We dipped our toes in the water with Bianchi last year, but it
was only this year that the stars seemed to align. The brand has
become one of our very favourite in store, and we have been
incredibly lucky to be able to do some cracking builds.
I have demo'ed a Specialissima on three occasions, the most
recent was when I took it to our Cote d'Azure trip. I liked the
bike so much I asked to buy one from Bianchi.
Often Italian bikes are all mouth and no trousers; lots of flash
paint and wavey tubes, but where is the R&D and engineering?
There has been a revival in Italian bikes over the last five years
though, marrying the technical process of the bigger boys with a
design flair that the Italians are untouchable at.
Bianchi have three main Pro models. The Oltre
XR4 is Bianchi's aero road bike to compete with the Madone and
Venge. The Infinito is their cobbled sportive bike, and the
Specialissima is their lightweight, Alpine race bike.