Chris’ Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000 Aluminum

Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000
Chris made contact with a really sweet mountain bike. This is another made in Italy Reparto Corse frame, but this time it’s the super thin-walled triple butted aluminum tube set listed as Mega Pro Concept that was injected with structural foam for additional strength. Chris is the second owner so we’re not sure on the year it left the Milano factory. If anyone knows the year or has a catalog to look it up, please let me know so I can continue collecting information on these awesome bikes.
Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000 Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000
The tubes have been heavily shaped, just check out the seat stays.
Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000 Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000
The bike went through a few builds, but by far the coolest is this one with a White Brothers fork, full Shimano XT, and a Thomson seatpost and stem.
Chris' Bianchi Reparto Corse Tycoon XL 5000
Unfortunately,Chris sold the bike with regrets so if anyone has a lead on other frame let me know and I’ll pass it on to Chris.

Full album is here with a few more photos.

Eric’s Bianchi – ca. 1996 Titanium Martini Racing XC

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.

1996 Bianchi Ti Martini Racing

More photos in the Flickr album Eric’s 1996 Bianchi Ti Martini Racing

My Reparto Corse

2002 Bianchi Tycoon XL Boron

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.

Tycoon 2002 Catalog

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.

Reparto Dirt

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 repartodirt@gmail.com.