Bianchi Arcadex

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Bianchi Arcadex. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

17 reasons to buy

  • Handling geometry is described favorably, for being “stable and predictable”.
  • On-road, reviewers say the Arcadex rides similarly to an endurance road rig.
  • Reviewers lauded both the flare and compact drop of Reparto Corse handlebars.
  • Experts complemented the 40-44cm handlebar width, on or off-road.
  • With a 40t chainring and 11-42t cassette, the Arcadex’s gear range is generous.
  • Reviewers see Alex Rims GD24 tubeless-ready hoops as the right tool for the job.
  • Arcadex owners can fit a front derailleur to this bike, for a 2x setup.
  • The Arcade sports a unique and futuristic (?) frame design.
  • The Arcadex has bosses available to carry three water bottles.
  • Bolts are provided to attach a bolt-on top tube bag.
  • With GRX parts and a carbon frame, one reviewer sees this bike as a good value.
  • Testers say the Arcadex is incomparably stiff.
  • The Bianchi Arcadex has clearance for 700×42mm or 650×47mm tires.
  • 37mm tanwall WTB Riddler tires look good and come tubeless-ready.
  • FSA’s Reparto Corse stem is smoothly integrated into the bike’s headset.
  • The Arcadex features fender mounts, front and rear.
  • Cables are neatly hidden, running internally through the top of the Arcadex’s headset.

14 reasons not to buy

  • The fork steerer sheared off on one owner’s brand new Arcadex.
  • On the rough stuff, testers say the Arcadex is not the most comfortable ride.
  • Testers find it difficult to adjust the Arcadex’s semi-integrated stem.
  • The Arcadex couples a short frame with a long stem, contrary to modern geometry.
  • Testers say the Arcadex is excessively stiff and unforgiving.
  • The Arcadex uses a wide 31.6mm seatpost. A narrower post would offer more flex.
  • Gearing may not be low enough for those carting large amounts of cargo.
  • The Bianchi Arcadex only has clearance for 700×42mm or 650×47mm tires.
  • With a weight of 21.2lb, the Arcadex is seen as a little overweight.
  • An owner confessed concern over the rubber band securing his Di2 wireless unit.
  • Owners must supply their own nuts and bolts, as fork dropouts are not threaded.
  • Reviewers are underwhelmed by Reparto Corse’s aluminum bar and seatpost.
  • One reviewer describes the Arcadex’s geometry as “conservative”.
  • At this price point, reviewers expect a carbon seatpost.

Bottom line

Bianchi’s Arcadex is a controversial bike. Reviewers say this ultra-stiff gravel rig is sporting geometry that may be more at home on an endurance road bike. Coming from a renowned road bike manufacturer, this may not be surprising. With a long stem and short frame, the Arcadex is not echoing current gravel geometry trends. For the price, buyers receive a full-carbon frame, hydraulic brakes and an aluminum seatpost and handlebars. It goes without saying that the Arcadex’s frame shaping is surreal. Cables are routed through the top of the bike’s headset and a port in the bottom bracket waits for a non-existent e-bike variant. Nevertheless, some owners sing the praises of this gravel outsider.

Expert Reviews

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Bianchi Arcadex Review

The Arcadex is simply a fun and unintimidating bike for riding that mixes up road, fire road and the odd bit of singletrack… it definitely isn’t the plushest gravel bike out there and the ride isn’t terribly relaxing on rooty or washboarded trails.

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CyclingTips

Bianchi Arcadex Review: Stiff and Short

It’s a strange beast, the Bianchi Arcadex… Super efficient under power, but a brutally stiff ride, odd geometry and aesthetics, and some odd routing and spec choices.

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Road Bike Action Magazine

Bianchi Arcadex vs. Ridley Kanzo Fast – Euro Gravel Bike Shootout

If speed was the only factor to consider, head-to-head, the Ridley would steal the win due to the deep-dish wheels, more elite build and racier performance… But for us, the overall value of the Bianchi is what makes it a more realistic option for the majority of gravel enthusiasts.

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Rusty Rides Gravel

Bianchi Arcadex Review – Is It a Real Gravel Bike?

So the geometry of this bike then, I think it’s very much like a road tourer, as opposed to the long-tube, short-stemmed, mountain-bike-esque shape that some gravel bikes go for… Love having it, love riding it…

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Luescher Teknik

Bianchi Fork Failure – And a Rant

It was apparently brand new, out of the box, first ride by the owner and the fork steerer failed at the base of the stem/top of the upper headset bearing… In that type of failure…you land on your face and that’s clearly what has happened in this case.

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