Bike of the Year 2016: Wilier Triestina GTR SL wins £2,000-2,750 category

Totally redesigned frame brings big rewards… we just wish it had fewer graphics

Here's our winner of Bike of the Year 2016 in the price bracket £2,000-2,750

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.

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.