2017 Bianchi Infinito CV
The Bianchi Infinito CV is a truly remarkable bike - it was the first frame in the world to use a revolutionary patented new material - Countervail, which quite simply cancels big road vibrations like no other frame material, leading to reduced muscle fatigue and greatly increased bike control.
While Countervail might sound like just another gimmick or marketing ploy, like frame inserts or micro-suspension devices, the proof is in the riding - and in test ride after test ride it simply takes on the roughest of road surfaces and places the rider in total control, with no sense whatsoever of being rattled or bucked around.
And we are not talking about ironing out a bit of "road chatter" here, we are talking Roubaix like surfaces. The final piece of good news is that the Infinito CV does all of this without removing the all important feedback that means the rider stays connected and in control at all times.
The first competitive outings for the Bianchi Infinito CV were in the hands of Classics specialist Juan Antonio Flecha at Paris-Roubaix who declared it the best Classics bike he had ever ridden - and he has been on board some pretty impressive machines.
But the Infinito CV is not all about vibration, or the lack of it - it is a truly elegant bike with sweeping curves and striking but subtle graphics. Its classic Bianchi endurance bike geometry, as seen on the original Infinito and its 2014 replacement, the Intenso, gives the rider an optimum balance of race-like performance, comfort and stability - Countervail also means that Bianchi's designers are able to increase stiffness and responsiveness without any loss comfort! And the Infinito CV is no heavyweight either, with a 55cm frameset weighing in at just 990g.
The Dama Bianca range of Women’s specific bikes, including the Infinito CV, are fitted with female specific components, such as women’s saddles and handlebars that suit smaller hands. At Epic Cycles we specialise in tuning bikes to suit all of our riders, male or female, and that includes the fitting of suitable female specific components to any unisex bike – so if you are a taller female rider or you simply prefer the paintwork on the unisex models, that’s no problem at all as we will simply adjust the specification to meet your individual needs.
Following their success in the past five model years we are once again offering exclusive Squadra Edition models across much of the 2017 Bianchi range that feature superb upgrades at minimal cost - such as full Shimano groupsets and higher performance wheels- and we also have extensive stocks of the standard specification bikes at everyday low prices.
Bianchi Infinito CV - Countervail
Bianchi collaborated with Materials Sciences Corp. to develop their innovative and exclusive application of the patented Countervail® integrated vibration canceling system for cycling. Scientific studies prove that long term exposure to vibration, typically absorbed by the rider, causes muscle fatigue and discomfort, resulting in reduced performance - and the stiffer the bike, in terms of flex under power, the more vibration becomes an issue, affecting not only comfort but stability and control at speed.
Traditional passive damping of the frame using superficial rubber inserts and isolators are only marginally effective compared to the integrated carbon Countervail® system developed by Bianchi and proven in the extreme conditions of NASA aerospace operations. With its patented carbon fibre architecture and viscoelastic material, Countervail® carbon material is actually embedded within the carbon layup Countervail® is a patented viscoelastic carbon material with a unique fiber architecture that cancels up to 80% of vibrations while increasing the stiffness and strength of carbon frames and forks. Countervail is embedded within the layup of Bianchi CV high-performance models, immediately cancelling vibration while increasing the stiffness and strength of the entire frame.
And Countervail isn’t a small insert or dotted around the frame in patches – that’s not the way it works! It is used in every tube as it needs to be across the whole frame to maximise cancellation. It doesn’t provide cushioning or masking, with the inherent issues of deadening the ride – it cancels vibrations before they reach the rider. Countervail is expensive stuff - but it's worth every penny as it is quite simply unique in its ability to cancel vibrations and deliver control and power.
- Maximized ride control and handling under normal to extreme vibration loads
- Reduced muscle fatigue and increased energy savings in distance rides
- Increased rigidity and peak power output over long distances
Tech specs of Infinito CV:
- Carbon Monocoque frame with tapered head tube 1 1/8" - 1 1/2" & PressFit 30 BB
- Double compatibility mechanic and electronic groupset
- Down tube dimension optimized on the different sizes
- (New) Full carbon aero fork shape with straight blades
- Higher head tube and longer chain stay
- Internal cable routing
- 28mm tubular/clincher compatible
Infinito CV (non-disc):
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Bike of the Year
"The road.cc Bike of the Year is the Bianchi Infinito CV. Same name but a very different bike from previous version of the Infinito (the direct replacement for the previous Infinito is in fact the Intenso). The Italian company's new endurance bike features cutting-edge carbon-fibre technology to dampen high frequency vibrations and produce a smooth ride while still delivering all the stiffness you need for a superbly responsive and direct ride."
"Out on the road, the Infinito CV delivers an extremely smooth ride. The combination of the CounterVail technology and the geometry gives outstanding balance, equipping the rider with bags of confidence. It's also very direct, and an easy bike to ride fast. The CV is a class-leading bike that does everything you want from a performance machine, and more. The Infinito CV wins because in our view it was the most complete package in terms of ride, performance and technology."