Bianchi launches updated 6.6kg Specialissima road bike

Italian manufacturer describes the bike as an 'all-rounder' that sits alongside its flagship Oltre

Clock09:00, Saturday 16th September 2023
Bianchi has dubbed its updated Specialissima as a 'next-gen all-rounder'

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Bianchi has dubbed its updated Specialissima as a 'next-gen all-rounder'

Bianchi has dubbed its third generation of the Specialissima RC as a "next-gen all-rounder" that delivers high performance regardless of how the road lies.

The Specialissima's lightweight build and aerodynamic design demonstrate that the brand has set out to make a fast, no-compromise bike, even if it comes in under the UCI weight limit at just 6.6kg (size 55).

The Specilaissima has always been a climbers' bike, but this time Bianchi has redesigned the frame for improved aerodynamic efficiency over flat terrain and when descending mountain passes.

Bianchi claims that this generation of the Specialissima only requires a 6% slope to give a performance advantage to pro athletes, compared to its predecessor's 8.8% incline threshold.

Sitting alongside the Oltre RC at the top of Bianchi's road range, the Specialissima has taken inspiration from the aero racing bike with a fork design that is integrated into the frame to reduce friction.

The science behind the art

There's no question about whether Bianchi can produce bikes that are easy on the eye; this is something the company has prided itself on since it began back in the 19th century. However, can this bike be both flattering and fast?

The Italian brand is confident that it can. With the aim of enhancing aerodynamic performance without adding extra weight or losing feel, Bianchi's Reparto Corse switched things up.

Focusing on shallower gradients, the new Specialissima offers an 8.7-second advantage against its second-generation counterpart to an athlete putting out 200 watts on a 6% incline.

Meanwhile, on the flat stuff, that same rider will gain an advantage of 31.19 seconds. With this data in mind, Bianchi says that the Specialissima is the better option compared to an all-out aero bike.

When looking at the power data for a rider achieving 30km/h on a 6% climb, the Specialissima saves 3.6 watts.

The tiny details behind an ultralight bike

The headline figure of 6.6kg (size 55) can't be ignored. Even if this weight wavers a few per cent, achieving it hasn't been done in one fell swoop, with countless minute details all helping to shave off the grams.

Bianchi shed some bulk from the frame by redistributing materials from the rear to the front of the bike, using ultra-fine vertical stays and slimmed-down horizontal stays. Meanwhile, weight reduction has also taken place on the derailleur hanger and integrated seat tube locking system.

What's most impressive is the special finish used on the Specialissima RC model, which cuts an extra 40g compared to other finishes.

Geometry enhancements

Certain components on the Specialissima have been 'specially' designed to improve its performance. The integrated carbon handlebar, available in five lengths and compatible with Acros internal cable routing, provides a two-degree flare alongside a 73mm and 125mm drop.

The RC version comes fitted with Bianchi Reparto Corse wheels with 33m tubeless-ready rims that a compatible with tyres up to 32mm. The wheelset weighs in a 1.38kg.

One model, three versions

The Specialissima Pro and Specialissima Comp models are budget-friendly alternatives to the top-end Specialissima RC.

Featuring the same cockpit as the top-end model, as well as Bianchi's CV vibration-reducing technology, the Specialissima Pro is fitted with Velomann Palladium wheels and Velomann Mitors Hyper 139mm saddle.

The Specialissima Comp has a similar setup but with the Mitora H1 139mm saddle and is fully compatible with the integrated handlebar setup used by the top-tier models.

Bianchi has not revealed prices for the new Specialissima range yet but we do know that the bike will be available from late September.

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