Bianchi Infinito CV Disc Force 22 Featured Road Bike - 2015

Enduring leader.

A survey of industry literature indicates that Bianchi's Infinito CV Disc may have the pole position in the current trend of "endurance" bikes. It's taken multiple "Best Of" awards and garnered hyperbolic praise from even the most reticent and measured publications. While we're loathe to pass such a final judgment ourselves, we do agree that the Infinito's ride is among the best of any bike we've had the privilege of abusing with rough terrain and long days in the saddle, so we're celebrating it with this in-house, SRAM Force 22 build.

Before we go any further, we're compelled to stress that "endurance" is really shorthand for a bike with a Euro-race geometry and a penchant for tackling the most unforgiving surfaces encountered by the pro peloton. You'll see this frameset all spring under the likes of LottoNL-Jumbo's Vanmarcke, one of the fastest hard men of the spring classics. In turn, you're likely to see Vanmarcke on the podium at Flanders, Roubaix, or both.

The Infinito CV Disc's "endurance" aspect lies in the frame's extended head tube and wheelbase, a focus on rider comfort that's further complemented by Bianchi's strategic use of vibration-damping Countervail technology. Countervail is a proprietary viscoelastic carbon layer in the frame that devours vibration and road noise without compromising stiffness.

The frame and fork get a race-ready rating because they feature the same Carbon Nano Technology used in the construction of the range-topping Oltre XR. This process uses nano-scaled particles to reduce the microscopic gaps between the resin and the carbon, increasing strength and fracture-resistance by a claimed 49% compared to standard epoxy resin. Of course, the added safety of SRAM's Force 22 hydraulic disc brakes means you're that much less likely to rely on the added fracture resistance.

The rest of the bike's kit is also Force 22 — even the crankset, which is a place where manufacturers will often go third party for a wider profit margin. The wheels are another example of our insistence on specing the Infinito CV Disc with kit that we'd want to ride. We opted for Mavic's Ksyrium Pro wheelset, which is the disc-ready version of the venerable SLRs. The solid rim and classic Ksyrium branding make these among the most attractive wheels in our quiver. The bombproof build and double-sealed Mavic hubs mean they'll maintain that distinction for years to come. Finally, the incorporation of Zipp and Fizik components puts familiar names in the cockpit and saddle areas.

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