Wilier GTR Team review

Potenza-equipped endurance bike from Italy’s well-established Wilier

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,250.00 RRP

Our review

Quality frame and fork and good groupset deliver a comfortable, endurance-focused ride
Buy if, You want a comfortable, nifty, nimble-handling endurance bike with Italian heritage and spec
Pros: Lovely long-distance ride with a road buzz-smoothing frame and fork
Cons: Slightly basic wheels and tyres for the price
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Wilier-Triestina claims its carbon GTR Team Potenza is “ideal for the racer and the leisure cyclist”, describing its geometry as ‘endurance’. The GTR comes with Campagnolo’s Potenza, in this case the full groupset along with Campagnolo’s Khamsin wheels for a unified look.

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While this is aimed more towards the endurance rider, in typical Italian style Wilier hasn’t deviated hugely from its race bike geometry, so there’s no super-tall head-tube or ultra-relaxed frame angles, just a marginally shorter reach and taller front end.

But even that’s enough to make a difference, especially given the Wilier’s comfort, and that’s with the modest 25mm Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tyres; there’s room for 28mm rubber if you need more.

All the usual frame and fork features are present and correct: sculpted aero head-tube, tapered full-carbon fork with Kammtail aero-profile legs and internal cable routing.

Campagnolo Potenza brakes perform well
Campagnolo Potenza brakes perform well
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Further familiar modern touches include a semi-compact Shimano Di2 and Campagnolo EPS-ready frame, dropped seatstays and, unlike some of the others here, a 27.2mm seatpost, which seems the sensible choice on a more comfort-minded machine.

The frame is neatly constructed from Mitsubishi’s 46Ton carbon, which enables Wilier to achieve a frame weight not much more than a kilo for the GTR Team.

Even without a massive bottom bracket shell I couldn’t induce any noticeable flex when climbing, though I’d have preferred the 34×29 bottom gear that some earlier GTR Teams came with to this bike’s tougher 34×27, but overall it climbs well.

It may not be the lightest bike, but 8.4kg is a long way from heavy. Light-touch steering and a responsive frame ensures fast, safe, accurate and confident descending.

While not super speedy, the Wilier is still a nimble, nifty-handling bike
While not super speedy, the Wilier is still a nimble, nifty-handling bike
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While not being super speedy, the Wilier is still a nimble, nifty-handling bike, though it would benefit from a slightly lighter wheelset.

The Potenza groupset works well, with the usual swift shifting across the block and feedback-heavy shift action.

Where the GTR Team really scores is in its comfort. I took this for a few spins over my local gravel tracks, towpaths and broken road surfaces and it proved a consistently excellent companion.

I’d go for wider rubber if I was doing this regularly, but both frame and fork took the sting out of road buzz well. Good bar tape helps at the front, and I got on very well with the Selle Italia saddle. The cockpit components are standard FSA aluminium.

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I tested the 2018 Wilier GTR Team. The 2019 model has the same frameset and will now come in red or black with Shimano Ultegra as the standard groupset, with Campagnolo Potenza available to order. It’s definitely worth considering too. It has a high-quality, well-finished frame, and if you value long-distance comfort over performance and like a little Italian accompaniment to your ride, this bike will deliver mile after mile.

Product Specifications

Product

Name GTR Team
Brand Wilier Triestina

Available Sizes XS S M L
Rear Wheel Weight 1700
Frame size tested L
Wheelbase (cm) 101
Top Tube (cm) 57
Seat Tube (cm) 50
Chainstays (cm) 41
Wheelset Campagnolo Khamsin
Weight (kg) 8.41
Trail 6.5
Stem Wilier by FSA
Shifters Campagnolo Potenza
Seatpost FSA
Seat Angle 73.5
Saddle Selle Italia X1
Rear Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 25mm
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Potenza
Rear Derailleur Campagnolo Potenza
Headset Type FSA
Head Angle 72.5
Handlebar FSA OS-168
Front Wheel Weight 1320
Front Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro Pro, 25mm
Front Derailleur Campagnolo Potenza
Frame Material Carbon monocoque
Fork Offset 4
Fork Carbon monocoque
Cranks Campagnolo Potenza, 50/34
Chain Campagnolo Potenza
Cassette Campagnolo Potenza, 11-27
Brakes Campagnolo Potenza
All measurements for frame size tested L