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Eurobike 2013: Bianchi 2014 road bikes

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There are two Bianchi Infinito CV disc models. Our favourite is this 11-speed Shimano Ultegra Di2 build

There are two Bianchi Infinito CV disc models. Our favourite is this 11-speed Shimano Ultegra Di2 build (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The Bianchi Intenso range features Reparto Corsa components by FSA, as well as Fulcrum wheels. This is the Shimano Ultegra build

The Bianchi Intenso range features Reparto Corsa components by FSA, as well as Fulcrum wheels. This is the Shimano Ultegra build (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The new, more affordable carbon Bianchi Intenso is based on the Infinito. This is the Campagnolo Veloce model

The new, more affordable carbon Bianchi Intenso is based on the Infinito. This is the Campagnolo Veloce model (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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We love FSA's understated new finish on their K-Force Light components, seen here on the Bianchi Oltre XR2

We love FSA's understated new finish on their K-Force Light components, seen here on the Bianchi Oltre XR2 (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The rear-exiting cable hose keeps things tidy up front on the Bianchi Oltre XR2

The rear-exiting cable hose keeps things tidy up front on the Bianchi Oltre XR2 (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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Up front on the Bianchi Oltre XR2, the mech cables and hydraulic hoses are all internally routed. Even the front disc hose is shot through the fork leg

Up front on the Bianchi Oltre XR2, the mech cables and hydraulic hoses are all internally routed. Even the front disc hose is shot through the fork leg (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The Bianchi Oltre XR2's rear disc mount sits neatly inboard of the seat and chainstays

The Bianchi Oltre XR2's rear disc mount sits neatly inboard of the seat and chainstays (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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Bianchi's Oltre XR2 is now available in this SRAM Red 22 and Zipp 303 hydraulic disc version

Bianchi's Oltre XR2 is now available in this SRAM Red 22 and Zipp 303 hydraulic disc version (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The white watches feature a classy woven carbon face, in white too

The white watches feature a classy woven carbon face, in white too (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The black watches feature a black silicone strap and a choice of polished, satin, or black PVD plating on their stainless steel casings

The black watches feature a black silicone strap and a choice of polished, satin, or black PVD plating on their stainless steel casings (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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In quite a departure for the brand, Bianchi have launched a watch range

In quite a departure for the brand, Bianchi have launched a watch range (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The Bianchi Oltre XR2's subtle flat carbon, matte grey and Campagnolo red finish looks stunning in the flesh

The Bianchi Oltre XR2's subtle flat carbon, matte grey and Campagnolo red finish looks stunning in the flesh (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The limited edition Bianchi Oltre XR2 even carries Campagnolo's 80th anniversary crest on the down tube

The limited edition Bianchi Oltre XR2 even carries Campagnolo's 80th anniversary crest on the down tube (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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Bianchi's new Oltre XR2 gets a limited edition makeover thanks to Campagnolo's 80th anniversary

Bianchi's new Oltre XR2 gets a limited edition makeover thanks to Campagnolo's 80th anniversary (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The front brake hose runs internally down through the Bianchi Infinito CV's fork leg

The front brake hose runs internally down through the Bianchi Infinito CV's fork leg (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The new hydraulic/Di2 levers from Shimano, on the Bianchi Infinito CV

The new hydraulic/Di2 levers from Shimano, on the Bianchi Infinito CV (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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Vision's latest carbon Metron 40 clincher wheelset is offered in a disc brake version, as seen on the Bianchi Infinito CV

Vision's latest carbon Metron 40 clincher wheelset is offered in a disc brake version, as seen on the Bianchi Infinito CV (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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The drivetrain is complemented by Shimano's Di2-specific hydraulic disc brake setup on the Bianchi Infinito CV

The drivetrain is complemented by Shimano's Di2-specific hydraulic disc brake setup on the Bianchi Infinito CV (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)
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FSA Reparto Corsa brakes on the Bianchi Intenso

FSA Reparto Corsa brakes on the Bianchi Intenso (Image credit: Robin Willmott, Cycling Plus)

This article originally published on BikeRadar

The 2014 season looks to set be incredibly busy for Bianchi, Italy's oldest bike manufacturers. Not only have they launched updates to their flagship Oltre road race and Infinito Classics bikes, they've also announced a new carbon platform with the Intenso, taken over sponsorship of the Belkin pro team and continued their partnership with Italy's vintage flavoured L'Eroica amateur event.

In conjunction with L'Eroica, Bianchi launched a range of retro clothing suitable for the event, recreating classic Coppi-era jerseys in modern fabric thanks to a partnership with Santini.

At Eurobike 2013 they had plenty on display, including a limited edition Oltre XR2, the more affordable Intenso, disc versions of the Oltre XR2 and Infinito CV and a range of designer watches.

Bianchi Oltre XR2 limited edition

Seemingly not content with the stunning Oltre XR2, Bianchi have also prepared a limited edition version, complete with Campagnolo's 80th anniversary Record groupset. The finish has been coordinated with the flat black and deep red hues of the group, with custom components matched to the classy feel.

In its XR2 guise, the Oltre frame weighs 895g (55cm) and features full internal cable routing, a BB386 bottom bracket shell and a new carbon layup aimed to increase both drivetrain stiffness and comfort.

Bianchi Oltre XR2 and Infinito CV disc models

The over-riding themes for road bikes at Eurobike were aerodynamics and disc brakes. With the likes of Colnago, Pinarello, Storck, Merida, Stevens and Specialized all offering top-level machines with hydraulic disc options, it's good to see that Bianchi have kept up on this front.

They had disc-specific Oltre XR2 and Infinito CV models on show, both using SRAM's hydraulic caliper and lever combo. The Oltre XR2 we saw matches SRAM Red to a set of Zipp 303 disc-brake wheels. Already favourites with disc-riding cyclo-cross fans, we're intrigued to see whether the wheels will make a successful transition to the road.

The Bianchi Infinito CV made its debut at this year's Paris-Roubaix, and for 2014 it will be joined by two disc brake models. The frame features vibration reducing Countervail (CV) material sandwiched between carbon.

Shimano's new hydraulic/Di2 levers made their appearance on the disc-equipped Infinito CV

Oltre XR2 price details (€/US$ TBC)

Standard frame: £3,350
Disc frame: £3,500
Campagnolo Super Record EPS: £9,950
Campagnolo Super Record: £7,850
Shimano Dura-Ace: £9,000
Shimano Ultegra Di2: £5,550
SRAM Red: £7,250
SRAM Red Disc: £7,800
Campagnolo Chorus: £5,000

Infinito CV price details (€/US$ TBC)

SRAM Red Disc: £6,500 (approx.)
Campagnolo Super Record: £5,600
Shimano Dura-Ace 9000: £5,300
Shimano Ultegra Di2 6870: £4,700
Shimano Ultegra 6800: £3,600
Campagnolo Chorus: £4,200
Campagnolo Athena: £3,500

More affordable Intenso range

We reported on the new Intenso range at the Bianchi launch in June. These bikes are based on the geometry and ride feel of the Infinito CV but will come with mid-range components (Campagnolo Veloce through to Shimano 105 and Ultegra). That means they'll be cheaper than the Infinito, with price details listed below.

Intenso price details (€/US$ TBC)

Intenso Ultegra: £2,250
Intenso 105: £2,000
Intenso Veloce: £1,850

Bianchi designer watches

As if all this wasn't enough, Bianchi have also launched three designer watches. These are available in classic Bianchi celeste, white with celeste highlights, and black with celeste.

The watch range consists of a mid-sized model with a 38mm watch face diameter (smaller and suitable for boys or ladies). It features a carbon fibre face, scratch-resistant sapphire glass and a silicone rubber strap. A Swiss-made quartz movement drives the watch, with a quick-set date function. The mid-size watch is matched to a full-size, 43mm diameter men's version. No US or UK prices have been set yet, but in Europe the watches will retail for €295.

The flagship of the watch range is a triple dial chronograph. Like the standard watch it's driven by a Swiss quartz movement, but with the added complications of a two button chronograph, tachymeter and date functions. The watch case is PVD-plated for the black model, satin finished on the celeste, and polished stainless for the white.

We love the attention to detail, with the chronograph's face featuring a woven carbon centre section, tricolour tachymeter scale and stainless details, with the Bianchi logo at 12 and a chainring encircling the chronograph dial at 6. The chrono watch will retail for €495.

All watches come presented in a laser-etched, stainless steel tube watch box that doubles as a water bottle. Bianchi were very keen to point out that the watch range has been designed from the ground up, and is not just a case of the company branding an existing design.

Bianchi designer watches in trademark celeste