Bianchi Folgorissima (Super Lightning) - 1950
by N. S.
|1950 Bianchi Folgorissima frame no. 285030; seat
tube 56cm c to c, top tube 57.5cm c to c.
|NISI “Moncalieri” (Aluminium)
sprint rims on F.B. for Bianchi hubs (aluminium /steel), with
Campagnolo QR skewer with modern made tubs having a vintage look. 28mm
||F.B. for Bianchi. 49 tooth chainwheel. (Steel).
||Sheffield with Cornez toeclips
||pre "Paris Roubaix" engraved Una Leva derailleur
with 4-speed freewheel, Regina 3/32” chain
||Universal Mod. 50. (Aluminium / Steel)
||Ambrosio “Bianchi” (steel).
|| Aquila. (Leather / Steel)
||Total bicycle weight = 24.5 Lbs, 11.1 Kgs
I acquired this Bianchi from the original owner in Italy in the 1990s
he had kept it in his living room! It was his "baby"!
Incredibly it has survived, save the tyres, with all its original
It had many layers of blue cotton bar tape which I carefully removed
and replaced with the same coloured cotton tape.
I have ridden it on the road and mastered the Campag Una Leva gear
change. It changes as fast as any modern derailleur but it is
imperative that when the skewer is released, DO NOT PEDAL FORWARD! The
wheel shoots out of the frame in an instant!
“Folgorissima” was introduced in mid 1949 as
Bianchi’s top of the range racing bicycle. It was introduced
show case the new Campagnolo “Una Leva” 4-speed
The Folgorissima model was short-lived as in April of 1950, the great
Italian racing Campionissimo, Fausto Coppi, rode a Bianchi Folgorissima
to victory in the Paris-Roubaix spring classic race. As a result,
Bianchi immediately re-named the Folgorissima to
The Bianchi Folgorissima existed on the Bianchi inventory for less than
one year making it the scarcest Bianchi racing bicycle ever produced.
“Bianchi” engraved steel stem
working end of the gear clearly showing the 'toothed' rear ends to
'walk' the hub backwards and forwards
Below: Where it all starts - the sigle (Una Leva) gear lever
Bianchi steel single 49T chainset made by F B
Two images of an unusual front mini-mudguard which
pushes onto the
brake bolt to secure
as can be seen in left image.
Left and centre: Everything Bianchi
; Right: Frame
number clearly visible
on seat lug
“Moncalieri” (Aluminium) sprint rims