Italian bike brand Bianchi was founded in 1885 by Edouardo Bianchi, taking its home at number 7 Via Nirone.
Nirone became the name given to one of the best selling bikes produced by Bianchi. It wasn’t until 2009 that the first female specific bikes in the range were created, and they’ve seen various iterations over the years.
Bianchi’s approach to women’s bikes focuses on fit changes, not an entirely new geometry. The bikes have always been available in a wide range of sizes, usually starting at a 47 cm frame, but in the women’s varieties they take this down to a 44 cm, swapping in appropriately sized handlebars, stem, and a female specific saddle.
This is an approach that some will nod at, whilst others are less convinced by – but it does become a little more sensible when considered in tandem with the fact that Italian frames such as Bianchi’s are known for featuring slightly shorter top tubes than most American brands. A shortened top tube is an adjustment most make when offering a female specific bike, and perhaps explains the popularity of Bianchi among the female audience.