BIANCHI OLTRE XR1
Italian brand Bianchi is the oldest surviving bike company in the world (it’s 132 this year) but it hasn’t rested on its prodigious laurels and ignored innovation. The Pro teambred Oltre XR1 combines a cultured Continental feel with cleanly efficient, subtly aero design.
If you’re fussy about fit you’ll love the fact that the Oltre XR1 is available in seven different finely graded sizes. In true Italian style, Bianchi tends to fit longer than average stems and the aero seatpost has a lot of layback so that a given size of bike will feel longer and more stretched out than normal.
The brakes are conventionally mounted rather than hidden (like the Argon) and the frame is a mix of aero and comfort-oriented tube shapes. The handling is all about composed, sweeping gestures and it prefers to build speed smoothly.
While it might feel a bit too leisurely for a flat-out lash, the longer you ride it the more this refined steed rewards you in terms of reduced fatigue and unflustered efficiency, making it great for long haul speed.
Weight 7.7kg (55cm) Frame Carbon monocoque Fork Carbon monocoque Gears Shimano Ultegra 6800, 52-36T, 11-25 Brakes Shimano Ultegra 6800 Wheels Fulcrum Racing Quattro Finishing kit Reparto Corse alloy bar and stem, Selle San Marco Concor Startup Manganese saddle, 25mm Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres