Wilier Escape Xenon review

Italian racing-fan fare for the common man

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £799.00 RRP

Our review

Sporty runabout with a splash of Italian flavour
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The Escape is the entry-level machine from this venerable Italian brand, and while it may lack the prestige of more famous brethren like the Cento Uno and Imperiale, it still has plenty to offer.

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A shapely carbon-bladed fork leads the way, while graphics are attractive and eye-catching: a vaguely heraldic logo graces the head tube, and a distinctive italic font proclaims the brand along the down tube.

The frame is TIG-welded, butted aluminium, with triangular seatstays that offer multi-plane stiffness and echo the mid-sized triangular top tube and down tube.

The latter is gusseted where it meets the machined head tube – which features a fully integrated 1-1/8in headset, while chunky box-section chainstays morph into an oval-round profile, then merge into forged alloy dropouts with a replaceable gear hanger.

Out on the road, the Escape is well mannered and predictable, ideal for newer cyclists not ready for – or not wanting – one of the more edgy machines out there.

Its Miche Reflex RX5 wheels roll gracefully under pressure, and happily take a beating thanks to their muscular construction, with sealed cartridge bearings requiring little or no maintenance.

Less pleasing were the stock Cheng Shin tyres – get them upgraded to something better before wheeling it off the showroom floor; something like Vittoria Rubinos should add a bit more feel and zing to the ride without ramping up the price.

The drivetrain is Campagnolo Xenon 10-speed. The QS Rapidfire-type shifters really work well, and actually offer comparable accuracy and consistency to the new 11-speed kit.

Adding to the robust nature of the bike, stout Ritchey finishing kit and a chiselled but comfortable Selle Italia Q-Bik saddle keeps the premium brand name-check score high, and should provide years of reliable service.

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The Escape brings a touch of all-Italian flair to those who want a reliable and affordable road experience. It’s available in S, M, L and XL sizes, and our medium test bike weighed 9.43kg (20.78lb).

Product Specifications

Product

Name Escape Xenon (10)
Brand Wilier Bikes

Available Sizes XS S M L XL XXL
Headset Type Ritchey Integrated
Weight (kg) 9.43
Stem Ritchey Alu
Shifters Xenon 10 Speed
Seatpost Richey Alu
Saddle Selle Italia QBIK
Rims Miche Miche Reflex RX5
Rear Hub Miche Reflex RX5 10spd
Rear Derailleur Xenon 10 Speed
Handlebar Richey Alu
Bottom Bracket Miche
Front Hub Miche Reflex RX5
Front Derailleur Xenon 10 Speed
Frame Material Amadeus - Alu
Fork Carbon / Alu. Steerer
Cranks Xenon 52/39
Chain KMC
Cassette Miche 12-25
Brakes Miche
Weight (lb) 20.78