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2016 Bianchi Oltre XR1 Ultegra Di2 Bike

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Though the word “amateur” has mildly negative connotations these days, its Latin roots rest in the word “amator” or “lover”, so we are all enthusiastic amateurs, especially if we are the ones paying to ride, and not being paid. With that in mind, Bianchi has made the Oltre XR1 just about the best bike they possibly could at a price that won’t make us wince.

If you love the look and feel of the Oltre XR2, but just can’t see yourself plowing northwards of 10K into a bike, you can rejoice in the fact that Bianchi has made the Oltre XR1 available with much of the same tech jewels that the XR2 offers, but at a much more palatable price. The Oltre XR1 shares the same mold and tube profiles that the Oltre XR2 sports. That means you’ll be getting the same aggressive geometry and the elegantly aero inspired tube shapes. It is a perfect race machine, especially if you are your main sponsor. The short head tube and elongated top tube will invite you to take an aggressive position and stay there. With a reach of 383 and a stack height of 529, and a 74 head tube angle in size 53, you’ll be inclined to ride more like Robert Gesink, even if you’re not entirely sure who that is (He races for Lotto-Jumbo, a Bianchi-sponsored WorldTour squad). The Oltre XR1 also boasts definite aero influences, especially when looking at the head tube cluster. The integrated head tube and fork form an aero leading edge for the frame in order to mitigate the drag that inevitably results from the air flow. The Oltre XR1 additionally attempts to cheat the wind by including internal cable routing, and sculpting the downtube and seatpost to be more slippery in the wind. The seatpost gets an elegant aero solution as well with an integrated clamp that is secure, out of the wind, and easy to adjust. Something else you might recognize from other aero machines are the ultra thin seat stays. The seat stays Oltre XR1 are spaghetti thin, which increases the level of comfort for your rear end by soaking up the rougher road responses. The Ultra Thin Seat Stays, distilled into one of those ubiquitous acronyms UTSS, also just look so slim and elegant, you’ll feel proud every time you swing your leg over the top tube.

Though the Oltre XR1 shares a lot of the attributes of its bigger brother the XR2, it does economize by using a slightly less elite carbon and simpler lay-up. Instead of adding in the X-Tex technology that gives the Oltre XR2 its insane level of rigidity, the XR1 sticks with a more traditional carbon lay-up that still provides an exceptional amount of rigidity and stability, but without the extra expense and with a slight weight penalty. For the bottom bracket, Bianchi turned to a BB86 press fit bearings. They decided to go this route not only because it is a standard for Shimano, but it allows for a wider bottom bracket area that can be used to improve the rigidity of the frame. But even if you are not going with the Shimano Ultegra Di2 build, you can use just about any other crankset on the market because they will all offer a BB adapter that will be able to accommodate this size. The frame has been developed with internal cable routing guides, and is compatible with electronic and mechanical groupsets.

For this Oltre XR1 with Shimano Ultegra Di2, you’ll also have included the Bianchi Reparto Corse Compact Alloy 31.8mm handlebars that are made from aluminum 6061 and give you a reach of 77.4mm and a drop of 126 for easy changing of hand positions throughout the ride. The matching Reparto Corse Alloy stem is available in sizes 90, 100, 110, 120 and 130mm. The FSA Orbit C-40 headset holds it all together. If you are ordering only the frameset, you can chose and standard stems Ø31.8mm with a 28.6mm steerer clamp, and lengths ranging from 70mm to 130mm and you’ll be ready to rumble.

The Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG act as the accompanying wheels for the fully built up Oltre XR1.They have been designed to facilitate the use of wider tires to add to your riding comfort over rough roads. As a result, they have been wrapped with Vittoria Rubino Pro tires in 700x25, and 25mm is the max width of tires that can fit into the fork and between the stays.

The Bianchi Oltre XR1 will be a great option if you demand intuitive handling, nippy climbing, and steady descending without needing to have the salary of a grand tour winner.


  • Bottom Bracket Shimano PressFit
  • Brake Calipers Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • Cassette Shimano Ultegra 6800, 11-28
  • Chain Shimano Ultegra 6800
  • Crankset Shimano Ultegra 6800, 52/36
  • Fork Bianchi full carbon aero straight blade
  • Frame Material Oltre XR.1 carbon
  • Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
  • Handlebar Reparto Corse Compact Alloy
  • Headset FSA Orbit C-40
  • Pedals Not Included
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
  • Saddle Selle San Marco Concor Startup
  • Seatpost Oltre Full Carbon aero
  • Shifters / Levers Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870
  • Stem Reparto Corse Alloy
  • Tires Vittoria Rubino Pro, 700x25c
  • Wheel - Front Fulcrum Racing Quattro
  • Wheel - Rear Fulcrum Racing Quattro

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