July 15, 2016 – The new Bianchi Oltre XR4 aero road bike was officially presented during the Bianchi Press Event in Franciacorta (Italy) on Thursday, July 14th. The new bike, is the fifth model launched by Bianchi to feature the exclusive and innovative Countervail Carbon Vibration-Cancelling Technology, with a dedicated tuning in order to provide maximized aero advantage and control at high speeds.
Your body contributes about 80% of aerodynamic drag on the bike so staying in your most aero position as long as possible is vital for fast times. With our new Bianchi Oltre XR4, enhanced with revolutionary Countervail® vibration cancelling technology that increases control, reduces fatigue and frame turbulence that affect performance, you will be able to hold your most aero position at high speed for longer to maximize your aerodynamic advantage.
FORMULA 1 AERO TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN
Oltre XR4 was designed to be at the absolute cutting edge of aerodynamics thanks to advanced CFD and Flow Visualization – technologies borrowed straight from aerospace and F1 car design. When combined with advanced analysis, the resulting data enabled us to achieve a significant aerodynamic saving of 20 watts over our already hugely efficient XR2 frameset.
In a wind-tunnel, Bianchi’s technicians flew fluorescent paint over the frame and fork’s surface at race speed and interpreted their trace patterns and intensity to reveal the aerodynamic performance of every aspect.
METHANOL CV: AFTER SHOCK CONTROL
Oltre XR.4 joins the Countervail “family” including Infinito CV, Aquila CV, Specialissima and Methanol CV, the latter of which was also officially presented to the International press in Franciacorta after being unveiled in a World Premiere in Abstadt (Germany) on the occasion of the XCO World Cup stage.
The new Methanol CV – the first ever mountain bike frame enhanced with Bianchi’s exclusive Countervail® vibration-cancelling technology developed for NASA by Material Science Corporation – recalibrates performance as the fastest, most composed cross-country MTB ever created.
Countervail®’s unique carbon fiber architecture and viscoelastic properties deliver total “After-Shock Control” by eliminating vibrations that pass through the suspension after impact and from trail buzz.
TEAM BIANCHI COUNTERVAIL
Crucial in the development of the ground-breaking new model was the cooperation with the Bianchi MTB Official Team, whose name in 2016 is Bianchi Countervail after Bianchi and MSC decided to further extend their close and winning cooperation with the aim to create the most advanced performance Road and MTB bicycles and support different type of riding, thanks to the Countervail tuning process. Countervail’s sponsorship of the Bianchi MTB Team is indeed a consequence of Bianchi’s strategy to revolutionize the MTB world.
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