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 Post subject: Bianchi Oltre XR4 Piggy
PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:02 am 
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Here's my Oltre XR4. Its a very practical build that consists of a few components that have been chosen for their durability rather than their weight. Thats why she's a little porky at 7.52kg. Unfortunately I didn't write down the weight of every component in the build/I've lost the spreadsheet that has the relevant numbers.

Build
Frameset
    Frame: 53cm XR4 - 1006g
    Fork: 360g uncut
    Seatpost: ~190g
Groupset
    Crankset: Power2max Type-S 5-arm Campag 52 *36, 172.5 mm
    BB: Campagnolo PF86
    Shifters/RD: Super Record
    DM Brakes/Chain: Record
    FD: Chorus
    Cassette: Ultegra
    Cables: Campagnolo
Finishing kit
    Bars/Stem: FSA K-force 400 x 110 mm
    Bartape: Lizard Skins 1.8 mm
    Saddle: Specialized Romin Evo Pro - 181g
    Cages: Specialized S-works
    Pedals: Dura-ace 9000
Wheelset
    Wheels: Reynolds Aero 58 - 1600g w/o rim tape
    Tires/Tubes: Specialized Turbo/Vittoria Latex
    Skewers: Campagnolo

Ride Summary:
    Sense of Power Transfer: 8.5/10
    Acceleration: 7/10 (Keeping in mind I'm using the frame with relatively heavy aero-carbon clinchers, so its still pretty good)
    Climbing: 7.5 (seated efforts are more gratifying than punchy attempts to accelerate)
    Sense of flatland speed: 8.5/10
    Handling: 6.5/10 (take this with a grain of salt, I'm a poor bike handler and compared to other bikes I've never felt confident on Bianchis - they dont feel planted, however, they dont feel unstable either)
    Comfort: 8.5/10 (This rating is relative to other 'racing' frames I've tried)

Overall it's a very smooth operator that has a somewhat insultated ride feel. The bike does feel full of energy and has the highest overall levels of stiffness and comfort of any frame I've ridden (i.e. highest in combination). I do miss the more raw, balls to the wall ride quality of the XR2. The bike really comes to life for race efforts where it feels as though it really works with you to get the job done - it just feels fantastically stiff/response when you put a solid effort in.

Other comments:
Mr. Sheen does a fine job of getting the matt finish clean. Its not perfect however.

There were no issues building it - the only tricky part was the internal routing through the seat-stay which proved to be quite stubborn. The inside finish of the frame looks to be quite poor.

The Reynolds Aero wheels are decent, though I do experience brake rub out of the saddle which I find pretty irritating. The DT240's feel surprisingly smooth - smoother than the Dt240s in the Enves I had... but maybe that's just cause they are new. In terms of the subjective sense of speed, they are indistinguishably as fast feeling as Xentis 5.8s, Enves, Zipps and Hed's. (Easton Aero 55's are the fastest feeling wheels I've ridden. I think that sensation is probably due to the awesome hubs. They had really bad brake rub so I sold them). They climb quite well and feel plenty stiff for seated efforts. Cross wind performance is very good - they are perfectly fine for everyday use. Braking performance is poor in absolute terms and also lagging behind the above mentioned wheels (thought slightly better than the Enve 6.7s)

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 Post subject: Bianchi Oltre XR4 Piggy
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:40 am 
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Congratulations!
Nice setup, IMHO that's a decent weight for the size with power meters added on.

That aside, I guess you still prefer the XR2 over the XR4?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:38 am 
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Nice
Thanks for the review...comprehensive
It's great that you use numbers lower than 9 out of 10.
I'm not sure I've ever read a review in a magazine with a variety of scores

zappafile123 wrote:

Ride Summary:
    Sense of Power Transfer: 8.5/10
    Acceleration: 7/10 (Keeping in mind I'm using the frame with relatively heavy aero-carbon clinchers, so its still pretty good)
    Climbing: 7.5 (seated efforts are more gratifying than punchy attempts to accelerate)
    Sense of flatland speed: 8.5/10
    Handling: 6.5/10 (take this with a grain of salt, I'm a poor bike handler and compared to other bikes I've never felt confident on Bianchis - they dont feel planted, however, they dont feel unstable either)
    Comfort: 8.5/10 (This rating is relative to other 'racing' frames I've tried)



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:53 am 
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Congratulations on the latest bike to your stable. I have some similar impressions of the XR4. Overall I have enjoyed the purchase.

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