When Pantani, il Pirata, won the double of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 1998, he was the first Italian to achieve this triumph after Fausto Coppi almost 50 years before. And like Fausto Coppi, he did so on his Bianchi. A very similar model to one we present you here - the Bianchi Mega Pro-L Mercatone Uno.
This Bianchi Mega Pro-L illustrates the typical "Mercatone Uno Paint Scheme" and is fitted with the top Campagnolo Record groupset. In the late 90s, these parts have been well advanced with many titanium and carbon parts and they earned their stripes doing bloody good in competition. And they are still pretty snappy even in these days.
It is a sort of bike which not only captures a little zest of "Il Pirata", but it really delivers and rides how a racing bike should.
|Frame & Fork||Bianchi Mercatone Uno - Mega pro-L alloy tubes; Bianchi carbon fork|
|Front Derailleur||Campagnolo Record|
|Rear Derailleur||Campagnolo Record Titanium 9-Speed|
|Crankset||Campagnolo Record; 172,5 mm; 53/39|
|Bottom Bracket||Campagnolo Chorus|
|Stem||ITM Bianchi; 130mm|
|Stem Bar||Deda Piega; 40cm|
|Shifters||Campagnolo Record Carbon Ergopowers|
|Brake Levers||Campagnolo Record Carbon Ergopowers|
|Hubs||Bianchi Competition; 9-Speed; 23/14 ratio|
|Rims||Bianchi Competition by Ambrosio; 700C clinchers|
|Tires||Challenge Elite; 622/20 clinchers|
|Seat Post||campagnolo Record Carbon|
|Seat||Selle Italia SPX|
|Chain||YBN Classic 9-speed; hard plated|
|Handlebar Tape||Celeste cork tape|