Bianchi continues to roll out new models that feature its proprietary Countervail frame technology. While not an “active” suspension system (ala Trek & Pinarello), Bianchi’s Countervail is “a patented viscoelastic carbon material with a unique fiber architecture” that is integrated into the carbon lay-up which Bianchi claims “cancels up to 80% of vibrations while increasing the stiffness and strength of our carbon frames and forks.”
The new bike that Bianchi unveiled this week was lightweight road racer, the Specialissima.
Bianchi says “At 780gr*, Bianchi’s Specialissima frame changes the game in the ultralight frame category thanks to the use of MSC’s patented Countervail integrated vibration cancelling system for cycling, developed for NASA by Materials Sciences Corporation. The new Bianchi’s Countervail ultralight carbon formula is specifically tuned to smooth out the inherent nervousness of ultralight frames (*Black version frame, 55 size, +/- 5%).”
What else do we know about the bike (other than absolutely striking it looks in its traditional Celeste color way)?
* The Specialissima will be available as a frame or complete bike in seven sizes: 47, 50, 53, 55, 57, 59, and 61 cm.
* Stock colors are black or celeste, but a rainbow of additional color options are available as all the frames are hand-painted at the Bianchi factory outside of Milano.
* The Specialissima is a high-end bike with complete builds dedicated to either the mechanical or electronic drivetrain options from Campagnolo and Shimano with their Super Record and Dura-Ace gruppos respectively.
* Internal cable routing is friendly to either mechanical or electronic.
* Look for a 27.2 seatpost and carbon dropouts.
For more info: Bianchi Bicycles