/ bianchi nirone 7
It's not the lightest as standard and upgrading wheels will help.
It doesn't have eyelets for fixed mudguards for winter.
Overall it's a well made bike that looks good and may make you stick out from the rest on their giants, felt etc.
Out of interest how much are you paying and how tall are you (sizing).
The bianchi has a good pedigree, although you can get better spec bikes for the same money or a little more. If your worried about the cassette size £35-£45 will get you an upgrade from a 12-25t to something like a 11-28t.
Have a look at the bike spec below as a comparison to e Bianchi. I think these are all ten speed as well, which may make upgrades easier.
The giants have a good spec and you can either go aluminium or carbon for a little more money! The felt will be similar to the bianchi but with 105 group set.
If your going to pursue it I'd get one of these, if not spare some money and get the Raleigh airlite or someone will be along to tell you about decathlon bikes.
As long as you like it and it fits is the main criteria, plus you may want to support your local bike shop.
There are some good priced Eddy Mercx bikes on chain reaction cycles and have a compact or triple option too.
Not trying to put you off th bianchi, but think you could get more for your money.
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/felt-f75-2012/ in 51cm
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/giant-tcr-1-compact-2012/ in small
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/giant-tcr-composite-3-2012/ in small
I wouldn't be too concerned about ordering it online, you could always purchase the bike elsewhere and then pay for a professional fitting, if they don't sell a bike that you want to consider.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/za/CCY?PAGE=FIT_CALCULATOR_INTRO try this and then see how it compares with the main aspects of the bike you are purchasing.
Do Sora still have that little lever on the side for the down shift rather than proper levers? If so I'd look to upgrade these asap or chose the SRAM/Campag option at the same price point id there is one - as you can't reach the lever from the drops, and for some people it's a struggle from the hoods (they may of course have got ride of them by now anyway
I remember taking a quick spin on one at Evans and thought it a bit of a boneshaker, although perhaps a little unfair as comparing it with their cheaper carbon bikes.
All Campag shifters (apart from the electronic ones) have a thumb lever. I dont have a problem reaching them from the drops and I don't have big hands.
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