Bianchi has announced the launch of its new aero road bike called the Aria, that’s aimed at satisfying both the road and triathlon segments alike.
According to the Italian brand, the Aria extols many of the virtues of its flagship Aquila time trial/ triathlon bike, albeit in a more diverse and affordable platform.
“Aria delivers ultimate aerodynamic performance with expertly balanced combination of race-focused geometry and wind tunnel proven design,” says Bianchi.
“To overcome wind resistance, the Aria has a precision-engineered frame and integrated fork with advanced aerodynamic shape and racing geometry.”
Not surprisingly, the Aria features a range of uniquely shaped tube profiles, that have been optimized specifically to “cheat the wind”, which include a tapered head tube, an aerodynamic seatpost that makes use of a wedge-style clamp that’s recessed into the top tube, a cut-away seat tube, a deeply profiled down tube and slimmed-down seat stays – all in the name of drag reduction.
Additionally, the fork crown features an integrated design, wherein the head tube and down tube join to create a special junction with the full-carbon fork, which Bianchi says ensures the requisite amount of stiffness and compliance, alongside aerodynamic efficiency.
Other features include, internal cable routing that’s compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets, a robust press-fit BB86.5 x 41 bottom bracket, easily attached clip-on aerobars and rear dropouts that comprise metal inserts for increased strength and durability.
Bianchi claims the Aria in a size 55cm weighs in at a respectable 1,100g, with a fork weight of around 370g.
Aria will be available in eight different sizes ranging from 44cm to 61cm, with the first model being introduced with Campagnolo’s new Centaur groupset this month.
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