Following the launch of its first carbon gravel bike, the Arcadex, Bianchi has now unveiled a second carbon crusher, the Impulso Pro. It’s a bike, according to Bianchi, that “will unlock the sheer thrill of moving quickly on and off road … the right choice for gravel enthusiasts, competitive riding and high-speed adventurers.”
As good as it sounds, Bianchi fans might be happier with the more traditional Impulso Pro frame design. Featuring round tubes, a horizontal top tube and an oversized bottom bracket shell all weighing 1,100g, the Impulso Pro is as classic as the Arcadex is not.
Bianchi says the new Impulso Pro is a bike “with all the hallmarks of Bianchi’s racing pedigree” and with a geometry that delivers a “super responsive and stiff ride”. The frame design confirms this claim, with no eyelets or fender brackets, a longer and lower geometry (386mm reach, 554mm stack for size 54cm) and a shorter wheelbase compared to the Arcadex de Bianchi, the new Impulso Pro is designed for the gravel runner.
Although he claims “great clearance, great possibilities” for the new bike, Bianchi has opted for somewhat limited tire clearance on the Impulso Pro with a maximum of just 38mm. Another indication that Bianchi is targeting the gravel runner on fast, hard gravel, rather than the 40mm + headroom that is found on many gravel offerings. While most frames will accept a larger tire than officially stated, 38mm feels small enough even for a race-oriented gravel bike. Many gravel races these days are well suited to tires 40mm or larger.
The Impulso Pro comes in two colors, a modern two-tone version of Bianchi’s iconic Celeste and a light and dark green option for non-celestial fans.
Bianchi currently only has one build option for the Impulso Pro with a Shimano GRX600 1 × 11 groupset. However, pictures of the new bike on Bianchi’s website suggest that a 2x build option could follow. Perhaps surprisingly, Bianchi currently does not offer an Impulso Pro version with the gravel-specific Ekar groupset of its fellow Campagnolo. The bike is finished with a tubeless ready wheelset and a 37mm Velomann and WTB Riddler comp tire finishing kit.
The Impulso Pro is now available in six frame sizes in 2cm increments from 48 to 58cm. Bianchi has yet to confirm the price of the new bike. We will update this article as more pricing information becomes available.