Bianchi unveil Vacansoleil-DCM Oltre XR

A bit of bike porn to start the week

by Mat Brett   December 10, 2012  

Bianchi Oltre XR Vacansoleil DCM 2013 4

Bianchi have revealed the Oltre XR bike that World Tour team Vacansoleil-DCM will be riding next year, and here it is in all its finery.

Of course, we’ve already reviewed the bike, although we had it in a different build. 

The Oltre XR is a monocoque carbon frame designed for all-out performance and developed with input from Vacansoleil-DCM. It combines UMS40 and CN60 ultra high modulus carbon fibers. Bianchi reckon it’s 30g lighter than the previous generation Oltre and 20% stiffer. The official frame weight for a 55cm model is 895g (+/- 5%).

Team riders, including Belgium’s Thomas de Gendt who finished third overall in the Giro d’Italia this year, will use a 2013 Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset, combined with FSA K-Force chainset and new SL-K brakes. 

Here’s the full spec list for you to cut out and keep…

Frame Bianchi HoC Oltre XR Carbon, X-TeX technology, UTSS Ultra Thin Seat Stay, Internal cable routing, BB30 system 

Fork Bianchi Oltre HoC Full Carbon 1 1/2in - 1 1/8in              

Seatpost Bianchi Oltre Full Carbon Aero 

Chainset FSA K-Force Light BB386 EVO Carbon 53/39 

Bottom bracket FSA BB30 

Brakes FSA SL-K, new 

Headset FSA Orbit 1 1/8in – 1 1/2in
Stem FSA Plasma Compact Integrated
Handlebar FSA Plasma Compact Integrated 

Handlebar tape Lizard Skins Celeste Bianchi colour 

Saddle Selle San Marco Regale 

Wheels Fast Forward F6r carbon 

Tyres Vredestein Fortezza Pro TriComp 

Shifters Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd
Rear mech Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd
Front mech Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11-spd 

Cassette Campagnolo Super Record 11-spd 

Chain KMC XL 11-spd 

Bottle Elite Corsa Team 

Bottle cage Elite Sior Mio carbon 

Pedals Look Keo Blade
Powermeter Cycleops Powertap system 

Get more details on the Oltre XR from 

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Looking at that spec sheet definitely causes bike lust

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posted by new-to-cycling [47 posts]
10th December 2012 - 14:50


If I guess the price can I have one?


posted by arrieredupeleton [586 posts]
10th December 2012 - 15:30


Pretty handy spec. Looks boss in those team colours too, I think we have an early front runner for smartest looking frame on the tour with Lampre taking a shocking nosedive from the awesome Zero.7's and Cento1's in their neon livery to those Merida things.

posted by Nick T [901 posts]
10th December 2012 - 20:21


Carbon fibre doesn't really turn me on, I normally reserve my lust for 80's steel.

I'll make an exception here.

posted by sunburnt [6 posts]
10th December 2012 - 22:54


Just a beautiful work of art, livery and bike in total harmony. Apparently the ride isn't too shabby either!
Just an all round marriage wrecking material - damn you Bianchi!!!

The bird is equal to or great than the word.

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posted by ljblas [16 posts]
11th December 2012 - 17:04


Not usually a major Bianchi fan, but that bike is stunning. Just wish they'd done the bar tape in the dark blue colour (top of the down tube), rather than the greeny blue colour.

Still, an easy change for anyone who can afford to buy one.

posted by Tjuice [157 posts]
11th December 2012 - 19:05