Bianchi’s famed style and carbon-fiber engineering has traditionally carried a hefty price tag.
With the Aria 105, Bianchi looks to serve a different demographic: the entry-level racer on a budget.
The Aria 105 largely succeeds in this goal thanks to its aerodynamics and smart component spec. The fork blades bow outward to reduce turbulence, and the fork crown is integrated into the down tube. The seat tube is cut away to make room for the rear wheel. The Aria’s seat and chain stays are wing-shaped, and the teardrop tubing and seatpost have the wide and thin profiles that are designed to cut through the air and hide internally routed cables.
It felt fast on a pan-flat road, and it rocketed up to speed in several pedal strokes, thanks to its oversized bottom bracket shell.
Those qualities alone make the Aria worthy for triathletes or criterium racers looking to save cash. But the bike’s heavy wheels and stout tubing gave it some heft; our 59cm bike tipped the scales at 18.5 pounds.
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