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2019 Bianchi Specialissima CV

The Bianchi Specialissima was 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 really very simple – to use Countervail to build the best ultra-light 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.

Using Countervail, Bianchi could have made a frame that was even lighter than its featherweight 780g, and blindly pursued the crown of smallest number on the scales – indeed, they produced several prototypes that achieved this.  Prototypes that rode better than many of its competitors.

But this 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 back in to strategic locations to absolutely nail its ride quality – leaving it close to being the very lightest, but more importantly delivering on Bianchi’s goal of building the BEST ultra-light 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 endurance racing Infinito CV was the first road bike in the world to make use of Countervail – as it simply 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”

WHAT IS COUNTERVAIL®?

The key technology Countervail® is a carbon composite-material system that combines patented structural carbon with viscoelastic resin.

Bianchi collaborated with Materials Sciences Corp. to develop their innovative and exclusive application of the patented Countervail integrated vibration cancelling 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.

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.

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.

With its patented carbon fibre architecture and viscoelastic material, Countervail carbon material is actually embedded within the carbon layup of the frame, and cancels up to 80% of vibrations.

At the same time it enables Bianchi’s engineers to increase the stiffness and strength of the entire frame as the vibrations that are usually amplified by super stiff lay-ups are taken care of by the Countervail material.

Countervail is embedded within Bianchi’s high-performance road and MTB CV models: Specialissima, Oltre XR4, Oltre XR3, Infinito CV, Aquila CV and Methanol CV.

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
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

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 either of the standard (matt black and gloss fluo celeste) or custom “Tavolozza” colours.

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BIANCHI SPECIALISSIMA CUSTOM

2019 Bianchi Specialissima – Custom / Frameset

The Bianchi Specialissima comes to us as either a fully built bike or as a frameset for full custom specification, using components of your choice.

In almost every case the cost of a full custom build at Epic Cycles will be less than a similar built bike from the Bianchi catalogue – and  you are free to choose your favourite components.

  • 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, Hunt, ENVE, DT-Swiss, Reynolds, Campagnolo etc.

Recent Custom Builds

Below are a couple of example builds for illustration – the possibilities are endless!

Specialissima Chorus Custom – £5699

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima with Countervail

  • Groupset:  Campagnolo Chorus 22sp

  • Finishing Kit:  Fi’zi:k Cyrano R3 bars, R1 stem, R3 seatpost, Antares R3 saddle

  • Wheelset:  Campagnolo Eurus with Vittoria Corsa G+ tyres

Specialissima Ultegra Di2 Custom – £5899

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima with Countervail

  • Groupset:  Shimano Ultegra Di2 22sp

  • Finishing Kit:  Deda Elementi SuperZero bars, stem, seatpost, Selle Italia SLR saddle

  • Wheelset:  Hunt 36 Carbon Wide Aero with Maxxis Padrone Tubeless tyres

Custom Build Enquiry

If you would like more information or a quote for a custom build or frameset, please send us a message using the form below - or give us a call on 01584 705042.
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BIANCHI SPECIALISSIMA

Standard Bianchi Catalogue Builds

2019 Bianchi Specialissima Dura Ace

Key Features:

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Shimano Dura Ace
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification).  Upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) in our exclusive Squadra Edition for enhanced performance.

Frame: Specialissima super light carbon w/Countervail, 1.4″-1.1/8″, PressFit 86,5x41mm BB, Seatpost diam. 27,2mm
Fork: Bianchi Full Carbon w/Countervail, 1.1/8″>1.4″
Headset: Fsa NO.44/CF-R, 1.1/8″>1.1/4″
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace ST-R9100 2x11sp
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace RD-R9100 SS 11sp
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace FD-R9100 11sp
Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace FC-R9100 Hollowtech II, 50-34T
BB: Shimano SM-BB92-41B, PressFit Road
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace CN-HG901-11
Sprocket: Shimano Dura Ace CS-R9100, 11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28T
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace BR-R9100
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard) – DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (Squadra)
Stem: Fsa OS-99 CSI, AL7050 core with integrated carbon structure, AL2014/Carbon integrated, 4-bolt faceplate, bolts 6/4 Titanium, 31.8mm, angle +/-6º
Handlebar: Fsa K-Force Compact, UD Weave Carbon, diam. 31.8mm, drop 125mm, reach 80mm, 4º Outward Bend
Seatpost: Fsa K-Force Light SB25, UD Carbon Monocoque, clamp type 2-Bolt Head “MTC”, Setback 25 mm, Length 350mm, 27.2mm, Di2 Battery compatible
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Antares R1 carbon braided
Colours: Fluo Celeste (CK16) Gloss or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details. Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

Squadra Edition

In our exclusive Squadra edition the wheels have been upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) – complete bike just £8599.

Standard Specification Model

The manufacturer's RRP with standard components is £8500 – but to receive our Epic EVERY DAY LOW PRICE please see below.  Or if you join Epic Cycles Club for free, we offer up to 12% off the RRP of standard specification models.
  • Latest Every Day Low Price

    To receive our latest price for this bike in its standard specification simply enter your contact details, click on "Send Enquiry", and we will email it to you ASAP.   Or give us a call on 01584 705042.
  • Further Information

    To place an order, make a sales appointment, or request further information on anything at all (e.g. on custom builds, colour options, modifications, availability, or sizing etc) please also add a message below.
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2019 Bianchi Specialissima Super Record

Key Features:

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Campagnolo Super Record
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification).  Upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) in our exclusive Squadra Edition for enhanced performance.

Frame: Specialissima super light carbon w/Countervail, 1.4″-1.1/8″, PressFit 86,5x41mm BB, Seatpost diam. 27,2mm
Fork: Bianchi Full Carbon w/Countervail, 1.1/8″>1.4″
Headset: Fsa NO.44/CF-R, 1.1/8″>1.1/4″
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra Shift Ergopower 12sp
Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 12sp
Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record 12sp
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record Ultra-Torque CT TI Carbon 50x34T
BB: Campagnolo Ultra Torque OS-Fit integrated cups 86,5x41mm
Chain: Campagnolo Super Record 12sp
Sprocket: Campagnolo Super Record 12sp, 11-29T
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record skeleton, dual pivot front & rear
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification) – DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (Squadra edition)
Tire: Vittoria Corsa G+ Isotech graphene, 700x25c
Stem: Fsa OS-99 CSI, AL7050 core with integrated carbon structure, AL2014/Carbon integrated, 4-bolt faceplate, bolts 6/4 Titanium, 31.8mm, angle +/-6º
Handlebar: Fsa K-Force Compact, UD Weave Carbon, diam. 31.8mm, drop 125mm, reach 80mm, 4º Outward Bend
Seatpost: Fsa K-Force Light SB25, UD Carbon Monocoque, clamp type 2-Bolt Head “MTC”, Setback 25 mm, Length 350mm, 27.2mm, Di2 Battery compatible
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Antares R1 carbon braided
Colours: Fluo Celeste (CK16) Gloss or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details. Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

Squadra Edition

In our exclusive Squadra edition the wheels have been upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) – complete bike just £8949.

Standard Specification Model

The manufacturer's RRP with standard components is £8900 – but to receive our Epic EVERY DAY LOW PRICE please see below.  Or if you join Epic Cycles Club for free, we offer up to 12% off the RRP of standard specification models.
  • Latest Every Day Low Price

    To receive our latest price for this bike in its standard specification simply enter your contact details, click on "Send Enquiry", and we will email it to you ASAP.   Or give us a call on 01584 705042.
  • Further Information

    To place an order, make a sales appointment, or request further information on anything at all (e.g. on custom builds, colour options, modifications, availability, or sizing etc) please also add a message below.
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2019 Bianchi Specialissima RED eTap

Key Features:

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  SRAM RED eTap
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification).  Upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) in our exclusive Squadra Edition for enhanced performance.

Frame: Specialissima super light carbon w/Countervail, 1.4″-1.1/8″, PressFit 86,5x41mm BB, Seatpost diam. 27,2mm
Fork: Bianchi Full Carbon w/Countervail, 1.1/8″>1.4″
Headset: Fsa NO.44/CF-R, 1.1/8″>1.1/4″
Shifters: Sram Red eTap 2x11sp
Rear derailleur: Sram Red eTap
Front derailleur: Sram Red eTap
Crankset: Sram Red 50/34T, carbon crank arms, aluminium chainrings, BB spindle 24mm, BDC110
BB: Sram BB PFGXP road PressFit 86.5x41mm
Chain: Sram Red22 CN-RED-A1
Sprocket: Sram Red CS-XG-1190-A1 11sp 11-28T
Brakes: Sram Red
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification) – DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (Squadra Edition)
Tire: Vittoria Corsa G+ Isotech graphene, 700x25c
Stem: Fsa OS-99 CSI, AL7050 core with integrated carbon structure, AL2014/Carbon integrated, 4-bolt faceplate, bolts 6/4 Titanium, 31.8mm, angle +/-6º
Handlebar: Fsa K-Force Compact, UD Weave Carbon, diam. 31.8mm, drop 125mm, reach 80mm, 4º Outward Bend
Seatpost: Fsa K-Force Light SB25, UD Carbon Monocoque, clamp type 2-Bolt Head “MTC”, Setback 25 mm, Length 350mm, 27.2mm, Di2 Battery compatible
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Antares R1 carbon braided
Colours: Fluo Celeste (CK16) Gloss or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details. Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

Squadra Edition

In our exclusive Squadra edition the wheels have been upgraded to DT-Swiss ARC1400 carbon (worth £1675) – complete bike just £9509.

Standard Specification Model

The manufacturer's RRP with standard components is £9500 – but to receive our Epic EVERY DAY LOW PRICE please see below.  Or if you join Epic Cycles Club for free, we offer up to 12% off the RRP of standard specification models.
  • Latest Every Day Low Price

    To receive our latest price for this bike in its standard specification simply enter your contact details, click on "Send Enquiry", and we will email it to you ASAP.   Or give us a call on 01584 705042.
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2019 Bianchi Specialissima Dura Ace Di2

Key Features:

  • Frameset:  Bianchi Specialissima super light carbon with Countervail
  • Groupset:  Shimano Dura Ace Di2
  • Wheelset:  Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification).  Upgraded to Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL UST (worth £1899) in our exclusive Squadra Edition for enhanced performance.

Frame: Specialissima super light carbon w/Countervail, 1.4″-1.1/8″, PressFit 86,5x41mm BB, Seatpost diam. 27,2mm
Fork: Bianchi Full Carbon w/Countervail, 1.1/8″>1.4″
Headset: Fsa NO.44/CF-R, 1.1/8″>1.1/4″
Shifters: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 ST-R9150 2x11sp
Rear derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 RD-R9150 SS 11sp
Front derailleur: Shimano Dura Ace Di2 FD-R9150-F
Crankset: Shimano Dura Ace FC-R9100, Hollowtech II, 52x36T
BB: Shimano SM-BB92-41B PressFit
Chain: Shimano Dura Ace CN-HG901-11
Sprocket: Shimano Dura Ace CS-R9100, 11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28T
Brakes: Shimano Dura Ace BR-R9100
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Zero Nite (standard specification) – Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL UST (Squadra Edition)
Tire: Vittoria Corsa G+ Isotech graphene, 700x25c
Stem: Fsa OS-99 CSI, AL7050 core with integrated carbon structure, AL2014/Carbon integrated, 4-bolt faceplate, bolts 6/4 Titanium, 31.8mm, angle +/-6º
Handlebar: Fsa K-Force Compact, UD Weave Carbon, diam. 31.8mm, drop 125mm, reach 80mm, 4º Outward Bend
Seatpost: Fsa K-Force Light SB25, UD Carbon Monocoque, clamp type 2-Bolt Head “MTC”, Setback 25 mm, Length 350mm, 27.2mm, Di2 Battery compatible
Saddle: Fi’zi:k Antares R1 carbon braided
Colours: Fluo Celeste (CK16) Gloss or Carbon Black Matt with hand painted details. Also available in full range of Tavolozza colours (+£300).

Squadra Edition

In our exclusive Squadra edition the wheels have been upgraded to Mavic Ksyrium Pro Carbon SL UST (worth £1899) – complete bike just £10,309.

Standard Specification Model

The manufacturer's RRP with standard components is £10,300 – but to receive our Epic EVERY DAY LOW PRICE please see below.  Or if you join Epic Cycles Club for free, we offer up to 12% off the RRP of standard specification models.
  • Latest Every Day Low Price

    To receive our latest price for this bike in its standard specification simply enter your contact details, click on "Send Enquiry", and we will email it to you ASAP.   Or give us a call on 01584 705042.
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