Robert Gesink’s Bianchi Oltre XR4 Training Bike

While out at the Volta a Catalunya, Jon headed to the pro cyclist haven that is Girona. While there he happened to run into Lotto-Jumbo rider Robert Gesink returning from training. Gesink kindly allowed us to have a look at his training bike, check it out!

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Frame and forks: Bianchi Oltre XR4
Wheels: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 C40 Clincher
Tyres: Vittoria Corsa g+
Handlebars: Vision Metron 5D
Stem: Vision Metron 5D
Seatpost: Bianchi Oltre XR4
Saddle: Fi:zi’k Antares 00
Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2
Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Front Mech: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2
Rear Mech: Shimano Dura-Ace R9150 Di2
Chainset: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace R9100
Chainring size: 52/39
Powermeter: Pioneer Dual sided
Cassette: 11-28

Bike weight: 8.2kg, including spares, pump, clinchers
Saddle height: 82.5cm
Reach: 62cm
Bar width: 42cm
Stem length: 130mm
Crank length: 175mm
Tyre width: 25c

Finishing touches: FSA Celeste bar tape, customised tool roll, Lezyne mini pump, Tacx carbon Celeste bottle cages

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jrhist16 gmail says:

“lovely Celeste color” you can’t fool us John, we know how you really feel

Darren Johnson says:

Hypocrisy or back tracking “Lovely Celeste” after what you said in a previous vid …. I love my Bianchi Oltre XR4 and it’s in Celeste, mine only weighs in at 7.2 though in a 57cm

hAzeIxD says:

wait what, celeste green? resembling the sky of what? tchernobyl? sorry couldnt resist

valentin65 says:

Lovely bike but my saddle bag is much fancier. It’s a Rixen Kaul. Hands down the best saddle bags.

Paul Flory says:

Interesting that today’s pros train on clinchers. When I raced in Southern California in the ’70’s, I was the only guy training on clinchers: most racers in the area, even the novices, trained and raced on tubulars. I went to clinchers to save money. As I recall, Michelin made a good high pressure 700c tire and there was one good rim, which was probably much heavier than today’s clincher rims (and heavier than typical tubular rims in those days). I couldn’t keep up using two clincher wheels: had to resort to a clincher back/ tubular front setup to keep from getting dropped! Saved a lot of money, though.

Back then, most clinchers were 27×1 1/4 (?) that took wheels of a different diameter than tubular wheels, making it a pain to switch back and forth for racing and training, whereas 700c is the same diameter as tubular.

Roger Watt says:

Great video and a truly lovely bike but hey, a couple of weeks ago, you were saying (I THINK it was you) that you didn’t like Bianchi’s Celeste Green . . . what’s happened? And, as regards the freewheel sound, the overwhelming consensus of opinion on the issue last week was that most of us like our freewheels to be as quiet as possible. That said, keep up the good work!

James Mason says:

John your favorite color

Joe Joe says:

Mine Oltre XR4 is size 50, with Dura Ace 9150, Vision Mitron 5D integrated bar, and Campy Bora Ultra 50 wheels. What a bike!!

J. Seehusen says:

Hey Jon, how do you measure saddle to bar drop? From the tip of the saddle or center to the saddle? Just wondering because Robert Gesink has more or less exactly the same metrics as I have and comparing my drop to his would be quite interesting!Thanks a lot!

simon assouline says:

Ugly! Specialized S Works Tarmac is much more prettier and Superior in every possible Aspect!

Total Control 871 says:

Jon made nicey nice with Bianchi LOL

John Potter says:

It would be great to see a review of the Bianchi Aria, in celeste of course.

timtimzi ni says:

Might be getting this after selling off my vias? Worth it?

Vaibhav Lomate says:

can we r youtube friends

smp156 says:

who ever the idiot was who put anything BUT campagnolo on a bianchi, should be slapped in the face with a dirty diaper.
Low class, no style

mislevis says:

Perfect size for me. Lovely bike. My friend have same frameset.

Sam Sanders says:

more training bikes

Chris Capoccia says:

Should be nice with $13k base price for Oltre XR4… interesting tech, but i won’t be riding that any time soon. probably closer to $15k as equipped

Michael McDermott says:

I’m with Jon on the gumwalls, can really lift a bike. Lovely stuff.

Szymon Kazimierczak says:

Great idea to do a training bike video. Actually since you (GCN) guys are in Spain often, and pros are there often you could do more of these reviews. It’s great to see a pro rider of Gesink class riding bike with clinchers, saddle bag and mini pump.

Marwan KMS says:

Hey Jon, did you had the guts to tell him about the color ? 😉 Love to see training bikes, keep going mate !

Neil says:

Love the XR4! Also love that waxed cotton bag + leather toe strap solution for the tools / spare inners. Totally brilliant way to almost cancel out the bad aesthetic vibe of a saddle bag.

Marcus Denne says:

Yes , it’s not “G”esink, nor is it “sellest”, and there is no such word as “de-ray-lee-ur”. Apart from that, at least you didn’t say “Bee-an-chee”, but I know you wanted too 🙂

The Batman says:

What a joke. It’s the same as a trek madone with different color and branding.

Jan Hendrik Burdinski says:

I always flinch when Jon does the freehub sound test and puts his fingers back on the chain stay…

Patrick Hall says:

The holy grail of bike reviews!! Weight, free hub sound AND a behind the scenes training bike!! Nice one GCN 🙂

Baboya Badodata says:

More training bikes!

jaskirat singh says:

explained in detail

Sergio Jovino says:

I LOVE IT!!! Do more videos about pro training bikes 😀

Carter Hick says:

“Lovely celesete color.” Good one!.

donmlaaden says:

I thought my drivetrain is filthy, but when I saw this one of a professional rider, I changed my mind, it’s clean. 😀

Ben B says:

More training bike videos! Nice to see a mini pump and a saddle bag on a pro’s bike – more similar to what we’re all actually riding.

alex fulton says:

Not ge-sink it is said hay-zink

Kaliburation says:

Chuh les tay

tbone1337 says:

What is the exact model of that saddlebag?

Robb Chastain says:

Thanks, Jon, and I like that full-size, frame-mounted pump, a nod to riding in real life on real roads, for sure. And it makes me wonder what a race bike would look like–wheels and gear and such–if the pros had to fix their own flats.

Antoine Morin-Prévost says:

Finally a pro bike with a saddle bag, a mini pump, and some clincher wheels ! I don’t feel as strange anymore carying all that spare stuff knowing that even the pros do it 🙂

Dany AL says:

3:42 that sticker is falling off

Sills71 says:

if you are not in a race you should have alloy clinchers on your bike, like this one….

Omaris Bhumiriady says:

That is one super nice Bianchi! (^_-)

Aaron David says:

His saddlebag was held on with an old leather belt! Awesome! Maybe he keeps a rolled up pair of pants/trousers in his bag to go with the belt for those training run cafe stops.

mirceaandreighinea says:

what’s the deal with the free hub sound? … what am i missing? it looks important to you but i don’t get it 🙁

Eric Johnson says:

Whoa. Heavy.

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