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A classic Bianchi model is getting an overhaul. Following a trend by many other brands, Bianchi is turning the Specialissima into an all-around race bike that balances low weight, aerodynamics and ride quality.
The new Specialissima tips the scales at a claimed 750 grams, painted in a size 55, with the fork adding an additional 370 grams. And just like we have been seeing the Jumbo-Visma WorldTour team racing a version of the Bianchi Oltre XR4 with lightweight black paint, there will also be a version of the Specialissima available with the same lightweight paint that drops a not-insignificant 80 grams. If you’re not concerned about having the absolute lightest version, though, the bike comes in the iconic celeste paint as well as a “greenish blue” option. Additionally, through the new Bianchi Colour Configurator, there are five “Signature Collection” options, which feature iridescent elements and are hand painted in Italy.
The low weight of the Specialissima helps it deliver a higher stiffness to weight ratio for a responsive bike that is made for attacking and climbing. Likewise, the geometry leans on the aggressive side. But to maintain comfort, the bike utilizes the Bianchi CV vibration canceling system found in the brand’s other frames and forks, which combines viscoelastic material and a special carbon layup to dissipate a claimed 80 percent of road buzz. The new frame can clear up to 28mm tires as well, which allows more comfort to be introduced into the ride. Although that tire clearance is a bit tight by today’s standards, especially for a model that is disc-brake only.
Aero improvements on the Specialissima come from what Bianchi learned while working on the Oltre XR4 aero bike. There doesn’t appear to be anything too groundbreaking here in terms of design, but there are plenty of proven aero features. There’s not an exposed cable in site, and the stem is neatly integrated into the frame. Notably, there are no dropped seat stays to speak of here.
The Specialissima will be available in seven sizes: 47cm, 50cm, 53cm, 55cm, 57cm, 59cm and 61cm. Bianchi hasn’t released any word yet on pricing, but it’s safe to assume that this race-oriented frame designed for pro riders will occupy the higher end of the brand’s range.
More details: bianchi.com