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Bianchi Impulso RC is a Lightweight, Aero Gravel Race Bike

2024 bianchi impulso rc
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Applying their top-level Reparto Course treatment to the gravel segment, the new Bianchi Impulso RC brings aerodynamic shaping and lightweight layups to the dirt track.

Recently overhauled Oltre RC and Specialissima RC road bikes inspired this race version of the Impulso gravel bike, and a lot of similarities unite the bikes aesthetically. The Impulso RC starts off with a fully integrated stealth front end, no hoses to be seen.

2024 bianchi impulso rc angle view of cockpit

Back on the bike, the fork’s crown shape is integrated into the downtube, which is shaped to move air smoothly across the frame.

2024 bianchi impulso rc side view of downtube

Not convinced this is made only for racing? The max 700×42 tire clearance should do the trick. Those are fitted to Bianchi’s RC43 aero wheels (25mm internal width, 43mm deep, 1,530g).

2024 bianchi impulso rc front view

The geometry is inspired by XC mountain bikes with a (slightly) shorter stem than their road bikes, but with longer reach. The BB drop is a healthy 70mm, keeping the rider low in the bike for sharper handling.

The seatstays bow slightly to allow a bit of compliance, which is good because you won’t get much from the aero-shaped seatpost.

closeup details of 2024 bianchi impulso rc frame and cockpit

The handlebar is narrow-ish at the hoods to keep the rider in a streamlined, narrow position, but not as extreme as some competitors. They range from 40-44cm at the hoods. The one-piece bar/stem combo flare out 16º for more leverage in the drops, too. Claimed weight is just 340g, stem lengths from 90-120mm.

The top RC model comes in at a claimed 8.1kg (17.83lb) and runs €5,578.

2024 bianchi impulso pro

Below that is the Impulso Pro, which switches to a standard stem and handlebar, lower level carbon fiber, and a Velomann Terbium wheelset. MSRP is €3,463, claimed weight is 8.9kg (19.65lb).

2024 bianchi impulso comp

The Comp model gets Fulcrum wheels and Velomann alloy bar and stem. MSRP is €2,459, no weight listed. All models use full internal routing and are compatible with 1x and 2x drivetrains, including mechanical groups. Both the Pro and Comp models are also available in Bianchi’s signature Celeste color, too. All prices excluding VAT.

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SteveT
SteveT
3 months ago

LOL

will
will
3 months ago
Reply to  SteveT

Whats funny about it? Bike looks good and price looks almost fine (a tad on the high side)

Yurp
Yurp
3 months ago
Reply to  will

‘gravel racing’ is funny tbh

LargeD
LargeD
2 months ago
Reply to  Yurp

I know, it’s funny that more people show up to gravel races than road, mtb or CX races…

Mitch
Mitch
3 months ago

That’s a fantastic looking bike. I’m sure that Bianchi USA has no idea that it exists and if it will be available here

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
3 months ago

That’s a high bottom bracket for a low bottom bracket I’d happily ride this on the velodrome

mud
mud
3 months ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

I would say 68-70mm drop is pretty standard

satanas
satanas
2 months ago
Reply to  mud

It was when tyres were 23mm, but they’ve grown since then…

Chad
Chad
2 months ago
Reply to  Veganpotter

I agree 100%. Most gravel bikes sport between 75 to 80.

Antoine
Antoine
3 months ago

I like it, i could see myself ride this for road/cyclo cross and gravel with 2 wheelsets. The bmc would fit too but pricing is nuts, the 3T exploro has some shrotcomings for multi purpose use. Most convincing multi purpose bike i’ve seen. The look is good too.

Antoine
Antoine
3 months ago
Reply to  Antoine

I would prefer a framset however.

david
david
3 months ago
Reply to  Antoine

What about the Orbea Terra [for road/cross/gravel]?

Oliver
Oliver
3 months ago

45mm is the most common tire width for gravel racing of all kinds. 42mm doesn’t cut it. This seems like a cyclocross bike with marginally larger tire clearance (hence also the very low BB drop), as was the case with most ‘gravel’ bikes 5+ years ago. On the positive side, it’s the only recent Bianchi that isn’t fantastically ugly.

tertius_decimus
tertius_decimus
2 months ago

Yes. At last someone has dropped this fad with dropped seatstays. The bike this way looks much more pleasant and dynamic.

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