So maybe you're a bit intrigued about hitting the gravel and getting off busy roads, but you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on another bike to add to the stable. Well, we've got some good news for you. The Italian maestros at Wilier have a lovely all-road ready package in the 2018 Jareen 105 Hydraulic Disc Complete Bike. Constructed for durable double-butted 6061 aluminum, it provides a lightweight, responsive ride without breaking the piggy bank for a steel, titanium, or carbon frameset. In fact, this complete ride comes in at the same price range as some of those framesets alone.
The Jareen is no-nonsense and it provides the new gravel enthusiast with everything they need to enjoy the lesser traveled roads. Shimano's legendary workhorse 105 drivetrain provides accurate shifts time after time and the powerful hydro disc brakes help scrub your speed as you approach those washed out braking bump corners while you're in the drops of those 12-degree flared handlebars. It comes stock with 40mm wide Kenda Happy Medium rubber, with room to clear up to 42mm that, in conjunction with the slender 27.2mm seatpost, do wonders in smoothing out the ride. Other thoughtful details include a sub-compact 46/30t crankset working in tandem with an 11-32 tooth cassette to provide a massive gear range that's low enough gearing to handle the loose, long climbs with plenty of overdrive on the plunge back down to the valley floor. As a final touch, the Jareen will accommodate mudguards as well as a rear rack, allowing it to transition easily from a race rig to a two-wheel bikepacking adventure machine.
- Wilier's gravel machine with an aluminum frame and carbon fork
- The frameset balances weight, strength, and affordability
- Shimano's workhorse 105 drivetrain provides precise, reliable shifts
- Flared drop bar offers stability on rough descents
- 40mm wide tires absorb bumps for a smoother ride
- Versatility extends to the fender and rear racks accommodation
- Clearance for tires up to 42mm in width