Bianchi Oltre XR1 review

The little sister of the XR2, this bike is super fast

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Bianchi Oltre XR1 is a really fast bike that features most of the aero characteristics the Italian manufacturer developed for the XR2, its bigger sister on the aero line. However, with a price budget of £3,000 you would expect a slightly better spec, particularly regarding the wheels, which are not at the level of the rest of the bike.

Reasons to buy
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    Great frame

Reasons to avoid
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    Not a full Ultegra

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Not all Bianchi bikes come in celeste, unfortunately. But at the same time, the spirit and the technology of the historic Italian manufacturer is well held in its core, rather than in its colour. And fortunately, the Bianchi Oltre XR1 has everything in the right place to make you appreciate a great ride on a real piece of cycling tradition.

And even though Bianchi just released its new aero model - the Oltre XR4 - this older model would still be the good compromise for a cheaper, but high-quality and well-performing bicycle.

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