The Bianchi Matta S9 Titanium is a bike as rare as houndstooth. It was produced by the legendary Italian brand in the late 2000s using titanium âfor life, not just for Christmasâ that you just don’t see in normal bikes.
In fact, before owner and general bike collector Jamie Anderson took the bike out of its shed at the Hotel Flandrien in Brakel, Flanders – of which he is co-founder and owner – I admit that I had never even heard of the Matta S9.
A rudimentary Google search suggests that you might have a chance to find one in the United States and Japan, but in Europe? Nothing. If you want one, your fingers will have to be crossed for it to emerge on the second-hand market.
Luckily for Anderson, that’s exactly what happened. He bought this used one from a Belgian based in LiÃ¨ge – a former architect with a passion for the finer things in life who had bought the bespoke Matta directly from Bianchi in 2008.
However, lower back pain associated with the aggressive geometry of the bike kept him from riding it comfortably. A shame for him, a blessing for Jamie.
Bicycles, in general, get old quickly. Just look back to 2012 and Pinarello Dogma, winner of Bradley Wiggins’ Tour de France. The bike looks old. And yet, despite being built in 2008, the Matta S9 looks like it might have left the factory yesterday. This is titanium for you: timeless.
The frame is really the main dish construction. This iteration of the Matta S9 Ti frame is believed to have been a collaboration between Bianchi and independent bike maker Passoni, although this is not verified.
What we do know for sure is that it is available in a selection of sizes from 49cm to 62cm or in custom geometry. Bianchi did the design, Passoni probably the manufacture. For this particular build, which measures close to a 21-inch frame, you can see a longer top tube with a short head tube and down tube for an aggressive stance.
When Anderson bought the bike it came with Bianchi’s own carbon fork, but due to its weight he has since traded it in for a lighter Easton EC90 carbon option.
The bike was built with Campagnolo Super Record (something else would be heresy, right?)
As a 2008 bike, you’ll notice Campagnolo’s Super Record rim brakes which we think are part of the timelessness of the bike. Just like the wheels – unmarked rims built by Miche on Chris King hubs complemented by 25mm Continental GP 4000 tires, perfect for the rough Belgian roads.
To help reduce weight, there is also a Ritchey World Championships carbon seat post and Thomson carbon stem. The finishes include a set of Trivio bottle cages in raw carbon and a Selle Italia Filante saddle.
Overall, the full construction tips the scales at under 7kg. Not bad for a 13 year old titanium bike …
Framework: Bianchi Matta S9 Ti
Helmet : Hope
Pair of wheels: Unmarked Miche carbon wheels
Shift: Campagnolo Super Record
Crankset: 3D rotor with Power2Max power meter
Handlebar: Ritchey Classic EvoCurve
Stem: Thompson Carbon
Saddle stem : Ritchey carbon world champions
Tires: Continental GP 4000
Saddle: Selle Italia Filante