This week’s bike is the San Jose from Bianchi USA. The San Jose, a venerable model from the Bianchi stable if there ever was one, is essentially a steel-framed singlespeed cyclocross bike (with a steel fork) and was last produced in 2011.
Though usually available as a complete bike from Bianchi, our example was shipped to us as a frameset only (frame & fork), allowing us to use some creativity to complete the build-up. The new iteration sports sealed bearing hubs from Formula, double-butted spokes, Alex rims, and Panaracer’s Jack Brown 700 x 33 tires. The burly All-City crankset offsets the Brooks brown leather (B17) saddle and handlebar wrap. With an upright riding position, fat city tires, and strong Avid cantilever brakes, the “new” San Jose marries style and performance quite well, all for $1185.