Wilier GTS/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2014 $2,599.00
Fast and smooth.
Wilier puts it, "The spirit of the Gran Turismo is embodied in the soul of the GTS." What the Italian frame manufacturer really means is that its new GTS was developed for riders who want that lively race feel in their road machines, but without the aggressive race fit. To achieve this, Wilier expertly applied the Gran Turismo's carbon fiber composite to a platform that features a slightly slackened geometry throughout. The result is a series of new sizes that deliver Wilier's signature race-tuned handling, while fitting better than ever.
What sets The GTS 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 GTS 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 compliance 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, it ensures 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 detailed paint, the GTS 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 layup 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 feel and comfort, and at the same time, make this bike more affordable than their top-of-the-range Cento1 series.
The GTS also benefits from asymmetrical chainstays in the rear end. Since the drivetrain applies different forces to the left and right sides of the frame, the shape and layup 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.
For the build of the GTS, Wilier spec'd the bike with Shimano's Ultegra 6800 11-speeed drivetrain, complete with an FSA MegaExo bottom bracket and Gossamer crankset. The cockpit received an FSA RD-320S handlebar and its OS-190 LX stem, with an FSA SL-282 post supporting Selle Italia's X1 Custom Wilier saddle. In the wheel department, Wilier wrapped Shimano's reliable RS21 hoops with Vittoria Zaffiro clincher tires.
The Wilier GTS/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2014 is available in six sizes from X-Small to XX-Large and in the color Black/red.
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What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
For the price, you can't get much better than the Wilier GTS.
First Ride: I love the GORGEOUS build, light but sturdy frame design, insanely smooth ride, smooth Ultegra components and the Shimano RS21 wheelset. After not being on a bike for a couple years, I expected to be worn out quickly but the Wilier GTS made the first 20 miles a breeze even in a strong head-wind. I switched out the seat post with a zero offset carbon post but other than that, I will be keeping the bike just the way it is for quite some time.