Bianchi Oltre XR2 Frameset
The Bianchi Oltre XR2 is top of the line range of race-bred frames used by TEAM LOTTO NL – JUMBO in 2016 in the PRO – Tour on their rise to success, it is designed to optimise your power transfer to the road, to be efficient and to respond immediately to the changes in pace experienced in races: it delivers on all counts. Indeed, it is one of the most responsive race bikes we have ridden and this is most noticeable when you hop out of the saddle and stand on the pedals for a sprint or to chase a man down. The acceleration is instantaneous, and this is thanks to the combination of tight rear triangle, bottom bracket and frame materials. The Oltre XR2 is made from UMS40 and CN60 ultra high modulus carbon fibre and Bianchi claim a frame weight of just 895g (55cm) and 355g for the fork - even the recent spate of super-light frames only just pip the XR2.
This low weight is combined with excellent stiffness (the XR is short for 'extreme rigidity-to-weight ratio') and this union is what gives the XR2 it's lively ride feel allowing the rider to put huge loads through the frame without seeing any leakage of power, as a result it not only accelerates well but it climbs like a mountain goat; deft and agile. Much of this rigidity comes from the adoption of FSA's new 386EVO standard of bottom bracket. Wider than the traditional BB30, the BB386EVO allows the fitment of almost any crankset to the frame but more importantly allows manufacturers to increase the surface area of the bottom bracket to stiffen the chasis while still saving weight - a double thumbs up.
Like most race bred bikes, Bianchi have also focused on the headtube area which is equally stiff. The use of a tapered fork with an 11/2" lower bearing is relatively common on modern race machines and the XR2 is no exception though Bianchi also employ their X-Tex cross weave technology around the headtube and BB. X-Tex comprises additional carbon strips that are moulded into the carbon structure in critical areas to bolster stiffness without thickening the whole area and thus incurring a weight penalty. All this ultimately results in a front end that remains true: precise steering and responsive handling is guaranteed whether out of the saddle, descending or throwing the bike into tight corners.
Bianchi Factory clearance model in 55cm frame size only.
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Also available as complete bike, Frames are derived fom bikes
Product Listed: 02/04/2023