Wilier Izoard XP 105 review

Good looks and a 105-based setup

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £1,299.00 RRP | AUD $2,299.00 | USD $1,999.00

Our review

A solid, stylish performer, but would benefit from a going on a bit of a diet
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Wilier has a quite small range of bikes – they start at £999 and get gradually more expensive. The Izoard XP 105 is the third-cheapest Wilier, but manages to look more expensive than it actually is – you really can’t go wrong with black and red.

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  • HIGHS: Big on style and good kit line-up for the money
  • LOWS: Not the lightest or most comfortable of bikes
  • BUY IF… You’re looking for some well-equipped Italian flair

The frame has some interesting but subtle tube shaping, with a large, gently humped top tube, slightly curved seatstays and a down tube that tapers from the bottom bracket towards the head tube.

On paper it has quite a long head tube, but unlike some tall-fronted bikes it doesn’t really show. The test bike arrived with plenty of spacers, allowing you to adjust bar height.

Smooth lines disguise quite a tall head tube
Smooth lines disguise quite a tall head tube :
Robert Smith

While billed as a 105 bike, it only delivers 105 shifters and rear mech. In fairness though, the shifters are the most important bit – they’re the most expensive part and they last the longest, so having better ones is a bonus.

It has a non-Shimano chainset, relying on an FSA Omega compact. It works perfectly well, although the front shifting isn’t quite as smooth as across Shimano rings.

Shimano’s R501 wheels are basic but should prove sturdy
Shimano’s r501 wheels are basic but should prove sturdy:
Robert Smith

Less convincing are the Tektro brakes, which work but don’t inspire confidence. A change of pads would help. Finishing kit is mostly Wilier’s own Warp brand and is perfectly adequate. The San Marco saddle wasn’t well liked, although saddles are notoriously subjective.

The Wilier has few surprises in store when it comes to handling, with classic geometry making for an agile but poised ride. The tall head tube will suit less flexible riders or those covering big distances.

There’s decent stiffness in the frame, although you can feel the weight penalty over the lightest competitors. It’s not uncomfortable, but it does patter a little more over bumpy roads.

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On the upside, the frame feels reassuringly solid and accurate, making for confident cornering.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Izoard XP 105 (14)
Brand Wilier Bikes

Available Sizes XS S M L XL XXL
Rear Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23
Spoke Type Front: 20 radial spokes; rear: 24 2-cross
Weight (lb) 20.55
Year 2014
Wheelset Shimano R501
Weight (kg) 9.32
Stem Warp 12cm
Shifters Shimano 105 10-speed
Seatpost Warp 31.6mm
Saddle San Marco Era
Rear Wheel Weight 1930
Rear Derailleur 105
Bottom Bracket FSA
Headset Type FSA Integrated
Handlebar Warp 44cm
Front Wheel Weight 1350
Front Tyre Vittoria Zaffiro 700x23
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Frame Material Full carbon monocoque
Fork Carbon, aluminium steerer
Cranks FSA Omega 50/34
Chain KMC
Cassette Shimano Tiagra, 11-28
Brakes Tektro R312
Frame size tested L