Just Landed: The Wilier GTS Disc is a new model from the exotic Italian brand, and is designed as an all-round bike to keep you riding all day.
They’ve been threatening to really take off for a couple of years now, but 2015 finally seems to be the big break-through year for disc-equipped road bikes. In the last few months we’ve had the pleasure of riding disc offerings from Bianchi, BMC, and Genesis, and now it’s the turn of the Wilier GTS Disc to touch down in the Cycling Weekly office.
This isn’t Wilier’s first stab at a disc-equipped road bike: a disc version of their Cento1SR performance bike first appeared at Eurobike back in 2013 and is available in an upgraded version for this year.
However the GTS disc is a new model for 2015, and appears to take on the mantle of the highly popular Gran Turismo, delivering a solid all-round bike that will handle all conditions and all types of riding while providing a comfortable ride in the process.
The frame uses the same carbon fibre composite as the Gran Turismo, as indeed does Wilier’s slightly racier GTR bike, but comes with a slightly more relaxed geometry which should swing the pendulum towards the sort of ride we’d expect from a bike designed to eat up the miles.
This means slightly shorter top and head tubes to provide a more upright position, as well as slightly slacker angles for the fork and seat tube. Comfort should also be enhanced by what Wilier call their Smooth Rear Design which is applied to the rear triangle and aims help to dampen vibrations over dodgy road surfaces.
However this doesn’t mean that Wilier have completely forgotten that their customers might also like to put the hammer down now and again! The tapered head tube should improve handling, while the Italian company’s Razor Edge Design means that the top tube and down tube are overlapped at the head tube, supposedly improving lateral stiffness and therefore aiding acceleration. If the marketing buzz holds true, we’re certainly in for a great ride.
The Wilier GTS Disc is only available in one build for 2015, with something of a mish-mash of components that we hope will come together to provide a smooth and reliable ride.
Of course the headline grabbers are the TRP HY/RD disc brakes, which bridge the gap between mechanical discs and full hydraulic systems. In effect this means that the caliper itself is hydraulic, but is operated by open cables which are compatible with standard mechanical levers. TRP promise that this system offers all the performance of hydraulic disc brakes, while reducing both weight and cost.
Smooth shifting should be guaranteed thanks to the Shimano Ultegra front and rear derailleurs, while 105’s move to 11-speed this year means that Wilier can save you a few pounds with the use of a 11-28t 105 cassette. Up front we find an FSA Gossamer Pro compact chainset with a 34t inner ring perfect for winching us up that one last hill at the end of a long ride.
Seatpost, stem and bars are all alloy, and also come courtesy of FSA, while the Selle Italia X1 saddle certainly puts the emphasis on providing a comfortable ride. The final parts of the jigsaw are the disc-specific Shimano RX 31 wheels, which sit roughly at 105 level, and the ever-reliable Vittoria Rubino tyres.
All of this adds up to a bike which hit the Cycling Weekly scales at 9.1kg. Certainly not a featherweight then, but in line with what we’ve come to expect from disc brake-equipped bikes. Tempted already? Well the GTS Disc will set you back £2299 which seems pretty much spot-on for a bike of this spec.
We’re itching to get out on the road and put the Wilier GTS Disc through its paces, so stay tuned in the coming months for a full review.
Head over to the Wilier website for more details.