Bianchi aims to make gravel riding faster with the new Impulso RC

The new frame design has been aerodynamically optimised whilst meeting the needs of gravel

Clock20:00, Wednesday 22nd November 2023

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The new Impulso is aimed solely at gravel racing

Bianchi has unveiled the latest version of its Impulso gravel bike, which has received a speed-orientated makeover, including a more aggressive geometry.

The changes have been made after the Italian brand identified a ‘fault line’ emerging in gravel riding, with the category splitting into more defined disciplines. The new Impulso sets about satisfying the racing contingent who fall on one side of this split.

With the speeds of gravel racing constantly rising, aerodynamics is a legitimate consideration in gravel bike design. To tailor to this, Bianchi has taken inspiration from its Oltre road bike. However it has also made changes to that geometry to make the Impulso's rid position more progressive.

The changes made to the Impulso’s geometry are in line with the current trend that appears to be sweeping gravel bikes. This is to relax the head angle to allow for a longer wheelbase and more stable steering, something that is aided by fitting a shorter stem for each size. It's something inspired by mountain bike designs, giving the rider more control on loose surfaces.

Joining the geometry changes at the front of the bike is a more pronounced bottom bracket drop. This lowers the centre of gravity and provides a more stable chassis for cornering.

Another noticeable inclusion is the integrated fork that seamlessly interfaces with the head tube. Bianchi has also created a gravel-specific aero wheelset for the Impulso RC called the RC43, referring to their profile. The brand says that these wheels "make the Impulso one of the most aerodynamic gravel bikes in its category".

Alongside the fork and wheels, Bianchi has also increased the tyre clearance. The outgoing model had a rather modest 38mm maximum tyre compatibility, but this has been upped to a more generous 42mm for the new model, ensuring that the bike retains an adventure spirit alongside its race-focussed leanings.

Finishing off the Impulso RC is a new gravel-specific cockpit. The one-piece bar and stem are said to be stiffer than previous offerings with the bar also receiving a redesign to include a 16-degree flare to aid control.

Pricing and builds

Bianchi will be offering the Impulso in three builds starting with the Comp, with the RC coming in as the flagship model.

  • Bianchi Impulso Comp - €2,999
  • Bianchi Impulso Pro - €4,249
  • Bianchi Impulso RC - €6,849

For more information head over to the Bianchi website.

Are you a fan of the new Impulso? Do you agree with Bianchi about the 'fault line' in gravel? Let your thoughts be heard in the comments down below.

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