Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record Review
Roadcycling.com reviews the Bianchi 928 Carbon SL ISAP Super Record road bike.
feel like I was able to transfer the power to the bike like I was accustomed to. Obviously, gravity and terrain were factors. Out of the saddle, the 928 SL responded and I could feel my speed increase even on the steepest grades. I was able to do so with essentially the same cadence. I wasn't pushing myself. Having a full carbon bike from head to toe didn't hurt either. Also, the Fulcrum Speed Racing wheel set was an added bonus. Thank god I finally hit the top; now the fun begins, descending.
I decided to do my test descent on a road that goes down from Mt Rushmore. Yes I live in western South Dakota but I don't have a cowboy hat or own a horse. This is a whopper of a descent. It's about 2.5 miles long with grades from 5% to 15% with a couple of lazy corners in it. I was going to find out in a hurry how the 928 SL handles at high speeds. I hit the descent going about 20 mph and quickly increased to 45 mph with a max of 51 about half way down. I was again impressed with how the 928 SL handled. The head tube was very stable and the high speed corners didn't create any chatter from the wheel set or frame. I did experience some lateral pushing from cross winds which I could feel because of the high profile Fulcrum wheel set. It wasn't anything an experienced cyclist hasn't felt before. With every test of different terrain, the 928 SL never faltered.
My last test for the 928 SL was on the flat on our local time trial course. It was here I really noticed how comfortable it was. I was able to stay seated for 15-20 minutes at a time which is something I really enjoyed. It dampened the road vibration significantly which my underside, neck and hands were thankful for. I was able to accelerate to 25 mph with little effort and hold a speed of 23-27 mph for extended periods of time. When seated the 928 SL transmitted the power I was giving it. When I put the hammer down, it jumped so you better hold on!
Overall the Bianchi 928 SL Super Record was a very impressive bike to ride. It handled well at high speeds, cornered like a sports car and was responsive out of the saddle both in climbs and sprints. It did a nice job of dampening road vibration over rough roads. I wish I could have experienced more snap on the long climbs. I just didn't feel like I was dialed in on the bike. It might have been my positioning on the bike or just the nature of the terrain. One thing I did have a trouble with was setting the seat height for the Fizik Kium saddle. The 928 SL has an integrated seat post. You have to add or remove carbon spacers to adjust the seat height. I had difficulty removing the seat post so the spacers could