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Bianchi recently launched the Oltre XR3 — a cheaper version of the XR4 — which sees much of the race-ready technology trickled down from the bike that has already been ridden in a number of successes this season.

The Italian brand invited us to the launch of the new bike and I'm ready to report back on what I thought about this all-round aero race machine.

My 57cm test bike was equipped with a full Campagnolo Potenza groupset, Fulcrum Racing 7 LG wheels and house brand Reparto Corse finishing kit.

What is Countervail?

The XR3 is equipped with something called Countervail. In short, Countervail is a ‘viscoelastic’ material — which doesn’t completely solidify — that sits between the carbon layup and is said to reduce the amount of vibrations that reach the rider from the road by up to 80 percent.

Bianchi has exclusive use of this material for its bikes.

While implementing such a technology on what is a very race-oriented aero road bike may seem odd, Bianchi claims that the reduction in vibrations results in less fatigue, therefore allowing riders to maintain an aggressive — and more efficient — position for longer than would be possible on a harsher bike.