Bianchi KingBee 2002 Hardtail

4.4/5 (5 Reviews)


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Karl T a Cross Country Rider from Des Moines, IA

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2003

Strengths:    Parts package is EXCELLENT!

Weaknesses:    None that I can find- if you buy it for it's intended purpose.

Bottom Line:   
This is a good bike- only prob is I bought it from supergo.com and they completely sold me the wrong bike. Not only that, but it's the wrong size! I told Supergo I needed a bike that would be used for XC on weekends and a combo of XC/trail/path during week. Well, this this is made for blasting down some serious terrain. 100mm travel fork, burly frame, etc. And they even sold me the wrong size- I used a 19 in my Specialized, they sold me a 19.5 that because of the fork height nails me in the goods. It is a hxlluva bike, but only if you're going to give it a proper life in the woods.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $575.00

Purchased At:   supergo.com

Bike Setup:   Kore stem & bar. Otherwise stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse a Cross Country Rider from SanFran

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2003

Strengths:    Just About Everything

Weaknesses:    I heard the pedels sucked but the shop was already aware of the problem and had already swapped them for some nicer wellgos

Bottom Line:   
This bike is a great value. I got it for a great deal because it was an 02 but it still rocks. I only had it a short time but it alraedy shines. The Easton ultralite tubeset it great and the frame design is very comfortable. The fork and the rest of the components are very good overall. Ill review the bike again one it has been put to the test!

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Favorite Trail:   Annadale

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   FreeWheel!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Similar Products Used:   Kona Caldera, cindercone, bianchi denali, specialized stumpjumper

Bike Setup:   stock except for the pedals

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eli a Weekend Warrior from Austin

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2003

Strengths:    Great bike all the way around. Swapped out the handlebars for flat Bontragers and the pedals for Ritchey V2's, and the bike is just about perfect. The fork is awesome, can't tell its there unless you're on rough terrain, and then you can't tell that rough terrain is there.

Weaknesses:    I guess it'd be nice if it was a bit lighter (but when isn't that the case)? For $500 new, there's not a single thing I would change.

Bottom Line:   
Bianchi used great stuff where it matters (Easton UltraLite frame, Avid SD 5s, Truvativ cranks, Marzochhi fork), and cheaper stuff where it doesn't (cheap seatpost, Deore front der, generic handlebar). Perfect mix, less the Koski pedals which, of course, just suck. Very capable off-road without seeming bouncy on flat stuff. At the price these are going for (there'a few that pop up for sale on eBay and elsewhere), I don't think its possible to do better. If you happen to find one for sale on eBay by pearse@execpc - he's an excellent seller.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   Demoed: GF Tassajara, Specialized Rockhopper, Cannondale, Jamis; Last bike: Klein Fervor w/mostly XT, sold a couple of years ago.

Bike Setup:   Stock + Bontrager Race Modified flat bars, Ritchey Comp V2s, Salsa flip-offs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cRock a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, GA

Date Reviewed: August 18, 2002

Strengths:    Great frame.
Good fork.
Bianchi.


Weaknesses:    The Koshi pedals are a hazard!


Bottom Line:   
The frame is what makes this bike special. It uses the same frame as it's more expensive relative, the Super Bee. The rear end and bottom bracket area are VERY stiff. As a result, you can rocket up steep climbs. It absolutely shamed the Specilized I tried going uphill. You pay the price with a fairly harsh ride over the bumps, but the Biachi is all about going fast, not cushy comfort. The other distinct feature is a very steep head angle that results in very quick handling. This bike turns so fast in singletrack it takes some getting used to.

The marzocchi fork is a nice fit. It handles the big stuff nicely, but it's a bit harsh over small bumps.

Taken on the whole, this bike is damned impressive for 800.00. You get a high performance hardtail that was clearly made to feel at home on the race course. The Italian design flare is evident throughout. The only problem is the horrible pedals. They are absolute hell to get in or out of. Adjustment is futile. Mine are getting replaced ASAP.

It would be five chilis all around if the Bee came with decent pedals.

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Favorite Trail:   Yellow River

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   800

Similar Products Used:   Specialized Rockhopper A1 Comp FS
Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo
Marin Eldridge Grade


Bike Setup:   stock now (changing pedals shortly)

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joe a Cross Country Rider from Boulder

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2002

Strengths:    Rugged and light weight, very nice components, excellent braking, good overall feel up or down hill, fast or slow. Good looking bike.

Weaknesses:    Pedals stink - I got different ones.

Bottom Line:   
I like this bike and am glad I got it. It is a very comfortable bike to ride. I like to explore all over and this bike will let me go anywhere in relative comfort and style. I don't get big airs or go too fast on the down hills, but this seems like a real well made rugged bike.

Take one out for a spin and see what you think.

Oh - and the fork really does take a few rides to break in.

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Favorite Trail:   Switzerland Trail

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   University Cycles

Similar Products Used:   various


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