Bianchi has had a reputation for making performance bikes for a long time. With the Bianchi Infinito CV Disc, comfort now forms part of the equation too. You can find out more about how this concept performed in our group test and what it’s all got to do with NASA here.

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

Bianchi Infinito CV Disc | 7.52 kg (size 57) | € 8,490  | Manufacturer’s website

The Bianchi Infinito CV Disc has been designed with longer tours in mind where comfort has to play a more significant role. Like other Bianchi models, for example the Oltre XR4 Disc (click for review), the company’s Countervail technology comes to play here too. This is an intrinsic part of the frame, with a visco-elastic resin used in the carbon layup that absorbs high-frequency vibrations from the road. According to Bianchi, the same resin has seen applications with NASA and the aerospace industry. The full carbon fork is shaped aerodynamically and designed with a 12×100 mm thru axle and a tapered steerer. The fully integrated Flat Mount disc brakes are compatible with both 140 and 160 mm rotors and cables are routed internally in the frame.

The Bianchi Infinito CV Disc in detail

Our size 57 test bike weighs 7.52 kg, comes equipped with a Shimano DURA-ACE Di2 groupset and Fulcrum Racing 418 Disc wheels. Thanks to the tire clearances, you’ll be able to fit up to 32 mm rubber, leaving the Vittoria Rubino Pro 700 x 28C tires with plenty of room. Together with the Reparto Corse cockpit components and the 20 mm offset Infinito carbon seatpost, the total price for this Italian racer comes to € 8,490.

Details count
Even the bottle cage screws are Bianchi’s typical celeste blue
Hidden away
The folding thru-axle lever can be hidden away inside the axle when needed. Clever!
Room for improvement
Cable routing has been solved more elegantly by other manufacturers. However, Bianchi also offer the option to fit the one-piece Metron 5D Aero cockpit which hides all cables internally.

Bianchi Infinito CV Disc

€ 8,490

Specifications

Seatpost Infinito Full Carbon 20 mm
Brakes Shimano DURA-ACE R9170 160/160 mm
Drivetrain Shimano DURA-ACE Di2 R9170
Stem Reparto Corse 3D Alloy 130 mm
Handlebar Reparto Corse Carbon 420 mm
Wheelset Fulcrum Racing 418 Disc Brake
Tires Vittoria Rubino Pro 700 x 28C
Gearing 50/34 T and 11–32 T 2x12

Technical Data

Size 47 50 53 55 57 59 61
Weight 7.52 kg


Fact check
Bianchi frames with this sticker are assembled by one mechanic in Italy. However, while the frame is designed in Italy and 3D printed for prototyping and testing at the HQ, it is manufactured in Asia.

The geometry of the Bianchi

Size47505355575961
Seat tube420 mm450 mm480 mm500 mm520 mm540 mm560 mm
Top tube515 mm525 mm535 mm550 mm560 mm575 mm585 mm
Head tube120 mm135 mm150 mm165 mm180 mm195 mm210 mm
Head angle74.5°74.5°74.0°73.5°73.5°73.0°72.5°
Seat angle70.5°71.5°71.5°72.0°72.5°72.5°72.5°
Chainstays415 mm415 mm415 mm415 mm415 mm420 mm420 mm
BB Drop68.0 mm68.0 mm68.0 mm68.0 mm68.0 mm68.0 mm68.0 mm
Wheelbase986 mm988 mm993 mm999 mm1,004 mm1,018 mm1,023 mm
Reach370 mm375 mm376 mm381 mm386 mm392 mm392 mm
Stack521 mm539 mm553 mm569 mm585 mm599 mm614 mm

If this were a wine tasting, the Bianchi would be the kind of wine that doesn’t immediately blow your socks off, but reveals its potential with time.

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The Bianchi Infinito CV Disc in review

In terms of power transfer, the Infinito CV proves to be direct and efficient. However, there are several bikes in the group test that are more sprightly to accelerate and more encouraging of you thrashing out short bursts of power. On the flats and the descents the Bianchi carries a lot of speed but it’s relatively sedate on the uphills. Conversely, its planted feel and stable handling means it always feels in control and maintains its composure even in strong side winds. Wide and open corners are no problem at high speeds, but when things get tighter and you’re riding at the limit, the Bianchi lacks some precision. Due to the traditional and slightly stretched riding position the bike is missing some pressure on the front wheel, meaning it tends to understeer when things get hectic. With its sporty position, the Infinito CV stays true to Bianchi’s heritage and we’re convinced it will find many fans because of this. However for the majority of riders, the 20 mm offset seatpost together with the 120 mm stem will result in too aggressive a position. In terms of comfort, while the Bianchi has a firm ride, it damps high-frequency vibrations and smaller impacts effectively. Thanks to the generous tire clearances, you also have the opportunity for an easy win in comfort. You’ll have the most fun aboard the Infinito riding gently undulating terrain with wide open corners and high speeds on the straights. This is where it plays fully to its strengths.

Tuning tips: Zero offset seatpost for more pressure on the front wheel and a more open hip angle

Riding Characteristics

4

Agility

  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively

Comfort

  1. firm
  2. comfortable

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data

Bianchi
Infinito CV Disc

Size: 47 50 53 55 57 59 61
Weight: 7.52 kg
Price: € 8,490

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

Conclusion

The Bianchi Infinito CV Disc’s Countervail technology offers good vibration damping and the bike convinced us with excellent straight-line stability and its planted feel on the road. In comparison with other bikes, on steep ramps and during explosive sprints, the Bianchi quickly reaches its limits. It’s the right bike for longer rides and people who will appreciate its Italian flair. For more performance-focussed riders, there are better bikes in our group test.

Tops

  • vibration damping of the frameset
  • clever quick-release thru axle
  • tire clearances up to 32 mm

Flops

  • sedate sprinter
  • lacking in precision at the limit
  • messy cable routing around the cockpit

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The test field

For an overview of the test fleet head to the group test: The best road bike of 2020 – 13 high-carat road bikes in review

All bikes in test: Argon 18 Krypton Pro (Click for review) | Bianchi Infinito CV Disc | BMC Roadmachine 01 ONE (Click for review) | Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD Disc Dura Ace (Click for review) | Cicli Bonanno Futomaki Disc (Click for review) | FOCUS IZALCO MAX DISC 9.9 (Click for review) | LOOK 795 BLADE RS DISC (Click for review) | OPEN U.P.P.E.R. (Click for review) | Pinarello Dogma F12 Team INEOS Edition (Click for review) | ROSE REVEAL SIX Dura Ace Di2 Custom (Click for review) | Specialized S-Works Roubaix (Click for review) | Trek Domane SLR 9 eTap (Click for review) | VOTEC VRC PRO (Click for review)

Words: Benjamin Topf Photos: Valentin Rühl