Tragically discontinued, the Bianchi S.I.S.S. (as well as the B.O.S.S., B.A.S.S., B.U.S.S., C.U.S.S., D.I.S.S., S.A.S.S., G.U.S.S., P.U.S.S., M.U.S.S., W.U.S.S., and M.U.S.S.) live healthy lives as iconic reminders of a time since past. Some things may never die, and let’s hope this is one of them:
A steel single-sped for the city, as seen here with Avid mechanical disc brakes, White Industries freewheel, and Thomson cockpit.
A little rude.
The perennial favorite Selle Italia Turbo saddle with a well-ridden patina.
In case you were wondering, the “S.I.S.S.” stands for “Steel Idiot Single Speed,” or alternatively, “Steel Is Simple, Stupid.”
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.
Up this week is “A.F’s” limited edition Bianchi Super Pista. Shrouded in the Italian tri-colored motif this Pista frame (honoring the 150th Anniversary of Italy’s unification) is adorned with an assortment of Deda Elementi parts. The wheels were hand-built here at NYC Velo, with Phil Wood high-flange track hubs, DT Competition double-butted spokes, and H+Son TB14 low-profile rims, all in black and complimented by DT Prolock nipples in red. The customer’s goal for this build was to keep it subtle, yet assertive. I think we pulled it off.
Named after the velodrome in Dalmine Italy near the Bianchi factory, the Bianchi Pista Dalmine is this weeks’ BOTW.
With simplicity and efficiency in mind, this pista (one of many in Bianchi’s lineup) stands out in the crowd. Keeping with its velodrome lineage, the Pista Dalmine (flat bar) is a quick handling, nimble ride, great for general transport and a friendly impromptu sprint race between friends. The frame utilizes the stiff and efficient qualities of oversized aluminum tubing, while maintaining some vertical compliancy for a smooth comfortable ride on the city streets. A bladed carbon fork tops off the look and adds to the smoothness of the overall ride.
Introduced in 2011 and priced at $949.99, this pista is proving to be a favorite!! More info @ www.bianchi.com
This week’s $ale Bike Of The Week is the Bianchi San José. Perfect for getting around the city no matter what the weather, the San José is one of our faves. We’ve only got 2 of these left – they’re 55cm, dark green, and we’re taking $175 off the price!