An uber fast TT bike that is also so comfortable and handles brilliantly.
Wilier Triestina has taken full advantage of the BB386 EVO bottom bracket standard it developed with FSA and BH with the new Cento1SR’s hugely oversized tubes. It’s immensely stiff, as one would expect, but despite appearances it’s a fantastically comfortable bike for the long haul, too.
Ride & handling: Racy and comfortable
The Cento1SR’s enormous down tube and chain stays back up their visual brawn with plenty of bite. Standing up on the pedals returns a stout and solid foundation beneath you, power transfer feels immensely efficient, and there’s simply no sensation of wasted energy.
We’ve ridden plenty of stiff and efficient bikes, however. What’s far more impressive is how Wilier has managed to pair that rigidity with a surprisingly smooth and comfortable ride quality. Road buzz is well damped, with even nasty chip seal barely disrupting the frame’s silky glide across the pavement. Even so, the Cento1SR still isn’t blandly isolating, either, with plenty of useful information coming up through the bar and excellent road feel.
Even more unusually for such a healthily proportioned frame, bigger hits are well controlled, with the resilient frame taking the harsh edge off and staying pleasantly lively throughout. There’s no unnervingly hollow sound when you’re rolling along, either, as we’ve occasionally noted on some other big-tubed carbon bikes.
Cycle Tech Review take a 1st look at the all new Wilier Zero 9.
Many thanks to everyone who came to see us last weekend @ The London Bike Show.
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Also seen at the London show, the all new Wilier Stella and MTB 29ers for the 1st time in the UK…
Launched at The London Bike Show last weekend, RCUK take a 1st look at the Wilier Zero 9.
Wilier have unveiled the Zero 9 at the London Bike Show, designed to combine the characteristics of the Zero 7 and the Cento 1 SR.
The Zero 7 (reviewed last year) and Cento 1 SR (reviewed earlier this month) make up the top-end of Wilier range but arrived from different conceptual starting points, with the former the Italian firm’s super-light climbing machine used by Lampre riders Damiano Cunego and Michele Scarponi in 2012 (although Merida have replaced Wilier as bike sponsor for 2013), and the latter a nod to the future thanks to its aerodynamic tube profiles.
The Zero 9 was given a soft launch at the back-end of 2012 but this is the first time it’s been shown in the UK and you can expect to see it in the shops from March.
Wilier are pitching the Zero 9 as an alternative to the Cento 1 SR, but for riders who want a more traditional looking machine. That means it has the same geometry and round, curving tube profiles as the Zero 7, but the same carbon layup as the Cento 1 SR.
The Zero 9 also has a traditional seatpost, rather than an integrated seatpost, and external cable routing. Other features of the frame include a tapered headtube, Wilier’s proprietary BB386EVO bottom bracket (which has a hollow, 30mm wide spindle, and huge, 86mm-wide shell) and deep, asymmetric chainstays.
Read more @ http://roadcyclinguk.com/news/gear-news/london-bike-show-wilier-unveil-zero-9-201.html#slide-1
We’ve spent nearly a full month aboard the Wilier Cento 1 SR since our ‘first look’, and, having ridden in a deluge for most of it, our riding pleasure has been wholly attributable to the bike.
It’s one of the best all-rounders we have ridden. The handling is seemingly on your side, neutral but not uninspiring. We were able to move the bike around with confidence, flicking it into corners or working our way smoothly through a pack. It’s a stable and flattering ride, able to climb, sprint and descend with ease.
We felt that this was a chassis that could handle every situation well and see you safely through a range of different rides, from rolling through countryside with friends, to racing in a crit, climbing a col or riding the cobbles.
I am 5’10” and tested the medium frame, which proved a good match, and allowed me to achieve a comfortable set up from the data gained from two separate, and reputable, bike fits: the Retul motion capture system, and the Cyfac Postural System. Credit is due then to Wilier for the Cento 1 SR’s sizing and geometry.
The short, 137mm head tube and FSA SLK bar and stem meant a low and racey position was easily obtained. This was aided by the 54cm top tube, which accommodated a range of back angles, either from dropping down low with bent elbows, or getting up on the tops with straighter arms for lower intensity efforts.
The first ride out on the Cento 1 SR was on a dawn raid of about 60 miles, and its performance on rolling terrain was impressive. The top tube left us feeling in control, and able to push the bike into corners. An unknown stretch of winding road with a sharp left hand bend attempted to catch me out, and in spite of the loose, mud-slick surface at the edge of this particular country lane, the Wilier remained composed while I deliberately committed errors typical of a less experienced rider: braking and leaning in a bend. The front end stayed firmly planted and under control; hats off then, not only to the geometry, but also to the supplied Michelin Lithion2 tyres, more of which later.
Read more @ http://roadcyclinguk.com/news/gear-news/wilier-cento-1-sr-exclusive-review-1411.html
Some of you won’t even bother to read this review. One look at the photos of the Wilier Izoard XP, resplendent in all its black and fluoro glory, and you will have decided that you absolutely, desperately need it.
Day-glo yellow can have that love-at-first-sight effect on people. No doubt you will already be justifying the expenditure with such terrible excuses as ‘it’s so bright I won’t need to buy a new set of lights this winter’ (you will).
The Izoard XP is Wilier Triestina’s entry-level carbon frame and it’s available with four different groupsets hanging off it – two Shimano and two Campagnolo. This Centaur-equipped model is the higher of the two Campag groupsets and I happen to think there is something ultimately sophisticated in the marriage of an Italian frame with Italian gears. Like pizza with Peroni, they just look well together.
Not one of my friends, even those not so sold on the high-viz graphics, failed to comment on the Wilier when I was out riding it. Quite a few assumed from a casual glance that it was much more expensive than it actually is. Even more of them opined that you need to have the legs to match because you really shouldn’t be seen riding slowly on something that flamboyant…
- Cycling Weekly, Dec 2012
Read more @ http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/tech/bikes/129438/1/wilier-izoard-xp.html
“The first of our December test bikes is the Wilier Cento 1 SR, the Italian company’s flagship race bike, launched at Eurobike in September, and ridden by the likes of Lampre-ISD’s sprinter, Alessandro Pettachi.
The test period began with a phone call from Wilier’s UK importers, ATB Sales, enquiring about the length of my inside leg. The reason for the call proved to be the necessity of trimming the Cento 1 SR’s integrated seat mast; one completed with a Ritchey Mast Topper, that presently offers 15mm of adjustment, but we are assured in the future will offer 35mm for greater flexibility.
The full carbon monocoque frame is a totally new model and based on knowledge gained from the aforementioned Zero 7, the standard Cento Uno, and the fluid dynamic information Wilier use to develop their time trial frames. The Cento 1 SR shares the Zero 7’s carbon weave. More obvious, is its use of the same massive 386 Evo bottom bracket and super rectangular section chainstays for maximising power transfer”.
Read more @ http://roadcyclinguk.com/news/wilier-cento-uno-sr-first-look.html