Bianchi Tour de France, racing bicycle, 1949, Italy
This bicycle is an ultrarare supercorsa, uncommonly fitted with a SIMPLEX gearbox.
With a bicycle like this Fausto Coppi won the Tour in 1949.
Bianchi celebrated this great victory by launching a new “Tour de France” bicycle, fitted with a Campagnolo gearbox instead of Simplex. It seems that the implementation of the Simplex gearbox on the bicycles of that year was due to a late tune on the new Record gearbox, that later became very famous.
- 4-speed SIMPLEX gearbox
- Direct lever SIMPLEX derailleur
- UNIVERSAL brakes
- BIANCHI tailor-made handlebar