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 early 1960s as successor of famous ”Campione del mondo” model and remains Bianchi’s top model till today.
Some say the Bianchi X4 is the most perfect steel racing bike ever produced. The X4 was the last of the very famous Specialissma bikes produced by Bianchi before the company paired down the Specialissma look with early 90’s lugless and unicrown fork designs. For the dedicated Bianchi collector, the Bianchi X4 is high on the list of must have bikes. Bianchi produced the X4 in years between 1986 and 1991, as a development of the “Centenario 1985”. The early X4 was constructed from Columbus SLX, known as the best choice for professional racing. Some important details which makes the X4 so exclusive and desirable:
- Bianchi crest engraved in a chromed fork crown
- Bianchi special pantograph gold hand painted head badge
- Special Bianchi X4 investment cast lug set
- Squared brake bridge with pantograph “X4” on the right side
- Internally routed rear derailleur cable, routed through drive side chain stay
Moreno Argentin was born in 1960 in Veneto (Italy) and was one of the best Italian cyclist. Known as ”Il Capo” (”The Boss”), he won stages at the Tour, Giro and won 4x Liege-Bastogne-Liege, 3x La Fleche Wallonne, Tour of Flanders and Giro di Lombardia. He reached the top whe he won a World Championship in Colorado Springs 1986. In years 1987-1989 he was part of famous Bianchi Gewiss Team and racing on extraordinary Bianchi Specialissima X4 bike with black fork and rear stay. The bike became a legend…
Proudly presenting one of the most desirable Bianchi‘s racing machine, the Specialissima X4 Argentin made by Bianchi’s Reparto Corse department back in 1986. Extraordinary frameset is made of Columbus SLX tubing, built with superb Campagnolo C Record 1st gen groupset, iconic Campagnolo Cobalto brakes, 3ttt Bianchi cockpit, Selle Italia Turbo saddle, Mavic SSC wheels. Probably one of the fastest L’Eroica approved bikes. No much words needes.
A dream for every vintage bike collector. Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: Bianchi Specialissima, Columbus SLX (frame no D.1084)
-seat tube (c-t): 55 cm
-top tube (c-c): 54,5 cm
-headset tube: 12,3 cm
-standover: 79,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Shifters: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Brake Levers: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Brakes: Campagnolo C Record Cobalto
Pedals: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Hubs: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen
Rims: Mavic SSC
Freewheel: Regina CX
Chain: Regina CX
Seatpost: Campagnolo C Record 1st gen (27,2mm)
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo World Champion
Stem: 3ttt Record, Bianchi (120 mm)
Handlebar: 3ttt Modello Competizione
Handlebar tape: Black leather
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Condition: Used, but very good condition. No dents, no cracks, not bent. Groupset and components are in very good condition.