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WilierCentoCento1HY Ultegra e-bike
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September 8, 2019
As advertised and then some.
- I've put it through the wringer
Brilliant road bicycle to begin with, add the excellent e-hub and you're in ebike business. Rides like a regular road bike for the most part, a little heavy, but that is WAY offset by the e-hub. The Competitive Cyclist website claims that the hub only offers assistance at speeds up to 16mph, but after 60 miles on this bicycle and my own research I can tell you that is incorrect: assistance is available up to 20mph for sure. The power is seamless, smooth, consistent, reliable. Very impressive effort in the early days of eBikes, beautifully executed. It exceeded all my expectations. The frame quality is amazing, I've owned a lot of high end road bikes and this one stands out. The Ultegra components are flawless and close enough to Dura Ace for rock n roll. You'd think the e-bike wouldn't promote fitness, but it actually does: it's so much fun, it incentivizes you to ride farther and harder. I get a good workout on this bike and enjoy it more. The only bad point: aluminum rims. Puh-lease boys, charge $200 more and give us carbon fiber rims already.
September 10, 2019
Addendum: Turns out the rear motorized hub manufacturer does indeed claim assistance of up to 20mph in the U.S. The 16mph assistance claim on the CC website is incorrect. That 16 mph (25 kph) applies to the Euro version of the hub maker's motorized unit, in the U.S. the sell a version good for power assist up to 20mph. Something to do with different regulations in Europe and the USA. I alerted CC, I think they will wind up correcting that on the website description of this product. It's a little confusing but after some research and riding the bike itself for a week or so, the bike does indeed offer power assist @ speeds of up to about 20mph.
March 27, 2019
March 27, 2019
A REVELATION & A CONVERT
- I've put it through the wringer
I purchased the Wilier Cento1HY (Hybrid) in December 2018 and have ridden it about 300 miles and it has been a REVELATION! The Cento1HY has allowed me to return to riding my previous distances and total ascent when I was fully fit and healthy. Here’s the story: In June 2017 I had a serious cycling accident in which I broke my right hip and right shoulder. After 3 unsuccessful surgeries, I had a right hip replacement in August 2018. I was finally able to gradually return to cycling in October 2018 after having missed almost 1 1/2 years of riding. I previously averaged about 5000 miles/year. The Cento has been a revelation to me about the value and usefulness of a pedal assist bike to recover my fitness and to return to the joy of group riding much sooner than I ever thought possible! I am a CONVERT to pedal assist bikes and this Wilier is a fantastic machine even when riding with the assist turned off. The full mechanical Ultegra 8000 set up provides smooth, precise, and crisp shifting and the front derailleur shifting is on par with my Di2 - upshifts to the big ring take little effort and are very smooth. The Ultegra hydraulic disk brakes provide incredible, smooth and powerful stops, they require just gentle firm pressure on the lever. Modulation is much better than standard rim calipers. The Ebikemotion rear hub motor is rated at 250 watts and is more than enough on low power to make 10% grades feel like 5%. When I use the power assist I very rarely use more than the Lowest power setting and on flatter stretches I will even turn it off to increase my level of effort. When the pedal assist is active, the engagement and disengagement of the motor is a relatively smooth transition, it is just barely noticeable. The shift into and out of pedal assist is not abrupt. On my rides to date, given the distances and total ascent that I’ve ridden, I average just over 1% of battery capacity per mile. Today for example, our group rode 42 miles with 2,700 feet of ascent and I used 44% battery capacity. YMMV depending upon the level of power you chose and how much of your own pedaling effort you contribute. Remember, this is a pedal assist bike - no pedaling, no motor assist. And it’s only active to just over 15 mph, so you really only get assistance when the gradient increases and you are ascending. The geometry of the Cento is very comfortable, it’s similar to my 2016 Roubaix. The reach is on the shorter side so your position can be a little more upright if desired. The ride is very smooth, but a little stiff. Or I should say it’s noticeably stiffer than my 2016 Roubaix. The Cento rides on 28mm Tires that does provide some compliance. I swapped out the Zaffiros for 28mm Conti 4000S II’s as well as Vittoria latex tubes. I think this has helped soften the ride and I run my tires at about 60/70 psi front/rear. I also installed a carbon seatpost which vastly reduced the buzz transmitted to my rear end and also smoothed out the smaller bumps. Handling of the Cento on turns and descents is confident and controlled, it’s definitely not twitchy, I’d compare it favorably to my Roubaix. The Cento1’s handling is confident and the extra weight of the motor/battery does increase downhill acceleration! The Cento1HY is just a beautiful looking “ebike” that doesn’t look like an ebike! It has nice lines and graceful tube shapes and my fellow riders didn’t know it had a motor and battery until I told them! I LOVE this Wilier Hybrid! It is a joy to ride, makes climbing fun again, allows me to rejoin my group rides until I’m fit enough to ride my Roubaix, and it looks great. The frame is very nicely finished, the fit and paint job are very high quality, and the FSA components are excellent. If you need a pedal assist bike to recover from injury, or keep up with younger/fitter riders, or to allow your spouse/partner to join you on more “energetic” rides, then this Wilier is for you!
April 10, 2019
Great review! I agree that an e-bike is an excellent way to stay on the road and recover from an injury. Be careful as you may find that you ride longer distances with less effort and choose to stick with the e-Bike long after your recovery. Don't knock it until you try it... the ride is addictive!
September 20, 2019
In the USA, the eMotion rear hub provides assistance while pedaling @ speeds of up to 20mph (per the eMotion hub manufacturer's website). That 'up to 16mph' pertains to Europe, where regulations apparently limit assistance at speeds up to 25kph/16mph, it's slightly higher in the USA. I can vouch for that, I've owned that Wilier eBike with the eMotion hub for a couple of weeks, it does indeed offer boost @ speeds of up to 20mph.
November 4, 2019
Ted and Pat are correct about the USA versions higher assist speed of 20mph. I’m correct about my Wilier providing assist up to 15mph - I ordered mine from Italy and it is a EU compliant model hence the lower speed of assist. That being said, I still find the 15mph limit adequate for almost all rides except the flattest. Then the extra weight begins to require a higher level of effort to keep up! Still a fabulous bike for those “rest day” rides! Thankfully I’m back to about 90