The Strada is Bacchetta’s steel bike for the performance minded. It is designed to be fast but versatile. The stock dual 26″ (559) wheels come with 1″ 100 psi tires and allow a wide range of others. Though built for speed it has clearance for fenders or wider tires for touring. Its brake bosses are positioned to allow you to also use high-performance 650c 571 size wheels. The 650c size allows you to use the extremely light, aerodynamic and fast wheels and tires found on time trial and triathlon bikes.
The Strada is available in two sizes, medium and extra large to fit riders 5’6″ to well over 6’6″. Shorter riders would probably find the seat and BB height tough to get used to. At $1795 it may be faster than any equally comfy recumbent in its price range.
The aluminum Kinessis “Classic” front fork has eyelets and clearance for a fender and a 1.25″ tire. There is plenty of room in the rear for a 1.25 tire and a fender.
Strada will have a full 105 groupo includes the 105 crank.
STRADA means “street” or “road” in Italian (and Bacchetta is big stick, referring to their mono-tube frames I guess.) Once you get used to the high bottom bracket design it is a great bike. I can even ride it no hands for a short distance. The STRADA promises to be a comfortable bike for fast century or club rides.
And it’s almost high enough to keep “wedgie” riders from looking down on you!
The STRADA features a Shimano 105 triple groupo, with a few exceptions. The front brake is a Taiwanese dual pivot side-pull but the rear brake has been replaced with Avid Arch Rivals. This poses a problem because Bacchetta uses matching brake levers. It has a SRAM chain and Grip shift shifters, a combination which works well.
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