2017 Road Bike Buyer's Guide

Bianchi Oltre XR.4 CV
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Bianchi Oltre XR.4 CV

At first glance, the new Bianchi Oltre XR.4 CV aero road bike looks similar to its predecessor, the Oltre XR.2. But that’s to be expected, as the XR.2 has become one of the most popular bikes in Bianchi’s extensive catalog. The XR.4’s biggest new feature is the “CV” added to the end of its name and embedded into the carbon fiber weave. Developed by the Material Science Corporation for NASA, Countervail (“CV”) is a vibration-dampening technology that Bianchi has been using for several years in its endurance, climbing, and time trial frames. Bianchi claims the tech cuts road vibrations by as much as 80 percent without compromising stiffness. Framesets are available for $4,999, and complete bikes start at $9,999. [From $4,999; bianchiusa.com