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Bianchi Oltre XR.4 Road Bike Frameset 2018

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Bianchi Oltre XR.4 Road Bike Frameset 2018

 

Bianchi's Oltre XR4 Road Bike Frameset is the go-to frame for LottoNL-Jumbo. Even on the big mountains where we would expect riders on the uber-lightweight Specialissima, the team calls on this frameset to get results on the sport's biggest stages under riders like Kruijswijk, who we're certain is due for a grand tour win in the coming years. We're not sure if the team prefers this frame because of its all-around package of comfort, lightweight, and aerodynamics or the fact that building up the Specialissima to be UCI compliant would require a boatload of added static weight; regardless, this frameset is a fixture at cycling's highest levels.

Before we get into the frame's specifics, we owe a shout-out to Bianchi for shipping bikes like the Oltre XR4 as framesets. The industry is replete with box bikes that feature downgraded components at wheels and cranksets, but we still appreciate the age-old art of building a bike exactly how you want it. Bianchi rewards that DIY approach, and building the Oltre XR4 up yourself means that you'll get everything you want, exactly how you want it—at least as far as the build goes. As mentioned above, though, the geometry and construction of the frame itself is all up to the likes of the guys on LottoNL-Jumbo.

Since the development and feedback on the XR.4 come from the world's most accomplished, knowledgeable, and discerning experts on how a bike should feel, we think this frame is pretty refined. And while we'd like to think that we can exploit the bike's potential like these pros, the fact is we never will; however, the upshot is we know we don't have an excuse in our equipment. Something about riding a pro-level bike and knowing that our equipment is the same as theirs makes us want to ride harder and longer.

The ride of the XR.4 is very, very fast. This Oltre is responsive enough to challenge every sprint thanks to its oversized tubeset, pressfit bottom bracket, and high-modulus carbon fiber. Those traits that would typically make a frame harsh, but the Countervail technology is designed to muffle high-frequency road vibrations in order to counter the bike's stiff efficiency. The frame loves the open road and crushes the flats, and even on punchy hills or long, grueling mountain passes, the Oltre XR.4 never leaves us feeling like we would want a lighter bike—again, reference Kruijswijk's ultimately ill-fated heroics at the 2016 Giro on the XR.2, which was the XR.4's predecessor. No matter the terrain, the bike inspires us to ride aggressively and step on the gas, much like a high-end sports car.

While the Oltre XR.4 does carry a few extra grams than your typical climbing frame (the Specialissima weighs ~200g less), it inspires more confidence at high speeds and while diving into turns in crits. The muscular tubeset channels every watt into forward propulsion, sans any turbo lag, encouraging attacks and contesting every prime. The only time we see Lotto-Jumbo riders deviate from this rig is when opting for the Infinito on the northern classics where running wider tires is almost mandatory.

Compared to previous versions of the Oltre, the XR.4's different tube shapes produce a claimed increase of 20 free watts by simply reducing drag. The tools Bianchi used to achieve this range from the usual (Computational Fluid Dynamics software and wind tunnel testing borrowed heavily from the Aquila TT frame) to the decidedly unusual (fluorescent paint applied in the wind tunnel that mapped the flow of air across the frameset's body). 

Countervail also improves rider aerodynamics by increasing comfort, letting you stay in a more aero position for longer. By limiting the punishment of road vibrations and taking some of the sting out of getting low into an aerodynamic position, you can ride faster and for longer. Its common knowledge that the majority of drag comes from the rider's position, so we're on board with this train of thought. We also appreciate that the tires won't chatter across the pavement when pushed hard, contributing to instability and speed wobbles that force us to slow down and cost control and confidence. Countervail lets you descend with authority so you can maintain the gaps you work so hard for on the climbs.

An all-around road racing frameset proven by top pros

Racing geometry suitable for every spirited ride

Carbon lay-up with Countervail damps road noise

Aerodynamics informed by motorsport technology

Oversized tubes for responsive handling and efficiency

Direct-mount brakes provide superior stopping power

Few colors are as synonymous with cycling as Bianchi's celeste

 

 

Bianchi Oltre XR.4 Road Bike Frameset 2018

 

Frame Material

carbon fiber with Countervail

Wheel Size

700c

Fork

Bianchi carbon with Countervail

Head Tube Diameter

1-1/8 - 1-1/4in

Headset Included

yes

Bottom Bracket Type

PF86

Cable Routing

internal

Front Derailleur Mount

braze-on

Brake Type

direct-mount

Seatpost

Oltre Full Carbon Aero

Seat Collar

intergrated

Front Axle

9mm quick-release

Rear Axle

130mm quick-release

Recommended Use

road cycling

Manufacturer Warranty

5 years

 

 

Bianchi Oltre XR.4 Road Bike Frameset 2018


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  1. great prices and excellent

    Posted by Tavares on 15th Sep 2018

    Fast shipping, great prices and excellent descriptions of products!




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