Bianchi, Wilier Roll Out 2012 Bikes with Electronic Campagnolo EPS

Seems the Italians are quick to snap up their hometown hero’s new electronic group set with EPS getting stock offerings on Bianchi and Wilier!

Wilier leaked a couple spy shots of their 2012 CentoUno EPS recently (shown behind the break), and just now they’ve quietly put up a video of the possibly more exciting Zero7 EPS.

Both bikes use an electronic-only frame. The Di2 version of the CentoUno debuted in 2009 as a variation on the mechanical model. It’s still not showing up as an option on their U.S. website or U.S. catalog, but you can find this Di2/EPS compatible frameset with a simple search for around $4,500 USD or a sick custom build for about $18,500, but the electronic-only frame doesn’t show up on the U.S. version of Wilier’s website or the catalog. Here’s hoping it makes its way across the pond.

Why is the Zero7 more exciting? Debuting this year, the Zero7 is Wilier’s lightest ever road frame, coming in just under 800g. The weight savings comes in part from using the new BB386EVO standard, which means they’re now offering an electronic only Zero7 frame with Campagnolo EPS and their UltraTorque cranks on a 386EVO frame…

2012 Wilier Cento Uno road bike with FSA BB386EVO Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

Campagnolo offers a PF86 crankset to accommodate 86mm wide bottom bracket shells (just like Shimano’s BB86), so it’s no stretch to get it on a 386EVO frame like the Zero7. Check our recent post comparing BB386EVO with BB30 to see how this can work.

2012 Wilier Cento Uno road bike with FSA BB386EVO Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

Wilier’s CentoUno (Cento1) with EPS will make its official debut at the London Bike Show in January.

2012 Wilier Cento Uno road bike with FSA BB386EVO Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

2012 BIANCHI OLTRE w/ CAMPAGNOLO EPS

2012 Bianchi Oltre road bike with Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

One good thing about Campagnolo taking its time to “perfect” its new EPS electronic group is that it seems to have it largely available to OEM manufacturers and is shipping to some retailers already. It also seems that everyone’s mating it to a full black frame to launch it into their line!

Here Bianchi and Wilier are showing two models that’ll be hitting bike shop floors in early 2012. The Bianchi Oltre, above, gets a stealth matte black color scheme and matching Dark Label Fulcrum wheels.

2012 Bianchi Oltre road bike with Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

2012 Bianchi Oltre road bike with Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

Bianchi has had a Di2-only Oltre bike and frame on offer for a little while, so it wasn’t a stretch to build one up with Campy EPS. You’ll have to go to their Global website to see it, though, it (Di2) doesn’t show up on their U.S. site.

2012 Bianchi Oltre road bike with Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

2012 Bianchi Oltre road bike with Campagnolo EPS electronic shifting component group

No word on pricing or availability yet, but we’ll update as soon as we can get something.

Comments

BJ - 12/27/11 - 11:19am

What makes Bianchi Italian anymore?

Joey - 12/27/11 - 11:30am

Maybe the use of Campy?

h2ofuel - 12/27/11 - 11:54am

I can’t wait to see how much a Dogma2 w/ Super Record EPS costs.

mattl - 12/27/11 - 12:11pm

H20: goto your local pinarello dealer, they are going for 16,500

Robin - 12/27/11 - 1:32pm

Who cares what makes Bianchi Italian anymore? No one is force to buy one, so you’re off the hook. Oh, wait: this is one of those tricks, isn’t it, where you trap someone with that question and then you get all verklempt about a bike that isn’t made where you think it should be made. Damn it! I fell for it!

Remember the good ol’ days when wagon wheels were made in the US of ByGodA?

BJ - 12/27/11 - 4:36pm

@Robin

I don’t care where my bikes are made as long as they don’t try to sugar coat it

T - 12/27/11 - 4:49pm

Am I the only one who thinks the derailleur hanger on the Bianchi is out of alignment?

James - 12/28/11 - 9:22am

Wow, approx >$15k for a bicycle. I know, I know… development costs, one-off production, early adoption penalty, etc. But it’s still a sobering amount — especially for someone like me who’s only now getting used to $3k being the effective threshold to mid-level.

MTB - 12/28/11 - 10:56am

James,
They’ re not making much money from these >15k bikes. Just think PR/marketing for their lower/mid range bikes. They’re made for the pros and few non-pros.

barry herneisey - 12/30/11 - 5:23pm

I have a bianchi boron steel bike, and a columbus EL/OS chorus bike that were made in italy. That is what makes bianchi Italian.

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