We’d already heard that Starbucks was set to open their first coffee shop in Italy this week, and apparently Italian bike maker Bianchi is getting in on the game. To coincide with Starbucks’ pilgrimage to the mythical home of the espresso, Bianchi has created the exclusive Bianchi Starbucks Reserve – a steel gravel bike equally suited to a coffee shop run or your next adventure ride.
Bianchi Starbucks Reserve edition all-road gravel bike
Don’t worry American Frappuccinos won’t be invading Italy, the coffee shop is one of the brand’s more tastefully dubbed Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. What that means isn’t entirely clear to me, but the Milan cafe is said to be “devoted to the roasting, extraction and packaging of [Starbucks’] high-quality types of coffee, sourced from small-batch producers all around the world.” Oh, and it serves cocktails, too.
Bianchi – also founded in Milan – is one of several Italian companies to have partnered with Starbucks for exclusive Starbucks Reserve merch.
So anyway, Bianchi worked with Starbucks to create a special edition gravel bike, exclusively for sale at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Milan. Designed to be a classically styled, even trendy bike that you might but in a cafe, it is still a pretty capable ride as well. Picked out of their all-road line, the Bianchi Starbucks Reserve is a modern disc brake steel gravel road bike with a carbon fork and affordable components.
Bianchi Starbucks Reserve Tech Details
The special edition bike is essentially a rebadged Bianchi Orso – the latest iteration of Bianchi’s long-running Volpe all-road, adventure & touring bike. The straightforward butted steel frame & fork get modern details like flat mount disc brakes, 12mm thru-axles, and a 1.5″ tapered steerer fork. At the same time it keeps the classics – a 27.2mm seatpost, traditional BSA threaded BB, full coverage fender braze-ons, a rear rack mount, plus three bottle cage mounts on the frame & two more on the fork legs.
The Bianchi Starbucks Reserve should be available in the same eight size range as the Orso (46-61cm) and will fit up to 700c x 42mm tires. Complete spec on the bike looks to be a Shimano Tiagra 2×10 drivetrain with mechanical disc brakes, 40mm Kenda Flintridge tires and coffee brown synthetic leather saddle & matching bar tape.
Get the bike now, only in the Milan cafe open today.
Pricing isn’t official. You’ll find it there only, for 2250€!