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    ... and if we just ... Bianchi San Jose - Review

    Finally, after two months of being backordered, my LBS acquired the 58cm Bianchi San Jose I have been patiently waiting for. They built it up Monday night, and I test rode and purchased it Tuesday evening. Damn, that wad of cash was burning a hole in my pocket, but I suvived!

    Of course it rained the next day so I couldn't commute with it, but I did get a quick evening ride in. Today was my first commute and the first time I really got to play around on it. Being a SS-only mountain biker, I got bored with my Ultegra-equipped Lemond and yearned for some simplicity and more challenge (yes, SSing is a disease!), as well as a more heavy-duty bike for commuting, dirt roads and general road riding. So I sold the Lemond and got this.

    My commute isn't much, about 8 miles each way and mildly hilly, or I can take a longer route and hit more climbs. Today I took the flatter route, but this way has about 2 miles each way where the road is too nasty to ride on, with no shoulder and cars going about 60mph. So the sidewalk is safer, but it is rough and torn up. One of the reasons the 'cross bike was so appealing.

    Anyway, enough rambling, how is the bike?

    Looks:
    I love the way it looks, with the light blue paint and white decals. Finish is very nice looking. Cranks are nice and clean with the bashring, brakes and levers are Cane Creek, black and not flashy. Saddle has fuzzy leopard print fabric down the center. I don't hate it, but it's a bit bizarre. I guess that means it fits in with the whole singlespeed thing. On the whole it's understated but very stylish. And who doesn't like the clean lines of a singlespeed?

    Speed:
    Stock gearing is 42/17, which seems good for a moderately hilly area. It's a bit sluggish off the line and spins out at about 25mph, but a SSer shouldn't be shocked at that. The semi-knobbies (32c WTB All-Terrainasaurs) are actually not too loud on the asphalt, but I can't tell how much they're slowing me down.

    Feel:
    I like it much better than my old Lemond. 'Cross bars don't have as much drop, so they're more comfortable than racing bars. The brake hoods feel better than Shimanos. The saddle, while odd looking, is agreeable, but I'll make a final verdict after I put some long rides behind me. Drivetrain is silent and smooth, one of the reasons I love SSing.
    The top tube and downtube are shaped, so there's practically no flex around the BB when hammering out of the saddle. The frame feels solid, but is still pretty light. I'd guess about 22lbs with Time ATACs on it. It shines on the rough sidewalk portion of the commute, where the beefy tires and doublewall rims soak up the potholes and cracks quite nicely.
    Handling is good, obviously not as nimble as a racer but it's not a pig by any means. It's plenty quick and fast enough for a mountain biker looking to ride some asphalt. You may not be able to ride a peloton, but if that's your desire then you won't be considering this anyway.

    Overall, it's a solid, fun bike for the road riding I'll be doing, and I like the toughness and the option of being able to go off-road. Eventually I may get a double ENO and another chainring to have a trail gear for the local singletrack. It's a ton of bike for the money, and one that will be in my stable for a long time. Great bike!

    Thanks for listening to me ramble, and I hope my review may be helpful to someone considering the bike. Now, here are some pictures to look at!
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    Very nice! I just love that color and the cool looking retro decals. I just wish the rear would fit something wider than a 38c but still an awesome bike for the cash.

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    Very nice! I've had my eye on that model for some time - if I could figure out a reason why I need it (other than "because I need it"), I'd put one in my garage this weekend. I can't imagine what they were thinking when they spec'd that saddle, but having something that looks like right between my legs would make me feel cheap and dirty!
    Oh, and that bike would make one sweet fixed gear!
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    Nice! i have been eyeing one of those up. Is that hub flip flopable for a fixed cog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSweetleaf
    Nice! i have been eyeing one of those up. Is that hub flip flopable for a fixed cog?
    Unfortunately, no. But the one time I rode a fixie I hated it, so this isn't a drawback to me.

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    Nice! I have had a Volpe (upon whose frame the San Jose is based, the only frame difference being the Volpe's forward-facing horizontal dropouts, which IMO are more functional) for several years. Rides great, yet still plenty stiff down below with the ovalized downtube and straight chainstays. Deserves to be be a much more popular bike than it is, so maybe the San Jose variation will help in that department. Mine came geared, but after about a year I converted it to SS and racked up several thousand miles that way: 48x18 and 42x16 on road tires, 42x17 on 'cross tires.

    Just be careful of those All Terrainasaurus tires if it ever rains on your commute. Very sketchy in the wet. There are better 'cross tires that don't weigh any more than the ATs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Nice! I have had a Volpe (upon whose frame the San Jose is based, the only frame difference being the Volpe's forward-facing horizontal dropouts, which IMO are more functional) for several years. Rides great, yet still plenty stiff down below with the ovalized downtube and straight chainstays. Deserves to be be a much more popular bike than it is, so maybe the San Jose variation will help in that department. Mine came geared, but after about a year I converted it to SS and racked up several thousand miles that way: 48x18 and 42x16 on road tires, 42x17 on 'cross tires.

    Just be careful of those All Terrainasaurus tires if it ever rains on your commute. Very sketchy in the wet. There are better 'cross tires that don't weigh any more than the ATs.
    Thanks for the heads up with the tires; I don't usually ride when it's raining (I'm a wuss, hehe). I agree with the dropouts, I liked the Volpe but couldn't afford the extra $300. They should have just repainted the Volpe frame and ditched the shifters instead of changing the drops. It'd be easier to add fenders without the track ends.

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    looks good, but the tt are too short for me

    Quote Originally Posted by GlowBoy
    Nice! I have had a Volpe (upon whose frame the San Jose is based, the only frame difference being the Volpe's forward-facing horizontal dropouts, which IMO are more functional) for several years. Rides great, yet still plenty stiff down below with the ovalized downtube and straight chainstays. Deserves to be be a much more popular bike than it is, so maybe the San Jose variation will help in that department. Mine came geared, but after about a year I converted it to SS and racked up several thousand miles that way: 48x18 and 42x16 on road tires, 42x17 on 'cross tires.

    Just be careful of those All Terrainasaurus tires if it ever rains on your commute. Very sketchy in the wet. There are better 'cross tires that don't weigh any more than the ATs.
    I like the look but the top tube is too short for me, I'd need a 58cm at 6ft and I like that on my ss/fixed cross check I can ride a 56 with the right top tube length and some extra stand over.
    My allround cheapo cross onroad off road tire is the ritchey trail mix in 35c, looks a little smaller, fairly short. Does alright off road and rolls quite well on the road, only availible in a steel bead, but at about $13 or less a tire are a great buy and last a long time and are fairly tough also.

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    It's funny, the shipment of San Jose's just came in on the boat and everyone is finally getting their new toys! Just got a few of those beauties in my shop the other day....and one happens to be my size...hmm...

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    after my first "long" ride...

    Alrighty, so I finally got the bike out on a "real" ride. This bike is super versatile. I rode the 8 miles to work at an easy pace. After work, I rode out west from Newark, DE towards Fair Hill, MD. There are a couple of decent hills on the way. Then, I ducked into a few miles of singletrack down to the creek, and back up and around some doubletrack. Finally, I hit the road again and cleaned some big hills before heading home on my commute route. All in all, about 35 miles.

    Damn, SSing on the road is a whole different beast than offroad. Rather than short bursts of power, it's long, grinding climbs out of the saddle. Definitely not setting any uphill speed records. I'm a strong SSer offroad, but after this road ride I was beat! I think gearing (42/17) is okay, I probably just have to build up the endurance.

    Still, it's a super fun ride, and it's great to be able to be fast on the road and hit singletrack all on the same bike. Good times!

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    nice saddle
    do they sell anything like that in the mens department
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    Damn, SSing on the road is a whole different beast than offroad. Rather than short bursts of power, it's long, grinding climbs out of the saddle. Definitely not setting any uphill speed records. I'm a strong SSer offroad, but after this road ride I was beat! I think gearing (42/17) is okay, I probably just have to build up the endurance.

    I rode 42/17 with my cyclecross tires this Winter and it's not bad if the hill isn't too steep or long. Just switched to my summer setup of 23mm road tires and 46/17. I can still get up the hills but it hurts. Cruising the flats is great though.
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    Does anyone know what availability is like now?

    I'm thinking about dropping the bombdiggity!

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    Depends on where you live. Over here on the West Coast, the shipment of Bianchi bikes is sitting down at the port, in their cargo container, stuck in a mile of paperwork. To add to the fun, one of the reps got up and quit spur of the moment. Basically, you'll be expecting a good delay no matter where you're purchasing a Bianchi......

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    You couldn't be more wrong. College Cyclery in Reno, NV had a 58 cm in stock and on the floor. I rode it. I rode it. I hemmed and I hawed like a old french maid. Then I got out the card and bought it up one side and down the other.

    Rides nice. pretty fast. Hopefully the front brake pads will mellow up and the fork
    chatter will lessen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    You couldn't be more wrong. College Cyclery in Reno, NV had a 58 cm in stock and on the floor. I rode it. I rode it. I hemmed and I hawed like a old french maid. Then I got out the card and bought it up one side and down the other.

    Rides nice. pretty fast. Hopefully the front brake pads will mellow up and the fork
    chatter will lessen.

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    wow, talk about spur of the moment, so how much was it ?
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    It wasn't that SOTM, but maybe a little. It was list price. 550 or something. I just put ferders on it. Will try to get some pics, but I refuse to post a pic of a bike without a rider on it. and Those around me refuse to take pictures of me on a bike. So Monday morning I'll go to the park with the tripod and take some timer shots.

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    Hey wolfy, in response, I was referring to availability of Bianchi product that isn't already on the shelves. That shop may have had the San Jose already from the last wave. Any new or special orders will be taking some time to get. Congratulations on your new San Jose! Definitely post some pics with fenders as I've yet to see one with guards on.

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    I've am in that line waiting for my 55cm san jose to get in. My LBS has the 52 and 58 in stock but I've been waiting for over a month now. If anyone knows of a shop in So. CA with a 55, PM me please!!!

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    Yeah, I know. They told me the same thing you did. I was just trying to be a smartass.

    Anyway here's some pics. Riding in the rain. Fenders work well. No bacon strip. BTW I was downtown yesterday and I said something to my buddy about how that suave leapord print might get wet and leave a bacon strip on my arse and this drunk boogereater said bacon strip, then something about his road bike when he was a kid and raved until we were out of sight. What is it about baconstrip that sets people off?

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    look kinda cramped in that. What's the TT measurement.
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    You think? TT is 570mm. They didn't have the 61 cm, which is a little longer, but the stand over on the larger bike is incompatible with my physiology. It feels pretty good. I'd hate to find out that the bike shop told me this one fit merely because it was the only one they had and they wanted to sell it.

    It feels balanced and cranking on it doesn't produce a bunch of instablity and wobble.

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    Looks like your bike is leaking paint

    I checked them out at the LBS and it looks like a good bang for the buck.
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    Dude, look at my quads! What do you expect?!?!?
    I expect to crank that bike into pieces by the end of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desurfer
    After work, I rode out west from Newark, DE towards Fair Hill, MD. There are a couple of decent hills on the way. Then, I ducked into a few miles of singletrack down to the creek, and back up and around some doubletrack. Finally, I hit the road again and cleaned some big hills before heading home on my commute route. All in all, about 35 miles.
    damn your ride home can take you through fair hill?? i am jealous. i am down there every chance i get on weekends. that place is my FAVORITE!!!

    but i can't complain i guess, my ride home takes me through wissahickon everyday (but i ain't takin my commuter on those trails).

    nice ride!

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    does anyone know what the rear spacing on the san jose is??

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    C'mon guys ! whats the rear spacing on that thing?

    If it is 130mm, can one use a ENO double freewheel or is the hub too small?

    In other words, how do I get a road gear and an off road gear on that same hub? Is it better to get a new hub? If so, does anyone know who makes 130mm flip flop hubs?
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    I recently got my 58 San Jose (after a 3 month wait). I'm a bit bummed b/c the top tube seems really short. I'm 6'2" and I ride a 58 Cannondale which fits great.
    After a substantial ride, my knees started to hurt. I put a more laid back post on it and moved the saddle all the way back on the rails and it could still be longer.
    It looks really sweet - I put a Brooks saddle and bar tape on it. Very classy, but it's not the ride all day fun bike I was hoping for b/c of the short top tube.
    I've had a Bianchi SS MTB and it was short too - I even had the 20.5. Maybe Bianchi just makes really short bikes. Anyone else have a similar problem?

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    ^^yeah, my DISS seems short compared to the stand over.

    i test rode a pista today. it seemed a good price at $450 new with a front brake but it's not exactly the bike i'm looking for. i'd like something with a flip flop rear in case i hate fixie. still it was basically my very first fixie experience and i'm not certain but i might just have liked it. what do you think of that price?

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    It's road spacing. Someone already posted that. What I think would be the best bet would be to put two cassette cogs on a regular road wheel and hub and two chainrings, one in place of the bash ring. Then match the total tooth count for no break adjustment, or fudge it a little since it's a track end. Shouldn't be too hard.

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    availability is good for now

    [QUOTE=wolfy]Does anyone know what availability is like now?

    I'm thinking about dropping the bombdiggity!


    I don't know how long they will be around but there seems to be good stock now.

    We just got every size in at The Path.

    I also am tempted.

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    Resisting temptation is for the unimaginative. Do it. I did. But before you do make them see how big a tire will fit on it!

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    WOOT!

    I just got one on friday... Super sweet ride.

    The brakes are kinda scary but I would imagine most brakes would be kinda scary at 235 lbs.

    Can't wait to build up a flip flop and maybe some midge bars!
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    I love the color and spec. I never leave any stock bikes alone, so little bits of upgrades will be fun and welcomed. Is the retail price around $560?

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    That Bianchi is really sweet and I have seen one recently. So, when I saw an article on cycling news about another single speed road bike it caught my attention. Unfortunately this isn't a cross bike but it looks nice. This one is a schwinn. I thought schwinn was Wally World only but maybe not. Any one here have any information on schwinn?

    Here is the schwinn.
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    I just got one of those

    unfortunately some idiot at the factory packed it without a fork brace and the fork came out of the box bent. It's been sitting at my LBS for 2 weeks. The owner is pissed, but I'm cool. I'll get it eventually. The only change I'll make is a Brooks B-17. When I test rode it I loved it.
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    Better late than never.
    Here is my San Jose with a few modifications.
    I got it last December and have been riding it nonstop, commuting 3-4 times a week and 1 road/off road ride on the weekends.
    This is my favorite rig!
    Has anyone else had issues with the stock wheels?
    I re-laced the rear wheel with some beefier spokes but still have to check it more than I would like to.
    I have another set built with Mavic CXP 33's to Paul WORD hubs but and trying to use those for the dirt.
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    Here's mine....

    Looks like I posted mine in the wrong forum. I posted some pictures over at the 29er Forum located here.




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    Yeah. The rear wheel sucks. Specifically the freewheel or the hub. Mine makes noise when cranking. I'll ride it until it explodes when I'm 10+ miles from home and it's about to rain, while my phone has 10 seconds of battery and I'm out of quarters and there aren't any payphones, or pedestrians, or citybusses nearby. Kind of like when I got a flat on the rear and the adjuster screw on my 20 year old cool-tool fell out and got hoplessly lost in the grass and I couldn't get the axle nuts off.

    I'm also thinking of trading out my slicks for the stock semi-knobies. I spin out too fast with slicks.

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    Paper Mill Road?

    Desurfer: I think I saw you cranking up Paper Mill road on your San Jose like the day after you posted your write up!
    Where did you pick it up? Henry's?
    I have been a Bianchi fan since I got my GUSS last summer and will definitely be looking to acquire a San Jose when I have the funds.
    Thanks for good write up of a very cool bike.

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    Has anyone replaced a rear wheel on the San Jose. Although not new to mountainbiking, I am new to the whole singlespeed thing and road biking thing. Thus, I am not knowledgable about the whole chainline measurement thing. Does anyone have a good suggestion for a new rear wheel? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudgeMorris
    Desurfer: I think I saw you cranking up Paper Mill road on your San Jose like the day after you posted your write up!
    Where did you pick it up? Henry's?
    I have been a Bianchi fan since I got my GUSS last summer and will definitely be looking to acquire a San Jose when I have the funds.
    Thanks for good write up of a very cool bike.
    That was probably me! I go up that hill out of Newark a lot. Yes, I bought it from Henry's in Pike Creek. Cool guys there. It's a great bike, you'll have a blast with it. I did a 50-miler yesterday on some pretty hilly roads, and I'm only about 1mph slower than when i had a geary bling racer. The limiting factor is the downhills, you can't gear up and crank!

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    Quite a nice ride for the loot.
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    WHERE IS IT?!?! / Tire suggestions

    I'm still waiting for mine to show up!?! I put money down on one and had it ordered about 6 weeks ago. The lbs called Bianchi and was told they were shipping it out the next day. (4 weeks ago) I'm going crazy! I'm not the most patient person when I'm waiting for something I want! Sorry. Just venting. Anyways, I was hoping to get tire suggestions from all u all. I am looking for an all around set of tires for what is going to be my do everything bike. This is going to be my townie. (Trips to Golden's 2nd largest brewery) My commuter/ bad weather commuter. I definately plan on taking it off road also. So what do you peeps think would suit me best for a do everything set of tires. I think I saw that the biggest tires this bike would accept were 38s. Thanx in advance for any suggestions. -Jarred

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    Nice pix Smokey,
    way to break it in!

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    San Jose rear wheel issue...

    [QUOTE=wolfy]Yeah. The rear wheel sucks. Specifically the freewheel or the hub. Mine makes noise when cranking. I'll ride it until it explodes when I'm 10+ miles from home and it's about to rain, while my phone has 10 seconds of battery and I'm out of quarters and there aren't any payphones, or pedestrians, or citybusses nearby. Kind of like when I got a flat on the rear and the adjuster screw on my 20 year old cool-tool fell out and got hoplessly lost in the grass and I couldn't get the axle nuts off.

    I'm also thinking of trading out my slicks for the stock semi-knobies. I spin out too fast with slicks.

    I just switched out the 17 tooth to a 16 on the rear wheel. I'm get annoying noises too. Any idea what the issue is?? Thanks.

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    I have been riding the **** out the San Jose for a few months now, mostly for commuting here in Chicago. I replaced the 17tooth on the rear wheel with a 16. Now I'm getting crazy annoying noise...click click click. Can anyone give me some advice on how to troubleshoot? I think I may go back to the 17 and replace the 42 with a 46....

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    Quote Originally Posted by largephantomD
    I have been riding the **** out the San Jose for a few months now, mostly for commuting here in Chicago. I replaced the 17tooth on the rear wheel with a 16. Now I'm getting crazy annoying noise...click click click. Can anyone give me some advice on how to troubleshoot? I think I may go back to the 17 and replace the 42 with a 46....
    I replaced my stock 17t with a 16t ACS CLAWS. Ive solved a few of the clicking noises after about 300 miles on my new sanjose.

    1 - the rear spokes were like overcooked noodles. I gave every one a full turn. The spoke holes in the hub are much bigger than the spokes, so there may be some movement right at the head unless the spokes are very tight. That solved the click, click, click every time the wheel went around.

    2 - the quicklink on the chain was put on the outside of my bike. There is minimal clearance to the bashring, and the quicklink will hit the bashring every time around. Check to see that your quicklink is on the inside of the chain and it won't contact the bashring.

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    tires

    Anyone seen how big a tire it'll take? I want to do a tour and not get beat to shizzle.

    What a fun bike!

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    It's a Baby!!!!

    Yep. Two days old and what a baby. I LOVE this bike. It's suprising how effortlessly the stock 42/17 climbs. Also, it's quick around town or country flats. I took it on some gnarly dirt roads, fields, and mud (In the Lake Champlain Islands in VT) and it performed. Already two people have stopped me and asked about the bike. Now... about the leopard print. I like that it's flashy but it looks like a girl's bike. I really mean no offense, Ladies! There is a decal that says "100% chick designed" on it. I'll live with it because the saddle is comfy. Overall? AWESOME! Best purchase ever. By the way, It's my first SS. Im hooked! I "was" a roadie. Now I'm a Cross/SSer!!!!!! Seems to fit my lifestyle as I'm also a telemark skier and canoer. Something very organic about all three ways of gittin' around. Oh... Im on a 61 (I'm 6' 1") and had them put a shorter stem
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    Anyone seen how big a tire it'll take? I want to do a tour and not get beat to shizzle.

    What a fun bike!

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    The San Jose is based on the Volpe frame. My Volpe will fit 700x35 in back -- 700x38 definitely buzzes the stays, even with a true wheel. Will take at least a 700x45 in front.
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    Anyone seen how big a tire it'll take? I want to do a tour and not get beat to shizzle.

    What a fun bike!

    -M

    Hey Wolfy,
    I am running Ritchey ZED race 700x42's....super plush and unbeatable off road!
    You do have to run about 15 psi to fit the tires through the brakes, then inflate.
    I put an extra link in the chain to back the wheel out from the stays, fit perfect.
    Don't know if they would be the best touring tread but for "Monster Cross" they are the key.
    Good luck!
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    You bastards!!!

    I just picked mine up today! It's smooth, silent, and SWEEEET! I'm 5'8" and ended up getting a 52cm. The top tube on the 55cm touched my figs. There's a some toe overlap at 3/9 o' clock when making tight 1 mph U-turns but it's irrelevant for real riding. I've rubbed my shoe a couple times and now I instinctively point my toes up when doing tight turns at slow speed. It's a freewheel, so you can position your cranks as needed.

    The last time I rode a single speed (BMX) was nearly 20 years ago when I was 13. I've gotten used to aluminum FS and hardtail mountain bikes in the last few years. And, I don't know if it's the larger wheels or the steel frame on this Bianchi, but on the road this bike rides like a Cadillac compared to my aluminum hardtail.

    For those of you who are riding hardtail MTB on the road when you can't get to the dirt, you should try this bike. It's smooth and maintains speed without bogging like a MTB.

    For you SoCal bastards who are interested, I bought mine from Kings Bicycle Store in Seal Beach on PCH. Mine was 1 of 4 they had in stock. They also had a couple Volpe's as well as a couple track bikes, and of course a rack full of bikes that cost more than my 4 year old car. It's a hardcore roadie shop, and the owner will spend a good chunk of his time fitting you. Not just telling you which size frame, but having you pedal your bike on rollers and intermittently checking your fit and making adjustments to your bike. Not your ordinary LBS for sure. Their service shop does top notch work, and they're more than happy to wrench MTBs. I had a new Marzocchi installed on my hardtail. Service manager rides a hardtail SS MTB.
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    hey does anyone know the bottom bracket height on the san jose ?
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    I was wondering if there is enough clearance to safely run the san jose fixed
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    A hipster on a desalvo fixie sait hi to me at a stoplight this morning. Does that mean I'm cool? Too bad I was leaning against the light pole spinning my cranks backwards. But I had finally decided to ditch the clipless and the daily Mr.Rogers shoe changing routine for Simple sneakers and rolled up carhardts. My I was looking sharp.

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    Not with the stock pedals as of now, But clipless are always a bit shorter. I had a pedal strike the other day coming fast down a hill going into a turn. Roadies are so fast...it's more fun than i imagined
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    I know a guy who put a flip-flop (free on one side, fixed on the other) on his san jose. He switches depending on how he feels. Just turn the tire around, So... YES! You can I just got a 49 San Jose for my girlfriend. We are in heaven. I road 60 miles yesterday. Serious climbs. bike performed well. I coast more on the ss than on my older rode bike (60/13!) but that's ok w/me. SINGLE SPEED IS ALL YOU NEED! RIDE! p.s. my new mantra is, "Every hill ends."

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    I'm expecting my San Jose to come in tomorrow sometime, and hopefully the LBS will have it built up so I can ride this weekend. Odd thing was that when I ordered it (monday), the owner called the factory to check on whether my size (58cm) was in stock, which it was, but apparently they are shipping a 2007 model.

    I was a little surprised, as I've not seen any publicity on the 2007 line. Anyone think that's fishy? The shop has a good reputation.

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    I got the same response as you did. They are phasing out the 06 for the 07's. It also comes in another color as well. Theres the regular bluish one as well as another one. Hopefully the 07 won't cost more, but im betting that it will. They did an upgrade on the wheels, but i dont know if they're going to be any better than the original. There are 28 spokes instead of 32 on the new ones. Have fun with it .
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    Quote Originally Posted by b12yan88
    I got the same response as you did. They are phasing out the 06 for the 07's. It also comes in another color as well. Theres the regular bluish one as well as another one. Hopefully the 07 won't cost more, but im betting that it will. They did an upgrade on the wheels, but i dont know if they're going to be any better than the original. There are 28 spokes instead of 32 on the new ones. Have fun with it .
    I was told it was an extra 20 bucks and that there wasn't any other choice in color, but maybe he meant there wasn't anything other than the original blue in stock.

    Glad to hear someone else had a similar experience. Wanted to make sure I wasn't getting hosed, even for a measly double sawbuck.

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    I just got mine today from Pacific up in San Francisco. I ordered it last Saturday, and it took six days to get from distribution to built up for me. The only thing I've done to it that's not stock is flip the stem and add my crank bros. pedals. I rode perhaps 15 miles on it this afternoon (a mix of flat dirt/gravel and road); and loved every minute of the ride. The only issues I had were from not being used to riding offroad without suspension (and having ridden exclusively road for the last year and a half).

    As things start wearing out, I will upgrade this bike into a high performance machine. First up will probably be a Chris King headset and a better fork; and of course the tires). What are the best options for tires for wet weather? The primary reason I got this for commuting is the simplicity, which should make riding in the rain less of a hassle.

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    I just got mine two days ago, luckily the bike shop had my size in stock (58cm). Great bike both on and off road. The only thing I have changed is the pedals and stem.


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    Here's me and my ride, on Monday after work (park is Sunnyvale Baylands, which is an excellent place to stop and read during those pesky commutes).


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    Here’s a sizing question for those of you who currently mount a San Jose. I’m definitely picking one of these bikes up, but I’m a little unsure of what size I need. I swung by the lbs yesterday and while they only had SJ’s in a 44 and 49 size, they had a full range of Volpe’s on hand (same geom). I’m just shy of 6’2” with a 33” inseam. I currently ride a 58 cm Trek 2000 with a ETT of about 58 cm. However, when I tried a 58 cm Volpe, the TT was a little too close to the boys, but I didn’t feel stretched out at all. The shop manager suggested a 55 cm, which will buy me another inch of clearance, but it shortens the ETT to about 56. I’d have to throw on a longer stem than the 110 they had on there. I was sitting a little more upright than on my Trek, but I didn’t feel too cramped (similar to wolfy’s pics).

    They’re building up a 55 cm ’07 for me (no ’06 left). I guess I’ll just have to wait a couple days and ride it. They’re pretty cool and said it wouldn’t be a problem swapping it out for a 58 cm if it fits like a straight jacket. It’s just the idea of a 6’2” me riding a 55 cm bike that creeps me out.

    This will be my project bike that I plan on commuting with, as well as storming some of the tamer single track around. Who knows, I might even find my self in my first cyclo-x race. I figure I’m going to suck anyways, so the lack of gears shouldn’t hurt me too bad.

    Thanks in advance for the feedback.

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    I'm 6-0 and I'm riding a 58cm San Jose. It's a wee bit tight, but I like it. I'm strictly an urban rider, with some forays out on to paved bike paths. A 57cm would probablly be a better fit for me, if they made it.

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    I'm 6' 3" with a 35" inseam and I went with a 58cm (they even had one in stock!). I found with the stock 120mm 15 degree stem that I felt too upright, the saddle was level with the bars. Luckily I had an old Ritchey WCS 130mm -6 degree stem lying around to swap with. I now feel I have achieved the right bar height and stretch.
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    cool bike... i am new, someone talk to me.

    hi, my name is Ben and i am new to these forums...

    i know nothing about bikes. literally nothing. all i know is how to pedal really hard and go fast. during my younger years as an overexcited child (i'm now 24, not much has changed) i chugged up and sped down any hill i could find... i rode a huffy fixed gear and a nishiki mountain bike. i stopped biking to skateboard (punk + ballet ... what more could a girl ask for?). once i got to SF at the age of 20, i purchased a specialized 21 speed mountain bike. i chugged up every hill and loved it... much joy was had with this bike until it was stolen... it broke my heart. i had my doubts about buying a bike since...

    with that said, i have decided to give bikes another shot - i bought a bianchi san jose 55... great bike... never have i gone so fast on a bike... it gets me around san francisco amazingly fast... my life has been a joy since.

    i usually skateboard around SF to get around, but it does get tiresome... it has been approximately 2 weeks since i bombed a hill. i'm not sure if i should, considering my board is broken.

    i'm glad to be riding this bike now... it makes me happy, and gets me around fast. BIKES ARE SWEET.

    now, what i would like to know - basic information. what will keep me safer? what should i know about the bike before i take it out? i'm mainly concerned about the thing breaking to pieces on me... i changed the pedals to something more strong, as recommended by the bike shop guy... but that's it. is there anything else i should change?

    well that's my story... kinda...

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    I've been trail riding with my San Jose for a while now, and I LOVEEEE IT. Everyone go take it out on the fireroads it's very lovely.
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    Do you guys have any toe overlap (front tire touching your shoe when cranks are horizontal) with your San Jose? Or is it just my 52cm?

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    mine is JUSTT right there. I still want to get shorter cranks when i can though. Just cause i get nervous when i pedal through a bank cause i pedal smacked one time
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    OK, what LBS still has 'em? in 49, maybe 44?

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    Not sure where you're located, but Continental Bike Shop in MI has '06 in both sizes. That's where I bought mine ('07 55cm). Good guys.

    http://continentalbikeshop.com/index.cfm

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipless
    Not sure where you're located, but Continental Bike Shop in MI has '06 in both sizes. That's where I bought mine ('07 55cm). Good guys.

    http://continentalbikeshop.com/index.cfm

    Clipless, you have an 07? Any chance of a photo so I can see the Hunter Green color? Thanks in advance.

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    I's love to, but mine's the washed out blue from '06. My lbs said that they made a few '07's that way. I had my choice between a blue and a green one, but they didn't have the hunter green in stock, and I liked the blue anyway. I'm not sure if it's the same green as the '06 Volpe or not. I'm not a huge fan of that green. Sorry, I wish I could have been more helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miracle bubbles
    Clipless, you have an 07? Any chance of a photo so I can see the Hunter Green color? Thanks in advance.


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    Perfect! Thank you so much. My lbs can only get the green now so I might have to shop around and try to find a blue after I ride the green one first to check sizing. I'm knda fond of the blue. Thanks again! Jeff

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    One last question Clipless. Does you 07 have the "upgraded wheels"? Do you think they are worth the extra 30 to 50 bucks my lbs is going to charge for the 07? Thanks again

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    I have the blue, but it's apparently a 2007 frame. I have the 2006 wheelset though. clipless, what are the specs on the wheels for the 2007 ?

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    Well my LBS finally got in the 07 green San Jose in a 58 for me to try. Sweet looking bike but I noticed that the wheel set was 06 spec. Asked about it and they said they didn't know anything about a new spec for 07. So I took it out and loved the ride, but it seemed a bit big. I don't have a lot of experience with road bikes so I'm going to try a 55 if I can find one to compare. I'm coming from a Specialized P.3 which has a tiny frame so it may be all in my head. I brought it back into the shop and saw the invoice/price. $600 plus tax. HMMMMMM.... The 06 they have in stock (a 49 I think) is $530. The only difference in the two bikes is the color of the paint as far as I can tell. $70 bucks for a new color of paint? I'm trying to track down an 06 in 55 to try now.

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    I just picked up a 49 for my wife. I knew that the bike might be too big and now I think it is. She is 5'4", I brought her road bike with me to compair demensions and all were pretty close but the stand over height!!! The geometry is really weird on this bike. I raised the seat to my liking and the bike fits me perfectly, I would need a longer stem, probably 100/110 to fit me properly, but I am thinking of keeping this for myself 5'10" 30" inseem and getting her a 44, that is if I can find one.

    Any have an opinion on this? I know one of the replies was from a guy who got one for his girlfriend.

    thanks

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    I sized mine based on standoever. I thought the 58 might be small, but I am anatomically incpompatible with the 61. I say take it back and get one that's perfect. You're too much taller than her to pull the switcheroo. I have the same problem. it's lamentable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    I sized mine based on standoever. I thought the 58 might be small, but I am anatomically incpompatible with the 61. I say take it back and get one that's perfect. You're too much taller than her to pull the switcheroo. I have the same problem. it's lamentable...

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    thanks for the reply,

    well she just got home for work and I had it set up for her. we went for a quick ride and she says she is completely comfortable and she looks right on it. I set all demenstions up exactly the same as her ruby (except for stand over) She has about an inch of clearence and she is only going to be on the road so its not as important as in the woods. but take a look at this pick, not much post coming out of the seattube. Not that it matters it just doenst look right


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    you can actually kind of see her ruby in the background, look how much post she has there. Now of course her ruby is a compact frame and the bianchi is much more traditional/

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    Looks fine. It's only a slightly sloping TT design so I don't think you should expect that much seat tube. I'm going to jump on mine ASAP and go get some Pizza.
    Get her a little basket. Chicks dig baskets. and fenders. and little pink streamers for the bar ends.

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    hub width?

    Does anyone know the rear hub spacing on the San Jose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy
    Does anyone know the rear hub spacing on the San Jose?

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    Mine measures 130mm. The hub flanges are very narrow, like it is a track hub with extra spacers to make it a 130. Since my SJ was too big (correct size out of stock in 2006), I placed all the components on a Surly frame, and needed a longer axle due to thicker dropouts.
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    Hey, somebody help me out... Finally got mine but the seatpost binder bolt got lost, fell out of the box. So I need a new one, but they come in lengths of 19mm, 22mm, and 27mm- which one to get???

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    Yesterday I changed my freewheel and I noticed it was a pain in the arse to line everything up again and get proper chain tension. After messing around with the rear axle I noticed the track ends are WAY to big for the [email protected] It has enough room in there to move up and down in the track ends! WTF? No wonder I was having such a hard time centering my wheel and properly tensioning my chain. I wonder why that has happened>? anyone else have similar findings>?

    just to clear it up... the rear axle has play vertically in the drops as if the axle is too small in diameter. this sucks! ! ! ! !
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadiegonebad
    Hey, somebody help me out... Finally got mine but the seatpost binder bolt got lost, fell out of the box. So I need a new one, but they come in lengths of 19mm, 22mm, and 27mm- which one to get???
    I threw a tape on mine last night. I didn't have a metric one handy, and I'm not sure how they're measured, but my binder bolt was just shy of 1.2 inches in total length, which is about 30.5 mm. I hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMOKEY
    Yesterday I changed my freewheel and I noticed it was a pain in the arse to line everything up again and get proper chain tension. After messing around with the rear axle I noticed the track ends are WAY to big for the [email protected] It has enough room in there to move up and down in the track ends! WTF? No wonder I was having such a hard time centering my wheel and properly tensioning my chain. I wonder why that has happened>? anyone else have similar findings>?

    just to clear it up... the rear axle has play vertically in the drops as if the axle is too small in diameter. this sucks! ! ! ! !

    I used redline chain tugs. Picked them up for 10 bux a PAIR at danscomp. They made it easy to dial in chain tension, and the slots fit nicely in the track ends.

    http://www.danscomp.com/440057.php?cat=PARTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipless
    I threw a tape on mine last night. I didn't have a metric one handy, and I'm not sure how they're measured, but my binder bolt was just shy of 1.2 inches in total length, which is about 30.5 mm. I hope that helps.

    THANKS, Clipless... could I ask you a big favor and have you measure it one more time... with bolt and nut removed, then screwed back together all the way, then measured across inside the bolt/nut flanges. Thanks again.

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    Is it fix-able?

    Does anyone know if the stock rear hub is threaded for a fixed cog (w/ track lockring)? I have a feeling it is not, but I don't have a freewheel tool to find out. Thanks! I live in Florida now and this utter flatness is giving me the urge to stop coasting.

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    It is not. But the rear spacing is also NOT 130. It's not 135 either. But it's also not 120. More like 132.5. Road or MTN work. What does all this mean? It means when my Miche track cog arrives tomorrow I'll be able to use my Surly flipflop hub.

    Yippie-by-god-skippie!

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    I loved my san jose. Then some punk ass kids stole it. They stole my brothers, too , but I caught the kid riding it around town and shoved him off and got my bro's bike back. But mine is gone, and now im San Joseless.
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    does anyone get extreme brake shudder in the front ? I retrued my wheels to reasonable tolerances and checked my brakes and i still get it. I never toe in my brake pads, do you think that will work ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by desurfer
    Does anyone know if the stock rear hub is threaded for a fixed cog (w/ track lockring)? I have a feeling it is not, but I don't have a freewheel tool to find out. Thanks! I live in Florida now and this utter flatness is giving me the urge to stop coasting.
    The stock hub is not threaded for a lockring. If you want to go fixed, look at a new wheelset from IRO. Their wheels have flip-flop hubs. That is the one thing I upgraded on my San Jose; I have the stock 17t freewheel on one side and a 16t fixed cog on the other. Since I got the fixed cog, I find that am am commuting my 13.5 miles each way fixed now, it is a lot of fun. Although someone else said that the wheels for the San Jose are not 135, the wheelset I got from IRO was 135 and it fits and works fine.

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    The bianch thread is dead!

    Long live the bianchi thread!!


    I get that shudder too. This pic is of a bigger drop than it looks. I'm not sure that fork is going to hack it forever. It was flexing a lot when I hit.

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    thats it, i'm going up to the LBS to have a look at one of these!


    arg. you guys are troublemakers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    Long live the bianchi thread!!


    I get that shudder too. This pic is of a bigger drop than it looks. I'm not sure that fork is going to hack it forever. It was flexing a lot when I hit.

    -M
    My San Jose morphed to a CrossCheck, but the fun in the same. If I only had one bike, this would be it!

    OT: Where did you get those knickers? Brand name? As an old mountaineer / backcountry skier, I love knickers and they are great winter gear on the bike as well. I have not found any Ilike and those look great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by euroford
    thats it, i'm going up to the LBS to have a look at one of these!


    arg. you guys are troublemakers!
    No kidding! This thread will show how I got 3 singlespeeds, including a San Jose, in just over a month.
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    Here's mine!!!

    I use it for commuting 8 miles (one way) to work 2-3 times a week. I would ride to work more often if it wasn't for my snooze button.
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    Bump....how are they holding up? I've been thinking about building a "cheap" ss and I have a bianchi virata road bike (beautiful bike)...but damn, the san jose looks like a hell of a deal. Any word on the '07s?

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    I just got my first cross bike as well. It has gears though. I like gears on the road.

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    Has anyone put this thing on the scale? I'm thinking low 20s?

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    Is anyone on a Bianchi Roger yet???

    I know it has disc brake's which are not to UCI standard's (not important to me) but it has different wheelsets from the San Jose. Oh, and the white looks pretty damn *****'n too.
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    Roger you ask? I thought that I would share my compromise between the Bianchi Roger and the San Jose. Best of both worlds?




    Used San Jose: $350
    Self built wheel: $20 cxp22 rim, $20 WTB Speed XC hub, $40 spokes
    Avid BB7: $50 NOS
    Generic carbon fiber fork: $100

    Total: $580.

    In total, I have just over 1200 miles on my San Jose. I recently switched to bull horns with CC 200TT levers. Riding on the horns is really not much different from riding on the hoods. I have no complaints now that the fork chatter with the stock setup is gone. Also, kool stops are key if you keep the canti brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xJAHx
    Roger you ask?
    In total, I have just over 1200 miles on my San Jose. I recently switched to bull horns with CC 200TT levers. Riding on the horns is really not much different from riding on the hoods. I have no complaints now that the fork chatter with the stock setup is gone. Also, kool stops are key if you keep the canti brakes.
    Sweet setup. With 1200 miles on it, I would have to guess you are enjoying it. Are you mostly commuting or are you getting in the dirt as well?
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    Wow, that is a really nice build you did there.

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    I would say that about 1000 of the 1200 miles have been on the streets of Pittsburgh. My parents live right down the street from Speedgoat, and as such about 200 miles have been on the trails in the Laurel Highlands. I have been impressed with how she handles the logging trails.

    I built a new wheel for the rear, so that I can go fixed for the winters in Pittsburgh.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

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    I'll go check out a 52cm san jose this week but I'm trying to get a feel for sizing. I ride a 53cm bianchi virata (roadbike) and the bike is about as big as I can ride comfortably. The standover on the 52 san jose is about the same as mine and I think the top tube is close. I'm 5'7" with a 29-30" inseam....does anyone my size ride a san jose? What size? I ask because the bianchi dealer is 120 miles away.

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    san jose vs. van dessel CRB

    How does the san jose compare to the country road bob? Which one would make a better commuter?

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    Bob doesn't have fender mounts on the front. You need those when you commute. unless you're a fair weather commuter. Other than that it's kickass.

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    Rode my SJ down some dirt trail on the way home today cause it's light again and my fixie tires went flat. Paced a dude on a nomad cause I'm that 'core.

    Anyway, it's such a fun bike!

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    Where to buy it in Europe

    Hi,

    this is my first message, so greetings to all from Spain!

    Well, SJ is definitively a very nice bike and I'm in love with it, but it is hard to find here, and Bianchi doesn't answer to my requests regarding that question...

    Someone knows an european on-line store where to purchase it?

    Thanks and best regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Root
    Hi,

    this is my first message, so greetings to all from Spain!

    Well, SJ is definitively a very nice bike and I'm in love with it, but it is hard to find here, and Bianchi doesn't answer to my requests regarding that question...

    Someone knows an european on-line store where to purchase it?

    Thanks and best regards.
    Welcome to MTBR.

    Here is the contact page from Bianchi Italy:
    http://www.bianchi.it/en/contacts/contacts.aspx

    Here is the dealer search page for International dealers:
    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/intlsearch.html

    This page might help:
    http://www.bianchi.it/index.aspx

    Good luck!
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    freakin sweet! i have a couple bianchi's myself and can't get enough..

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Welcome to MTBR.

    Here is the contact page from Bianchi Italy:
    http://www.bianchi.it/en/contacts/contacts.aspx

    Here is the dealer search page for International dealers:
    http://www.bianchi-intl.com/intlsearch.html

    This page might help:
    http://www.bianchi.it/index.aspx

    Good luck!
    Hi.

    I've already tried to reach Bianchi thru the addresses in the first URL with no success. By the way, the second one has nothing to do with bikes.

    I'm going to try it again, and again, and again...

    Thanks anyway and best regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Root
    Hi.

    I've already tried to reach Bianchi thru the addresses in the first URL with no success. By the way, the second one has nothing to do with bikes.

    I'm going to try it again, and again, and again...

    Thanks anyway and best regards.
    While using Google, I saw "bianchi" and "International dealers"; I guess I should learn to read as well, huh?
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    I just bought a blue San Jose, and it came with a flip flop hub- 17T freewheel x 17T fixie. The website only states freewheel- anyone else get this setup stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy aka Rut
    Is anyone on a Bianchi Roger yet???
    I'm interested in this too, yes the San Jose looks mouth watering, but that all white Roger with discs...

    anyone on one?
    single speed bikes, single coil pickups.

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    timeless

    TBS is timeless, everyone knows that. we're all in the same boat. ride, eat/drink, fart, repeat... resistance is futile

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    Yeah, I know. They told me the same thing you did. I was just trying to be a smartass.

    Anyway here's some pics. Riding in the rain. Fenders work well. No bacon strip. BTW I was downtown yesterday and I said something to my buddy about how that suave leapord print might get wet and leave a bacon strip on my arse and this drunk boogereater said bacon strip, then something about his road bike when he was a kid and raved until we were out of sight. What is it about baconstrip that sets people off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by clipless
    Not sure where you're located, but Continental Bike Shop in MI has '06 in both sizes. That's where I bought mine ('07 55cm). Good guys.

    http://continentalbikeshop.com/index.cfm
    I'll second continental. I bought a Volpe from them and they will really good folks.

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    mo' choices.

    Quote Originally Posted by jtpowers
    I just bought a blue San Jose, and it came with a flip flop hub- 17T freewheel x 17T fixie. The website only states freewheel- anyone else get this setup stock?
    I shopped this bike about 5 weeks ago. Floor model was flip-flop but the salesman said Bianchi will deliver them either way. I think the 2006 was freewheel only.

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    Mine

    Love it.
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    Any news on the '08 models yet? Color, specs... I couldn't find anything on it after Eurobike, but I guess it's not sold there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [un]
    Any news on the '08 models yet? Color, specs... I couldn't find anything on it after Eurobike, but I guess it's not sold there.
    pretty much the same specs. only comes in green according to the bianchi rep i talked to about it last week. i hope he is mistaken, i really like that blue.
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    I agree, the blue was so much better! British racing green is kind of cool too but doesn't beat the blue. Anyone here selling a blue 49 frame ;-)

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    I might pull the trigger on one of these. I stopped by the shop last night and weighed a 49 cm - 20.5 pounds with pedals and both fixed and freewheel cogs. I like the idea of swapping tires and running it fixed for winter training, and being able to ride it as is for Cross riding. I'm still trying to figure out what size to get 55 or 58. I rode a 58 Castro Valley at the shop (same frame geo) and it seemed alright. Unfortunately they didn't have a 55 to ride. I normally ride a 56 cm road bike. I'm not too worried about standover - more about top tube length and tendency to endo - I'll likely swap stems on either bike to get the right reach. SO is it better to have a short stem - long top tube or short top tube - long stem. I'm leaning toward the shorter stem.

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    Stem

    Quote Originally Posted by kdiddy
    I'm leaning toward the shorter stem.
    Good way to lean. Anything longer than 120mm looks and will probably ride goofy with drop bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats
    Good way to lean. Anything longer than 120mm looks and will probably ride goofy with drop bars.
    i ride midges w/ 135/40º stem. handling is spot on.
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    Ah yes...

    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    i ride midges w/ 135/40º stem. handling is spot on.
    The 40 degree stem... Point taken! I have a filet-brazed Breezer stem that goes almost straight up for miles.

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    Green or Blue they are fun bikes.
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    heard today that the blue was gone for 2008, now green and ... cream! Only a few days before interbike.

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    Is it fair than in Italy the full SS line of Bianchi is unknown and impossible to have?!?

    Bianchi itself says that the wont distribute any of them here....

    Fausto Coppi soul think to us ......

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    What's your tire set up?

    Quote Originally Posted by bike_daemon
    Green or Blue they are fun bikes.
    Those look nice and big...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlyfats
    Those look nice and big...
    The front is a 44 and the rear is a 32.

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    crossscheck riders ? opinion anybody

    Been thinking about getting a san jose, but surly's crosscheck looks pretty interesting. I know that the crosscheck can be run with multiple gears but that doesnt really factor into the equation for me as I'm going to run it fixed if I can hack it, or SS if I can't. My biggest concern is tire clearance and ride quality. Love to hear from anybody thats ridden both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddybiker
    Been thinking about getting a san jose, but surly's crosscheck looks pretty interesting. I know that the crosscheck can be run with multiple gears but that doesnt really factor into the equation for me as I'm going to run it fixed if I can hack it, or SS if I can't. My biggest concern is tire clearance and ride quality. Love to hear from anybody thats ridden both.
    I bought a San Jose with a buddy, since we got a great deal by buying two bikes at once. Turned out the 58cm I needed was not available, so I bought a 61cm, knowing the build kit alone was worth what I paid for the bike. I did not understand the geometry difference in cross bikes, so it was quite large for me, even at 6'3" with a 36" inseam.

    I bought a CrossCheck frame, transferred the parts to it, and sold the San Jose frame. It is tough to remember the San Jose ride, but they both ride sweet, like steel frames. The fact that the San Jose was too tall and too long makes it hard for a fair comparison, and I only rode it for a week. I did not dislike the San Jose, and only got the Surly, since I would have had to wait about 4 months for a San Jose in my size.

    I have a bucket load of miles on the CrossCheck now, with quite a lot of dirt miles.
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    My 2005 San Jose has 2668 miles on it

    I Build my Own Wheels. I took the stock wheels off. The rear wheel is made up with a
    Pauls Large Flange Hub, Sun ME14a Rim and DT Spokes.
    I Run it Fixxed with a 42-17 gear.

    This is My Mostly Winter and Rainy Day Comuter. I live in the Far Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and ride to work everyday.
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    Hi, anybody knows the weight of the San jose?
    is it 22lbs?
    thanks.

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    do you know the weight of the San jose?
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbonbon
    do you know the weight of the San jose?
    thanks
    My 52cm was 21lbs

    I crashed on my Mountain bike couple weeks ago and my Left shoulder has been sore.
    My shoulder hurts when I rode in the drops. As I said before this is my Nasty weather commuter. So I put a Flat bar on it. Still fixxed! I had an old Blue Ano Control tech in my old parts Inventory
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    Bianchi in the UK

    i have been following this thread and its slow growth over the months and its what initially alerted me to its very existance in the first place, so thought i would send in a pic of mine over here in Blighty. Apologies for poor photo, it was taken at lunchtime today a few hours before the Queen Vic's maiden voyage from southampton docks.

    the bike has been brilliant and is used daily for the commute and is more often than not my weapon of choice when going out to play at the weekends.
    Why they aren't available in the UK i don't understand. I had to import mine from the States but it still worked out to be incredible value. The Midges and Brooks tape have been the only changes so far, made to compliment the retro look of the paint job.

    3000 miles and no problems save 2 punctures.

    I've gone and done it now haven't i?
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    Any tall riders?

    I am 6'4" and looking at a 58" San Jose. It seems to feel OK but I don't have much experience with road/cross/bianchi frames. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by asellars
    I am 6'4" and looking at a 58" San Jose. It seems to feel OK but I don't have much experience with road/cross/bianchi frames. Any advice?
    youre an inch taller than me, and my 58cm fits great. in fact, i put just a tad shorter stem than stock. the 61cm is pretty frickin huge.
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    Well, this thread convinced me that I should commute year round here in Minnesota.

    Thanks guys, the wife is really, really happy with me.


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    Same here. This thread convinced me to get one too. I ordered it today with a deposit, and they told me it should only take about a week to get it in. I'm so excited that I don't think I'm going to be able to sleep all week.....well, okay, maybe not all week.

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    Okay, I've got an update. I finally was able to pick my bike up on Monday. When I got home I had about a half hour of sunlight left and slew of other things that I still needed to do. So I waited until Tuesday to really take it out and spin if for a while. It was worth the wait though. This bike is so much fun to ride!

    Mine is a fresh '08, it has a flip-flop rear complete with a threaded 15t cog and lock-ring, and a 16t freewheel. To my understanding this is not typical, the rep said there was a small batch that came out this way for whatever reason, and I just happened to get one. Also, my saddle does not have the leopard print stripe (which I thought was a bit funky anyways). I don't know if this is a change for '08 or not because there were some '08 Pistas at the shop that still had them. By any means, I was relieved because I was originally planning to swap the saddle out for anything without leopard print (no offense to those who have this).

    On a side note, there was actually a Bianchi issued Sella Italia TRimatic 2 Saddle with Magnesium rails hanging from a rack that I couldn't resist, so I ended up purchasing it before even giving my stock saddle a real chance. As it turns out, I think the stock saddle is very comfortable for the type of riding I will be doing on this bike, and may just keep it on. Consequently, if anybody wants a good deal on Sella, PM me, I'll work out a deal.

    Okay, okay...on to the actual bike. This bike is fantastic! I will primarily be using this for a city/urban commuter, and a just all around fun bike. It will probably never see a trail here in the city, minus some light dirt paths around the Back Bay, so I will be unable to comment on its cross performance. However, if you are planning on using this as an all around commuter or city bike, just do it, you will not regret it.

    Right now Im running the free-wheel side until I get completely comfortable with the bikes handling, as I will be new to the whole fixed gear concept (always seemed extremely dangerous, but I now get why it would be fun). First thing I did was hit one of the steepest hill around here (which we don't have a whole lot of) to see if I could make it up. No problem! I was utterly surprised at how well this bike is geared. Great for smaller hills and inclines, and perfect for around town commuting. I truly couldn't have come up with a better gear ratio if I had been building it myself.

    The brakes? For this price range, awesome. Tons of surface area on these Cane Creeks really stop bike on a dime when needed. They were much more responsive than I initially expected.

    Handling is great for around town, very light and crisp, and Im sure suitable for cyclocross. The geometry and riding position on the San Jose are among the most comfortable I've ever experienced. Once again, for riding through the city, on the streets, and on some paths, I think its perfect: relaxed enough to not strain your neck and back while trying to keep alert of cars and other obstacles.

    I was apprehensive about the 32c all-terrain tires that come on the bike, since it was never really going to be on the dirt. I really wanted to swap them out for more street worth slicks maybe in a 25c 28c sizing for lower rolling resistance and noise. The tech at the shop talked me out of it though, and told me to give them a shot. So I did, and to my surprise they are not that bad it all. The extra sidewall and meat on the tire add some cush for unexpected potholes, seams, and cracks that you may encounter. Unlike the 700x23's Contis (which by the way, I really like) that I have on my Peugeot, I do not feel every single flaw in the road vibrate up through my elbows and into my shoulders. While I know part of this is due to the differences in frames, having larger tires definitely helps to soak up vibrations. While I will most likely switch to a quieter street tire with less rolling resistance in the future, the WTB's will work just fine for now.

    My only gripe with this bike is that while everything seems so simple, solid, and bomb proof, I do have a mechanical clicking noise that is coming from somewhere in the bottom bracket. You only hear it clicking when spinning at higher revolutions or when really torquing on the cranks (like going up a hill). Im not sure if this is a bearing related problem or what. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it typical on a new bike (I wouldn't know, I haven't bought a new bike for 12 years)? Does it just need breaking in, or do I need to take it back to the shop and have them check it out? I really hope I don't have to take it up to the shop, because it means dismantling the wheels, cramming everything in my little trunk, and driving a half hour on the freeway (if there is no traffic). On the other hand, I really would like it to get resolved, for this bike is so quiet and smooth, I would hate to have to live with this clicking noise in the bottom bracket.

    Suggestions, comments, questions are all welcomed. Thanks

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    Take it back. It shouldn't be making noise, and you might be messing up your cranks, although I'm sure that would be covered under warranty. Also, try it fixed. I was a bit hesitant about that too, but it really is a blast to ride fixed geared. Cheers.

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    Yes, agreed. The cranks should not be making noise, take it back. Even if they do not find what it is, at least you have brought it to their attention if it becomes something more later on.

    And yes, learn to ride fixed. It is very fun and a good workout. I learned on the paths of a city park away from traffic, and knowing I had grass around in case I went down. Never did.

    Here is a great fixed gear tutorial at 63xc.com (link). It is very detailed and might seem like too much, but I now ride fixed off road on my MTB, thanks to learning these skills.
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    I had the same noise on my new San Jose. Something is probably loose. When I took it in for my 30 day free tune-up the sound disappeared.

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    same here, mine turned out to be my left spd making the noise.

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    congrats on your new bike! you'll love your jose. i put 23 more miles on mine commuting earlier today. its a great city bike.

    re: the ticking... if it was in the bb it would most likely do it all the time rather than intermittently or generally under load, though its still a possibility. but there's no need to take it back until you rule a couple of things out.

    1. make sure your chainring bolts are tight. loose chainring bolts will make a ticking sound under grunt and are the most common culprit for what youve described.
    2. make sure the crank bolts are snugged down. they will sometimes loosen up during the first few rides.
    3. make sure your pedals are snugged, have washers installed, and crank/washer/pedal interface is greased.

    that all being said, its most likely the chainring bolts. for some odd reason one or more have been loose on most every san jose we've gotten in.

    if none of the above alleviates the issue take it back in.

    oh yeah, and turn your rear wheel around to the correct side!
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    Well, after getting my San Jose this past weekend, I've ridden it to work (10-miles each way) Mon, Tues, and today. (I wimped out on Wed due to a snowstorm and my acute lack of studded tires) The bike is perfect for my commute.

    The gearing is great for my flat, 99% bike trail ride in to work, and it is a LOT faster and more responsive than the Specialized Crossroads I had used to fair-weather commute the last several years.

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    Frame weigth...

    Anyone know the weigth of the frame/fork alone?

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    A lot of those came with the bb flipped backwards. the bb is not symmetric so this effects the chainline. The chainring is too close to the frame and the sound you hear is the chain ticking the guard. the bb is marked right and left but it is just a sticker and whoever has the job of applying stickers was asleep at the wheel. pull the bb (or have your shop do it) knock the cups off and switch them (there is also a little black collar that is meant to keep the crank from tightening on too far on the old right side that should be flipped to the new right side but if it were just tossed it would be no great loss). this should scoot your crank out just a bit to the right (the distance from each crankarm to each chainstay should be closer to equal now too) and the chainline should be straight enough that it no longer makes noise.

    Good luck and enjoy your sweet new ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannybob
    A lot of those came with the bb flipped backwards. the bb is not symmetric so this effects the chainline. The chainring is too close to the frame and the sound you hear is the chain ticking the guard. the bb is marked right and left but it is just a sticker and whoever has the job of applying stickers was asleep at the wheel. pull the bb (or have your shop do it) knock the cups off and switch them (there is also a little black collar that is meant to keep the crank from tightening on too far on the old right side that should be flipped to the new right side but if it were just tossed it would be no great loss). this should scoot your crank out just a bit to the right (the distance from each crankarm to each chainstay should be closer to equal now too) and the chainline should be straight enough that it no longer makes noise.

    Good luck and enjoy your sweet new ride.

    First off, I'd like to say "Wow!" and thanks to everyone with their input, it is greatly
    appreciated. I took the bike back to the shop over the weekend, they rode it, and acknowledged the sound. So I watched the General Manager take the cranks and the BB out. It was pretty dry in there, so he greased it up real well, put everything back together, oiled up the chain, said everything looked nice a tight, and took it for a spin. They told me that the BB that came stock on this bike is a pretty cheap disposable type, and that there may be the possibility that there was a an irregular bearing. At first it seemed that greasing up the BB worked and cured the problem. However, I have been noticing that the noise is starting to become apparent again. Especially, 10 to 15 minutes into a ride.

    dannybob- I think you are on to something. How can I be sure that my BB is one of the ones that was backwards, before I have them tear it out again?

    Thanks again to everyone.

    And BTW, even though I've been having this minor issue, I want everyone to know that the bike still rocks and I absolutely love it!

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    If the drive-side crank is closer to the chainstay than the left crank, it is backwards. You can probably get your finger between the left side and the frame; the right side, no way.

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    Does anyone know the stock BB spindle length for use with the Sugino XD cranks? I moved these cranks and BB over to another bike (which I sold), and I of course forgot to record the spindle length.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfh
    The stock hub is not threaded for a lockring. If you want to go fixed, look at a new wheelset from IRO. Their wheels have flip-flop hubs. That is the one thing I upgraded on my San Jose; I have the stock 17t freewheel on one side and a 16t fixed cog on the other. Since I got the fixed cog, I find that am am commuting my 13.5 miles each way fixed now, it is a lot of fun. Although someone else said that the wheels for the San Jose are not 135, the wheelset I got from IRO was 135 and it fits and works fine.

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    Just picked up a blue San Jose on eBay.

    Will the rear dropout accept a Surly 135 mm double-sided freewheel hub laced to a WTB Dual Duty 28 mm rim?

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    The rear spacing is 130mm. The Surly hub does not use spacers to reach that 135mm, so you cannot simply make the adjustment at the hub. You will need to re-space the rear, which plenty of people have done.

    Also, the 28mm rim will clear, but is a bit wide in my opinion. You will most likely run 30c to 35c cyclocross tires. I am not certain what the tread profile would look like for a 30c tire on a 28c rim.

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    Supposing I wanted a San Jose for Monstercross instead of commuting, what is the max rear tire size? 45mm would be really great

    -Rob.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcycle
    Supposing I wanted a San Jose for Monstercross instead of commuting, what is the max rear tire size? 45mm would be really great

    -Rob.
    if youre wanting to do a monstercross, i would suggest the crosscheck. chainstay and bridge clearance on the jose is going to be very, very tight for a 45.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    if youre wanting to do a monstercross, i would suggest the crosscheck. chainstay and bridge clearance on the jose is going to be very, very tight for a 45.
    I've been considering that. One more nudge in that direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcycle
    I've been considering that. One more nudge in that direction.

    -Rob.
    [nudge... nudge...]
    here's a shot of my mtn jose with stock 700x32/30...



    and heres a shot of my commuter jose with 700x35...





    note that with 700x35 smoothies there is very little clearance. dont get me wrong, its a great bike, just not one to consider if monster cross is ever in its future.

    conversely, a cross check will easily hold 29x1.8's with room for mud.

    im about to replace my green jose with a cross check for this very reason.
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    Oh

    Word. Just got mine back from the shop. New Bontrager tires, and they fixed the bb spacing issue that plagued the bike since I got it...
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    Monogod, where is the wheel in the dropouts when that picture was taken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yz400e
    That Bianchi is really sweet and I have seen one recently. So, when I saw an article on cycling news about another single speed road bike it caught my attention. Unfortunately this isn't a cross bike but it looks nice. This one is a schwinn. I thought schwinn was Wally World only but maybe not. Any one here have any information on schwinn?

    Here is the schwinn.
    https://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php...006/news/05-12

    I had the Madison. It just wasn't right, and was a bit of a pig. Sold it and got a Pista, and all is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannybob
    If the drive-side crank is closer to the chainstay than the left crank, it is backwards. You can probably get your finger between the left side and the frame; the right side, no way.
    Wow, I never knew that. I've been riding it for over two years and I think mine is backwards. I can barely get a finger between the chainstay and the drive side crankarm (at the pedal), but there's plenty of room on the left side. Is it bad to ride like this? I've tried to pull the cranks before but end up stripping the threads when using the crank puller. Should I just leave it as is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robcycle
    Monogod, where is the wheel in the dropouts when that picture was taken?

    -Rob.
    smack in the middle on both bikes. but moving them to the very rear of the drop would only pick up about 1/8" or so on both sides because of the shape of the stays.

    when i was trying other tyres i was mounting them and then trying them with the wheel as far back in the drops as possible, and the 1.8's just weren't fitting in. looks like the bonty 1.75's will fit, but mud clearance will be mighty tight so im still gonna ditch the green jose for a crosscheck.

    that being said, the jose is an awesome bike and rides great both on and off road so you wont go wrong getting one unless you want fatty tyres with lots of mud clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by desurfer
    I've tried to pull the cranks before but end up stripping the threads when using the crank puller.
    screw more of the puller into the crank threads and you wont strip them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    screw more of the puller into the crank threads and you wont strip them.
    It was all the way in; sucker wouldn't budge. I'm going to keep trying, but the LBS sure got them on solid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by desurfer
    It was all the way in; sucker wouldn't budge. I'm going to keep trying, but the LBS sure got them on solid.
    make sure you are using a puller for square taper cranks.

    some pullers have interchangeable tips for isis/s.t., so if youre using one of these make sure you have the right tip in.
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    Couldn't let the thread die...

    Got my first ride on mine yesterday:















    Fun bike!

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    So I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a San Jose after test-riding a Pista at my LBS. 2 questions for you guys:

    * what pedals are you using? I'm going to be commuting and some light training/off-road stuff (haven't ridden a bike regularly in years). I want to start wth clips and eventually get some kind of clip-ins, but what has worked for you all?

    * to resolve the question of the flip-flop hub: the guy helping me said he was "sure" this had a flip-flop, but that I might need to buy a fixed cog to run fixed. Is that true?

    thanks for helping a n00b out.

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    So my LBS called the other day to tell me that the San Jose I ordered back in September was in. I since pulled the trigger on a LeMond Poprad, so I wasn't too interested. They just laughed and said it was mine if I want it, but they should have no problem selling it if I don't. Bottom line, if it's in stock, pull the trigger. It sounds like Bianchi makes these in batches with huge gaps between production runs. I know where you can get a 55 / 56 cm if anyone is looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by automaticslim
    So I finally pulled the trigger and ordered a San Jose after test-riding a Pista at my LBS. 2 questions for you guys:

    * what pedals are you using? I'm going to be commuting and some light training/off-road stuff (haven't ridden a bike regularly in years). I want to start wth clips and eventually get some kind of clip-ins, but what has worked for you all?

    * to resolve the question of the flip-flop hub: the guy helping me said he was "sure" this had a flip-flop, but that I might need to buy a fixed cog to run fixed. Is that true?

    thanks for helping a n00b out.
    *shimano spd on the mtn scorcher greenie with drop bars, and flats on the blue commuter with space bars.

    *yes
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    Got mine running today and couldn't be happier!

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    Got mine going today and couldn't be happier!

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    Specs:

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    After drooling on the same San Jose in the LBS for more than year I went over today and picked it up. Hell the thing had been sitting there for over a year, in my size, and I decided that it was my duty to liberate the poor thing.

    Looking forward to many, many miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scary Mc
    Looking forward to many, many miles.
    ... and pics

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    Here's mine

    This thread seems to be the biggest info on the web for this bike. My version, not a cyclocross scene here at all in the desert. Except the cross vegas for interbike now. My bike is used for commuting and riding on the local paved trail system. Which generally has alot of washed out areas of big rock thrown around by illegal atv use. Any way, Switched the bars and saddle to my preferance. The tires are panaracer tserv 28c. Not enough for off road use , but they handle rough surface good. Running 44x16 on the gears. Very, very smooth ride. No issues at all with the bike. Fits great and handles really well.
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    Super Commuter Mode...

    I made some changes:
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    Shimano Nexus 8 Hub w Mavic open Sport
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    I use the rack cause messenger bags lead to pain. It's ok though cause I wear knickers (schpants) most of the time. But with nothing on my back it's much cooler.

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    San Jose

    Here is mine, set up with road tires/fixed. When I ride on the trails I have some Bontragers and ride it on the freewheel side. Still have the clunking from the freewheel when I use that, even after having the shop switch the BB around, and lube the freewheel. Does anybody else find this bike to have a lot of shudder in the front when using the front brake?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pomalift
    Here is mine, set up with road tires/fixed. When I ride on the trails I have some Bontragers and ride it on the freewheel side. Still have the clunking from the freewheel when I use that, even after having the shop switch the BB around, and lube the freewheel. Does anybody else find this bike to have a lot of shudder in the front when using the front brake?
    Cheers
    clunking from the fw is just a cheap fw.

    regarding your brakes... for one thing your pads are not toed in. that alone can very well cause it. glazing will also cause it, as will cheap pads. if toeing them in correctly and reseating the pads doesnt resolve it, try some koolstop mtb pads or even some xtr inserts.

    also, check your headset tension and brake bolts. if either are loose they can contribute to shudder under braking.

    next time you hit the trails do it fixed.
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    This thread is still going!! Love it and my San Jose is getting beat on like a cheap whore.
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    Well, after reading this thread over and over I decided to get myself a San Jose. I was going to wait for the BD offering but decided to go with the San Jose. I picked an 06 up on ebay and also grabbed some spare wheels (delgados w/ surly hubs) for it. I will post pics when I get it in and build it up, probably midge bars, wtb rocket saddle and some conti twisters or interwolfs off road and vittoria randonneurs on road. One questions though, does anyone have the original ring or chainrig guard that they are not using? Mine is missing both and I would really like the stock look of the crank.

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    chain tension issue

    has anyone else got or had issues with chain tension on their san jose? mine isn't uniform at all becoming tight and slack on different points of rotation almost as if chain ring is oval shaped!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowley
    has anyone else got or had issues with chain tension on their san jose? mine isn't uniform at all becoming tight and slack on different points of rotation almost as if chain ring is oval shaped!!
    I think you nailed it. Probably not ovalised, but definately not straight side-to-side. You might look at your freewheel too - sometimes it floats a bit side-to-side.

    A certain bit of loose/slack is the norm on every singlespeed I've ever had.

    Find the happy middle-ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rowley
    has anyone else got or had issues with chain tension on their san jose? mine isn't uniform at all becoming tight and slack on different points of rotation almost as if chain ring is oval shaped!!
    This is an issue with all single speeds, freewheel or fixed gear. Manufacturer tolerances are not perfect and the bolt circles are not concentric. Sheldon Brown has a method to minimize the situation here.
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    Ok, cheers guys for the advice. i'll have a little tinker at the weekend.

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    ok cheers for the advice guys. i'll have a little tinker at weekend. i've not thrown the chain ever its just thought it weird.
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    You guys are lucky - San Jose isn't available over here in the UK :-(.
    Any recommendations for a stockist that might ship to the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clink
    You guys are lucky - San Jose isn't available over here in the UK :-(.
    Any recommendations for a stockist that might ship to the UK?
    Um, rowley, in the post right above you, says in his profile that he is in the UK. Ask him. Try this.
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    Aaahhh - thanks!
    I had e-mailed some uk dealers but it (according to them) didn't appear to be in their product range. I'll keep searching.

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    Hello i just bought a san jose its a great bike really taks a beating was wondering any website to buy maybe a fork some tires ? oh i like to share pics fo my bike how can i post a thread with pics?

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    Stock wheels tire size

    maybe someone here has the answer. What is the largest tire width you have run on the STOCK alex wheels? 35 i think would be the largest but how about any 38's safely without any problems?
    Thanks in advance.

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