Rolling Wonders

Bianchi W.U.S.S.

Apr 1, 2006
Outside Magazine
Bianchi W.U.S.S.

Bianchi W.U.S.S.    Photo: Mark Weiss

BIANCHI W.U.S.S. / $1,340, 23.3 lbs
Why It's Cool: Who doesn't want a hard-cranking machine with Italian panache at a rock-bottom price?
The Ride: It may be decked in pearly paint—a defiant middle finger to pragmatism—but the W.U.S.S. is no softy. This "White Ultimate Single Speed" is about fast, all-out trail assault. Aggressive geometry makes for responsive, cross-country-inspired handling, and the Easton Ultralite aluminum provides a ride with plenty of snap. At 23.3 pounds, the W.U.S.S. feels light and springy on the climbs. On flat, never-straight singletrack circuits and whooping, chutes-and-ladders-style trails, we couldn't stop smiling. Even on sharp, knotty downhills, the W.U.S.S. tracked a line surprisingly well, due in part to the hard-to-beat three-plus inches of cushion in the RockShox Reba Team fork. The Avid mechanical disc brakes are sweet, though they detract from the overall minimalist aesthetic.
Right Bike If: Your bike quiver lacks a fast, fun, abuse-loving one-speed. Sizes: 13.5, 15.5, 17.5, 19.5 (tested), and 21.5 in;