Bianchi constantly update their range-topping Oltre frame. Marcel Wüst tests the latest iteration, the XR2, and finds it just as hard to resist. The Bianchi Oltre will be used by the LottoNL-Jumbo team in 2015.
Another year, another Bianchi Oltre. This is the fourth version I’ve tested, having previously ridden the Oltre, the Oltre XR and the Oltre XR Superleggera. It seems that Bianchi can’t resist launching a new model as soon as they find a way to make an improvement and you have to respect that attitude. The difficulty for me is that, as with other manufacturers that produce new models with amazing regularity, every time I receive the latest one I wonder if I’m going to notice the differences. Trimming 50g from the weight of the frame is entirely worthwhile but it’s near impossible to feel.