Sunday, November 12, 2006

Light Cross Bike #26: Andrew's Budget Bianchi

Andrew sent me this bike for the lightweight gallery, a pretty cool Bianchi Cross Concept that he spent less than $400 to build!
Andrew said this:

"Hey man, love your site. Been meaning to send you my bike. Your site kinda inspired this project in a way:

I bought a used cross concept frame/fork over the summer, and after I saw your site a few months ago decided to see if this project would make your site. But the goal was always to do this bike on the cheap. So, I had to use the parts I had. Thankfully I had a bunch of stuff lying around.

* Ultegra wheels front and rear, with one mavic 21t cog and spacers on the rear cassette hub
* ITM stem
* Ritchey bio-max pro bars
* two right brake levers, a tektro put on the left and shimano on the right
* Ritchey cross crank, 48t chainring
* Shimano 105 bb
* Michelin mud tires
* crappy Bontrager carbon one bolt post
* old school Dia-compe canti's (gotta swap those yellow pads for green ones!)
* Shimano 520 pedals
* super old Selle Italia flight saddle (lightest thing I had around)
* SRP inline brake levers

The only things I bought for the bike were a cable hanger, the inline brake levers used off ebay, and the bar tape. so in terms of new expense, it was a $360 project. the result is just under 18 pounds on my bathroom scale.

I like it! I've liked the looks of those Bianchi Cross Concepts, something about the black and celeste thats sexy. Even better was the budget aspect of this ride, looks cool!


chris d said...

That is very sweet. How did Andrew deal with the dropouts?

Anonymous said...

chain length calculation.