Bianchi is the world’s oldest bicycle-making company still in existence, founded in 1885 by Eduardo Bianchi in Milan, Italy. No doubt, Bianchi is the pioneer of bicycle development since the beginning. They invented equal-sized wheels with pneumatic rubber tires in 1895, first bicycle ever featuring a cardan joint transmission in 1901 and front brake system in 1913. Throughout Bianchi’s 130-year history, the Specialissima name has represented the pinnacle of the Italian legend’s road machine line-up. Each and every Bianchi bicycle is not only the most perfect machine from a technical point of view, but also an expression of the latest innovation
The Specialissima was born in 1956, when the Bianchi team already had quite an award collection and Fausto Coppi – whose name would forever be connected to the company – already had several Giro d’Italia and Tour de France victories. Throughout the 1960s, the Specialissima – replacing the famous “Campione del Mondo” model, similar in the frame profile but different in the components – it was build with Campagnolo Record 1st gen groupset which was ahead of the time back in the days. The Bianchi Specialissima is defined by a superlative that shamelessly boasts a desire to win, to dominate the dreams of cyclists and fans of the professional cycling.
In years 1960-1964, Bianchi returned to the pro peloton as main sponsor of the BIANCHI Team. The team was continuation of the BIANCHI Pirelli Team. The entire team was using Bianchi Specialissima bikes, exactly the same as we are presenting here.
Here we are proudly offering a legendary Bianchi Specialissima, which dates to 1960 and is one of very first Specialissima. Extraordinary details makes you understand that Edoardo Bianchi was a medical tool engineer, before he started with bike manufacturing. Beautiful lugs, pin for lubrication of the headset, serial number at the seat-tube clamp, especially designed chainset tubes among the others.This steel racing machine stayed in a private museum for more than 40 years and still has original paint, decals and parts. Built with Campagnolo Gran sport and Record 1st gen groupset, Universal 61 brakes, Ambrosio Champion cockpit, NiSi rims, Brooks saddle. A museum piece!
Iconic and very collectible! Original condition. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Bianchi Specialissima (frame no.160209)
– seat tube (c-t): 53,5 cm
– top tube (c-c): 54 cm
– headset tube: 10,5 cm
– standover: 77 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Record 1st gen (151bcd, 170mm , 52/42)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Headset: Bianchi integrated
Shifters: Campagnolo Gran Sport
Brake Levers: Universal
Brakes: Universal 61
Handlebar: Ambrosio Champion
Stem: Ambrosio Champion (105mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Freewheel: Regina Extra (5 speed)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Record (27,2 mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo Record 1st gen
Leather straps: Alfredo Binda, blue
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: cotton, biege (new)
Condition: Used, but good condition. Original paint and decals. Some sings of normal use, some paint chips. No cracks, no dents, not bent. All parts are workig fine.
Price: SOLD (August 2020)