2018 Bianchi Specialissima

The Bianchi Specialissima is the second road bike to be constructed using patented Countervail (CV) carbon from the Materials Sciences Corporation – originally designed for NASA to cancel vibrations in space craft, it also happens to be an absolutely perfect material for building high performance cycle framesets. Bianchi’s aim in developing the Specialissima was simple – to use CV to build the best ultralight bike in the world.

By using CV in every part of the Specialissima frameset, Bianchi have been able to use thinner, stronger and stiffer tube sets without any of the drawbacks often associated with ultralight bikes, such as nervousness on descents, harshness or lateral flex.  The result is stunning –  the handling, climbing, descending and acceleration of the Specialissima is quite simply class leading in every department.

Bianchi Specialissima Custom Build

Bianchi Specialissima Custom Build

Using CV, Bianchi could have made a frame that was even lighter than its featherweight 780g, and have blindly pursued the crown of smallest number on the scales – indeed, they produced several prototypes that achieved this, and that rode better than many of its competitors, but that was not Bianchi’s aim.  The Specialissima needed to ride better than any competitor bike in the world, so a tiny amount of material was added in strategic locations to absolutely nail its ride quality – leave it close to being the very lightest, but more importantly delivering on Bianchi’s goal of building the BEST ultralight bike you can buy.

As if the ride quality of the Specialissima wasn’t already enough to place it at the very top of the super-bike field, Bianchi have also invested in new types of super-light paint, and an entire system for customising paintwork to your own individual design – please see the “Tavalozza” tab for details.

The Infinito CV was the first road bike in the world to make use of Countervail – as it just plain smooths out the roughest of roads, enabling riders to go for longer over any terrain without compromising control, while at the same time reducing the fatigue that comes from road vibrations. But Countervail has another property that immediately made us call for its use in a super stiff all-out race machine – namely the ability to maintain smoothness and control while being built into the stiffest of structures for ultimate power transfer…and they’ve done it! The Specialissima delivers the perfect screamingly fast ride – super light, super stiff, super smooth and above all super controlled.

As Pro Cycling magazine put it “I am sure that the Specialissima sets a new standard in handling for ultra-light frames. I absolutely love descending on this bike…The overall stiffness of the Specialissima is unreal…While this bike is light enough to please the pure climbers, it also definitely has the stiffness to satisfy heavier and stronger riders who love to beat the cranks with 1,000W plus”

The Specialissima comes to us either as a frameset, which can then be built up into a complete bike in our workshop using components of your choice, or as a complete bike as listed in the Bianchi catalogue.  All models are available in any one of the standard (matt black, matt fluo celeste, gloss fluo celeste) or custom “Tavolozza” colours.

Bianchi Specialissima – Countervail

Bianchi collaborated with Materials Sciences Corp. to develop their innovative and exclusive application of the patented Countervail® integrated vibration canceling system for cycling. Scientific studies prove that long term exposure to vibration, typically absorbed by the rider, causes muscle fatigue and discomfort, resulting in reduced performance – and the stiffer the bike, in terms of flex under power, the more vibration becomes an issue, affecting not only comfort but stability and control at speed.

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Traditional passive damping of the frame using superficial rubber inserts and isolators are only marginally effective compared to the integrated carbon Countervail® system developed by Bianchi and proven in the extreme conditions of NASA aerospace operations. With its patented carbon fibre architecture and viscoelastic material, Countervail® carbon material is actually embedded within the carbon layup Countervail® is a patented viscoelastic carbon material with a unique fiber architecture that cancels up to 80% of vibrations while increasing the stiffness and strength of carbon frames and forks. Countervail is embedded within the layup of Bianchi CV high-performance models, immediately cancelling vibration while increasing the stiffness and strength of the entire frame.

And Countervail isn’t a small insert or dotted around the frame in patches – that’s not the way it works! It is used in every tube as it needs to be across the whole frame to maximise cancellation. It doesn’t provide cushioning or masking, with the inherent issues of deadening the ride – it cancels vibrations before they reach the rider. Countervail is expensive stuff – but it’s worth every penny as it is quite simply unique in its ability to cancel vibrations and deliver control and power.

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Advantages

  • Ultralight and rigid
  • Maximum transfer of rider energy into power and responsiveness
  • Fast and reactive during climbing and sprinting, with unparalleled control and precision on descents

Additional features of the Bianchi Specialissima frame:

  • Monocoque carbon hi-modulus frame with Countervail® material
  • Tapered headtube 1.1/8” to 1.4” to improve accuracy in steering
  • Dual compatibility for mechanical and electronic groupsets
  • Internal cable routing
  • BB Press fit 86.5 x 41
  • Seatube dimension: 27.2mm
  • Full carbon dropouts with metal inserts

Bianchi Specialissima

Bianchi Specialissima Geometry

Bianchi Specialissima – Custom Colours

As if the ride quality of the Specialissima wasn’t already enough to place it at the very top of the super-bike field, Bianchi have also invested in new types of super-light paint, and an entire system for customising paintwork to your own individual design.

Offering extremely hard wearing finishes, with high colour retention and vivid depths of colour, each Specialissima is hand painted to order in Bianchi’s Italian factory. No stickers or decals – even the head “badge” is painted.

This means they can also offer a huge variety of custom colour options with a short lead time – Bianchi call it “Tavolozza”, which means colour pallete.

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If you’d like to design your own unique colour scheme, then click here or on the image below to go to Bianchi’s custom paint scheme app (opens in a new window).

After creating the ideal layout for your Specialissima, you can save and download the design project, which will generate a unique painting code – you simply let us know the code for your design and we can place a special order with Bianchi for building up into your dream bike.  It really is very straightforward, as many of our Specialissima customers have already discovered!

Specialissima Tavalozza

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The Specialissima comes to us as either a frameset or a fully built bike, which we can of course customise as you would expect of a bike at this level. In almost every case the cost of a full custom build at Epic Cycles will be less than the cost of a fully built bike from the Bianchi catalogue – and you are free to choose exactly which components you prefer.

Bianchi Specialissima – Custom / Frameset

  • Frameset:   Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupsets:  We can build the Specialissima with groupsets from Shimano, SRAM or Campagnolo, in either mechanical or electronic form – or we can supply the frameset alone if you wish to build up your bike yourself.
  • Wheelsets:  We are happy to advise on rim/tyre compatibility, and can supply wheels from most leading brands, including Mavic, ZIPP, ENVE, DT-Swiss, Reynolds, Campagnolo etc.

Just a couple of example build prices from recent custom builds:

  • Shimano Ultegra 8000 groupset, Mavic Kysrium Pro Exalith wheels, Fizik finishing kit:  just £5489
  • Shimano Dura Ace groupset, Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL UST wheels, Fizik finishing kit:  just £6549

If you would like more information on anything at all, including specification, lead times, sizing, 0% finance, and options etc, to discuss placing an order or to make a sales appointment, please send us a message using the form below and we'll reply as soon as possible. Or simply  give us a call on 01584 879245.

Most bikes leave our store with some kind of personalisation, from simple changes to component sizes, through tailoring or swapping of parts to suit your riding style or colour preferences, to full custom builds.  We enjoy talking to people about how to get the best out of their new bike, so if there is anything at all we can help you with please just ask!

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In addition to the standard Celeste and Black colours, the Specialissima can be custom painted in a huge number of colour combinations for a small additional cost.  Offering extremely hard wearing finishes, with high colour retention and vivid depths of colour, each Specialissima is hand painted to order in Bianchi’s Italian factory. No stickers or decals – even the head “badge” is painted.

This means they can also offer a huge variety of custom colour options with a short lead time – Bianchi call it “Tavolozza”, which means colour pallete.

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If you’d like to design your own unique colour scheme, then click here to go to Bianchi’s custom paint scheme app (opens in a new window).

After creating the ideal layout for your Specialissima, you can save and download the design project, which will generate a unique painting code – you simply let us know the code for your design and we can place a special order with Bianchi for building up into your dream bike.  It really is very straightforward, as many of our Specialissima customers have already discovered!

2018 Specialissima Dura Ace

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Shimano Dura Ace
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite C17 – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.

The RRP for this bike in its standard specification is £8,100 (Rotor 3D power meter “InPower” chainset +£400) – but please click below to request our latest Every Day Low Price as we continually monitor and adjust prices to offer the very best value every day of the year, or call us on 01584 879245.  Available with 0% Finance.

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Frame – Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail and 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″ head tube
Fork – Bianchi Specialissima Full Carbon with Countervail
STI Levers – Shimano Dura Ace 22 speed
Chainset – Shimano Dura Ace 52/36T
Front Derailleur – Shimano Dura Ace
Rear Derailleur – Shimano Dura Ace
Brake Calipers – Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette – Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed
Handlebars – FSA K-Force Carbon compact
Stem – FSA OS-99
Seatpost – FSA K-Force Light Carbon 27.2mm
Saddle – San Marco Aspide Superleggera Carbon
Wheels – Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Tyres – Vittoria Corsa G+ 700x25c
Colour – Fluo Celeste (CK16) or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details.  Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

2018 Specialissima Super Record

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Campagnolo Super Record (choice of Rotor 3D power meter “InPower” or Super Record chainset)
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite C17 – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.

The RRP for this bike in its standard specification is £8,900 – but please click below to request our latest Every Day Low Price as we continually monitor and adjust prices to offer the very best value every day of the year, or call us on 01584 879245.  Available with 0% Finance.

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Frame – Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail and 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″ head tube
Fork – Bianchi Specialissima Full Carbon with Countervail
STI Levers – Campagnolo Super Record
Chainset – Campagnolo Super Record 52/36T
Front Derailleur – Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur – Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Calipers – Campagnolo Super Record
Cassette – Campagnolo Super Record 11 speed
Handlebars – FSA K-Force Carbon compact
Stem – FSA OS-99
Seatpost – FSA K-Force Light Carbon 27.2mm
Saddle – San Marco Aspide Superleggera Carbon
Wheels – Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Tyres – Vittoria Corsa G+ 700x25c
Colour – Fluo Celeste (CK16) or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details.  Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

2018 Specialissima Dura Ace Di2

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite C17 – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.

The RRP for this bike in its standard specification is £9,800 (Rotor 3D power meter “InPower” chainset +£300) – but please click below to request our latest Every Day Low Price as we continually monitor and adjust prices to offer the very best value every day of the year, or call us on 01584 879245.  Available with 0% Finance.

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Frame – Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail and 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″ head tube
Fork – Bianchi Specialissima Full Carbon with Countervail
STI Levers – Shimano Dura Ace Di2
Chainset – Shimano Dura Ace 52/36T
Front Derailleur – Shimano Dura Ace Di2
Rear Derailleur – Shimano Dura Ace Di2
Brake Calipers – Shimano Dura Ace
Cassette – Shimano Dura Ace 11 speed
Handlebars – FSA K-Force Carbon compact
Stem – FSA OS-99
Seatpost – FSA K-Force Light Carbon 27.2mm
Saddle – San Marco Aspide Superleggera Carbon
Wheels – Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Tyres – Vittoria Corsa G+ 700x25c
Colour – Fluo Celeste (CK16) or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details.  Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

2018 Specialissima Super Record EPS

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Campagnolo Super Record EPS (choice of Rotor 3D power meter “InPower” or Super Record chainset)
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite C17 – available with our famous Epic Wheel Upgrades for enhanced performance at outstanding prices.

The RRP for this bike in its standard specification is £11,200 – but please click below to request our latest Every Day Low Price as we continually monitor and adjust prices to offer the very best value every day of the year, or call us on 01584 879245.  Available with 0% Finance.

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Most bikes leave our store with some kind of personalisation, from simple changes to component sizes, through tailoring or swapping of parts to suit your riding style or colour preferences, to full custom builds.  We enjoy talking to people about how to get the best out of their new bike, so if there is anything at all we can help you with please just ask!

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Frame – Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail and 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″ head tube
Fork – Bianchi Specialissima Full Carbon with Countervail
STI Levers – Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Chainset – Campagnolo Super Record 52/36T
Front Derailleur – Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Rear Derailleur – Campagnolo Super Record EPS
Brake Calipers – Campagnolo Super Record
Cassette – Campagnolo Super Record 11 speed
Handlebars – FSA K-Force Carbon compact
Stem – FSA OS-99
Seatpost – FSA K-Force Light Carbon 27.2mm
Saddle – San Marco Aspide Superleggera Carbon
Wheels – Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite
Tyres – Vittoria Corsa G+ 700x25c
Colour – Fluo Celeste (CK16) or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details.  Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

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