Wilier Montegrappa elite review

Historic Italian brand serves up a new model for 2014

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £999.00 RRP

Our review

A quality frame and comfortable ride, but a bit weightier than some competitors
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Wilier-Triestina may not be one of the best known brands, but it is more than a century old. The kit on its Montegrappa may be a bit more modest than on some of its peers – notably the Cube Peloton and Rose Pro SL2000 – but the Shimano/FSA/Tektro mix is much the same as on many £1000 machines.

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Highs: Good frame, fine long-distance comfort

Lows: Weighty overall and quite heavy wheels too

Buy if: You’re looking for a quality frame worthy of upgrading later on

Its Taiwanese-made frame has had a revamp for 2014, the chunky down tube now joined by slimmer, flattened seatstays. The frame can accommodate 28mm tyres and that, along with its weight, suggests the Montegrappa is built more for endurance than speed.

Its kit is similar to that found on the Kona Zing and Boardman Team Carbon. The groupset is Shimano Tiagra with a 105 rear mech; the chainset and bottom bracket are from FSA. Tiagra has left a bit of a spaghetti junction of cabling at the front here, though its bright red cables do at least complement the Wilier’s frame. Shifting is light and accurate. The 11-28 cassette delivers a higher top gear than the Cube’s, for example, which does mean large gaps between gears, but for training, sportives, leisure and fitness riding this isn’t a major issue. The non-cartridge brakes work well enough and the design is good, though we’d swap for cartridge blocks later.

The Montegrappa's well designed frame and quality saddle mean  the ride is rarely harsh over most surfaces
The montegrappa’s well designed frame and quality saddle mean the ride is rarely harsh over most surfaces: the montegrappa’s well designed frame and quality saddle mean the ride is rarely harsh over most surfaces
Robert Smith

The Montegrappa’s well designed frame and quality saddle mean  the ride is rarely harsh over most surfaces

It’s the wheels – relatively weighty, at a shade under 3.4kg – where the Wilier wilts slightly. The Shimano Claris cup and cone hubs are easy to service, though, and being Shimano they should be durable. The 23mm Maxxis tyres are reasonable, but we’d go for something wider for most general riding.

Our riding expectations were tempered by the wheels and kit, so we were pleasantly surprised that the ride quality surpassed our hopes. Acceleration and climbing is trimmed by its mass, but as the hours mount up the Montegrappa’s qualities come to the fore, and it would be a fine choice for the mile-eater. Its neutral handling never throws any surprises at you and that 28-tooth sprocket will get you up the hills. You do feel potholes, but its well-designed frame and quality saddle mean that the ride is rarely harsh over most surfaces. Stick on 28mm tyres and towpaths and gravel tracks are well within reach.

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This is a bike suited to the endurance cyclist and perhaps the bigger, stronger rider. You may not break any PBs on the Montegrappa – but it’s never going to break you, either.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Montegrappa Elite (14)
Brand Wilier Bikes

Available Sizes XS S M L XL
Weight (lb) 21.17
Seatpost WARP, 31.6mm
Shifters Shimano Tiagra
Stem WARP
Weight (kg) 9.6
Wheelset WARP rims, Shimano Claris hubs, 32 stainless spokes front and rear
Year 2014
Spoke Type 32 stainless spokes
Saddle Selle San Marco Era
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 28
Chainstays (cm) 40.5
Seat Tube (cm) 54.5
Standover Height (cm) 80
Top Tube (cm) 56
Wheelbase (cm) 99.5
Seat Angle 74
Rear Tyre Maxxis Detonator 700x23
Bottom Bracket FSA
Frame Material 7005 double-butted aluminium
Brakes Tektro R340 (f), R40 (r)
Cassette SRAM PG950, 11-28
Chain KMC X10
Cranks FSA Vero, 50/34
Fork Carbon, aluminium steerer
Fork Offset 4.5
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra
Rear Hub Shimano Claris hubs
Front Hub Shimano Claris hubs
Front Tyre Maxxis Detonator 700x23
Handlebar WARP
Head Angle 73
Headset Type FSA Integrated
Rear Derailleur Shimano 105
Frame size tested L