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Bianchi Allroad 105 first ride review

Bianchi’s first entry into the adventure-road arena is an interesting one. The Bianchi Allroad 105’s geometry pairs a 72-degree head and a 73-degree seat angle with a 575mm top-tube (59cm bike), which are standard endurance road bike numbers. But throw in long 435mm chainstays and massive tyre clearances, and it looks more off-road ready.

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Bianchi Allroad 105 spec overview

  • Weight: 10.25kg (59cm)
  • Frame: Triple- butted aluminium
  • Fork: Carbon/alu
  • Gears: Shimano 105 (50/34, 11-32)
  • Brakes: Shimano BR-RS785
  • Wheels: Reparto Corse DRAW 1.9 disc
  • Finishing kit: Reparto Corse stem, Reparto Corse flare bar, KS e-Ten dropper post, Selle San Marco Era Startup power saddle, 35mm Kenda Happy Medium tyres

Bianchi Allroad 105 ride impression

The Bianchi Allroad 105 features a mountain bike favourite too: the dropper post. This allows you to drop the saddle by 100mm at the touch of a lever, giving you plenty of clearance to move around, on and off the saddle, for improved balance over technical terrain.

The KS e-Ten dropper works smoothly via a forward-facing, under-saddle lever. We didn’t think we’d get much use out of it, but on more technical stuff we reached for the lever all the time, and on more danger-laden, bumpy off-road descents being able to move around was brilliant. At 700g it’s heavier than a standard post, but we can live with that.

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Off-road is where the Allroad makes sense, from the dropper to the wide-range gearing and the cushioning, super-tough and grippy Kenda Happy Medium tyres.

The 16-degree flare on the bar makes sudden off-road descents a blast as the wide, elbows-out riding style it encourages feels more natural than a traditional set up. The Allroad motors over surfaces that you wouldn’t expect a bike of this type to — it’s up there with Cannondale’s Slate in this respect — and it handles with a sharpness thanks to its road geometry.

Bianchi Allroad 105 early verdict

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