Bianchi Specialissima 2021 goes disc brake only and takes notes from aero model

Bianchi's climbing bike has been brought up to date - although traditionalists may not be keen

(Image credit: OLAF PIGNATARO)

Bianchi has unveiled a new version of its Specialissima race bike. Following the trend set by several key brands this year, the climbing specialist has taken on more of an 'all-rounder' appeal, gaining aero tubing from its wind-cheating sibling the Oltre as well as a disc only frame.

The new Specialissma disc frameset weighs in at 750g (in a painted size 55) with a 370g fork. The previous rim brake model was 780g with a 340g fork - so using claimed weights, the new system weighs in total the same as the outgoing rim model, but with rotor stoppers.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.