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Italy's finest just got faster.
We've long since entered the age of the aero road bike, which makes Wilier's timing perfect in introducing the Cento1 Air Road Bike Frame. Think of it as the next evolution in the Cento1 series, or more specifically, the progression of the Cento1 SR. As you may already know, the SR was the first significant update to the Cento1 since its introduction in 2008, marking a significant step forward from the Cento1 in terms of both stiffness and power transmission. But knowing it could be even better, Wilier's goal with the Air was to reduce aerodynamic drag while simultaneously improving the ride experience.
The Cento1 Air benefits from the experience gained in developing what Wilier calls the Twin Foil. The aggressive profiling extends from the leading edges of the fork blades, all the way back to the dropouts. And while most aero road bikes suffer in ride quality due to the design constraints of low-drag tube shapes, this type of compromise was viewed as unacceptable during the development of the Cento1 Air. To combat the poor handling exhibited by most of its competitors, the Cento1 Air was built with a massive tapered head tube and steerer tube, which yields surgically precise steering, even on high speed descents. The heavily profiled down tube should yield under power, but with the oversized bottom bracket shell, your watts won't be wasted in frame deflection.
Developed in cooperation with FSA, the BB386EVO is a competitor-dwarfing 86.5mm wide and has a diameter of 46mm. Wilier estimates that the new bottom bracket increases rigidity by 30%, while reducing power dispersion to almost zero. Additionally, this shell's width provides Wilier with the ability to widen the seat and down tube diameters by around 20mm. This drastically increases rigidity, while also promoting an efficient power transfer to the rear triangle. But, this also permits Wilier to decrease the tube's wall thickness, further shedding grams. You'll also find that the BB386 EVO was developed to use press fit bottom bracket cups, eliminating the need for alloy inserts in the shell. Of course, this also shaves a good deal of unnecessary weight. Altogether, Wilier credits BB386 EVO with increasing overall torsional rigidity by 133% and rear triangle stiffness by around 115%.
The Cento1 series has long been associated with integrated seatmasts. However, Wilier wanted to keep the ride of the Cento1 Air from being unnecessarily harsh, and accordingly, a more traditional seatpost was developed for the Air. Naturally, the teardrop shape is proprietary, and was developed to reduce turbulence as air slips around it. It's held in place by a seatpost clamp developed in conjunction with Ritchey. Basically, an internal wedge holds the post in place, and provides more than enough to security to support the rider. But just for peace of mind, there's a low-profile external seatpost clamp as a fail-safe.
To ensure rigidity and confident handling, the Cento1 Air has been constructed from a 60t Mitsubishi high-modulus carbon fiber. The 'T' in 60t refers to ton, as in it can withstand 60 tons of pressure per square millimeter. Wilier used strong carbon fiber, because the stronger the carbon, the less is needed. Thus, Wilier was able to strike the perfect balance between strength and weight.
Other new differentiators for the Air include internal cable routing, which is compatible with both electronic and mechanical drivetrains. Most importantly, however, is the Air's integrated fork. Easily the most distinguishing feature, it's integrated into the profile of the front triangle, tucking it out of the way of aerodynamic turbulence. And when combined with the massive tapered steerer tube, simple logic tells us that the expanded surface yields a stiffer than the poignant angle of a triangle. This technology has been proven with the Twin Blade, and it reduces the Cento1 Air's aerodynamic drag profile.
The Wilier Cento1 Air Road Bike Frame is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black/grey and Black/red.
- Item #WLY000A
- Q & A
Beware the Paint!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought the 2014 Wilier Cento1Air as part of a nice build using Di2 Dura Ace...over 9G total! The frame is now going on 2 years old and the bike continues to perform well...the problem is that the clear coat is bubbling all over the frame!!! I contacted CC to file a warranty claim and unfortunately, Wilier's "paint" warranty is only for 1 year. This is absolute nonsense! I would steer clear of Wilier frames--they look great and perform well, but the manufacturing process is substandard. The picture shows one spot...it is happening all over the bike!
dual purpose perfection
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is one of the few bikes I recommend if your getting a bike to do it all - training, TT's, tri's. It has all the aero advantages of tri/tt frame but rideable/raceable full time. It's a stiff bike so very efficient, everything you put into the pedals will be transferred to the road, it is definitely not sloppy. Not a great bike for the first time rider as it can be slightly harsher over very long distances compared to some very high end road bikes. set it up for everyday road racing then clip on some aero bars for TT's or tri's. if you have any other questions feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
Cento 1 Air
Filling the gap between TT and Road
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Wilier has done a great job filling the gap between the Blade TT and the Cento1SR road bike with their newest offering-Cento1Air. They spent ample time in the wind tunnel testing the frame and reinforced their findings with plenty of road time to create a very responsive race bike that is less susceptible to the wind. Wilier designed drag reducing frame tubes,aero post and seat stays that attach low on the seat tube to reduce the airflow,much like the Blade but with the looks of the SR. The frame also has a nice , stiff bottom bracket allowing you to punch out plenty of power yet providing a very nice, smooth quality ride if distance is your thing. All in all, this is a very fun, fast bike to own , sure to leave a smile on your face and its no mystery that Bicycling Magazine listed this as one of their top pics for 2014
*** If you have any questions or would like a custom build quote contact me direct at email@example.com
The geometry above differs from http://www.wilier.com/en/products/int/road/cento1air
I assume the manufacturer's geometry numbers are correct; can you please confirm?
The Manufacturer's geo is correct, we'll try and get the correct chart up.
What is the groupset for the bike?
What is the groupset for the bike?
The $3,999 is just for the frame, I know! but if you select the size that you need another drop down menu will appear, then you can select the groupset that you want.
Once you choose your frame (ex. Black/Red, XS), a second pull down menu will appear:
select your package - click here to select your parts kit
After you select your parts kit (please read through the copy for compatibility) click on:
This will give you a complete list of parts.
If you have any other questions, call/chat with the Customer Solutions team for BIKE and they can help place the order for you.
Will this frame be available in fluo...
Will this frame be available in fluo yellow?
That frame is actually not going to be available in Fluo Yellow for 2014, just the two colorways we have listed.
If either of those two colors interest you, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilier does make this frame in Fluo, but they're not being imported into the US as a standard color. We should be able to special order one from Wilier USA, however.