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.
Some people says the Bianchi X3 and X4 are the most perfect steel racing bike ever produced. For the dedicated Bianchi collector, the Bianchi X3 is high on the list of must have bikes. Bianchi produced the X3 for a short time, in years between 1982-85 , and is very similar to “Centenario 1985”. The X3 was constructed from either Columbus SL or SLX, known as the best choice for professional racing. Some important details which makes the X3 so exclusive and desirable:
- Bianchi engraved in a sloped chromed fork crown
- Special Bianchi X3 investment cast lug set
- Squared brake bridge with pantograph “Bianchi” on both sides
- Aero-shaped seat stays
Proudly presenting another Bianchi‘s top class racing machine, the Specialissima X3 which dates back to 1984. It’s one of the final versions of X3, very similar to Bianchi X4 and Bianchi Centenario bikes. Extraordinary frameset is made of superb Columbus SLX tubing and built with Campagnolo Super Record groupset with Bianchi pantograph stem, seatpost and chainring. Some of the Campagnolo Super Record parts were mounted straighht from new old stock Campagnolo boxes (hubs, brakes, pedals) and others are in mint condition.
Iconic and very collectible! Nice catch for any vintage bike collector. L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Bianchi Specialissima X3, Columbus SLX
-seat tube (c-t): 60 cm
-top tube (c-c): 59 cm
-headset tube: 16,6 cm
-standover: 84 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Super Record
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Super Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record (PAT 84)
Headset: Campagnolo Super Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Super Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Super Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Super Record
Stem: 3ttt Bianchi pantograph
Handlebar: 3ttt Mod Competizione
Hubs: Campagnolo Record (32)
Rims: Ambrosio Montreal (new old stock)
Chain: Regina Oro
Cassette: Regina Oro (6s)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Seatpost: Campagnolo Super Record – Bianchi pantograph (27,2mm)
Seat: Selle Italia Turbo (new)
Pedals: Campagnolo Superleggeri (new old stock)
Toe cage / leather straps : Christophe (new) / leather blue (new)
Handlebar Tape: Benotto, blue
Condition: The frame was completely restored, rechromed and refubrished. No cracks, no dents and is not bend. Campagnolo Super Record groupset in mint / new old stock condition.
Price: SOLD (March 2018)