Bianchi Specialissima climbing bike light weight countervail (2)
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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…

Bianchi Specialissima climbing bike light weight countervail (1)


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.


  1. Bianchi is probably the only “italian” brand I would consider,probably because it’s design is pure americasian without the fussy Colnago lugs or Pinas’s weird forks and stays..

  2. Good on them for paring down their visual approach! My Infinito says Bianchi on the frame no fewer than 15 times. This looks much cleaner.

  3. Gorgeous in Celeste with all black – like my beloved Reparto Corse Boron XL without the yellow or as many logos 🙂

  4. I’ll take the Strawberry Shortcake special if someone wants to sponsor my bike, but if I’m buying then hyper celeste is out even though it does look rad. Paint doesn’t seem like much, but it’s a significant difference on these frames.

  5. I don’t care how much vibration it says it absorbs or if it’s frm NASA, actual suspension travel is the only thing that will absorb the most bumps!

  6. @DT, they didn’t mention anything about absorbing drops, dips, rocks, etc. This is a road bike that has a different technology to absorb vibration. Reducing vibration decreases wear on the rider which increases the ability to ride faster and longer. Same goal as the other road bike manufacturers.

  7. These bikes definitely reduce vibration for crap asphalt. They don’t really do much for big hits, you need big, poofy tires for that or suspension. But if you have roads that basically just constantly buzz your bottom and hands but don’t whack you up the backside with huge cracks and potholes…these bikes really are great

  8. That’s a good looking bike. Glad they’ve gotten away from all of the superfluous curves and contours and back to a more business like design language.

  9. Half of my time rode bianchi oltre’s a few years ago, they all broke down in the first season. Riders didn’t dare to use the frame anymore downhill. And one rider sprinted the rear fork in half.

    We heared later that former lotto jumbo team had the same problem and had heavier versions of the frame. So actually bianchi was selling a frame for a huge som of money wich was dangerous to race with.

    I am not really confident in the combination bianchi and lightweight. But if they fired their old engineers, this could be a decent bike. But i wouldn’t risk it.

    It is stupid anyway to invest great sums of money in extremely light frame’s as stiffness will be compromised with a-brand heavier frames around 950g – 1200g. Just save the money and put lightweight parts and a groupset on it.

  10. @Jan-Willem van Soest you mean the Lotto NL-Jumbo team? Can you recall on which model of the Oltre did you see that happen? XR, XR1 or XR2? That’s scary anyways. One couldn’t think this kind of stuff happens to “top range” models. Now more than ever I understand all the safety-before-featherweight-frame rant from manufacturers like Colnago and Eddy Merckx.

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