Bianchi has reasserted itself on the aero race bike scene with the launch of the new Oltre RC, Oltre Pro and Oltre road bikes.
The new Oltre range headlines by showcasing Bianchi’s new ‘Air Deflector’ technology, which is said to channel airflow around the head tube, creating a low-pressure zone behind to reduce drag.
The 2023 Oltre also benefits from a new Reparto Corse aero cockpit, which features a central air channel to also create low-pressure airflow zones, this time around the rider’s legs – again, to improve aero slipperiness.
In all, the new Oltre RC is said to save 17 watts at 50km/h (we know, that’s fast…) versus the previous range-topping Oltre XR4 .
The second-tier Oltre Pro model features the addition of Bianchi’s Countervail vibration reduction in the carbon layup, while the ‘entry-level’ Oltre misses out on the Air Deflector tech and Reparto Corse handlebar, but features broadly the same frame shape.
All models will be available from November 2022, with complete build prices starting at €13,800 for the Oltre RC, €8,000 for the Oltre Pro and from €5,400 for the Oltre. Framesets of each Oltre model are also available.
Global prices are still to be confirmed. Air Deflector technology The range-topping Bianchi Oltre RC (and mid-range Oltre Pro) both feature Bianchi’s new Air Deflector technology, which is said to take inspiration from motor racing aerodynamics.It takes the form of two vertical, vent-like cutouts – one placed either side of the head tube – which serve to stall and channel airflow.This is said […]