Bianchi Unveils Oltre XR – Lighter, Stiffer Racing Road Bike

 

2013 Bianchi Oltre XR lightweight aero carbon fiber racing road bike

Bianchi has just announced their next level racing road bike, the 2013 Oltre XR.

We have the “standard” Oltre in on review, and it’s no slouch in terms of stiffness and weight, but the XR claims to be stiffer and lighter, coming in just under 900g for a 55.

Visually, it’s very similar to the Oltre, which includes the aerodynamically shaped tubes, ultra thin seatstays and angles on the head- and down tubes. The key difference is the combination of UMS40and CN60 Ultra High Modulus carbon fibers, which dropped 30g from the frame while increasing frame rigidity by 20%. Bianchi says this gives it the best stiffness to weight ratio of any bike they’ve ever made.

UPDATED: Video rundown added after the break!

Frame price will be $4,999.99. Complete bikes will have Ultegra Di2, Campagnolo EPS and similar high-end builds. Availability is TBD, as are complete bike prices. More pics and details below…

2013 Bianchi Oltre XR lightweight aero carbon fiber racing road bike

2013 Bianchi Oltre XR lightweight aero carbon fiber racing road bike

Specs & Features, per Bianchi:

  • Tapered headtube 1 1/8” – 1.5”, for improved rigidity on the front part, providing enhanced handling and power transmission
  • BB30 improves stiffness and rigidity
  • Aero shape and design
  • Dedicated seatpost system with integrated look
  • Internal cable routing
  • UTSS Ultra Thin Seat Stay
  • Carbon Monocoque technology
  • UMS40+CN60 Ultra High Modulus carbon fibers
  • Nano Tubes evolution of Nano technology applied to the carbon
  • X-TeX Technology
  • WMP Optimized molding process to reduce weight
  • Unidirectional carbon woven
  • 7 sizes: 47-50-53-55-57-59-61
  • Weight: 895gr (size 55, +/- 5%)

Comments

mark trousdale - 07/17/12 - 2:20pm

i want the bike stand

Louis - 07/17/12 - 2:35pm

What is 895 Italian grams in normal grams? Around 1150?

KC - 07/17/12 - 8:52pm

I don’t see a photo credit, are these photos by Bianchi PR or someone else? Because the color is very wrong on the Celeste green, it’s way over-blue in the photo. Niggle? Sure, but this is the flagship Bianchi bike we’re talking about, and Celeste is tradition. BTW, my monitor is Xrite calibrated.

KC - 07/17/12 - 8:57pm

Checked the JPG metadata, photo is by Guido Rubino. I have his book ‘Italian Racing Bicycles’ which is good for adorning a coffee table but not much else. Figures.

KC - 07/17/12 - 9:09pm

Interesting they are showing a Taiwanese FSA stem (and presumably handlebars) bringing undue attention to the frame being made in Taiwan and painted/finished in Italy. Also odd that with a Campy groupo they show Fulcrum wheels which are the same as Campy but usually used on non-Campy builds. Why not the Campy branded version of the same wheel? As a final note, interesting that although they’ve done a lot of Cervelo-esque aero optimizations including a seat tube cutout, they’ve chosen to stick with a standard rear brake mount instead of under the BB like the new Madone 7.

OJ - 07/03/13 - 4:20pm

KC: what a lot of negative comments. You surely have never ride this bike, with these incompetent comments.
I have used the bike for 2 years now, and would recommend it to anyone. Fitted with Campagnolo SR 11, it has bought me several good results during the time. Are now upgrading to Oltre XR with SR EPS, and look forward to that.
Bianchi, like anyone in the industry, need to align cost and development compare to RRP. If no concern about RRP, you could easily make progress. But KC, why don´t you ask the pro teams their opinion of the Bianchi Oltre :-) ?? afraid of the answer ?

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