Bianchi has expanded its aero road bike line-up with the introduction of a new Oltre Race and also updated its Sprint, the all-rounder that’s based on the top-level Specialissima. In doing so, Bianchi has inadvertently suggested that the launch of a 12-speed Shimano 105 groupset is imminent. We’ll explain why in a mo but let’s check out the bikes first. Bianchi Oltre Race
Bianchi updated its Oltre aero road bike range last October with the introduction of three different platforms: Oltre RC, Oltre Pro and Oltre. The Oltre RC is the model with Air Deflector tech on the sides of the head tube, the idea being to channel airflow, create a low-pressure zone at the rear of the tube, and reduce drag.
> Bianchi unveils radical new Oltre road bike with ‘Air Deflector’ aero tech 2023 Bianchi Oltre Race – 1 Although lacking the Air Deflectors, Bianchi says that the new Oltre Race has been inspired by the Oltre RC. As The Infamous Grouse points out in the comments, below, it looks a whole lot like the Bianchi Aria – but with internal cable routing. Even the frame geometries are identical .
“Oltre Race offers a suitably adapted set-up to make it accessible to a broader audience,” says Bianchi. “Aero tube shapes and integrated cable routing declare its racing pedigree.” The frame and fork are both carbon and the bike is available only with disc brakes. The Bianchi Oltre Race is available in Shimano 105 mechanical (€3,399) and Shimano 105 […]