Wilier Triestina brought an impressive collection of new bikes to this year’s Eurobike show, highlighted by the Cento 1 SR flagship debuted at the 2012 Tour de France by Lampre-ISD riders. We’ve already given you the scoop on that bike but there was still plenty of news from Wilier in the halls at Friedrichshafen.
Fans of the company’s Zero.7 model who lusted after the bike’s light weight and simple, elegant lines but couldn’t stomach the price tag can now look to the Zero.9. It uses the same exterior shape, geometry, handling and fit but with a less expensive carbon fiber blend.
Claimed frame weight climbs 160g to 940g for a medium size, but we expect the cost to drop concurrently. Final pricing is still to be determined but bikes are planned to arrive in stores by February 2013.
The Zero.9 uses the same external shape as the Zero.7
Wilier has also thoroughly revamped its mountain bike division, in a clear move to gain more share in a market that’s still fairly new for the established road brand. New for 2013 are six hardtails plus an all-new full-susser with a four-bar, Horst-style rear end.
Topping the new collection is the 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail, which borrows some of its design elements from the new Cento 1 SR – namely the press-fit bottom bracket, the removable port on the down tube for the internally routed derailleur cables, the tapered front end and the clean seat cluster treatment.
Additional features include an integrated chain catcher, a kinked seat tube for a shorter rear end, and chain stay-mounted rear brake caliper mounts.
Frame geometry looks to be aimed at the quicker side of the spectrum, with 70-71.5-degree head tube angles and tight, 439mm-long chain stays. Claimed frame weight is 1.08kg (2.38lb) for a medium size.
A tapered head tube for the new 101 29er carbon hardtail