Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record Review

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07/14/2010| 0 comments
by Tedd Jacobson
Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record Review
Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record Review

Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record Review

Roadcycling.com reviews the Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record road bike.

Roadcycling.com reviews the Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record road bike.

Since I began road cycling in 1998 most bikes I've owned were from the same manufacturer. I was extremely excited to be given an opportunity to test Bianchi's ultimate 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record road bike. In addition to being the top of the line, it was mated with top of the line Campy Super Record component group and Fulcrum Speed Racing XLR wheel set. Once I had the Bianchi 928 SL set up for my measurements I noticed how light weight it is, not surprising from a full carbon bike with carbon cranks and hubs.

My first time out on the 928 SL I thought I would test out how it handled around sharp corners and how it climbed short steep hills. I hit my practice crit course. After the first corner I remembered why I don't like to practice crit corners. This was the site of my first crash! Not today though, the 928 SL turned like a dream. I had more confidence from the bike and pushed a number of corners at 30 plus mph. I didn't feel any pushing or skipping. When I dove into a corner and positioned the bike at an angle it smooth and accepted my acceleration at any point in the turn. I was having so much fun I did multiple laps with one lap faster than the last. I even punched it out of the saddle a couple times coming out the corner and found the bike remained rigid and stable even when I stood on the pedals. It felt as though the rear triangle enabled me to distribute the power with finesse or all out very efficiently. I'm not a sprinter but I felt with the 928 SL under me I could actually win a sprint in my local Thursday night worlds!

With a smile on my face I was off to tackle some short steep hills. I attacked the first hill with as much power as my chicken legs could muster; again the 928 SL was responsive. My first thought was I wish I had my power meter on as I might have hit my 30 second all time power record. I backed off the power a little on the next set of hills but I still found that the 928 SL reacted soundly to my efforts. As with the crit corners and sprinting, it transferred my efforts instantly.

What goes up must come down. My next time out with the 928 SL was on long climbs and long fast descents. I hate climbing and just thinking about it gives me a rash. I decided to do a climb that was about 5k in length with an average gradient of  7.5%. Challenging for a rider of any ability! I hit the base of the climb conservatively to see if I could increase my speed as I climbed. I rode in and out of the saddle and found I was more comfortable out of the saddle. Seated, I didn't

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