Italy’s Wilier completely redesigned its GTR for 2016 – and it’s brought home the bacon, winning Bike of the Year 2016 in the price range of £2,000 to £2,750 ($2,800-3,800).
The GTR name has been in Wilier’s stable for a good few years, but for 2016 it’s been thoroughly revamped. The SL is available in two different version, with two different riders in mind – endurance or race. We’ve picked the latter as our winner.
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Wilier’s GTR SL is stiff and light, and super lively when you stomp on the pedals, but it radiates with a balanced smoothness that passes the “cattle grid test” with flying colours. It has a good solid equipment spec, maybe not dazzling compared to some web-only brands, but it’s all good kit.
Out of the box, this bike is a winner. The only thing we can criticise sounds a bit petty – we don’t like Wilier’s habit of putting notes all over the bike with graphics…
Oh, and if you’re interested, the other bikes nominated in this category were:
- BMC Granfondo GF01
- Lapierre Xelius SL 600
- Vitus Vitesse Evo VRi
- Trek Emonda SL8
- Scott Foil 20
- Merida Scultura 6000
- Look 765
- Genesis Datum 20
- Focus Cayo Disc 3
- Cannondale Synapse Carbon Disc Ultegra
- Pinarello Gan
- Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1
- Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 8.0
- Boardman SLR Endurance 9.2
… and in case you missed it, the overall winner of Bike of the Year 2016 was Cannondale’s CAAD12 105, which swept to success in the “up to £1,500” category.