Bianchi Bicycles is celebrating its 130th anniversary with the new Volpe from its Classic range. The metallic paint with the good quality parts does make the Volpe indeed classy with a classic touch. The Classic range is not devoid of modern upgrades. The Volpe comes with the latest disc brake feature. The steel tubing and double butted tubes that offer abundant spring have been constructed by Bianchi’s home developer.
The frame is well-designed with an aesthetically appealing finish. The frame has been endowed with a nice fender/mudguard and rack along with a below-the-top hanger for the tube pump that can hold a full length pump easily.
The geometry of the bike is more traditional and a little like the current days’ cyclocross bikes. The head angle at the anterior end is 72.5 degree. It is mated with the fork that has a lot of forward rake to stabilize the steering on road. The arc adjusts and the steering adapts to a little rougher rides too. The effective length of the top tube is 560mm, offering the perfect riding position. The Volpe is a comfortable ride with the smart placement of the top tube and fork.
The specifications of the Volpe including the Tiagra drivetrain and its smooth shift capacity bring the bike almost at par with the GT Grade AL 105. The 50/34 chainset offers a good range when mated with the 11-32 cassette. The disc hubs are from Formula and are supported by rims from Alex to enhance the performance of the 35c wheels in Kenda Kwik rubber.
These specifications make the Volpe a decent ride in the city. The ride could get uncomfortable on slopes because standing at 11.65kg, the bike is not exactly the MTB or enduro-race kind. The wide range on the cassette is what makes it even possible to ride the bike up some moderately sloped hills.
The tires offer enough cushion and grip for the roads and off-road too. The traction is good enough for muddy or slippery paths. Though not at par with cyclocross bike tires, the Kenda Kwik tires are good enough for rough terrains considering the road bike features it mostly has.
Another feature that enables the bike to perform reliably in hilly and slippery terrains are the powerful and responsive brake systems from Hayes. The posterior brake has a little routing issue with the chainstay. The brake system has a larger body than usual, thereby pushing the cable anchor outward, which ends in a little frisking of the heels on the cable time to time.
The saddle from WTB is not impressive either. The SpeedV saddle is a mountain bike component actually. The deep padding is comfortable, but the area is smaller than required. The saddle has to be shifted as far back as it can go in order to just manage to sit somehow on the rear part of the cushion.
The bike is ideal for day-to-day purposes and very little off-road adventures and fewer loaded tours. The Classic Volpe is comfortable in most aspects and a good ride for the laid back riders.