Bianchi Oltre XR3 Potenza review

The new Bianchi Oltre XR3 aero bike benefits from Bianchi's road smoothing Countervail technology. We've tested the new celeste machine

Bianchi Oltre XR3
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Oltre XR3 marks a move by Bianchi to offer its Countervail technology at a lower price point. It’s an attractive option if you’re looking for an aero bike, as it does make riding more comfortable on typical UK road surfaces. Elsewhere, the XR3 has plenty of aero credentials, including its teardrop seat tube and seat post profiles, the low frontal area of its forks and its concealed seat post bolt. The low front end, with the potential to make it even lower by removing spacers, should also lead to a speedy ride. The XR3’s handling characteristics are excellent too, lending confidence to ride tricky terrain faster and there’s the stopping power from the Potenza brakes to keep things under control. How you regard the value proposition of the Oltre XR3 depends on the store you put in the Bianchi marque. Many other brands will offer you a higher spec package at this price. But with over 250 members of the UK Bianchi Owners’ Club, there are many who will pay the premium for Bianchi’s prestige.

Reasons to buy
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    Road smoothing tech gives comfortable ride for an aero bike

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    Aero design

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    Low ride position

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    Quality Campagnolo groupset

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    Prestige marque

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Reasons to avoid
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    Budget wheels

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Bianchi’s range-topping Oltre XR4 aero bike includes the company’s proprietary Countervail technology. Originally developed to dampen cockpit vibrations in US military helicopters, Bianchi adapted Countervail for cycle frames now for the Bianchi Oltre XR3 too.

Contervail includes a special carbon fibre lay-up embedded in a viscoelastic resin Bianchi says it reduces vibration by up to 80% relative to undamped carbon. There’s a layer of Countervail material embedded in all the frame’s tubes and the fork legs.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.