Bianchi extends its custom paint option from the Specialissima to the Oltre XR4

For some the idea of having a Bianchi in any colour other than celeste is anathema. If you want your Bianchi to stand out from the crowd though, the company is now offering custom colour options on the top of the range aero Oltre XR4.

It already offers custom paint selection on its premium 780g Specialissima climber’s bike, so its extension to another model suggests that there’s enough demand to expand the scheme. It’s a popular option with buyers of other high-end brands like Wilier and Ridley, where it’s been offered for some time.

Bianchi offers 15 frame colour options, including celeste

Called Tavolozza, Italian for “palette”, Bianchi’s scheme lets you choose from over 2000 colour combinations. Bianchi offers 15 different frame and fork colour options, coupled with 14 different inserts, 6 Bianchi logo options and gloss or matt finish.

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So if you’ve always wanted a matt pink Oltre with yellow contrast, now’s your chance to order one. Colour selection is made on-line via www.bianchi.com/tavolozza/oltrexr4, with the app showing you what your finished product will look like.

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You can then save and download your design, which comes with its own unique code. Bianchi then directs you to your nearest Bianchi dealer to order the machine. You can also share your colour scheme on Facebook to brag to your mates about your new machine.

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Once ordered, your Oltre is hand painted in Italy and shipped to your preferred dealer. Bianchi says it reserves the right to approve your selected colour scheme. We’ll let you know what it makes of our pink and yellow number. We might not press the “order” button on this one and stick to celeste though.