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Published on October 9th, 2013 | by Jerald

Art’s Cyclery Employee Bike Check

Art’s Employee: Mark Graham
Position: Retail Assistant Manager
Bike: Bianchi Sempre

About The Build:  Sempre is Italian for “always.” True to its name, the Bianchi Sempre was designed to be a bike that could perform under high-speed race conditions yet still be comfortable for long, slower jaunts in the saddle. A bike that you could ride always. The Sempre is a combination of the race driven Bianchi Oltre and the more relaxed Infinito, a joining of two conflicting worlds that creates a very lust-worthy ride.

The build itself also features a similar medley of conflicting styles. Mark Graham, Retail Assistant Manager and resident jokester, is a good Southern boy from Georgia and he imposed his own style on this Italian classic wherever he could. The best representation has to be the Specialized “Texas” bar wrap and bright Yellow Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0. This is a man who likes to make a statement. Classic Bianchi styling meets cutting-edge technology with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 group, which keeps his shifting razor sharp.  An FSA finishing kit and Easton EC90 Carbon Bars make for a comfortable cockpit and his Specialized Toupe Pro Saddle makes for a comfortable derrière. Reynolds MV32C Ultra Light wheels wrapped with Vittoria Open Corsa SC II Tires keep this steed galloping at top speed and gripping the turns like glue. Mark uses a Garmin Edge 200 to keep himself on course so he can be back home in time for supper.

Mark's Bianchi Sempre has even delivered him to the podium once or twice.

I'm not sure if it's Bianchi or Mark that likes to show off more but dang this Sempre looks good.

Tech Specs:

Frame/Fork: Bianchi Sempre Frameset 2013 52cm
Headset: FSA Orbit Headset and FSA Carbon Steerer Tube Expander
Wheels: Reynolds MV32C Ultra Light
Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Brakeset
Crankset: FSA Energy Megaexo BB30 Crankset
Chainring: FSA Pro Road Chainrings 110mm BCD 50/34
Chain: Shimano Ultegra 6701 10 Speed Chain
Bottom Bracket: BB30 Bottom Bracket
Shift Levers: Shimano Ultegra Di2 6770 Shifters
Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 6770 Front Derailleur Braze-On with Ultegra Di2 6770 Braze-On Adapter
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 6770 Rear Derailleur
Pedals: Shimano Ultegra 6800C SPD-SL Carbon Pedals
Seatpost: FSA SL-K Seatpost 31.6
Saddle: Specialized Toupe Pro Saddle
Stem: FSA SL-K Stem 110mm
Handlebars: Easton EC90 Carbon Bars 42cm
Tires: Vittoria Open Corsa SC II Tires 700×23
Water Bottle Cages: Elite Custom Race Bottle Cages
Bartape: Specialized “Texas” Bartape

Extras: Yellow Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0, and Garmin Edge 200

Weight: 16.0 lbs.

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About the Author

grew up riding bikes on and off road but never competitively before college. He started riding and racing bikes soon after joining the Cal Poly Triathlon Team and has yet to show signs of stopping. Jerald has a degree in Political Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and when he’s not riding, he either has his face in a good book or his pillow.

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