Relive the '90s with this Pantani-inspired Bianchi Specialissima

Classic celeste-yellow fade paint job revived to honour 20th anniversary of Giro-Tour double

As we all know, jazzy colours and imitating the pros makes you go even faster on the bike, so you can imagine our excitement when Bianchi recently announced that it was releasing a limited edition, retro-tastic, Pantani inspired run of the Specialissima — the brand's super light, Countervail-infused climbing bike that took top marks in our Superbike of the Year test last year.

The classic paint job had been recreated on Bianchi's Specialissima
The classic paint job had been recreated on Bianchi's Specialissima

Bianchi decided to release the bikes in honour of the 20th anniversary of Marco Pantani’s Giro-Tour double win next year — a feat only achieved by seven other riders —  by recreating the iconic celeste-yellow fade paint job featured on the MegaPro XC that ‘il Pirata’ rode to victory back in 1998.

We think it's safe to assume that many feel in love with this classic fade back in the day
We think it's safe to assume that many feel in love with this classic fade back in the day

The bike is built around a Campagnolo Super Record mechanical groupset, Bora Ultra 35 tubs and a colour matched FSA K-Force cockpit.

You probably won't be working as hard as Pantani did when you stare down at this funky-toned top-tube
You probably won't be working as hard as Pantani did when you stare down at this funky-toned top-tube

No pricing or availability information is available yet for the limited edition bike, but we think it’s a safe bet that it’ll cost roughly £lots.

Are there any other classic colour schemes you’d like to see recreated in today’s? Or are you a fan of the ‘classic’ austere black steed? If so, keep it to yourself. For the funkier readers, please share your classic bikes in the comments below and remember you can add photos.

Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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