Bianchi have unveiled a matt black edition of the top-of-the-range Oltre equipped with Campagnolo’s EPS electronic groupset, in a move that marries two of Italy’s traditional manufacturers and their latest technologies.
The Oltre’s monocoque carbon frame weighs 950g and is described by the Italian manufacturer as “one of the best racing machines Bianchi has ever made” while Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS 11-speed groupset marks the component company’s long-awaited move into electronic shifting.
Back to the Oltre; X-Tex carbon technology – Bianchi’s unique process to internally mold an X-weaved structural carbon layer – is combined with the bike’s aerodynamic profile to “give it an incredibly efficient power transmission and stiffness to weight ratio.”
Other highlights include internal cable routing, an aerodynamic wing on the carbon fork, as well as an integrated aero seatpost and Bianchi’s UTSS Ultra Thin Seat Stay. While we know the Oltre is kitted out with Campagnolo Super Record EPS, there are no details on the rest of the spec. As for price? Expect it to be in the region of £9,000.
Bianchi will return to the pro peloton in 2012, with Vacansoleil-DCM set to ride a team edition of the Oltre, but with Shimano Dura-Ace components as opposed to Campagnolo.