New for the 2020 model year is the beautiful Bianchi Infinito XE (or eXtra Endurance). Sitting alongside the range topping Infinito CV, and sharing its race winning geometry, the Infinito XE is an all-round all-road endurance racing bike – ideal for riders looking to take on a long distance challenge, race over rougher surfaces, or who just enjoy riding quickly across varied terrain in comfort. Classic Bianchi style is paired with new technology to expand the horizons of this ultra-capable new bike well beyond smoothly paved tarmac.
The Infinito XE replaces the Intenso within Bianchi’s range, and introduces a more integrated look, alongside even greater levels of rough-road comfort and some aero tweaks for increased all-out performance. Increased tyre capacity and a re-engineered carbon lay-up also extend the range of the Infinito XE into “all-road” territory – if you are looking for a bike that is as happy on the smooth tarmac of Alpine climbs as it is on agricultural back lanes in the UK, or even hard pack dirt or gravel roads, then the Infinito XE is just what you are looking for.
The design approach taken by Bianchi in designing the Infinito XE was to take well proven materials (with no Countervail in order to provide a more accessible price point) and their wealth of frame construction experience to deliver race-like performance allied to high levels of comfort with a longer distance riding position and rough terrain capability..
The geometry of the Infinito, the ultimate endurance model whose range is topped by Infinito CV, has been optimized in the WorldTour in the one-day classics with the Jumbo-Visma team, providing maximum performance with minimum stress for long distance. It is also proving to be the ideal granfondo machine. For a long day in the saddle the full carbon frame and fork delivers a bike that is as good to ride as it is to look at. The characteristics of the Infinito XE are maintained across the frame sizes. The different chainstay lengths means that the bike behaves the same no matter what size you choose.
“Conclusion: If you find that some endurance bikes are too heavily focused on sitting you up in the saddle at the expense of speed, take a serious look at Bianchi’s latest offering. The Infinito XE’s geometry isn’t as upright as you find on endurance bikes from many other brands, it offers plenty of stability and comfort, and its overall character is racy enough for those with a need for speed.” RoadCC
The clean lines of the bike are maintained with all hydraulic cables routed internally and the dedicated alloy seatpost has been developed for the ultimate streamlined, integrated look. Talking of streamlined, the alloy stem and spacers have been created by Bianchi for a better head tube connection, the 1 1/8” to 1.5” head tube providing stability at speed and under braking.
The Infinito XE is exclusively built for disc brakes, with flat mount calipers. Thru axles both front (12x100mm) and rear (12x142mm) ensure there is no stress to the frame caused by more powerful and controlled braking, and with wide tyre compatibility that easily takes 32mm or larger tyres, the Infinito XE is capable of taking you further than ever before.
The Infinito XE features a slightly longer head-tube than Bianchi’s pure aero race bikes, it does not put the rider into the “sit up and twiddle” position that some other manufacturers have used in their ‘sportive’ models. For the majority of riders who want a fast comfortable bike, there is nothing to be gained from an excessively high position as it can lead to too much weight being carried through the lower back and compromised power transfer and handling. But a slightly more upright cockpit, combined with a small reduction in reach, do help to eliminate shoulder tension over longer distances and improve handling on rougher surfaces. The longer head tube also eliminates the excessive use of spacers under the stem, thus reducing unnecessary flex in the steerer and increasing handling precision.