Wilier’s a brand that’s been established for a long time and is firmly cemented in the minds of racers, weekend warriors and more recently adventure and gravel riders, as well as mountain bikers, as a high-quality purveyor of fine bicycles.
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Heading into 2019, Wilier has announced the latest addition to its endurance road bike line up which does away with the need to choose between disc or rim brakes and QR axles or bolt-thru setups thanks to the frame’s design.
The system used on its new bike, to allow for omni-compatibility, is similar to the endurance bike’s more expensive counterpart, the Cento10NDR, which is equipped with Wilier’s elastomer-based Actiflex suspension.
The frame is compatible with both disc and rim brakes and QR and bolt-thru-axles.
In flat-mount disc format the bike runs 12mm thru-axles with 100mm front hub spacing and 142mm rear spacing. If you opt for direct mount rim brakes, the bike comes with QR axles both front and back, with 100mm hub spacing up front and 130mm spacing on the rear.
It’s entirely possible to retrospectively change your bike’s setup, too.
If you’ve purchased the disc-specific model, but later fancy going old-school and fitting rim brakes, Wilier offers the kit to make the change as an aftermarket option and includes dropouts and axles.
Wilier claims that the new Cento1NDR bike is the epitome of comfort and speed thanks to its specially-formed chainstays that, coupled with the rear triangle’s overall design, help to absorb imperfections in the road’s surface, smoothing out rides to help you last for longer in the saddle.
On top of that, it also claims that the bike has competition-like stiffness against torsional forces, which help you to transfer all of your meaty pedalling power to the road.
Models range from €2,299 for the base-spec Shimano 105 bike up to €5,200 for the disc-equipped Ultegra Di2. Interestingly, both flat and direct mount brake framesets are more expensive than the bottom of the range full bike, coming in at a cool €2,400.
We’d recommend opting for the cheaper full bike — the frameset is the same for the cheapest and most expensive model — and ‘winning’ yourself a full 105 groupset to do with as you please.
For a full spec list and range of the new Cento1NDR head to Wilier’s website.