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 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 and stem and 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, frame no 1.74 / 454, Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 58,5 cm
-top tube (c-c): 58 cm
-headset tube: 15,2 cm
-standover: 83 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 (100 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (27,2mm)
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Tubulars: Vittoria Rally (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.