Just being light weight for a road bike is no longer good enough. Now that bike has to be super light and offer a ride that won’t leave you drained after a stage. At least, that’s how Bianchi is hedging their bets with the new Specialissima. Representing the most recent bike to be built with Countervail technology, the Specialissima is meant to be a pure climbing machine but one that rides as well as any other bike.
One of the lightest Bianchi frames to date, you can be sure to see the new bike on climbing stages later this year…
First introduced on the Bianchi Infinito CV, Countervail is a technology developed for NASA by the Materials Sciences Corporation. Instead of using active suspension or rubber inserts at portions of the frame, Countervail instead utilizes a viscoelastic material within the carbon structure that supposedly reduces up to 80% of the vibrations transmitted to the rider. As an added bonus, the material also claims to increase the stiffness and strength of the frame and fork.
Now found in the Infinito CV, the Aquila CV, and the Specialissima, each Countervail carbon layup is specifically tuned to the needs of that specific bike. Since a light weight climbing machine was the goal for the Specialissima, the carbon formula was created to calm the nerves of the ultralight frame resulting in a frame that weighs 780g (Black version frame, 55 size, +/- 5%).
For pricing and availability contact your local Bianchi dealer.