Bianchi Vigorelli 2015 Bike Review

Is steel the real deal?


During the last club run as the sun started to disappear behind the hills the conversation turned to a good winter trainer for a +1. Having really enjoyed my Carbon bike over the last few weeks on Sportives and club rides I am seriously considering going back to steel. With that in mind I popped into my local Bike shop and immediately fell in love with the look of the new Vigorelli from Bianchi. Before I could say 0% finance the pedals were on and the test ride was underway! The Shimano 105 groupset is concise as you would expect and the Kevlar reinforced carbon forks made for a smooth ride.There’s a connection there that entices you to just sit and spin, as that’s what the frame seems to want. You can bang in a big gear – or stand up and sprint – but acceleration is more of a firm waft than an explosion. It does still cover ground efficiently, climbs keenly and descends with assuredness. The Vigorelli takes its name from the famous velodrome in Milan steeped in history and tradition. The bike straight from the factory falls short of that tradition with the finishing kit. If I were to consider buying this bike at £1500 a budget for a wheel upgrade would need to be considered. To summarise it looks great with that celeste paint and rides as well a steel bike should. 8 out of 10 Technical features
Product code
Shimano 105 11sp
Product name
Vigorelli Shimano 105 11sp Compact
Shimano 105 11sp
KR - Ck Celeste
Fsa Gossamer
Brake levers
Full Cr-Mo tig welded, forged dropouts
Fulcrum Racing Sport black
K-Vid Alu/Carbon 1.1/8"
Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick 700 x 25
1.1/8" Threadless
Spectra JD-ST58A
Shimano 105 11sp
Reparto Corse JD-RA35A Compact, alloy
Rear derailleur
Shimano 105 11sp
Tape handlebar
Bianchi embossed logo
Front derailleur
Shimano 105 11sp
Tec Sport Edition SP-222
Shimano FC-RS500, 50X34T
San Marco Era Startup Power
BSA included in the crankset

One response on “Bianchi Vigorelli 2015 Bike Review

  1. Mark Bradshaw

    I’m a big steel fan.
    When I was racing there was no choice! Other than Alan & Vitus and I didn’t have that sort of money!

    I had a few Reynolds 531 bikes then made the leap to custom built from Paul Donohue in the North East with mostly Reynolds 653.

    Now I have a steel (725) commuter and a 853 hand brazed Saracen Kili Pro.

    Steel is real!

    (I’m replacing the Genesis commuter with a GT plastic bike, I’ve sold my soul!)

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