Interbike 2012: Wilier’s Fancy New Cento1 SR & Zero9 Road Bikes, Plus Carbon 29er MTB!

2013 Wilier 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

Wilier’s 2013 lineup includes two completely new models, the 101XN 29er hardtail shown above, and a trickledown lightweight road bike called the Zero9.

Wilier, pronounced “VIL-yer”, has done mountain bikes in their home market, but this is the first full carbon fiber model and the first time they’re bringing one to the US. And it’s not just a “hey, we need a carbon 29er race bike”. There are some really well thought out technical and practical features on board. The basics include full internal cable routing that’s electronic ready, asymmetric chainstays, tapered headtube, slightly curved seatstay for better tire clearance and the option for standard and direct mount rear derailleur hangers. Now we get to the good stuff…

2013 Wilier 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The top and down tubes are impressively (and almost expectedly, these days) large and borrow the trick cable barrel adjuster plug on the downtube. Geometry is based around an 80mm travel fork.

2013 Wilier 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The tubes are all shaped, many with edges and angles, to stiffen things up. This bike is all about racing.

2013 Wilier 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

But, that doesn’t mean they didn’t give you options for how you can race it. Replaceable dropouts allow for standard QR, 12×142 thru axle or singlespeed setups.

2013 Wilier 101XN carbon fiber 29er hardtail mountain bike

The seat tube is about the only round tube on the bike, until it gets to the very bottom. That allows a standard front derailleur clamp (or clean frame if you’re running singlespeed) while still flaring at the BB shell to maximize stiffness. Bottom bracket is PF92.

Frame only price is $2,599, which is the only way it’ll be coming to North America. There’s also a red graphics option.


2013 Wilier Zero9 lightweight road bike

Wilier helped introduce the BB386EVO standard and arguably had the first bike on the market to use it. That was on the Zero7, a 750-799g frame depending on size. The Zero9 pops out of the same molds, just with a different carbon layup to come in the 940-990ish gram range without changing up the ride quality.

2013 Wilier Zero9 lightweight road bike

It shares the same geometry as the Zero7, as well as the tapered headtube and asymmetric stays.

The Zero9 will be exclusive to North America at first and retail for $4,999 with SRAM Force, FSA SLK BB386EVO cranks and Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels. Frameset is $3,899.

2013 Wilier Cento1 SR racing road bike

The Cento1 SR is a complete redesign of their flagship race road bike. It borrows tech from the Zero7 and their Twinfoil TT bike to create what’s fast becoming a very popular category: the lightweight aero road bike.

2013 Wilier Cento1 SR racing road bike

The frame gets revised cable routing to work with both mechanical and electronic systems. It uses a higher modulus 60T carbon fiber than before and reshapes the fork and headtube to make them all flow together better. Steerer tapers to 1-1/4″.

2013 Wilier Cento1 SR racing road bike

The seatstays use the Kammtail shapes of the Twinfoil and end with some beautiful cable/wire exits on the dropouts. The replaceable dropout contains the entire derailleur hanger as one piece, which they say makes it stronger and stiffer for better shifting. Stays are also asymmetric and it, too, uses BB386EVO. Other pricing and specs are:

  • Frameset $3,999
  • Complete (as spec’d below): $5,599
  • Chorus gruppo
  • FSA SLK BB386 crank custom Wilier paint
  • FSA Wing Pro bar custom Wilier paint
  • FSA SLK stem custom Wilier paint
  • Fulcrum Racing 4 wheels
  • Selle Italia SLR saddle custom Wilier
  • Ritchey Superlogic seatmast topper


Gillis - 09/29/12 - 11:58pm

I’m diggin’ the TRON paint on the mtb.

greg1 - 09/30/12 - 2:32pm

Cento 1SR specs sound nice, but Wilier needs to provide more crank options… and QUICK – FSA is Kryptonite for serious riders!!!!

sunshine - 10/01/12 - 7:28pm


Another “random bike brand is bad, BOO!” post. Really?

Their gear is fine for “serious riders” (although, maybe not you…). Whatever problems they had, literally every carbon company has had. The pros teams wouldn’t run their gear otherwise.

Also, BH had the first frame that did the 386EVO. Although Wilier was close.

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