Just judging by the reaction that the Specialissima got wherever it was ridden, Bianchi definitely nailed the bike’s aesthetic. The number of compliments, questions and just general interest in the Celeste-lathered bike was impressive and a true conversation starter. The Specialissima is a tame Italian race bike. This in our opinion is a good thing and is an example of experience and evolution as a brand.
When it comes to the myriad of drop-bar bikes we see out on the roads, there are only a few that have consistently attracted as much attention as a Celeste-colored Bianchi. Sure, being the oldest bicycle brand in the world (founded by Edoardo Bianchi in 1885) has a lot to do with it, but their iconic Celeste finish and striking lines that seem to be present on all their bikes remain a consistent head-turner.
So, when we had the chance to test their pinnacle-level Specialissima, we insisted that it be painted in what is assuredly the most highly recognized color in the road world.