Bianchi Specialissima

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14.5, 15.4, 17.2 lb
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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Bianchi Specialissima. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • The Bianchi Specialissima is available in three tiers (Comp, Pro, RC) and seven builds.
  • Each tier is available with a Shimano or SRAM groupset.
  • The Specialissima is lightweight. The top-end RC model weighs just 14.5lb.
  • Testers praise the balance of “shockingly fast” speed and low weight.
  • Reviewers are impressed by the climbing performance. One says it “shines as the gradients hit double digits.”
  • Experts highlight the bike's stable and “predictable nature” when descending at high speeds.
  • Reviewers enjoy the integrated carbon cockpit's “excellent” feel (Pro, RC builds).
  • Experts note the Specialissima's quiet operation during test rides.
  • All Specialissima builds, including Comp, come with carbon wheels.
  • The top tier’s Reparto Corse wheels have ceramic bearings.
  • One tester describes the Specialissima as an "absolute dream to ride.”

3 reasons not to buy

  • Experts criticize the Specialissima's aesthetics. They find the “Reparto Corse” branding, matte paint, and glossy rims “visually unappealing.”
  • In crosswinds, the lightweight Specialissima RC is described as a “little jittery.”
  • Testers say the 26mm Pirelli Race TTs (RC builds) don’t inspire confidence in corners or on wet roads.

Bottom line

The Specialissima is Bianchi’s do-it-all race bike. It features “top-of-the-line” technology across three tiers and seven build configurations. Testers affirm its race pedigree, saying it’s “fast everywhere.” Reviews, limited to the top RC build, show impressive climbing, confident descending, and “shockingly fast” performance on the flats. However, it can feel “jittery” in crosswinds. Despite minor aesthetic doubts, the Specialissima holds its own against competition like the Tarmac SL8 and Cannondale SuperSix EVO.

Expert Reviews

84/100 based on 2 rated expert reviews
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Bianchi Specialissima RC Review

An incredibly fast lightweight aero bike that excels on the climbs.

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Bianchi Specialissima Review: Less Italian Heritage, More Superbike Performance

A UCI-illegal weight and a sorted aero package make for quite the ride.

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