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November 12, 2015 – From the moment we saw it at Eurobike, we knew we had to get our hands on the new Bianchi Specialissima. It wasn’t the sub 800gram frame weight or Countervail technology that caught our eye, it was the combination of the classic lines and celeste green. We loved the Oltre, the Sempre and the Infinito, but they just don’t have the same classic lines that feel so right bathed in Bianchi’s signature hue.
Well, we just unboxed and built up our test bike – the Super Record EPS version of the Specialissima. This is the top of the range build with Fulcrum Racing Zero Carbon Clinchers and FSA carbon with Selle San Marco’s super light Aspide saddle. The price is lofty – $14000. A Dura-Ace Di2 version is available for $12500 and a frame set costs $5000.
While feather light, 780grams for a 55cm frame and 13.8lbs for our built 59cm test bike, the standout tech is the inclusion of Countervail. Technology created by NASA, it’s a viscoelastic layer incorporated in the layup and designed to cancel the majority of vibration. While it debuted to great success on the Infinito CV endurance platform, taming the nervous and sometimes harsh ride of an ultralight climber could be the perfect application of the technology. We’ll find out. Stay tuned.