First Look: Redesigned Wilier Triestina Zero.7 road bike

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Wilier Triestina Zero.7

Wilier Triestina has completely redesigned it’s flagship Zero.7 road bike for 2015. Building on the previous Zero.7, the new version is claimed to have improved aerodynamics, increased strength and stiffness, refined design, and advanced manufacturing processes, while remaining under 800g (750, size M) for the frame.

The new bike will be available at retail in the US this fall, with frameset (frame, fork, seatpost, seat clamp, headset) pricing set at $5,000. Complete bikes are available with either Shimano Dura Ace ($9,500) or Campagnolo Super Record ($10,500) component selections.

Key new developments include an integrated fork and virtually lengthened headtube, Wilier say they have been able to improve the Zero.7’s front end stiffness and strength as well as aerodynamics, without incurring a weight penalty or increasing effective headtube length. The headtube, which encloses much of the upper portion of the fork, provides increased surface area for the attachment of top and down tubes, and the fork aligns with the frame for better airflow. The fork blades and underside of the crown draw from the aerodynamic shaping and technology developed for Willier’s Twin Blade time trial bike.

Meanwhile a refined carbon molding system further reduces weight and increases strength. Wilier have refined their bladder molding process to include thermoplastic inserts. This results in even pressure within the mold, which results in a higher quality frame with cleaner internal tube finish.

The Zero.7 also now cleanly routes brake and mechanical or electronic drivetrain cables/wires internally for a cleaner appearance and better aerodynamics. The system has removable ports at the top tube (rear brake), as well as the downtube, bottom bracket and drive side dropout to facilitate easy routing of cables or wires. In the instance of electronic drivetrains, the wiring follows along with the rear brake cable as it enters the frame, making for a clean setup, rather than having cables and wires entering at multiple points on the frame. Special attention was also given to the internal cable routing at all points to ensure that cablesdon’t vibrate against the frame.

Continued from the original Zero.7 are SEI film and BB386EVO. SEI (Special, Elastic, Infiltrated) Film is utilized between layers of high-modulus carbon fiber, in place of the mid-modulus fibers that would typically be used. This has the effect of saving weight and also the benefit of increasing frame strength while allowing for a significant gain in vibration damping.

BB386EVO, developed in conjunction with FSA, enables the use of all major crank/bottom bracket standards, while increasing frame, crankset and bottom bracket stiffness relative to other designs. It does this by pushing the bottom bracket bearings farther outboard, which simultaneously allows for a larger bottom bracket shell interface for the downtube and chainstays.

Also continuing is a key Wilier innovation: asymmetric chainstays. This enables drivetrain forces to be effectively managed by the frame while still keeping weight to a minimum and enhancing stiffness and ride quality.

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  • David says:

    $5.000? LOL. For the cost of maybe $800 Tiwan money? Only a moron would spend that on a frame that was made for 20 cents on the dollar. Worse is the manufacturers that hide behind old Italan names, but no longer actually “make” frames anymore.

  • David says:

    Hey David, if you want a top frameset, I don’t believe you have many choices except buy one those brand name frames but made in Taiwan / China. All brands, you name it, pretty much make their frames in Asia. Few that left use carbon threads made by Toray or Mitsubishi (made in Japan / Asia), and then weave threads into carbon fiber cloth. Giant is such a company, the biggest bicycle manufacturer in the world, has its own proprietary R&D lab, carbon weave machines, manufacturing facilities, it can completely control its products from design to end products. Many brand name marques use Giant factories as sub contract manufacturers. You are stuck, high premium brand frames made in Asia. There are a few exceptions such as Colnago C59 / C60, assembled in Italy, but we don’t know where their carbon fiber material came from do we? I have a Wilier Cento Uno and a Pinarello Dogma 65.1, both are made in Asia but painted in Italy (came with “Made in Italy” stickers but that is a joke), they are very nice rides. Or you can go cheaper and still get a real nice frameset, such as Velocite Magnus, I have one of those among my collection. Very nice looking, stiff and it is a fun ride.

  • David says:

    We the consumers demanded top framesets but refuse to pay for the costs that intensive labors requires, so the manufacturers answered by moving productions, and in some cases, complete R&D labs to Asia. I am one of those people, with all of my name brand framesets, I negotiated very hard and long in order to buy at the price point where I believe it is fair for me and the retailer. I have top Wilier, Pinarello, Ridley, Velocite, and Cannondale. All good, it is a matter of best fitting. And my favorite ride if I had to grab a bike for on-the-go? It would be either my older but fun Cannondale Road Warrior 1 or my Cannondale Hooligan, surprising isn’t it? It shouldn’t be, because riding those bikes are just a ride, unlike riding those superbikes it becomes an “event”.

  • Pik says:

    Gentlemen. Buy a bike from TIME . Made it France by real craftsman.

    • DT says:

      TIME is no longer made in France. “Made in Europe”…still by hand and by their distinctly different ResinTransferMold method.

    • SP says:

      I have ridden a time for 7 years. I rode them all from Specialized, Trek, Look, etc… before purchasing. Every couple of years I go back in to see if anything rides better. 7 years and never, ever ridden a better bike.

      If you want the best then Time is it. Period.

  • DT says:

    Cipollini is, admirably, fully Italian. (Hopefully that has not changed??)

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