Bianchi Specialissima Super Record EPS review

A precise, responsive and controlled superbike, that blends Bianchi's race-bred lineage with contemporary design

Bianchi Specialissima Super Record EPS
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Fast and precise in any situation, the Bianchi Specialissima has rewritten the script for super-bike performance

Pros

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    Telepathic handling

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    Responsive drivetrain

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    Stiff-yet-compliant ride quality

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    Classic looks

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    Cable-free facade

Cons

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    Wheels could be better

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Throughout Bianchi's illustrious history, the Specialissima nameplate has been reserved exclusively for its best lightweight bikes. The all-new Specialissima was first revealed back in late 2020 with the biggest news being its move to disc-brake-only configuration - something we've seen employed en masse among all major manufacturers. While this would have undoubtedly brought with it a weight penalty, Bianchi's engineers have managed to retain all the feathery attributes that have made it such a popular bike among enthusiasts and professionals alike by improving the frame structure and carbon-fibre recipe - and you can feel this through its underpinnings.

A bike as pedigreed as the Specialissima pictured here needs to be respected and tested in equal measure. As a result, we set out to establish just how good it is - not only at overcoming gravity but at descending tricky switchbacks and devouring flat and choppy terrain, too. 

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Testing scorecard and notes
AttributesNotesRating
Design and aesthetics A stunningly designed bike blending contemporary frame material and construction with classic geometry and colour theory. Faultless 10/10
Components Top-drawer Italian components such as Campagnolo Super Record EPS feature heavily in the build. It's ultimately let down by a wheelset that's not in the same league 8/10
Performance, handling and geometryFast, balanced and nimble in all situations, the Specialissima can do everything asked of it and more9/10
WeightComing in at 7.25g, it's not very heavy for a disc-brake-equipped bike but could have been lighter9/10
Value for moneyIt's pricey and that's going to be hard to swallow for most enthusiasts but after considering its purpose, spec level and superlative riding performance - it's undoubtedly going to find favour with cyclists looking for a pure and unsullied bike experience 9/10
Overall ratingRow 5 - Cell 1 90%

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