With the Wilier Cento 10 NDR the Italians follow the call of the road bike community for the perfect mix of performance and comfort. The new Actiflex system is designed to smoothen bumps and vibrations and provide the necessary comfort on long journeys or tough terrain. We had a close look to the details of the new Comfort-Race bike from Wilier.
The pure hunt for stiffer and lighter bikes is not the future as more and more riders are looking for the balance between comfort and performance. And the number of manufacturers taking the path of active comfort elements is growing. “Ride Faster. Ride Further” is the slogan of Wilier and with the new rear suspension system called Actiflex, the Italians want to achieve the perfect balance between comfort and race performance.
The Actiflex system is designed to combine performance in the rear suspension system.
The Actiflex system is the heart of the Wilier Cento 10 NDR. The connection between seat tube and seat strut has been completely redesigned and consists of aluminum and a technopolymer element. The aluminum element is intended to provide comparable torsional stiffness as conventional carbon seat stays and gives the bike the necessary punchiness. On the other hand the technopolymer allows a few millimeters of travel on the rear similar to the principle of a full suspension mountain bike. The bike comes with three different technopolymers, where the behavior of the Actiflex system can be adapted to the driver’s weight and terrain.
In terms of geometry, Wilier is also focusing on comfort and designed the race bike with a more upright sitting position. The frame is slightly shorter and higher than a pure race bike, which should allow a more comfortable seating position even without large stacks of spacers.
A bike for all occasions? At least in terms of braking systems, the Wilier Cento 10 NDR offers free choice. The specially designed fork can accommodate both disc brakes with 160 mm rotors with through-axle as well as rim brakes with quick release. Even wide tires are no problem for the Cento. Up to 32 mm in the disc brake version and 28 mm in the case of rim brakes are possible.
Wilier puts great attention to integration and a clean look.
In terms of integration, Wilier has also come up with a lot of ideas. Up to 3 cables can be routed directly through the stem into the frame. For a hydraulic disc version with electronic shifting this allows all cables to disappear giving Cento the ultimate, clean look.
A decent pinch of Aero is also added to the Wilier Cento 10 NDR. State-of-the-art technologies such as Kamm-tail design are used. Kamm-tail design pretty much means cutting the fin of an aero profile which makes it lighter and stiffer keeping all aerodynamic advantages. Doesn’t mean anything to you? Don’t worry, because the main thing is that the bike is fun to ride.
Wilier Cento10 NDR: Weight, prices, components
The weight of the Wilier Cento 10 NDR frame comes to 1,580 g according to Wilier and will be available in four colors. With setup and components Wilier offers a very wide range of configurations. The selection ranges from the starter model for €4750 with SRAM Force and Mavic Cosmic Elite wheelset to the top-end bike for €10,300 with the new Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9170 DISC and DT Swiss ERC 1400 Spline 35 carbon wheels. Here you will find some example of five equipment options as well as the additional three color versions. All details and the full range of options can be found on the Wilier website.
|E806I4||Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9170 Disc||DT Swiss ERC 1400 Spline 35||€ 10,300|
|E806S4||Campagnolo Super Record H11 Disc||DT Swiss ERC 1400 Spline 35||€ 9,500|
|E802IC||Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9150||Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon Exalith||€ 9,700|
|E802CS||Campagnolo Chorus||Campagnolo Scirocco 35||€ 5,700|
|E802FE||SRAM Force||Mavic Cosmic Elite||€ 4,750|
There will be 4 color options. Here the versions R2 in red (top), R3 in red-black (bottom left) and R4 in black (bottom right).
The Wilier Cento10 NDR offers many promising and clever solutions to meet the requirements of the modern road cyclist. We are already looking forward to the first ride with the new comfort wonder from Wilier and we are eager to see how the Actiflex system works out on the road. Style wise we are already impressed!
For more info head to: wilier.com
Words: Manuel Buck Photos: Wilier