A smattering of what the “over there” brands have to offer.
BIANCHI OLTRE XR3
Yes, the world’s oldest bike brand continues to produce cutting-edge design. The Aero-enhanced XR3 is modeled after their top-tier XR4 and is available in disc brake or rim brake. Choose between Shimano Ultegra builds or Campagnolo Chorus with a starting price of $3900 for a complete build.
CASATI ESPRESSO XCR
Founded back in 1920, the Casati frame shop in Monza is still at it with a selection of carbon and steel bikes. The fillet-brazed stainless steel Espresso XCR uses Columbus tubing and is available with custom options.
Like their high-end Diamante, the carbon monocoque Astra is available in both disc and rim brake options and either Shimano or Campagnolo build kits with MicroTech wheels. Available in six sizes.
With their original roots in Torino, Italy, starting 70 years ago, the Gios name lives on with a line of carbon and steel frames. There are three versions of the monocoque Aerolite frame. (including a disc friendly and team edition), each available in six sizes starting at $2500.
RIDLEY HELIUM SLX
Famous for many ProTour race wins with Team Lotto, the Helium SLX is the Belgian brand’s high-end road bike with a claimed frame weight of 750 grams (medium). Six sizes available with custom options.
With over 30 years of joining frame tubes, the Milan-based frame factory carries on by adding a unique-looking titanium-lugged/carbon-tubed frame to their catalog of beautiful steel and titanium bikes.
CARRERA ERAKLE AIR
This is the third-generation version, and the Erakle stands out not only for its shapely design but its three choices of brakes: rim, disc or under-the-chainstay direct mount. Available in five sizes with internal cable routing.
Price: $4295 (frame and fork)
New for 2019, you can now choose from 10 different frame colors for the Lightweight Urgestalt. Weight is still the focus, with the disc version weighing in at 830 grams and the non-disc version at 820 grams. Because of the paintwork, the frame gains 30 grams compared to its predecessor.
LOOK 765 GRAVEL
In addition to their new aero road bike (page 64), Look is also debuting a new dual-purpose bike. The carbon 765 Gravel will be available at three price points: $3500 (Shimano 105), $4000 (Shimano Ultegra) and $4500 (SRAM Force 1x).