2018 BIANCHI SEMPRE PRO (COLOUR MATT BLACK with CELESTE GREEN) with Fulcrum Racing 5 LG Wheelset
23 Jun 2018
If you're a performance-focused rider – whether a racer or simply someone who likes to ride fast – it's certainly worthy of serious consideration of this Italian race heritage - Bianchi Sempre Pro.
The Sempre Pro is part of Bianchi’s “Born for Performance” (B4P) range which sitting one rung below the range-topping Oltre XR in Bianchi's range. It is a seriously capable bike for racing or simply riding fast and designed to appeal to both road racers and fast sportive riders alike. In order to achieve this, the Sempre Pro adopts an aggresive geometry that is performance orietated, but one that is not too extreme. The Sempre Pro's geometry mirrors that of the Bianchi Oltre XR so you get a similarly short chainstay length (a key indication of bike’s acceleration), short head tube, short wheelbase and low bottom bracket drop. This all creating an aggressive and aerodynamic position for the riders as well as ensuring a low frontal area to the wind and low riders centre of gravity (which created more stable platform at all speeds and better handling). In addition, an efficient 74.5 degree seat angle and reassuring 71 degree head angle also make for confident but surefooted handling. The Bianchi's Sempre Pro has included a number stack of spacers below the stem, plus another above. So there’s the opportunity to lower the front end considerably to adopt an even more aero position; This would lead to a speedy ride also give the bike a cleaner look.
The Sempre Pro frame is constructed based around a monocoque frameset made of Bianchi’s proprietary nanotech high modulus carbon ﬁbre. With Bianchi's special carbon nano-technology, its place nanoparticles in the matrix in order to improve the cohesion between the fibers and improve the strength to weight ratio. Thus, air pockets and micro-cracking are avoided specifically and subsequently maximizing the life expectancy and the fracture resistance of the frame.
Oversized down tube diameters with an excellent stiffness is achieved, which is also continued at the head tube. The head tube now has a conical "Tapered" cross section, resulting in a stiff and stable front. The comfortable tapered full carbon fork also fits neatly into the frame. The widespread BB30 standard bottom bracket, in which the ball bearings are pressed directly into the frame, and the voluminous chainstays provide a huge drive stiffness so actually every used watt is convert in propulsion. The oversized down tube and chainstays increase the lateral stiffness of the frame. This greatly increases the rider's pedalling efficiency, meaning no loss of power. Pedal hard on the Sempre Pro and it will respond with pure speed! In addition, the excellent vertical resilience of the rear end is achieved with the UTSS (Ultra Thin Seat Stay) seatstays and helps the driver reduce fatigue. The slender seat stays also improve shock absorption and focus power transmission through the chainstays. This reduces the weight of the frame and turns the seat stays into a compliant support structure. The internal cable routing all cables will be fully implemented in the frame with positive effects on the appearance and low maintenance.
The upgraded saddle with PROLOGO Dimension Tirox 143 (steel rail) has shorter and wider than the “traditional” racing saddle design. It has a nose that is 30-35mm shorter to reduce frontal pressure when the rider is in their most aero position (ie. riding on the drops). With its width of 143mm, central cut-out and full-length pressure relief channel with 'PAS' (perineal area system) technology, it effectively reducing the compression of soft tissues and tendons to prevent numbness and discomfort in the perineum area on aggressive or longer rides.
The Bianchi's Sempre Pro road bike have been tried and tested. The Sempre Pro offers efficiency and a responsive character. It also delivers sharp and stable handling as well as allowed you to really push the bike hard and fast through sweeping bends, over crests in the road and down swooping descents confidently. Moreover, it positions riders in a beautifully balanced position for all kinds of riding without over-stressing the body.
Not unexpectedly, the Sempre Pro is a fine looking bicycle. It is hard to go wrong with a matte black finish paired with the classic, clean lines of the frame. The intricate silver head badge and small celeste details serve as a reminder of the Bianchi heritage.
Bianchi Sempre Reviews:
"One of the Cycling Plus's Bike of the Year 2018"
“The Sempre sets out to be all things to all men, and fulfils its brief. The frame and fork combine for a sublime ride, brilliant under power and with direct, race-ready steering. It also has a superb knack of damping out vibrations…the frameset is such a wonderful performer that it was easy to lose hours riding it.” - from Bianchi Sempre Ultegra Review - Bike Radar, October 20, 2010
"Lively and agile, very responsive, not the calmest bikes to ride but a lot of fun, full of fizz." - from Bianchi Sempre Pro Review - Road.CC, November 30, 2014
"Bianchi’s Sempre Pro is refreshingly different and delivers an engaging, fun ride" - from Bike Radar verdict, May 28, 2018