Bianchi's celeste green holds a special place in the hearts of many a cyclist since its hue is splashed across decades of classic Italian bicycles found in everything from local tweed rides to the high mountains of the grand tours. This year, Bianchi adds a modern featherweight to its line with the all-new 2017 Specialissima Road Frameset. It's built to climb like a mountain goat and descend gracefully through the twistiest of roads with a flash of classy Bianchi style. Made from super light and stiff carbon fiber, the Specialissima brings together a perfect balance of lightweight responsiveness, stiff power transfer, and impeccable handling to deftly navigate any road at speed.
Bianchi borrows the Countervail integrated vibration cancelling system found in its endurance-focused Infinito CV, infusing the Specialissima with exceptional vibration damping abilities to soften energy-zapping road noise. Bianchi owns the patent on Countervail, which involves a viscoelastic carbon material inserted between carbon layers for a claimed 80% reduction in road vibration feel. This makes the frame superbly comfortable over the miles while ensuring that all of your power goes straight into the rear wheel.
For an extra dose of stiffness, Bianchi opts for a beefy PressFit BB86 shell that solidly transfers every bit of power to the drivetrain without any watt-sucking lateral movement. While this frame isn't billed as specifically aerodynamic, Bianchi does take cues from its Aqulia CV time trial bike in creating the Specialissima's front end, importing the integrated head tube and fork for a smooth transition that slices through the air with ease. You'll enjoy some aerodynamic benefits over frames without the integrated headtube and fork comb; and cleaner looking lines.
Bianchi caps off the 2017 Specialissima Road Frameset with internal cable routing compatible with both mechanical and electronic shifting systems for clean lines and a bit of extra aerodynamic advantage regardless of your component choice. Its carbon dropouts feature alloy inserts to protect them from errant skewer scratches and increase the durability of the frame.
Colour 1E - Black Matte/Celeste, 1H - Celeste Matte/Black
FRAME Specialissima Super Light Carbon w/Countervail, 1 1/4">1 1/8" headset, PressFit 86.5 bottom bracket, 27.2mm seatpost
FORK Bianchi Full Carbon w/Countervail 1.4">1.1/8" integrated head
HEADSET FSA 44
TOP CAP Carbon Ti X- Plug
SEATPOST CLAMP Carbon Ti X- Clamp 3