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First look: Bianchi Oltre XR3

Pete Muir
11 Apr 2017

New Bianchi Oltre XR3 designed to sit below the range-topping Oltre XR4

Bianchi has launched the latest version of its aero Oltre range: the XR3.

The XR3 sits beneath the XR4 (review on next page) in the Oltre pecking order, but with a number of filter-down technologies from its senior. 

Bianchi's patented Countervail technology for example, which aims to reduce muscle fatigue and increase control of the bike by reducing the amount of vibrations that the frame conducts. It does this with a carbon composite system unique to Bianchi, which it claims reduces vibrations by up to 80%.

'Traditional passive damping in frames using superficial rubber inserts and isolators are marginally effective compared to the integrated carbon Countervail® system developed by Bianchi,' the brand says. Apparently Countervail is even 'proven in the extreme conditions of NASA aerospace operations.'

Frame specs

- Carbon Monocoque technology

- High strength + medium modulus carbon fibers with Countervail material

- Unidirectional carbon woven

- Aero shape and design

- BB set Press fit 86.5 x 41

- Internal cable routing

- Full carbon dropout with metal insert

- Weight in 55 size: 1110g (+/- 5%)

Build Specs

SHIMANO DURA ACE 11sp Compact 50/34, Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG wheels

CAMPAGNOLO CHORUS 11sp Compact 52/36, Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG wheels

SHIMANO ULTEGRA Di2 11sp Compact 52/36, Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG wheels

SHIMANO ULTEGRA 11sp Compact 52/36 Fulcrum Racing 7 LG wheels 

CAMPAGNOLO POTENZA 11sp Compact 52/36, Fulcrum Racing 7 LG wheels

SHIMANO 105 11sp Compact 52/36, Fulcrum Racing Sport wheels

Click through to page two for a full review of the Bianchi XR4 

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