The Oltre Pro shares the same construction principles as the top-of-the-line RC model and features Air Deflector technology and a new aero handlebar. The frame incorporates the Bianchi CV vibration cancellation system into the carbon fiber, which increases riding comfort for a less extreme rider.
Bianchi’s Oltre Pro Road Bike is all about performance, pure and simple, with components and a frame that are all geared towards maximum speed on the road.
The carbon frame features dropped and flattened seat stays, a seat tube cut out that wraps around the rear wheel, and a concave down tube for the front wheel to fit into, all in the pursuit of drag reduction. Air Deflector fairings on the headtube marry up with the downtube’s sculpted shape and, along with the large hole in the handlebar, create a low-pressure area behind, reducing the effect of the wind on the bike and rider for better aerodynamics. The combined effect of these developments means that Bianchi claims the new frame saves 17.1 watts at 50kph and is 45 seconds faster over 40km than the Oltre XR4, their previous aero bike.
Whilst the frame's design certainly concentrates on extracting every ounce of speed from the rider, this isn’t at the expense of comfort, with Bianchi’s Countervail carbon technology ensuring that long rides or poor road surfaces don’t become uncomfortable.
50mm deep, tubeless-ready carbon wheels complement the fast frame perfectly as they are from Bianchi’s in-house brand Velomann, and offer a suitably aerodynamic profile to the wind that is effective at a wide range of yaw angles. Frame clearance allows the use of tires up to 30mm wide.
The bike is kitted out with 12-speed Dura-ace Di2 or Ultegra Di2, SRAM RED eTap Axs, or Sram Force eTap AXS electronic groupset. It gives virtually nothing away to the range-topping Dura-Ace version in terms of performance and offers near-instant shifting and impressive braking control. The system is part wireless, which means that it can be connected to a GPS head unit or a smartphone via Bluetooth, giving access to more information during and after a ride as well as some function customization.