Given the name, you'd expect that Wilier's Gran Turismo could excel in any terrain and provide you with a comfortable and stylish ride. Like the variety of challenges offered in a Grand Tour, from relentless climbs to sketchy descents to endless stretches of broken tarmac, our regular training ground is just as indiscriminate. And if we had to have just one bike, the Gran Turismo would be one worth serious consideration.What sets it apart aesthetically is its Razor Edge Design in front and the Smooth Rear design in back. In contrast to the more rounded tube shapes of the Cento1 and Izoard, Wilier designers took full advantage of the freedom afforded by its monocoque molding process to give the Gran Turismo lines that sing praise to Italian style while maintaining a Cento1 level of handling precision. To this end, the top and down tubes bear the most aggressive shaping to create a stable, confidence-inspiring ride. The head tube junction received a great portion of the attention, and the top and down tubes converge here in a unified mass of carbon fiber for unparalleled torsional stiffness. Look behind the seat tube and you'll notice skinny seatstays. These give the bike more vertical flex in back when riding over rough roads; they're not only skinny, but shaped to maximize comfort. The upper end is almost triangular and morphs over the length of the stays to be nearly flat by the dropouts.Wilier uses a full monocoque process for the fork as well. This way, they can ensure that fibers run continuously from the fork ends to the top of the steerer, which, when combined with the massive front end, result in incredible lateral stiffness and impressive overall strength. They also manage to fit in some vertical compliance by designing the rake to start at the crown and taper to the trailing edge. Hidden from view underneath its glorious paint, the Gran Turismo relies on carbon fiber sourced from two of Wilier's most trusted suppliers -- Toray and Mitsubishi. The performance goals for the frame are met with a careful lay-up schedule consisting of Toray's T-700SC and Mitsubishi's MR 60H and HS40 unidirectional fibers. This blend of high and medium modulus fibers is what gives their engineers the ability to fine tune the ride for maximum performance and comfort, and at the same time, make this bike more affordable than their top-of-the-range Cento1 series.The Gran Turismo also benefits from asymmetrical chain stays in the rear end. Since the drivetrain applies different forces to the left and right sides of the frame, the shape and lay-up of the tubes in the rear triangle have been optimized to neutralize the torsional effect from pedaling, and to maximize comfort at the same time. Another aspect that makes this frame attractive is that it uses a standard English-threaded 68mm bottom bracket shell. While it adds a few grams over the integrated shell design found on the Cento1 frame, this one's a bit less complicated, especially if you haven't decided on yo
Strengths: Ride comfort, power transfer, stability in the sweeps
Weaknesses: None that I have found, maybe weight
This is my third road bike and first carbon frame. I had tried both the tarmac, Roubaix, R3 and CR1 before deciding on the Wilier.
The thing that stood out to me was the ability of the frame to absorb the road while providing a more relaxed stance. The difference was minimal in body position but made the more race centered frames seem very uncomfortable.
The seat stays are thin but wide giving the bike a solid yet dampened feel. Wilier correctly named this frame as it excels at long rides and many hours in the seat which for me has added up to over an hour improvement on my last century ride due to not needing as many comfort stops.
I have come off of a CAAD 8 frame and while that was a little stiffer the Wilier frame excels in every aspect. The routes I sprint are now done 1-2 mph faster and with much less fatigue when done. The bike climbs hills wonderfully and wants to go fast down making loop rides my absolute favorite.
I have had to make a few minor adjustments with seat position, and height to get the optimum ride but it has been well worth it. My ride is clad with Campy chorus however I do have a little cable rattle in the frame but it has not bothered me to bad as I ride dedicated bike trails most of the time with headphones.
I have the ksyrium elite wheels which are night and day from my old bontrager wheels but I have been thinking about upgrading to some zipp 403's which I think will help with the weighty feel of the elites and increase the bikes potential even more.
I highly recommend this bike for anyone who wants to ride a lot, ride far and enjoy every mile.
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: November 26, 2013
Strengths: Looks, strength, ride quality, and terrain ability.
Weaknesses: Too many brand decals!
This bike was purchased after a very specific sizing exercise, as such, it fits perfectly and rides accordingly.
I have not only rediscovered my love for the road discipline of cycling, but have now put my Yeti ASR Carbon away so I can ride this bike even more often.
This bike was an excellent suggestion from my LBS and I am forever thankful that they did.
I researched many bikes and went for many test rides but this bike just felt like it hit the best traits of all of my other bikes and has now become my favourite!
Man with too many bikes
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: September 1, 2013
Strengths: Beautiful, fast, smooth and sexy
Weaknesses: Not a thing
I have been riding for 20 years, about 5,000 + miles/year. Last bike was a Scott CR1 and before that Trek 5200. The Scott was a rocket but hard to take on rougher chip sealed roads. The Wilier GT is probably just as fast, weighs less than the Scott, and rides a lot smoother on rough roads. My GT is setup with 11spd Campy Chorus and I really prefer that to the SRAM Force I had on the Scott but maybe the new SRAM is just as good. All I can say is don't let anyone kid you about riding an "old man's bike" on the GT. If you are getting beat it is not because of the bike and you will enjoy the ride a lot better than a full on race bike, not to mention it is one of the best looking frames on the market. Mine weighed in at 16.5 lbs with the Chorus, Easton Carbon handlebar and Mavic Elite wheels. Now that I have put on some super light wheels ( Vuelta Corsa Race) it is probably under 16lbs. the wheels made a big difference in acceleration and climbing.
Similar Products Used: Scott CR 1, Trek 5200, Colnago Master Light
Bike Setup: full Campy Chorus 11, Easton Carbon handlebar, Ritchey carbon stem, Vuelta Corsa Race wheelset, Conti 4000 tires.
Date Reviewed: May 8, 2013
Strengths: Power transfer, ride quality, durability, and Way COOL
Weaknesses: A little heavy. Although Selle italia saddle, it is less than ideal for me. Lack of Wilier dealers
I purchased this bike as a used Demo (less than 100 miles) unit for $2500. It is the red paint sheme, medium size with Campy Record 11 shifters, the balance Chorus 11 components and HED Ardennes clinches. This bike delivers as promised by Wilier. I travel a lot for work and typically take my bike with me on the road to get some exercise at the end of the day. I have ridden this bike in MO, IL, TN, IN, OH, MI, IA, NE, FL, NC, GA, SD, MN, CO, TX and AR, so the terrain and road conditions are about as diverse as you can expect. I have done long rides and have gotten to the end without fatigue and wanting to ride on. Short sprints are equally enjoyable on this build. It handles great with uncanny predicitability. I have even become a better climber, even though I am still heavy (215 lbs.) for a cyclist. It is kind of cool when you pull up for a ride and most of the other riders want to check out the bike. The only noticeable thing is it weighs in at about 16.5 lbs., which is a little heavy compared to some of the other brands. However, I think that the weight might contribute to the overall ride quality. I have recently upgraded the wheels to carbon tubulars (88 mm rear, 56mm front) and could not believe that the bike handles even better now. Anyway, if you want a really cool bike that will provide reliable performance for almost any riding situation (race, cruise, climb, etc.) get this bike, you won't be disappointed, especially when your riding friends start to drool.