cabling and brake hardware, this is exactly the same bike as their regular Pista track bike. The ’09 Pista — both the brakeless and flat bar versions — will be available in blue, as shown here, and chrome.
Bike Hugger has some photos of the 2009 Bianchi Pista. I highlight some other 2009 Bianchi bicycles over at Commute By Bike.