The new Bianchi Aria is designed to offer maximum aerodynamic performance without compromising the ride quality, handling and comfort you would expect from an all-round fast road bike.
Aria is Italian for “Air” – and cutting through it is what this bike is all about, using numerous features inherited from Bianchi’s pro-level TT bike, the Aquila. While its stablemates, the Oltre XR3 and XR4, make use of patented Countervail technology to deliver unrivalled stiffness for sprinting and all-out maximal effort, the Aria is focused on all-round all-day use alongside pure aero speed. And it certainly succeeds in this aim – in fact, we have yet to ride an aero bike that rides this smoothly with no compromise in agility.
The Aria is designed around Bianchi’s tried and tested race geometry – fast and well balanced, with the emphasis on swift riding without being an extreme uncompromising stretched position. The resulting ride is highly responsive, comfortable and beautifully balanced. Add a pair of clip-on tribars and you have a supremely aero triathlon machine, that has all of the ride qualities of a standard non-aero fast road bike.
All of this makes the Aria one of the most adaptable, practical, engaging and aerodynamic road bikes that Bianchi have ever made. It also happens to look stunning!
FULL AERO: To achieve fast rides from full aerodynamic performance Bianchi believe that it’s important that both the bike and the rider are as aerodynamically efficient as possible when taken together. Using knowledge gained from research and development across all of Bianchi’s ranges, the ARIA’s advanced aerodynamic design has been heavily inspired by their extensive wind-tunnel testing and co-operation with Bianchi pro riders.
For the bike, full aerodynamic performance means the shape of the tubes’ profiles and their structural combination to cheat the wind’s resistance, resulting in the lowest drag possible. For the rider, full aerodynamic performance means creating a position that allows for the least air resistance – this can only be achieved with a frame and fork geometry that allows for an advanced tuck position that can be sustained, and an ideal racing geometry. Aero frame plus aero rider position equals Full Aero.
Frame – Bianchi Aria carbon, mechanical/electronic shifting compatible, PressFit 86 BB, integrated seat clamp, full carbon dropouts
Fork – Bianchi Full Carbon Aero, 1-1/4″to 1-1/8″ tapered steerer
STI Levers – Shimano 105 22 speed
Chainset – Shimano 105, 50/34T
Front Derailleur – Shimano 105
Rear Derailleur – Shimano 105
Brake Callipers – Shimano 105
Cassette – Shimano 105 11sp 11-28T
Handlebars – Reparto Corse Compact, Flat Top
Stem – Reparto Corse
Seatpost – Bianchi Full Carbon Aero
Saddle – Selle San Marco Monza Startup
Wheels – Vision Team 35 Comp (Standard edition), Mavic Cosmic Elite UST (Squadra edition)
Tyres – Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick 700×25 (Standard edition), Mavic Yksion Comp UST 700×25 (Squadra edition)
Colours – Fluo Celeste/Black (Gloss) or Black/Fluo Celete (Gloss)