Review: Bianchi Oltre XR4

This bike was a totally unexpected surprise for me; a huge shock with enormous sentiment. It was a gift from my father-in-law and one that he surprised me with while on a trip. It was one of those moments: wrong place, tight schedule, ungodly retail times, a corner shop and a surprising outcome. It was an eventful day.

I’ve always had a thing for Bianchi. There’s something about the brand, it has a cult of its own, like the famous CAAD-cult. One thing is for sure: most Bianchi owners have a passion for the bikes.

Having had an Oltre, Oltre XR2, and an Infinito CV, I suppose it was a no-brainer to get a XR4! Each model has been nothing but surprising and an absolute joy to ride. I have owned many other brands, but every time I hop onto one of those brands, it seems I return to Bianchi. And having studied a lot of pictures of the XR4, I was sure that this bike was going to be something special.