Eric was generous enough to step up with photos and some info on his bike, a Titanium Martini Racing XC model painted in the Martini Racing Team colors. Based on the rear canitilever brake cable stop the bike is pre-1997.
The bike was picked up used on craigslist. Hard riding led to a crack that was repaired. The rear triangle was then left unpainted and polished to show off the titanium. Parts are not original spec, but were chosen to handle some tough riding. The titanium Moots stem and titanium White Brothers bars are nice touches.
More photos in the Flickr album Eric’s 1996 Bianchi Ti Martini Racing
The motivation for Reparto Dirt was this bike. I was looking for an inexpensive steel hard tail to build up and came across the frame on ebay, but I couldn’t find any specific information on it. Some digging in forums finally led me to a generous person who provided partial scans of the 2002 catalog showing the frame with details on its construction. Officially it is a 2002 Bianchi Tycoon XL Boron. I was frustrated by that lack of information then and I have been surprised that Bianchi mountain bikes are poorly documented in general.
I bought the frame and it arrived with some damage to the seat stays that had been disclosed, and some that hadn’t. A trip to Mikkelsen Frames to repair the seat stays followed by a partial repaint at D&D Cycles left the frame in good shape. Parts were purchased on a budget and for functionality. The bike rides like a dream. It’s home turf is the Bay Area single track and it eats it up. My love for this bike has led me to want other people to learn more about Bianchi mountain bikes and their history.
If you have a Bianchi that plays in the dirt that you would like included on the site, please send me an email with photos and words and I’ll post it up. If you have catalog scans, please please please send them in so that this website can become a reference for other people looking to learn more about these great bikes.
Welcome to Reparto Dirt. The intent here is to present as much information as possible on the various Bianchi mountain bikes through the years as well as some of the history surrounding the Bianchi-Martini and Bianchi-Motorex racing teams. If you have catalog scans, race stories, or photos of your bike that you’d like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.