Stella! Wilier Launches their First Women’s Specific Bike
It’s probably not what Wilier had in mind when they named their women’s specific bike Stella, but it’s hard not to think of Seinfeld when seeing it. Instead of the name of Jerry’s aunt, Stella is a new bike from Wilier marking their first bike devoted to women. Essentially a women’s version of the men’s Izoard XP, the Stella carries a compliment of parts tuned specifically to women’s needs and of course a “women’s” paint job.
There is a lot of talk about whether a women’s specific bike needs specific geometry, and in the case of Wilier their answer is no. The Stella has the same frame and fork as the men’s Izoard with the same geometry, but only comes in an XS, S, and M.
Those sizes roughly translate into a 41.6, 45.08, and 47.04 from the center of the BB to the center of the top tube. To make up the discrepancy in sizing between men and women, the Stella includes compact bars, shorter stems, women’s saddle, and a custom FSA Gossamer Wilier crankset.
The monocoque carbon frame features Wilier’s WMS carbon technology as well as a monocoque carbon fork with aluminum steerer- both designed to create a race ready bike with plenty of comfort. Wilier sees the Stella as the perfect bike for entry level female racers who want a lightweight race machine, but still want to be comfortable in the long haul. Built with an 11-28 cassette and compact crank, the Tiagra drivetrain will provide plenty of gearing for the steepest hills.
Stella will retail for £1,599.00 or about $2,500.
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