The Bianchi Aria is a great entry/mid level aero road machine,
designed for road race and tri versatility. This example has been
craftily upgraded with the Vision Metron 5D integrated bar and stem
for an exceptionally aerodynamic and stiff (i.e. efficient) front
end... fitted perfectly to its owner by Bespoke.
The wheels too have seen an upgrade, with Mavic's superb Cosmic
carbon wheelset keeping things aero, fast and reliable. A Vision
wheelset usually comes as standard, and it's capable but somewhat
underwhelming - so this upgrade really takes the bike to another
level, making the most of that Italian-made carbon frame.
An Ultegra groupset rounds out the spec; tough, capable and very
efficient. This isn't a bike that you'll see everywhere, Bianchi
with their rich heritage aren't out for market share, but with the
same geometry as the top-end Oltre XR4, and aero knowhow taken from
their Aquila TT bike, this is a superb performer for those who like
to think a little different.
photos by Bence Bujaki