Cross Carbon/SRAM Force/Rival Complete Bike $2,495.00
Item # WLY0028
Exactly what you've been waiting for.
We don't know about you, but our quiver of bicycles has always been missing something -- something that's been elusive at best, and for Americans, a complete figment of our imaginations. We're talking about a Wilier 'cross bike. After years of repetitively, and unsuccessfully, voicing our woes to our Italian friends at Wilier, we sadly accepted that we'd never have one. That is, until now. After years of pleading and diligence, we're elated to bring you our exclusive Wilier Cross Carbon/SRAM Force/Rival Complete Bike. Representing the Wilier hallmarks of beauty, prestige, and sheer speed, the Carbon Cross still isn't afraid to get a little dirty. So, for all of you who've been waiting with bated breath for a Wilier 'cross frame, you're welcome.
Wilier's Cross Carbon is made from a calculated blend of three carbon fibers — T-700SC, Intermediate Modulus M30J, and 60-ton carbon fibers. We know what you're thinking — looks like an arbitrary collection of letters and numbers. However, this combination of carbon directly equates to weight savings, rigidity, and durability. Each element of carbon plays a vital role in achieving these attributes. The 60t carbon is strategically placed for strength. In fact, this material is capable of withstanding 60 tons of pressure per square millimeter. And while this sounds like a bulky carbon to use, the opposite is true. Wilier adheres to a simple logic when building frames — the stronger the carbon, the less is needed. This philosophy keeps the overall weight down without sacrificing either strength or stiffness. And to further guarantee stiffness, the M30J fiber was used. With its unidirectional design, M30J takes advantage of a simple calculus — a fiber of carbon is strongest when straight. Unlike a woven fiber, M30J's orientation creates a load path that promotes a heightened sensation of lateral and torsional rigidity. What does this mean? Simple. When your frame flexes less under the load of your force and weight, more energy is transferred throughout the bike, and you go faster. But that's enough of the engineering and science lesson — how does the Cross Carbon handle in the mud?
It handles aggressively. In fact, it's incredibly fast, and this is due in part to the frame's geometry. With a 72 degree head tube angle and tight wheel base, the Cross Carbon is more in tune with a road bike than your standard, cookie-cutter 'cross frame. However, the Cross Carbon is still very much at one with muck and majesty of 'cross racing. The frame has clearances that can accommodate up to a 32mm tire, and as you expected, it features integrated studs to accept cantilever arms. To ensure that your braking and shifting aren't encumbered by either mud or shouldering of the frame, Wilier routed the cables on the top of the top tube. Most importantly though, to make sure that your body isn't berated by off-road vibration, Wilier gave the seatstays a wishbone design to aid in the frame's vertical compliance. And further adding to the dissipation of chatter, the Cross Carbon also comes equipped with a full-carbon fiber Enve Cyclocross fork. Mated with the oversized head tube, the fork creates a nimble handling that's crucial for the tight corners and accelerations of 'cross racing.
Because of the 'cross bike's inherent versatility, we've decided to spec the bike with a SRAM Rival crankset with 50/34-tooth compact rings. We see 'cross bikes pulling race duty, as well as being used for backroads exploration, shoulder-season training rides, and even commuting. We find the 50/34t compact to be ideally suited for this wide range of uses.
For the build kit, we hand-picked an amalgamation of components with the speed and durability required to race in the mud. For the shift and brake functions, we've chosen the bombproof SRAM Rival levers to control a Rival front derailleur, Force rear derailleur, and Avid's Shorty 6 cantilevers. The power of the drivetrain is managed by a PC-1031 chain, and PG-1050 cassette. For the wheels, we selected our go-to for durable, lightweight clinchers, the Mavic Aksium wheelset, and wrapped them in 700c x 30mm Michelin Cyclocross Mud 2 tires. The cockpit is comprised of a Zipp Service Course stem, bars, and seatpost. We also wrapped the handlebars in Arundel tape, and mounted a Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio saddle to the seatpost.
The Wilier Cross Carbon/SRAM Force/Rival Complete Bike is available in the color Matte Black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.
[sizes x-small and small] 170 mm, [size medium] 172.5 mm, [sizes large, x-large, and xx-large] 175 mm
12-25 t SRAM PG-1070
Avid Shorty 6
Zipp Service Course
[size x-small] 42 cm, [sizes small, medium, and large] 44 cm, [sizes x-large and xx-large] 46 cm
Zipp Service Course
[size x-small] 90 mm, [size small] 100 mm, [sizes medium, large, and x-large] 110 mm, [size xx-large] 120 mm
Selle Italia SL Kit Carbonio
Zipp Service Course
Michelin Cyclocross Mud 2
700 c x 30 mm
2 years on frame
Matte Black, M: 8,110g
Effective Top Tube
Head Tube Angle
Seat Tube Angle
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What community has to say
What do you think of the
Wilier Cross Carbon/SRAM Force/Rival Complete Bike
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I have been looking for a cross bike to both race with during the cross season and to ride the rest of the year on the road for training and group rides.
I ordered the bike on a Thursday and it arrived on my front door step on the next Tuesday morning! I had it built up in just a few minutes and double checked all of the adjustments, tuning, and fit but it was all right on the money. Customer service, delivery, and build were all much better than I would have ever expected.
As received and spec'ed 50cm (Small), weighted in at 17.2 lbs.
I was a little concerned about the Sram double tap shifting and the gearing (front chain rings) that it came with for cross racing but thought I could switch them out if I really needed to at a later date (My current cross bike I have a single front 39 tooth ring and Ultegra shifters, Aluminum/Carbon 19.5 lbs) .
My first ride was to pre-ride the cross race course at my next race, I did two laps and have NEVER enjoyed a new bike as much as this. The sram shifters are a nice improvement over the older Ultegra I am used to, and the front chain rings gearing were not an issue for me at all (relatively hilly course) so I don't currently plan on changing anything at the moment. My first race on the bike and I got my first and only 1st place in my division with a division size double the normal size! It wasn't all due to the bike, but there is no doubt that this bike made a much larger difference than I would have ever expected.
I LOVE this bike and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and Competitive Cyclist to other friends.
I will review again once I have trully put it through the ringer!
True - when I ordered I stuck with the 50/34 but swapped out the 12-25 for an 11-28 no extra charge. I knew I wouldn't be racing cross so wouldn't need a more standard setup like an 36-46. Having the 50/34 makes for ideal gearing for gravel rides, rail trails, etc, but you'd probably want to change this if you're going to race.
The narrower of the two clearances (i.e. front fork and back chainstay) is on the back...I'm running 700 X 30 Michelin Mud 2s, and have 1 cm of clearance on each side on the back. So I think you should be able to run up to 700 X 33/34s without any problems.
I upgraded the wheels, but the rest of the bike is per the above spec. I've used it as a fall, winter, and early spring training bike when the roads are too messy for my road bike. I also use it for dirt roads, less technical trails, and informal cross races with my friends. The Cross Carbon is a killer bike at a very reasonable price. Great handling and acceleration while still providing a smooth ride. I ended up buying a second one for my wife so she would quit borrowing mine.
Yes, absolutely. I throw on some road wheels/tires on my Wilier Cross whenever I know I don't need the knobbies (e.g. going on a pavement-only road ride). With road wheels on I hardly notice that it's a cross bike...it's fast. One thing to watch is that your road rims are the same (or very similar) width as your cross rims. If not, you'll have to adjust the setup of your cantilever brakes each time you swap. If you're researching this, note that the CC spec sheet says the bike comes with the Reynolds Solitude wheelset, when in fact it comes with the Reynolds Shadow (see photos above and also mentioned in the post below).
I got this in early CX season 2012, as soon as I saw Competitive Cyclist launch it. I have absolutely LOVED everything about it. It gets looks, questions, oohs and awes everywhere I go. It serves as an absolutely perfect rough road/poor weather/gravel race bike, and still works like a dream on the CX course. If you don't care/want to deal with discs, rotors, bleeding and the like with a disc bike, its perfect. With a mix of add on after-market components, my current set up is close to sub-16 pounds, and thats with the standard Reynolds Shadow wheel set, as opposed to carbon race tubulars. It looks as sexy-euro as anything, and handles with flawless smooth efficiency through sand, mud, gravel, sand, and single track. My first race with it, I was on the podium. Probably not 100% the bike, but it certainly didn't hurt. It would be sad to see this bike go away because of discs, but it may happen... just an absolutely fast, light, agile and euro-hot CX race machine. CC's service was of course, absolutely out of this world good. They prove that you really can have a local shop feel from an online retailer. That alone makes it worth thousands more.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just got the Willier Cyclocross bike. Have to say customer service was excellcent despite some initial miscommunications in order timing, they got the bike to me when they said they would and even put it on next day air to make it happen so i could make my first cyclocross race. Bike is super light (sub 18lbs) and even the guy at my LBS was eyeing the bike when i told him the price to potentially get one for himself. Bike was tuned out of the box race ready. Took it into my first race and it handled great. Very good at tight cornering, climbing and handling bumps. For the price, this is an excellent deal. To try to replicate this bike - carbon frame and SRAM Force/Rival or Shimano 105/Ultegra equivalents + wheels iis going to be a mid $2000 priced bike. The only thing to think about is world is moving to disc breaks.
This bike is a great value at the discounted price. I have not come across another high quality, carbon-frame cross bike with equivalent spec at a similar price. I took possession in early March 2013, and only had the chance to ride it twice (about 100 miles) before the weather changed and I switched over to my road bike. I ordered the Medium, and this was a perfect size (I'm 5' 9" and ride a 56cm road bike). Just recently I took my road bike in for repairs, so got on the Wilier for the third and fourth times. I put on another 100 miles, including a few gravel road stretches, and near the end of the ride noticed the back wheel and brakes were rubbing. I was shocked to find the back wheel VERY out of true, so checked the spoke tension...VERY undertensioned, so no wonder the wheel went out of true. Both back and front brakes were 'cockeyed'/uncentred since day 1, and the back derailleur occasionally skips in some of the big ring/center cassette positions (this has also been a problem since day 1). I have to emphasize my riding was NOT on extreme 'cross terrain'...about 100 miles of asphalt, and another 100 miles of hard packed gravel roads. Both the back and front brakes now need some expert adjustment since I have been unable to adjust the Avid Shorty 6 brakes to the proper centred position. So, in short, I don't believe this bike was properly set up (especially the wheels) so now I have to pay another $100 to get these problems fixed. I'm unable to return the bike to CC since I'm in Canada and the shipping cost would be well over the cost of having a LBS do this work. SO, I can certainly highly recommend the quality of the frame and components, and the ride is wonderful, but CANNOT recommend CC's bike setup quality control, on this bike anyway. I'm disappointed that so much adjustment is needed 'out of the box'.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Just got it and only taken it on two real rides, but I know I am in love. The bike feels great. It is really comfortable, great build, and makes all my other bikes feel heavy! And it even looks better in person. It climbs great and is solid on the decent. If I could only have one bike, this is what I would choose. I know this is an over-the-top review, but if you are at all considering getting this bike, buy it now. With that said, the sizing is a little tricky. My other bikes are 58cm (old Cannondale road bike and Cervelo P2 tt bike) and I am just over 6feet tall. So I originally went with an XL, that was too big for me. I switched it for a large and it feels great. I feel like I could probably go with a medium and still be fine, but I also like to error on the small side, rather than the large. Bottom line, this is a great bike.