Friday, August 31, 2012


2013 Cento1SR in Matte Black
Evolution is nothing without an origin.
When we developed the Zero.7, we sought to perfect power transfer, maximizing every watt of a rider’s effort.
In designing our time trial bikes, we learned how to control the flow of air.
Our experience with the Cento1 confirmed that the integrated seatmast is vital for those who demand the best performance from their bike.
We combined these elements from our origins, and then the insight and experience of Wilier Triestina did the rest.
The evolution begins today.

The handling of a Wilier bike is one of its most treasured attributes. We continually search for ways to further improve the solid feel at the front end, which has led to some of the most significant of the Cento1 SR’s enhancements.
We found that a new way of positioning the down tube and top tube with respect to the head tube creates a virtual increase of the head tube’s height, which makes it 14% stiffer in terms of torsional rigidity.
The top tube approaches the head tube at a downward angle while the down tube is angled upwards as it joins the head tube and the Integrated Fork. This junction is traditionally like the point of a triangle, but this new angle and positioning makes it more like a square, which is stiffer. The back of the fork’s brake hole is tucked into the down tube, keeping it clean and protected from the elements. The Integrated Fork design also creates an aerodynamic profile that reduces drag.

Drawing from research implemented in development of our Twin Blade, the Cento1 SR’s fork legs are designed for optimal stability and aerodynamics. Like the proven Kamm truncated tail concept implemented in our time trial models, both the Cento1 SR’s integrated seatmast and fork legs benefit from this structural innovation, thereby attaining a perfect balance of lightweight, aerodynamics and steerability.

Further evolution has been realized through the implementation of our Integrated Adjuster Plate (IAP) cable routing feature, enhancing aerodynamics as well as performance of both electronic and mechanical groups.
The IAP is integrated seamlessly into the Cento1 SR’s down tube to receive cable stops for mechanical groups or wire kits for Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS electronic systems.
Interchangeable based upon a rider’s chosen group, the IAP feature simplifies internal routing of cables, as well as creating a more functionally optimized as well as aesthetic solution.
In combination with a complementary and likewise integrated cable guide at the bottom bracket, IAP ensures unobstructed, noise-free and friction-free cable routing and shifting.
Furthermore, our cable stop option for mechanical groups features integrated barrel adjusters for easy access while riding, as well as additionally enhanced aerodynamics.

Cable routing directed internally within the frame has been an important part of our research and development efforts.
Smooth and reliable operation of the drivetrain and braking systems is an imperative part of determining optimal cable routing; in fact, it is the number one priority.
This led us to develop a feature exclusive to the Cento1 SR: 3D Integrated Cable Routing Plate (3D ICRP). It is a cable guide tucked flushly in the frame beneath the bottom bracket that is designed with varied routing for each of the two cables.
Unlike conventional cable guides, the Cento1 SR’s 3D ICRP is designed to promote differentiated and specific routing for optimal functionality of each of the derailleurs.
The resulting profiling of the 3D ICRP integrated cable guide ensures both a sure feel at the front derailleur as well as rear derailleur performance.
An essential aspect of optimal internal routing is the cable’s frictionless and contact-free movement within each of the frame tubes through which it passes.
Additionally, preserving the optimal arc of rear derailleur cable and housing between the point of exit from the frame at the drive-side chainstay into the rear derailleur itself ensures smooth and “crisp” shifting across the entire cogset.
As with the complementary IAP component, the frame is sculpted at the bottom bracket to receive seamlessly the 3D ICRP cable guide for Shimano Di2, Campagnolo EPS or mechanical systems.
Its minimalist and integrated characteristics assimilate the guide within the frame’s profiling to further enhance aerodynamics over conventional cable guide designs.

We believe that a bicycle worthy of the world’s best professional riders must represent the pinnacle of performance in every aspect. Since introducing our first integrated seatmast design as a feature of our original Cento1 model, we have never strayed from our conviction that it plays a key role in the ideal balance between structural performance, lightweight and comfort.
The Cento1 SR integrated seatmast takes the concept a step further with its Kamm truncated tail design for optimal aerodynamics.

Another of the evolved SR features rooted in the original Cento1 design is our drive-side chainstay. Its shape and lower positioning counteract chain torque, while the non-drive-side chainstay is conversely designed to complement and work in conjunction with the drive-side stay.
The lowered drive-side stay also does away with “chain slap” typical of conventional designs, especially when traversing rough road surfaces.
At the same time, our minimalist and vertically compliant seatstays have been designed to complement the oversized chainstays by dampening vibrations while ensuring torsional and lateral stiffness for optimal power transfer.

The Cento1 SR’s rear triangle conjoins continuous drive and non-drive-side monocoque stays to form an exceptionally stable and strong unified “swingarm” – another unique and renowned Wilier innovation – further elevating the bike’s responsiveness.

Lugless and seamless. No bolts, no external bonding. The SR’s rear dropouts are part and parcel of the integrated rear swingarm design. Even the points of contact, traditionally bonded aluminum sleeves or component parts, are part of the monocoque carbon mold, contributing to overall stability and weight savings.

Our optional derailleur hangers no longer merely represent simple component parts to facilitate standardized installation of a rear derailleur.
Cento1 SR derailleur hangers have assumed a third dimension of functionality, facilitating different systems as well as serving as cable stops.
In addition to these rich new features, our 3D Derailleur Hangers are also much stiffer than conventional rear derailleur hangers.
Easily interchangeable, 3D Derailleur Hangers specifically facilitate either electronic or mechanical drivetrains. For mechanical groupsets, the hanger features a standard cable stop. For electronic groupsets, the specifically designed hanger features a simple opening through which passes the electronic wiring.
In the case of mechanical routing, the cable stop is positioned closer to the rear derailleur itself. This enables the implementation of a shorter length of housing from frame to derailleur while preserving optimal cable arc, maximizing rear derailleur smoothness and performance.
As with the Cento1 SR’s internal cable routing through the down tube, this cable stop at the back end of the drive-side chainstay keeps the rear derailleur shift cable well tensioned and centered within the stay for friction-free and noise-free movement.
The routing of electronic groupset wiring is also optimized, with the wiring’s point of exit positioned well above the drive-side dropout for quick and unencumbered wheel changes.

Friday, July 1, 2011


Wilier and FSA Collaboration Increases Lateral Frame Stiffness 30%

Wilier Triestina USA has officially announced new top model Zero.7 featuring BB386EVO, the new bottom bracket system Wilier designed in collaboration with component manufacturer Full Speed Ahead (FSA). The company will formally introduce the Zero.7 via video presentation, which will be available later today on the Wilier YouTube channel:

Wilier emphasized that innovation in the bicycle industry has been marked in recent years by fuller integration and improved standards. The company’s Cento1 and Cento1 Superleggera models, used by orldTour ProTeam Lampre-ISD, have featured a proprietary 93mm-wide oversize bottom bracket to enhance lateral stiffness while providing compatibility with the industry’s most popular cranksets.

For 2012, the company had once again sought a bottom bracket solution that would facilitate the most prominent crank systems, while also enabling integration of an oversize spindle. Wilier built on its original concept through its development efforts with component manufacturer FSA, resulting in new bottom bracket standard BB386EVO.

“The most significant benefits that BB386EVO have enabled in the design of the Zero.7 are a 30% increase in lateral stiffness while enabling a drastic reduction in weight,” explained founder and president of Wilier Triestina USA, Angelo Cilli. “This is our lightest frame ever. The result is optimal pedaling efficiency and power transfer with “zero” wasted energy – hence the name,” he concluded.

The Zero.7 bottom bracket shell is 86.5mm wide and boasts a diameter of 46mm. The FSA BB386EVO crankset utilizes a 30mm-diameter alloy spindle which is longer to satisfy the wider oversized bottom bracket shell. Press-fit polymer bearings are utilized for precision installation of the crankset to ensure exact tolerances.

Utilization of the FSA BB386EVO crankset will yield maximum stiffness and function in conjunction with the new Zero.7 bottom bracket design. However, as with the Wilier BB93 (aka BB94) bottom bracket system implemented for the Imperiale, Cento1 and Cento1 Superleggera models, all prominent cranksets will be compatible with the Zero.7 bottom bracket via adapters.

The FSA BB386 crankset can also be used with a traditional 68mm-wide bottom bracket and threaded cups.

“Results yielded in testing surprised even us,” explains Michele Gastaldello, head of research and development: “In the laboratory, stiffness in the Zero.7 bottom bracket area proved at least 30% superior to all of the standard BB30 systems we analyzed. The frame itself weighs less than 800 grams, so we are proud to announce the creation of a bike that will absolutely empower riders to conquer whatever challenges come their way.”

The Zero.7 utilizes the same 60 Ton carbon composition, ZnO nano resin technology and LIT bladder molding process as the Cento1 Superleggera for maximum material compaction and integrity.

Taking composites construction a step further, Wilier has implemented Special Elastic Infiltrated (SEI) film technology, featuring a proprietary viscoelastic film between the foundational and unidirectional
external layers of carbon fiber. SEI enhances the vibration dampening properties of the frame’s material composition, resulting in improved comfort even with the reduction in overall weight. SEI also increases the frame’s impact resistance by 35%, interlaminar shear strength (integrity of the bonded layers) by 18% and flexural strength by 12%.

Additional features include tapered head tube and carbon monocoque steerer tube (1 1/8” to 1 1/4”) as well as Wilier’s trademark asymmetric rear stays. The Zero.7 will be available in a unique matte black
carbon with red highlights. New Zero.7-specific geometry comes in six sizes, XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL. Weight: 795 grams, size M.

FSA Clarifies Wilier's Role in Development of New Standard BB386EVO

Full Speed Ahead clarifies the catalysts for development of new bottom bracket standard, BB386EVO.

New Wilier Triestina superbike, the Zero.7, which utilizes a customized FSA BB386EVO crankset, will be officially launched on July 1st. For more information visit

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Cunego's Impressive 2nd Place & Graciousness at Tour of Switzerland

Posted to Road Bike Action's Fb page:

"Gracious in defeat, Damiano Cunego: 'I'm really sorry I lost but that's sport, you have to learn to lose before you can enjoy victory. Thinking back on my performance, I think it's a miracle I finished second.'"

You're first class, Damiano -- bravo!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Giro podium, stage wins for Wilier & Lampre-ISD

Michele Scarponi takes a hard-fought 2nd place behind cycling’s
strongest stage racer.

Petacchi demonstrates once again that he is one of the world's most powerful sprinters, taking another of his numerous Giro stage wins.

Young Diego Ulissi takes a dramatic stage 17 win in the three-up sprint between the remnants of the breakaway.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Wilier Triestina TwinFoil TT Bike 6th in Stage 1 at Giro d'Italia, Garners Media Attention

Giro TT Sees First Use of New Wilier TwinFoil TT Bike by
ZachOverholt - May 9, 2011

Excerpts:“What is different about the TwinFoil?

“Possibly the most visually striking element of the TwinFoil would be the way in which the rear stays attach to the seat tube… The idea behind the wide stays is that the spinning wheel causes turbulence so by moving the stays farther away, the turbulence can be avoided.

“Continuing down from the seat tube, the rear brake is decidedly aero, as like many TT bikes the brake is tucked up and under the chainstays just behind the crankset. The brake itself appears to be a new model from TRP, as it is basically a Mini-V whose arms when at rest add to the aero profile of the frame. From a mechanic’s perspective, the Mini-V Aero is a huge improvement over the current crop of chainstay mounted brakes, as it offers easy access to all adjustment bolts without removing any covers or plates, along with a standard V-Brake release for easy wheel changes.

“… it does offer a unique sort of hump on the top tube which stops just short of the steerer tube.

In order to ensure ease of adjustment and to guarantee the adjustments stay that way, the TwinFoil offers both an integrated seat post clamp, and a 4 bolt dropout adjustment. … the TwinFoil sports a 4 bolt sliding dropout system that looks more similar to a mountain bike than road. However, for anyone who has ever had the experience of an inline adjuster moving around on you, the additional security of the bolt on system will be welcomed.

“Overall, for Team Lampre ISD, the new Wilier TwinFoil was worth a 6th place finish in its first team trial, only 24 seconds down of the leader.

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Giro first look: Wilier Triestina TwinFoil TT bike By Caley Fretz, Published May 8th 2011


“The bike is designed with a wide set fork and rear stays, with the goal of providing maximum clearance between the frame and wheels. Wilier says this minimizes air turbulence and drag caused by the frame’s interaction with spinning wheels.

“…the frame makes good use of TRP’s integrated aero brake, placing it on the chain stays under the bottom bracket to completely hide the rear brake from the wind. The slick integrated seat post binder, and smart brake cable routing through the top tube are a nice touch as well.

“Wilier also uses a sliding vertical dropout, adjustable using four mounting bolts. This allows for a consistent gap between tire and frame, regardless of tire size, as well as consistent positioning of the cassette in relation to the rear derailleur."

Friday, May 6, 2011

New Time Trial Machine for Lampre Isd

Wilier Triestina TwinFoil Aero Bike to Debut at 94th Giro d’Italia

ProTour Aerodynamics

Wilier Triestina announces the release of its new ProTour time trial bike, the TwinFoil, to be ridden by Team Lampre Isd at this year’s Giro d’Italia.

Innovative Solutions

The TwinFoil was created to overcome the three fundamental challenges in aero bike design: material deformation, mechanical inefficiency, and – of course – aerodynamic inefficiency. Wind tunnel testing demonstrates that the most significant obstacles in bicycle aerodynamics are a rider’s mass, position and movement. Reducing frontal area is important, though the key to speed is the efficient redirection of airflow around all parts of the bike and rider. This emphasis makes the TwinFoil unique in both appearance and function.

The Aerobrake Difference

Aerobrakes are positioned with maximum clearance from air turbulence generated by spinning wheels while providing optimal braking power and modulation. The rear Aerobrake caliper is positioned beneath the chainstays, tucked behind the bottom bracket cluster and hence “hidden” from the wind.

Fork and Stays Minimal Interference

The same principle of maximum clearance has been applied in the design of Wilier’s proprietary TwinFoil fork, seatstays and chainstays, minimizing air turbulence and drag generated by rotating wheels. In other words, Wilier has sought to eliminate power transfer and airflow inefficiencies inherent in conventional designs.

Adjustable Dropouts

Wilier’s innovative rear dropout system enables custom and precise positioning of the rear wheel via four adjustment bolts. This unique solution offers mechanics and riders the ability to establish ideal wheelbase. It also facilitates identical positioning of the cogset in relation to the rear derailleur, including during wheel changes, to ensure optimal drivetrain performance.

Integrated Seatpost Binder

The TwinFoil boasts an integrated seatpost binder assembly housed beneath the surface of the top tube. This expansion assembly securely anchors the airfoil seatpost within the aero seat tube while preserving seamless aerodynamics.

Adjustable Front Derailleur Braze-on

Wilier has implemented an orbital front derailleur adjustment bolt, as well as adjustability in the braze-on itself, to ensure proper and exact positioning of the front derailleur. These features facilitate optimal orientation of the front derailleur cage in relation to chainrings across all prominent drivetrain systems for easier setup and enhanced shifting.