Primoz Roglic’s Custom Bianchi Oltre XR4 | Team Jumbo-Visma Pro Bike
Articles Blog

Primoz Roglic’s Custom Bianchi Oltre XR4 | Team Jumbo-Visma Pro Bike

October 23, 2019


Did you know
that Primoz Roglic used to be a ski jumper? Well, I’m not sure anyone has
ever mentioned that one before but at the Giro d’Italia,
he’s doing his very best to become known not for
being an ex-ski jumper, but for being one of the
strongest bike riders in the world and this is one of the
four different road bikes that he has at this year’s race. This is Roglic’s custom-painted
Bianchi Oltre XR4. Now before we get started properly, see if you can spot the Di2 junction box. The Bianchi Oltre XR4 is Bianchi’s all-round,
aerodynamic road race frame and it’s the choice of
just about every rider on the Jumbo-Visma team. The frame includes countervail technology which is Bianchi’s way
of reducing vibrations that you feel while riding that have been transmitted by the road. Bianchi actually claim that
countervail cancels out 80% of the vibrations that
you feel while riding and it also makes the
frame stiffer and stronger, but the standout thing about this frame has to be the paint job. Just take a look at the Eagle which is apparently flying
over the Col du Galibier to commemorate Roglic’s win on Stage 17 of the 2017 Tour de France. On the top tube of the bike, there’s a little symbol showing
off the Telemark position that ski jumpers land in which is also what
Roglic does on the podium whenever he wins a bike race. Moving on to the components now and Roglic’s bike has the top of the range Shimano Dura Ace Di2 R9150
group set front to back. That includes the Shimano
R9100-P power meter cranks which is a change for
Jumbo-Visma this year as they previously used
the Pioneer power meters. The chain set is 5339 with
172.5 millimeter cranks. Pretty much standard for
pros and those are paired to an 11 to 30 cassette. So Roglic is clearly ready
for the mountains already. Although Roglic has the
choice of a disc brake model of the XR4, he, like almost
all of his teammates opts for the rim brake version meaning that he uses Dura Ace
9100 direct mount brakes. Now, have you spotted
the Di2 junction box? Any ideas, any at all? Yep, that’s right, under the saddle, what? Jumbo-Visma mechanics getting
a little bit creative there. Hiding the junction box out of the wind, running longer wires
alongside the rear brake cable and then up through the seat post. What an awesome hack. Now aside from that, Roglic
uses FSA OS99 bars at the stem both of which are aluminum. He uses 110 millimeter long stem with 40 centimeter wide bars fitted onto which he uses sprint shifters, which is quite interesting for a GC rider I think you’d have to say. How about the wheels then. Well, Roglic has a pair of
Shimano C40 tubular wheels with 26 millimeter wide
Victoria Corsa tyres glued on and that includes of course
that lovely gum sidewall. Finishing up the bike, we’ve
got a Fizik Antares 00 saddle with carbon braided rails, a pair of Shimano Dura Ace 9100 pedals, some Celeste FSA bar
tape, tax water bottles and cages with a grippy
substance glued onto the inside of the cages for added security. Now the measurements. Roglic rides a size 53 frame and he stands at one meter 77 tall meaning that he can get a pretty
slammed position on it. From the top of the saddle to the center of the bottom bracket, it measures 73.5 centimeters. From the tip of the saddle to the centre of the
bars, it’s 56 centimeters and the saddle to bar drop is
a massive 14.5 centimeters. All in, the bike weighs 7.03 kilograms. If you’ve enjoyed this look
at Primoz Roglic pro bike, don’t forget to give it
a thumbs up down below and make sure you check out the GCN shop at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. Finally for another pro bike
from here at the Giro d’Italia, click just there.

Only registered users can comment.

  1. It's 2019, and we're still talking about Shimano having junction boxes at all – for some reason. SRAM doesn't have junction boxes, so why does Shimano maintain such an old-school design?

  2. Would it be possible for you to do a tech episode/story on the rising number of custom rear derailleur hangers [see 2:05] that are being used by various team (EF, Ineos, Jumbo-Visma, and so on). These are incredibly interesting and surely beneficial for larger cassettes, shifting, etc. This would be a great feature (and where to order them).

  3. Painted mountain with three stars on top tube symbolizes the Triglav, highest mountain in slovenian alps.

  4. The voiceover approach brings a sense of greater production value, but it's a shame that it comes at the expense of a freehub sound check.

  5. i love a Bianchi but that 90s reminiscent cheap-looking Airbrushy kind of paintjob on the headtube doesn't do it for me. Looks like something off of a trucker's T-shirt.

  6. Wow, flabbergasted by the rim brake choice. What happened here GCN, why Lotto Jumbo Visma, Bahrain Merida, UAE Emirates, Lotto Soudal, Movistar, Ineos, Mitchelton Scott, AG2r La Mondiale, Education First, Groupama FDJ, Androni Giocattoli, CSF Bardiani, and many other second line teams choose rim brakes? Maybe they don't see GCN videos explaining disc brake advantages in a very sufficient way, using a disc brake bike sent to you by your sponsor. Or maybe disc brakes are rubbish in road racing? Please enlighten me.

  7. yes, woow, nobody knew Rogla was a ski jumper… "thank you"… pfffff, who do you think you are?!…

  8. If you weigh like a pro, go downhill like a pro and ride tubulars like a pro, there is no use for the 0.5Kg extra of disks brake. Maybe for riding Paris Roubaix or Strade Bianche on a rainy day…

  9. GCN I know he was a ski jumper and alsoI know why he quit ski jumping, also it is a great story how he get into the cycling, btw his older sister Mateja Roglic is a cyclists and triathlete,SLOVENIA IS VERY HEPPY FIRST 2 ON GIRO ARE JAN POLANES SLOVENIJA AND PRIMOŽ SO I GUESS WE HAVE GREAT COUNTRY TO BECOME A GOOD CYCLIST AND IF YOU KNOW SLOVENIJA HAVE ONLY 2MILLION PEOPLE AND LOTS OF GREAT ATHLETS FROM BASKETBALL , WINTER SPORTS , EXTREME SPORTS AND ENDURANCE SPORTS CYCLING AND LOTS OF ULTRA RUNNERS. SO GCN COME VISIT OUR COUNTRY YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR TOUR GUIDE IS ON OF SLOVENIAN CYCLIST. WELCOME GCN.

  10. Simon, nice that you can pronounce Roglic's last name correctly….unlike Sean Kelly who insists on butchering his name

  11. Wowzers 15 lbs is super light!!! So if the Oltre is light and absorbs the road noise it should be a killer bike!!

  12. Nah, Bianchi always have the ugliest custom painted frames. Like the special one they did for Japan a couple years ago, the graphics looks like something they copied and pasted from the first page of Google image search. Just doesn't blend with the celest. Poor design.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *