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Versatility, speed, and comfort.
On modern road framesets, performance and comfort are starting to go more hand-in-hand. It used to be if you wanted to go fast, comfort took a back seat but look at how wider tires, and the wheels that go with them, have revolutionized the ability to go faster with less rolling resistance, no aero penalty, and offering a way smoother ride. TT bikes are no longer torture devices. Sure the positions are still aggressive, but materials, tube shapes, and integrated suspension systems have all made these bikes easier to ride faster and for longer. The engineers at Wilier take a crack at this more comfort = more speed approach with the 2018 Cento10NDR Disc Road Frameset. Its most notable feature is the new Actiflex system designed to take the edge off bumps and smooth out vibrations providing much-needed comfort on longer rides over rougher terrain.
The performance-oriented cyclist is always looking for a stiffer (laterally at least) and lighter frameset. To a certain extent, most newer frames achieve this stiffness to weight ratio quite well and now we are seeing comfort-oriented elements added to framesets to keep riders riding fresher for longer. Willier is urging riders to "ride faster and ride further" with the Cento10NDR and with the Actiflex rear suspension we think this frameset achieves the perfect balance of race performance and comfort.
The heart of the Actiflex system lives in the connection between the seattube and seatstays. Wilier engineered a strut that consists of an aluminum pivot and technopolymer damper. Aluminum is used to house the bushings that allow the movement and provide enough torsional stiffness so the rear end doesn’t flex under power. The technopolymer insert allows the strut to compress a few millimeters to soak up road imperfections. The frame is customizable with two other separately sold technopolymers. The frame ships with the medium insert, but the option of a softer or firmer version make it easy to adapt the suspension to your weight, terrain, and desired ride quality.
Wilier reckons you'll be riding this bike for long periods at a time so for the geometry, it focused on creating comfort here too with a slightly shorter and more upright riding position relative to other out-and-out race bikes. Please don't think this frameset can't be raced though. We wouldn't be surprised in the least if the Wilier Triestina - Selle Italia team led by Filippo Pozzato is riding this frameset during the cobbled classics.
Suspension aside, the other unique feature you'll notice on the frameset is the ability to work with both rim and disc brake systems. Got a perfectly good rim brake group and brakes but interested in maybe going disc later? Build up this frame now and source some wheels and disc brakes later when the funds or desire allow. Both frame and fork can accommodate flat mount disc calipers with up to 160 mm rotors as well as direct-mount rim brakes. The frameset comes set up for thru-axle us and quick-release dropouts are available separately. The Cento10NDR can handle wider road tires too, 28 millimeters when using rim brakes and 30 millimeters with discs.
Much like the Cento10AIR, this frame is all about integration as well. When using electronic shifting and hydraulic brakes and the Barra and Stemma cockpit, up to 3 pieces of housing can be routed directly through the stem and into the frame. This gives the front end an extremely clean look and provides superior aerodynamics.
Speaking of aerodynamics, Wilier didn't skimp out on giving the Cento10NDR some aero touches. The 10NDR mirrors the same Kamm tail design used on the 10AIR. The aero tube profile creates less turbulence letting you go faster with less effort, but unlike older aero designs, the rear sections of the tubes are truncated making it lighter, stiffer, and better able to cope with the wind at more yaw angles.
Even with all the tech, the Cento10NDR frame comes in at a very respectable 1,190 grams. This frameset comes in 6 sizes from XS-XXL, includes a Ritchey 27.2mm seatpost, and in the colors Blue/Red and Black/Red. It's ready for your existing parts or a fresh build.
- An endurance bike that doesn't sacrifice comfort
- Lightweight and efficient carbon construction
- Actiflex rear damper delivers a comfortable ride
- Compatible with disc and rim brakes and tires up to 30mm
- Aero tube shapes slice effortlessly through the wind
- Mechanical and electronic drivetrain friendly
- Softer or firmer inserts available to dial travel
- Disc must be set up with Wilier Barrra and Stemma or Alabarda integrated bar and stem combo, Rim must use Wilier Stemma
- Item #WLY001L
- Q & A
Go Fast, Stay Comfortable.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I am 5'11" and have a 32" inseam. I rode a large and it fit well. I rode the build on item number WLY001T, but should give you a good frame of reference however you decide to build your frame up!
First of all, I need to give the disclaimer that I am first and foremost, a mountain biker (you may have already picked up on this with the SPD pedals on here). I am not a road biker, though you will occasionally find me on board one (especially if I can get on board a sweet build like the one I was on). So if that doesn't scare you off from the rest of the review, read on!
At first I was worried the reach was a bit long for me on the large - maybe in the drops a touch, but ended up fitting really well after spending a bit of time on it. I was really impressed with the attention to detail that Wilier put into the frame. Lot of neat features: disc or rim brakes, a barrel adjuster built into the frame, Actiflex damper, an aero style bike that is comfortable to ride.
Which brings me to my first point - the Actiflex damper. The bike is surprisingly snappy and fast feeling, despite feeling smooth and dealing with road vibrations. Its not the lightest bike, but still feels quick. Whether this is the carbon , the Actiflex damper, the 28mm tires, or a combination of all three, it rides really nicely. With that said, I do slightly worry about the longevity of the damper - would be nice to see a long term durability test on it for a bit of peace of mind.
The components on the build I rode were exceptional and spec'd to match the Cento10ndr's frame quality - eTap, Mavic Cosmic Carbon SL wheels and Yksion Pro, Sram Red HRD disc brakes, all worked well. I personally would set it up tubeless and potentially with 30mm tires as it can fit that wide!
If you are considering a endurance bike that rides fast and have the versatility to build exactly how you want, look no further, the Cento10ndr is a top contender for you!
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An endurance bike in an aero wrapper
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I really like the CentoNDR.
As an XC mountain bike racer, I've always felt caught out between hyper-racy aero bikes and endurance cruisers. Wilier recognized that that there are a lot of riders in my shoes. Maybe you used to race, so you've come to appreciate a snappy, light bike, but you've transcended the numbers game, and you want a bike that's as comfortable as a beanbag chair. I'd go so far as to say that many Dogma F10 riders would be better suited by a slightly less aggressive bike like the NDR. Will it slow you down? Not really. In the wind tunnel, the NDR is actually about as aerodynamic as the Cento10, Wilier's all-out-race-rig. On the flip side, the NDR features an elastomer insert at the joint of the seatstays which helps to smooth out the omnipresent chip seal that plagues almost every single real-world. Paired 28c tires, this bike really is very comfortable.
So, is this bike for you? Are you a Cat 1 roadie with 10 data fields on every page of your Garmin and a frequent customer card for the wind tunnel? Probably not. Are you a serious roadie that likes fast bikes, and appreciates refinement, but desires a level of comfort that most all-out race bikes just can't offer? I'd definitely consider it.
Feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to discuss in more detail!