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. The ”Specialissima” was introduced in late 1950s as successor of famous ”Campione del mondo” model and remains Bianchi’s top model till today.
In early 1970s, Bianchi returned to the pro peloton as main sponsor of the Bianchi-Campagnolo Team. The team was continuation of the Team Salvarani, directed by Vittorio Adorni, the 1965 Giro d’Italia winner and 1968 World Champion. The Bianchi-Campagnolo Team was one of the strongest teams back then with 1972 and 1973 world champions Marino Basso and Felice Gimondi on board. The entire team were using Bianchi Specialissima Professionale bikes, basically the same we are presenting here.
Happy to offer another Bianchi‘s top class racing machine, the Specialissima Professionale which dates back to 1973. Extraordinary details makes you understand that Edoardo Bianchi was a medical tool engineer, before he started with bike manufacturing: beautiful lugs, lightweight Columbus SL tubing and aero-shaped seat stays marked Bianchi with serial number on both sides of the seat lug. Same as Felice Gimondi‘s and Marino Basso‘s bike, also this Specialissima is build with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset, Cinelli saddle, NiSi rims . No much words needed.
Iconic and very collectible! Nice catch for any vintage bike collector. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Bianchi Specialissima Professionale 173.280 / Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 54 cm
-top tube (c-c): 53 cm
-headset tube: 11,5 cm
-standover: 79 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 170mm (PAT.73)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT.73)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Stem: 3ttt (95 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Cassette: Regina S.C.
Chain: Regina S.C.
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27,2mm)
Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage: Christophe (orignal)
Leather straps: Alfredo Binda (black)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: cotton, biege
Condition: Used, but very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint and decals. Some tiny signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.