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Bianchi unveils Specialissima CV Disc road bike

Lightweight race bike features internal cable routing and tubes shaped to reduce drag

Bianchi has launched an updated version of its lightweight Specialissima CV road bike, adding disc brakes for the first time.

Back in September we told you the bike was on its way 

“Totally re-engineered by Bianchi with the all-rounder in mind, the new carbon disc frame weighs just 750g (painted, size 55), but it’s also superbly stiff, providing excellent transfer of that power to the road,” says Bianchi.

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The 750g frame weight is the same as that of the rim brake Specialissima and the full-carbon fork has a claimed weight of 370g. Both the frame and fork accept tyres up to 28mm wide.

The new bike will be ridden by both men’s and women’s GreenEDGE WorldTour teams – currently known as Mitchelton-Scott, although that name will obviously change for 2021.

Bianchi says that the Specialissima CV Disc features aero improvements that have been carried over from its Oltre aero road bikes, including internal cable routing, an integrated seat clamp, and tubing that’s shaped to reduce drag – although it doesn’t go into details on the tube profiles.

The CV in the name stands for Countervail which is technology from Materials Sciences Corp that Bianchi has been using in high-end models for several years. Countervail is a structural carbon system with a viscoelastic resin that’s embedded within the frame’s carbon layup. The idea is that it cancels out road vibration to reduce muscle fatigue and save energy while improving handling and control. 

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The Specialissima CV Disc is available in seven sizes from 47cm to 61cm. The reach is the same as on the existing rim brake versions of the Specialissima but the stack height is a little lower thanks to 5mm shorter head tubes across all sizes.

Bear in mind, though, that the bikes use FSA’s ACR (Aerodynamic Cable Routing) system, with all cables and hoses routed internally. Once set up, the handlebar position is the same as on the rim brake Specialissima.

The only other difference to the geometry is that the chainstays are slightly longer on the Specialissima CV Disc to cope with the brakes.

All complete bikes, like the frameset, come with an alloy ACR stem and carbon handlebar as standard. Fitting a carbon ACR handlebar/stem combo involves an extra cost.

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In terms of finishes, celeste is an option – of course – as is all-black, with a weight saving of 80g. Jumbo-Visma riders have been racing on all-black Bianchi Oltre XR4s recently as a means of saving weight.

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There’s also a new greenish blue option that Bianchi describes as “greenish blue”. We like that. No messing about.

Options and prices

The Bianchi Specialissima CV Disc is available in several different builds:

Campagnolo Super Record EPS £12,000

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 £10,500

SRAM Red eTap Axs £10,500

Shimano Ultegra Di2 £7,000

Shimano Ultegra mechanical £5,250

A Specialissima CV Disc frameset is £4,500. Bikes should arrive in the UK just before Christmas.

Special finishes

The Specialissima can also be customised using the new Bianchi Colour Configurator. This allows you to select different combinations and create a unique finish.

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Bianchi has also created a Signature Collection where you can choose from five different colourways for the frame and graphics (the one pictured is called Carina). All of these frames are hand-painted in Italy with iridescent and holographic elements. We don’t have prices yet.

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Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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Blackthorne | 3 years ago

What's so specialissima about this? Looks like any random carbon bike. 

AlexChief | 3 years ago

So Jumbo Visma have to use a paint-less version to save weight? Is the complete bike with light components that far over the UCI limit? Last year's version with rim brakes was about 6.3k when profiled on here.

Nick T replied to AlexChief | 3 years ago

The team have been riding Oltre XR4s - There's a review of the rim version of that in 2018 that says 6.5kg without pedals, built with mechanical SR11 and tubulars. 12 speed/electronic Groupsets are heavier now, add in a power meter and you've nudged it over 

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