Wilier Izoard XP 105 review

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£1299

Wilier Izoard XP 105

BikeRadar verdict

0.3 out of 5 stars

"A solid, stylish performer, but would benefit from a going on a bit of a diet"

Saturday, February 8, 2014 8.00am By

Wilier has a quite small range of bikes – they start at £999 and get gradually more expensive. The Izoard XP 105 is the third-cheapest Wilier, but manages to look more expensive than it actually is – you really can’t go wrong with black and red.

  • HIGHS: Big on style and good kit line-up for the money
  • LOWS: Not the lightest or most comfortable of bikes
  • BUY IF… You’re looking for some well-equipped Italian flair

The frame has some interesting but subtle tube shaping, with a large, gently humped top tube, slightly curved seatstays and a down tube that tapers from the bottom bracket towards the head tube.

On paper it has quite a long head tube, but unlike some tall-fronted bikes it doesn't really show. The test bike arrived with plenty of spacers, allowing you to adjust bar height.

Smooth lines disguise quite a tall head tube :

While billed as a 105 bike, it only delivers 105 shifters and rear mech. In fairness though, the shifters are the most important bit – they’re the most expensive part and they last the longest, so having better ones is a bonus.

It has a non-Shimano chainset, relying on an FSA Omega compact. It works perfectly well, although the front shifting isn’t quite as smooth as across Shimano rings.

Shimano’s r501 wheels are basic but should prove sturdy:

Less convincing are the Tektro brakes, which work but don’t inspire confidence. A change of pads would help. Finishing kit is mostly Wilier’s own Warp brand and is perfectly adequate. The San Marco saddle wasn’t well liked, although saddles are notoriously subjective.

The Wilier has few surprises in store when it comes to handling, with classic geometry making for an agile but poised ride. The tall head tube will suit less flexible riders or those covering big distances.

There’s decent stiffness in the frame, although you can feel the weight penalty over the lightest competitors. It’s not uncomfortable, but it does patter a little more over bumpy roads.

On the upside, the frame feels reassuringly solid and accurate, making for confident cornering.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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Specification

Name:
Izoard XP 105 (14)
Brand:
Wilier Bikes
Price:
£1299

Available Sizes:
XS S M L XL XXL
Bottom Bracket:
FSA
Brakes:
Tektro R312
Cassette:
Shimano Tiagra, 11-28
Chain:
KMC
Cranks:
FSA Omega 50/34
Fork:
Carbon, aluminium steerer
Frame Material:
Full carbon monocoque
Front Derailleur:
Shimano Tiagra
Front Tyre:
Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23
Front Wheel Weight:
1350
Handlebar:
Warp 44cm
Headset Type:
FSA Integrated
Rear Derailleur:
105
Rear Tyre:
Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23
Rear Wheel Weight:
1930
Saddle:
San Marco Era
Seatpost:
Warp 31.6mm
Shifters:
Shimano 105 10-speed
Stem:
Warp 12cm
Weight (kg):
9.32
Wheelset:
Shimano R501
Year:
2014
Weight (lb):
20.55
Spoke Type:
Front: 20 radial spokes; rear: 24 2-cross
Frame size tested:
L

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