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Bianchi Oltre XR Road Bike Frame
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Just think of it -- 'Celeste.' It's the only color that can transcend Black and White photos. And over the past 125 years, we've seen it don the bikes of legends from Coppi to Gimondi. However, even Edoardo Bianchi himself couldn't have envisioned the height of perfection that is the Bianchi Oltre XR Road Bike Frame. Lighter, stiffer, and faster than ever before, the Oltre XR will tear up the tarmac with its beautifully Italian design. Oltre roughly translates to 'beyond,' and believe us, it's an apt description of this frame. And for this year's iteration of the Oltre, Bianchi went beyond the 'beyond' of last year by both dropping the overall weight and increasing rigidity. This was primarily achieved through a new carbon layup that's exclusive to the XR. Now, the Oltre uses a selective blend of UMS 40 and CN60 carbon fibers. Bianchi makes the claim that this alteration has increased stiffness by 20% while dropping the frame weight by around 30g. Outside of the new materials, you can expect the same sophisticated production methods that make the Oltre Bianchi's fastest race bike in its 125 year history. The frame has made stronger by using Carbon NanoTube technology, which increases the strength and fracture-resistance by 49% compared to using standard epoxy resin systems. As unlikely as it may sound, these benefits come without adding appreciable weight. Along with the nanotubes, there are other hidden details that further the race characteristics of the frame. The Oltre uses something Bianchi calls X-Tex technology. The carbon fiber has an X-shaped grid inside the bottom bracket area and behind the head tube. This is done with an internal molding process that eliminates excess resin. The result is added strength and stiffness that barely affect the weight. Bianchi's Wrinkleless Molding Process guarantees that all of the composite layers are uniformly compressed to ensure that no voids disturb the laminate. This produces an internal finish that's as smooth as...