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Wilier announce new Cento 1 Air aero road bike

Italian brand adds aero road bike to 2014 range

Wilier have revealed their first aero road bike with the addition of the Cento 1 Air to their range for 2014.

Wilier say that the new bike is designed to combine the ride qualities of their existing Cento 1 SR road race bike with the aerodynamics of the Twinblade TT frame.

The frameset features Kamm tail tube shaping to minimise drag and an integrated fork – the crown sits within the silhouette of the frame. The rear stays are designed to be aerodynamically efficient too, while the bike also comes with a custom aero seatpost and a seatpost clamp that sits flush with the top tube.

The frame is built around on oversized BB386 Evo bottom bracket/crank system and comes with Wilier`s large, asymmetric chainstays, the idea being to maximise efficiency. 

The geometry is almost identical to that of the Cento 1 SR, so it’s very race orientated. The large version of the Cento 1 SR comes with a 554mm stack and 391.5mm reach.

The frame will be available in six sizes, five standard colours and will be available from September. Wilier don’t have a team in the Tour de France this year, Merida having taken over as the bike supplier to Lampre, but we should get to see the bike in more detail when we visit Wilier’s UK distributor, ATB Sales, next week so stay tuned for that.

Unfortunately, we don’t have detailed specs of the new bike yet although the models in the pics are Shimano equipped – both mechanical and Di2. Wilier have yet to confirm prices. For more info you’re your eye on www.wilierbikes.co.uk.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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