The all-new Bianchi Oltre RC is their first “hyperbike” and gets unique, patent-pending vents on the headtube to redirect air to low-pressure zones. Those, plus a fully integrated one-piece handlebar and stem and new Reparto Corse aero wheels offer a 45-second savings over 40k at 250watts output.
Designed as a bike+rider system, the scoop in the bar/stem funnels air into “low pressure vortices aimed at the rider’s moving legs”.
The scoops below it direct the air around the head tube, smoothing flow into the low-pressure zone directly behind it. The combined goal appears to be to reduce turbulence and low-pressure zones that cause drag. And, they say it helps even in crosswinds, improving CDA by 5.1% compared to the Oltre XR4.
Aiding the aerodynamics are their Reparto Corse (Bianchi’s Racing Department) RC50 and RC65 wheels. The carbon fiber, tubeless-ready 50mm (front) and 65mm (rear) deep rims are designed to be stiff, light, and fast. The hubs use their SPB (Super Precision Bearing) construction so they roll smooth.
These join a new 165g Reparto Corse saddle with carbon fiber shell and 3D-printed padding as a reboot of their in-house, top-end component effort. Together with the cockpit, this is the most Bianchi’d bike Bianchi has ever made.
The wheels have a 21mm internal width and the bike will fit up to 700x32mm tires.
A specific RC-level fork adorns the top model, but all levels get small aero touches on the lower legs.
Three models are offered, plus an RC-level frameset. They share the overall frame design, but spec differs, and the base model loses the RC wheels, saddle and cockpit.
Designed as a pro-level racing bike, a complete Bianchi Oltre RC weighs in at a claimed 6.85kg (15.1lb) in size 55, as shown here. The frame is only compatible with electronic drivetrains, and complete bikes are available with SRAM Red AXS, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, and Campagnolo Super Record EPS…all with power meters. Prices from €13,749 to €14,999.
The Bianchi Oltre Pro uses the same 50mm deep rim front and rear, keeps the Reparto Corse saddle and integrated cockpit, but has a slightly different fork that incorporates their CV vibration reduction material. Drivetrain options include SRAM Red and Force AXS and Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra Di2. Prices from €7,999 to €12,199, claimed weight is 7.3kg (16.09lb).
The base level Bianchi Oltre gets yet another fork and comes with new Velomann 50mm deep carbon wheels and cockpit (with aero stem), and saddle. Groups include SRAM Rival AXS and Shimano Ultegra and 105 Di2. Prices from €5,399 to €6,249, claimed weight is 8.1kg (17.86lb).