Constructed at the foot of Monte Grappa in Italy, the 11.21 kg Wilier Cento1 Hybrid is the lightest E-road bike in our test. Is being lightweight enough to beat the who’s who of the industry?

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best E-road bike of 2019! – 13 of the most exciting models on test

Wilier Triestina Cento1 Hybrid Custom | 11.21 kg | € 9,000 | MAHLE ebikemotion X35

The Rossano Veneto-based family business sent us a Wilier Cento1 Hybrid with a consistently high-end spec. Despite its Italian descent, the Wilier feels pleasantly restrained in terms of frame design compared to Bianchi and Pinarello. With lots of attention to detail, the E-road bike is not only very tidy but also extremely light. A quick look at the scales confirms that, with them reading 11.21 kg in size L, making the Wilier the lightest E-road bike in the test. Unfortunately, the custom features with that extra dose of sex appeal won’t be available in stores. Along with the Ritchey Superlogic carbon cockpit and seat post, Wilier paired the MAHLE ebikemotion hub motor with Miche SWR carbon wheels and Shimano’s DURA-ACE R9170 Di2 groupset. The Selle Italia SLR C59 carbon saddle, weighing merely 60 g, completes the build. The look of the stem divided our test crew, but it promises a lot of torsional stiffness in the cockpit – we can only hope that the T20 screws don’t come loose on the road since you’re unlikely to find a suitable bit in your multitool. According to Wilier, this build would cost about € 9,000, though it’s not available as a production bike. However, there are numerous factory builds available in a range of prices.

Helmet POC Octal | Glasses Smith Wildcat | Jersey Ryzon Generator Aero | Bibs Ryzon Generator | Socks Ryzon Trace Performance | Shoes Giro Techlace Prolight

The Wilier Cento1 Hybrid in detail

Motor/Battery MAHLE ebikemotion X35 250 Wh
Drivetrain Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9170 2×11
Gearing 52/36 T und 11–30 T
Brakes Shimano DURA-ACE BR-917 160/160 mm
Stem Ritchey Superlogic C260 carbon
Handlebar Ritchey Superlogic Evo Curve Carbon
Seatpost Ritchey Superlogic Carbon
Wheels Miche SWR Carbon 38
Tires Vittoria Rubino Pro 28C

Clean
The cable routing is very tidy despite being external, great!
Could do with a bit more
Up very steep terrain – just when you need the motor the most – the MAHLE ebikemotion runs out of power.
Good team
The Miche carbon wheels and Vittoria Rubino Pro tires performed convincingly throughout the test.
A forgivable mistake
DThe cheap brake rotors are the only compromise in the otherwise immaculate spec .
Size XS S M L XL
Seat tube 430 mm 460 mm 500 mm 530 mm 570 mm
Top tube 505 mm 525 mm 544 mm 561 mm 578 mm
Head tube 104 mm 121 mm 145 mm 166 mm 185 mm
Head angle 70.5° 71.0° 71.5° 72.0° 72.5°
Seat angle 75.0° 74.5° 74.0° 73.5° 73.0°
Chainstays 406 mm 406 mm 408 mm 410 mm 411 mm
Reach 365 mm 376 mm 383 mm 390 mm 395 mm
Stack 515 mm 532 mm 555 mm 576 mm 595 mm

The Wilier Cento1 Hybrid in review

With its quick acceleration, the Wilier Cento1 Hybrid exudes a spritely character. Besides the minimal weight working in its favour, it’s also has a very well balanced ride. This results in predictable handling, making the Wilier a lot of fun on every descent. Thanks to the adjustable support modes, ambitious riders will get up climbs well below threshold and be able to attack with everything their worth on the descents. Staying fresh can also help beginners to work on improving their skills. Anyone who’s been riding road bikes for some years and is now looking to switch to an E-road bike will appreciate the familiarly narrow Q-factor, made possible by the hub motor of the MAHLE ebikemotion system. The only drawback of this system is that steep climbs can overwhelm it. However, on moderate climbs, you can relax and enjoy the power of the motor.

Tuning tip
in order to compensate for the lack of motor power of the MAHLE ebikemotion system in very steep terrain fuel with a double shot of espresso

The ride feel of the Wilier is deceptively similar to a conventional bike. It’s by far the best E-road bike in the test fitted with the MAHLE ebikemotion motor!

he motor engages as soon as the cassette rotates and isn’t dependent on the applied force of the rider. As long as you keep the pedals turning with minimal effort, you’ll easily reach the 25 km/h limit. But the Wilier doesn’t encourage leisurely cruising, begging to be ridden at high speeds instead and feeling right at home above the 25 km/h threshold. The comparatively compact and central riding position is just as enjoyable as the bike’s overall comfort. The compliance of the seat post in conjunction with the frameset and tires provide a significant amount of vibration damping. Even long rides are no problem – as long as you get on with the shape of the C59 saddle.

Conclusion

The handling of the Wilier Cento1 Hybrid is good-natured, predictable and agile and it feels light-footed even without the support of the motor. Here, everyone from beginners to professionals will find an E-road bike that scores for its adjustable support levels and natural road bike handling. The lack of power on steep climbs is what cost the Wilier the test victory, but our Best Value Tip definitely goes to Italy! We’ll drink a shot of Grappa to that.

Tops

  • handling to suit everyone
  • stable and comfortable even on rough roads
  • standard Q- factor

Flops

  • lacks power for really steep climbs
  • unnatural feeling support when the cassette is turning

Riding Characteristics

4

Agility

  1. cumbersome
  2. playful

Stability

  1. nervous
  2. confident

Handling

  1. demanding
  2. balanced

Fun factor

  1. boring
  2. lively

Motor feeling

  1. digital
  2. natural

Motor power

  1. weak
  2. strong

Value for money

  1. terrible
  2. very good

Technical Data

Wilier
Triestina Cento1 Hybrid Custom

Size: XS S M L XL
Weight: 11,21 kg
Motor: MAHLE ebikemotion X35
Motor torque: 40 Nm
Battery Capacity: 250 Wh
Price: € 9,000

Indended Use

Smooth tarmac 1
Allroad/Gravel 2
Everyday/Commuting 3

For more info head to: wilier.com

For an overview of the test fleet head to the main article: The best E-road bike of 2019! – 13 of the most exciting models on test

All bikes in test: Bianchi Aria e-Road | BMC Alpenchallenge AMP ROAD ONE | Cannondale Synapse Neo SE | CENTURION Overdrive Carbon Road Z4000 | Coboc TEN Torino | FOCUS Paralane² 9.9 | LOOK E-765 Optimum Disc | Moustache Dimanche 28.7 | ORBEA GAIN M10 | Pinarello Nytro | Specialized S-Works Turbo Creo SL | Thömus Sliker E1


This article is from GRAN FONDO issue #012

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Words: Benjamin Topf Photos: Valentin Rühl, Benjamin Topf, Robin Schmitt