Bumping the 928 SL for the top model in the HoC series (Hors Category) is the newly introduced 2011 Bianchi Oltre, a high end road bike.
Fitting its name perfectly, the Oltre which means “Beyond Limit” features monocoque design constructed of high density carbon composite. This will adds to the stiffness for the Bianchi 2011 Oltre.
Bianchi has used a technology on the Oltre called CNT aka Carbon Nano Tube. CNT is epoxy resign and nano powder added for reduction in micro fractures. This adds overall durability by 49%, and 20% higher than the previous nano technology.
Also new from Bianchi is the X-TeX design around the head tube, which is basically internal molding shaping the inner walls of carbon, then abbreviations rise. The procedure increases stiffness, and resistance to impact. Best part, the weight stays the same.
A process known as WMP was executed, this reduces weight and eliminates wrinkles in the molding.
The Bianchi 2011 Oltre road bike added a BB30 bottom bracket with internal oversized bearings. A 1 1/8″ upper headset bearing and 1 1/2″ lower bearing all add stiffness and takes away from the overall weight.
Bianchi has said that a size 55cm frameset will weigh in at 950 grams!
It is said that the 2011 Bianchi Oltre frameset will retail at $4999, Dura Ace model is priced at $8999, and the Record build at $10,999.