Rider’s ride

Bianchi In­finito CV, £4,100, bianchi.com

Cyclist - - Strade Bianche | Sportive -

CV – or Coun­ter­vail – refers to the im­preg­na­tion of car­bon fi­bre sheets with a vis­coelas­tic layer, a tech­nol­ogy that Bianchi claims im­proves vi­bra­tion-damp­ing by up to 80% while also in­creas­ing stiff­ness. Per­fect in the­ory for an en­durance­ori­ented ma­chine, and so it proved in prac­tice. The In­finito plied its trade ef­fec­tively over both tar­mac and gravel, of­fer­ing a great pace on the for­mer and ex­cel­lent han­dling on the lat­ter, track­ing lines in a sure­footed fash­ion de­spite its rider do­ing his best to up­set the cart.

I swapped out the Ful­crum Rac­ing Qu­at­tro wheels that came as stan­dard for Vit­to­ria Qu­rano 60s shod with Vit­to­ria’s Corsa tyres, and both per­formed ad­mirably even in the pun­ish­ing con­di­tions. For a more de­tailed re­view of wheels and tyres, check out cy­clist.co.uk.

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