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Bianchi Oltre RC ‘Hyperbike’ Gets Air Deflectors and Vented Stem

Bianchi Oltre RC Hyperbike(Photo/Bianchi)
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The all-new Bianchi Oltre RC is the brand’s first ‘hyperbike’ and gets unique, patent-pending vents on the head tube to redirect air to low-pressure zones.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published on Bikerumor.

The new head-tube vents, a fully integrated one-piece handlebar and stem, and new Reparto Corse aero wheels offer 45-second savings over 40 km at a 250W output.

Bianchi Oltre RC ‘Hyperbike’

bianchi oltre rc frame details

Designed as a bike-plus-rider system, the scoop in the bar/stem funnels air into “low-pressure vortices aimed at the rider’s moving legs.”

bianchi oltre rc air scoops on headtube

The scoops below it direct the air around the head tube, smoothing flow into the low-pressure zone directly behind it. The combined goal appears to be to reduce turbulence and low-pressure zones that cause drag.

And Bianchi says it helps even in crosswinds, improving CdA (coefficient of aerodynamic drag) by 5.1% compared to the Oltre XR4.

bianchi oltre rc wheels and hubs

The Reparto Corse (Bianchi’s Racing Department) RC50 and RC65 wheels aid the aerodynamics. The carbon fiber, tubeless-ready 50mm (front)- and 65mm (rear)-deep rims are designed to be stiff, light, and fast. The hubs use the brand’s SPB (Super Precision Bearing) construction to ensure they roll smoothly.

bianchi oltre rc saddle

These join a new 165g Reparto Corse saddle with a carbon fiber shell and 3D-printed padding as a reboot of the brand’s in-house, top-end component effort. Together with the cockpit, this is the most “Bianchi’d” bike Bianchi has ever made.

bianchi oltre rc aero road bike
bianchi oltre rc frame details

The wheels have a 21mm internal width, and the bike will fit up to 700 x 32mm tires.

aero fork on the Bianchi Oltre RC road bike

A specific RC-level fork adorns the top model, but all levels get small aero touches on the lower legs.

bianchi oltre rc pro and standard road bike family
Three versions of the Oltre; (photo/Bianchi)

Bianchi Oltre Versions

Three models are offered, plus an RC-level frameset. They share the overall frame design, but the spec differs, and the base model loses the RC wheels, saddle, and cockpit.

bianchi oltre rc aero road bike
Bianchi Oltre RC; (photo/Bianchi)

Designed as a pro-level racing bike, a complete Bianchi Oltre RC weighs in at a claimed 15.1 pounds in size 55, as shown above. The frame is only compatible with electronic drivetrains, and complete bikes are available with SRAM Red AXS, Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, and Campagnolo Super Record EPS — all with power meters. Prices range from €13,849 to €15,149 (about $13,535 to $14,805).

bianchi oltre pro aero road bike
Bianchi Oltre Pro; (photo/Bianchi)

The Bianchi Oltre Pro uses the same 50mm-deep front and rear rims as well as keeps the Reparto Corse saddle and integrated cockpit. But it has a slightly different fork that incorporates the brand’s CV vibration-reduction material.

Drivetrain options include SRAM Red or Force AXS and Shimano Dura-Ace or Ultegra Di2. Prices range from €7,999 to €12,199 (about $7,818 to $11,922), and claimed weight is 16.09 pounds.

bianchi oltre aero road bike
Base-level Oltre; (photo/Bianchi)

The base-level Bianchi Oltre gets yet another fork and comes with new Velomann 50mm-deep carbon wheels, cockpit (with aero stem), and saddle. Groups include SRAM Rival AXS and Shimano Ultegra or 105 Di2.

Claimed weight is 17.86 pounds, and prices span €5,399 to €6,249 (about $5,277 to $6,107).

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