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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 www.bianchi.com. 


Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.