Bianchi Denali XC Hardtail

4.8/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $1149.99


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Reviews 1 - 10 (10 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by alan stevens a Cross Country Rider from london,england

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2007

Strengths:    strong frame


Weaknesses:    heavy on the back in comparison to other bikes weight ratio and frame feels a little too flexy

Bottom Line:   
its gd for relaxing rides but not for races as i feel weird on it

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Favorite Trail:   ain a few fields beside a river

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   evans cycles

Similar Products Used:   gt avalanche 1.0 which i highly rate

Bike Setup:   stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Michael M. a Cross Country Rider from Monterey,CA

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2006

Strengths:    Strong steel tubes, very little flex, nice geometry, looks cool

Weaknesses:    None that I can think of except that steel adds a bit more weight than other materials

Bottom Line:   
This bike feels very nimble and is a blast to ride. The geometry is very race-like. This frame is a bargain if you can still find it. Well done Bianchi!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   None...first mtb steel bike I've owned

Bike Setup:   Basically stock except for updated xtr drivetrain, slr saddle.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rick a Cross Country Rider from bay area

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2006

Strengths:    Stiff, nimble, and fast. Steel is still the best imho.

Weaknesses:    None, except for maybe the weight compared to aluminum or composite frames.

Bottom Line:   
Bought the frame to build a weekend singletrack bike. Ended up with one of the best bikes I've ever put together even at half the price of some others. This frame is great! Its just unfortunate that Bianchi is no longer making this frame/bike anymore. I highly reccomend this frame especially for the price.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Xt, xtr, FSA cranks, Avid Juicy, Mavic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kervin a Cross Country Rider from Earlysville, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2005

Strengths:    Smooth ride, good looks, great handling

Weaknesses:    Can't buy them new anymore

Bottom Line:   
Those little steel tubes work great! I had a Salsa Bandito frame built with the same parts. What a world of difference. I have much more control and a smoother ride. Too bad people stopped buying nice steel hard tails. I'd say the frame is almost as nice as my IF was at about 80% of the price. If you find one, you should buy it!
If you are into big drops - get something else
If you are into pedaling in the woods, this frame will make you happy.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   mtbr

Similar Products Used:   From back in the day - Bianchi Grizzly EL, IF Delux, Spec Team Pro.

Bike Setup:   I got this as a frame only.
Avid mech disc
XT hub - mavic 717
XT crank
Sram
XT crank and BB
Egg Beaters
Marzocchi Marathon SL 2003

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MTB Madman a Cross Country Rider from San Francisco

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2005

Strengths:    Very stiff Hardtail steel frame. Great components for the price. Pretty lightweight for the price.

Weaknesses:    Crappy seatpost. Deore front derraillur.

Bottom Line:   
It would be hard to find a better bike even for two or three hundred dollars more. The steel frame is fantastic and the best choice for serious bikers. Aluminum frames don't compare. I've upgraded the rear deraillur to XT and put a Thomson seatpost on and people keep commenting that it looks like $2000 bike!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $959.00


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fonz a Weekend Warrior from San Francisco, Cali

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2004

Strengths:    Solid steel frame, marzocchi mx pro is dope, shimano derailleurs are ok, disc brakes kick major boo-tay and the bike absorbs terrain well even though it is a hardtail.

Weaknesses:    Made in tawain, stock pedals are clipless (useless to me)and it is hard to negotiate price since it's the last year denali's (steel mtb)are being made by bianchi.

Bottom Line:   
Sick bike for a novice week-end warrior, like myself, but from what I understand it is race worthy as well. Even though bianchi is not known for mtb's it has proven itself worthy to this frisco kid.

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Favorite Trail:   Everywhere

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   SF LBS

Similar Products Used:   nope

Bike Setup:   Stock everythang

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jepp a Weekend Warrior from San Rafael California

Date Reviewed: October 11, 2004

Strengths:    light, fast accelaration, easy climb

Weaknesses:    The paint chips easily. I keep finding new chips on every trail ride (comming from small rocks flying off between tire threads during downhill ride). Not happy with the stock set up, but will soon upgrade.

Bottom Line:   
I just started mountain biking 3 months ago. I can't believe the difference when I tried the Denali. I was able to keep up with my biking buddies climbing and going downhill. I became a "mtb" addict after purchasing the bike. Is it the bike? Could be. I will soon find out with the new Full Suspension I'm thinking of buying several weeks from now.

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Favorite Trail:   Marin Headlands/Green Gulch

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   Freewheel

Similar Products Used:   Trek 800 Sport

Bike Setup:   Stock. I change the scratched seatpost (scratch from adjusting) to Thompson Elite.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Brian a Weekend Warrior from buffalo (now in hawaii)

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2004

Strengths:    light, fast, nice suspension, nice brakes

Weaknesses:    paint job has scrachted a decent amount, but i guess that means im really using it

Bottom Line:   
the bike is really nice. light, fast and strong. i test rode alot fo different hardtail bikes, and this one by far felt the best for being light and fast, but also strong and solid. it has brought me to alot of different trails and gotten me into mountain biking with it. prob not the cheapest, but a really nice bike. im going to be using as my transportation too while im living in and around honolulu, so good for bombing aorund the city as well as the trail

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Favorite Trail:   banff and tahoe, so far

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   university wheelworks


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gary a Cross Country Rider from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2004

Strengths:    Great ride for the price. Steel feels so much better than aluminum any day of the week. Avid mechanical discs stop on a dime and the Marzochi fork absorbs the trail like a sponge. Bike feels lite for it's class with Deore LX strung throughout.

Weaknesses:    Not a big fan of the Wierwolf tires in the damp, which is all we have here in Michigan anymore.

Bottom Line:   
Can't beat the feel of Italian steel and style, especially for the price. I changed out the stock pedals with my Shimanos and swapped saddles to a Selle Italia. Riser bars are taking some getting used to but by far the best ride I've had for awhile. Cross country riders and racers will love this and you can always upgrade to XTR as parts wear out for an even lighter feel.

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Favorite Trail:   Yankee Springs

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Alpine Cyclery


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paul B a Cross Country Rider from Laramie, WY, USA

Date Reviewed: June 22, 2004

Strengths:    STEEL frame that will outlast all the components, which are still very nice for the price. Marzocchi MX pro O) Very rigid but forgiving frame, climbs beautifully. Weirwolf tires seem to stick to the ground. Nice geometry. Brakes stop on a dime(Avid BB mech, got 2003 MTBR choice review for a reason, WTB has outdone themselves with the entire wheel setup.


Weaknesses:    Nothing to complain about yet. Time will tell. Someone complained about where the cable router was located on the top tube, which is odd to complain about because it's located on many bikes. It's not an issue for me.

Bottom Line:   
WHAT A STEEL! Best hardtail stock frame & components under $1000, which is probably why the MSRP is higher on bianchiusa. Steel feels better than AL to me, at least test ride it. See if you notice a difference. I'll tell you more later after I try it with my SPD shoes. This bike's probably going to blow me away! 10 chilis all around, this is one hot bike for an even hotter deal. Hopefully the last hardtail frame I'll ever need.

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Favorite Trail:   Used to be PD near AMA TX

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $985.00

Purchased At:   Pedal House

Similar Products Used:   GF "Genesis series" bikes, Trek 6700(15.5in), Giant Rainier, Specialized RH Pro
Used to have a '00 Warp DS3, Pre '95 DB ascent
Reminds me of my dads sweet 94? DB ascent CRMO frame with a really shock and disc brakes.


Bike Setup:   Stock, Lotta bang for your buck. Add ons will occur when I break something I can't fix(everything but the frame)

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