Bianchi extend the use of their Countervail carbon technology
into their aero road range with the 2020 Oltre XR4 CV. Rather than
relying on elastomer dampers and pivot points for vibration
reduction Countervail blends a unique carbon fibre layup with
viscoelastic resin in the tubes themselves, making the entire tube
a shock absorber but without affecting power transfer.
The Oltre is also extremely aerodynamic, featuring Bianchi's
latest Metron 5D ACR aero handlebar; an integrated bar and stem
which features fully enclosed cable routing through the bar and
stem - for both the hydraulic brake hoses and the gear cables.
This build features Shimano's ultra-reliable and precise Ultegra
Di2 shifting, together with some of our favourite aero "do
everything" wheels, the Roval CLX 64. The total package combines to
make a bike that successfully blends aero efficiency with long-ride
comfort, a tricky combo to pull off.
photos by Bobby Whittaker