When one of the oldest and most distinctive bike manufacturers in the world decides to update its flagship aero race bike, you tend to sit up and take notice. That’s what we did – and it’s what you should do too.
Described at the launch as an evolution of the XR2, the Bianchi XR4 brings the aero stable up to scratch, with larger profile tubes for greater aero gain, while also integrating Countervail comfort-improving technology to dial out excess feedback from the road.
In fact, we know from Bianchi’s road product manager, Angelo Lecchi, that Bianchi have set out not to necessarily create the stiffest or fastest bike, but one which brings together “the complete package”. Countervail integration certainly hints at this, but while it has a slightly softer edge compared to its predecessor, it can’t fool us – this is a rip-roaring speed machine, make no mistake.