Gallery Paardeberg Climb Specialized Stumpjumper HT 29er Warming Up is better than the Climb! Out of the Forest Up Up and more Up Nevill Cragg 29 inches of joy! The New SL3 with Campy Bora’s No prizes for pulling Running the Gauntlet Chasing Jaco Uphill Emerging from the farested singletrack At least my weapon of choice looked good…and only 8kg’s to boot. It’s fast, very fast. Rigid S-Work Stumpjumper HT Gravel Travelling In race trim See that look on my face – that’s Grinta! Winning the Sprint Team Aurecon’s new colours The Black Hill 2 Chase Race Mode KOM in the Bay City Winter Training Bianchi Oltre Sram Red Zipp 404 FC Winning! Advertisements Share this:TweetEmailLike this:Like Loading... 2 thoughts on “Gallery” Add Comment I really like your reviews on the Oltre, a frame I am considering. Can you post a comparison vs an SL3. Reply Hi Jason Thanks for reading my blog. With regards to the bike vs bike. I rode Specialized for three years and always had the Tarmac, I loved the bike’s handling and acceleration. I come from a motorcycling background and so I am fast in the corners and lean my bikes hard, change directions quickly and brake late, I love descending and the Tarmac always felt surefooted. Especially when they changed the lower bearing to 1.5 in. I took a long time to choose another brand, and did not test ride the Oltre before buying it. I was riding a Venge at the time (which has the same geometry as the tarmac) but I wanted something lighter. The fact that the Oltre was also Semi-Aero was a bonus. The steering geometry was priority one for me – so when I saw that the 55 vs 57 Oltre went from 73deg to 72.5deg at the head tube, I knew I wanted the 57. The geometry over the rest of the bike just worked out perfectly – I wanted to go up to a 56 Tarmac but it was a step too far so I rode a size down, the 54. The Oltre was in between. You’ve read my blog, the Oltre handles like a razor blade, and I have subsequently re-ridden the tarmac and it feels duller in comparison. The rear of the Oltre is more forgiving that the Venge by far, and is similar to the smoothness of the Tarmac which flexes at the seatpost, but the Oltre has an aero post and is forgiving in the seatstays. The Oltre is strikingly stiff at the BB and the quality of the finish on the Bianchi stands apart, I always had small paint bleeds and blemishes on the Spez that you just don’t see on the Bianchi. The Carbon-Ti finishing kit is a great addition and keeps the overall weight low as well as perfectly complimenting the bike. If I had to choose again I’d get the Oltre in a heartbeat. There is something about its heritage that “feels” different and special. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.