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BIANCHI Specialissima Professionale ”Gimondi” 55cm (1974)

Description

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.

Felice Gimondi on his Bianchi Specialissima Professionale back in 1974

Felice Gimondi (world champion 1973) on his Bianchi Specialissima Professionale back in 1974

Happy to offer another Bianchi‘s top class racing machine, the Specialissima Professionale which dates back to 1974. 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 (serial number 1.74 means the frame was made in January 1974). Same as Felice Gimondi‘s bike, also this Specialissima Professionale is fully build with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset (PAT.74), 3ttt saddle, handlebar, stem and NiSi rims. Comes with vintage Binachi water bottle and bottle cage. No much words needed.

Iconic and very collectible! Nice catch for any vintage bike collector. L’Eroica ready.

 

 

Frame & Fork: Bianchi Specialissima Professionale, frame no 1.74 /328, Columbus SL tubing

Size:

-seat tube (c-t): 55 cm

-top tube (c-c): 54 cm

-headset tube: 11,8 cm

-standover: 79 cm

Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 170mm (PAT.74)

Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT.74)

Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Nuovo Record

Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Handlebar: 3ttt  Mod Competizione

Stem: 3ttt Record (105 mm)

Hubs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Cassette: Regina Extra Oro

Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27,2mm)

Saddle: 3ttt Record

Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record

Rims: NiSi

Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)

Handlebar Tape: cotton, biege

 

 

Condition: Used, but very good condition. Completely restored and refubrished. No cracks, no dents, not bent. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.

Year: 1974

Price: 2499€ (was 2699€)

* Shipping worldwide available. Due to copyright reasons the photos are in lower resolution and marked with watermark. If you are interested in buying, have any questions or would like to request a full HD photo album of the bike please feel free to contact us.