By Paul Norman
You wait for ages for a new gravel bike and then three turn up at once.
The local dialect word for gravel near Wilier’s Northern Italy HQ is jareen, so that’s the name that Wilier has adopted for its new gravel/do anything bike.
It’s an aluminium machine with an all-carbon fork and comes with front thru-axle, 37mm tyres, flat mount disc brakes and space and mounts for mudguards and a rack. The seatstays are lowered and follow the aero profile adopted by Wilier’s top end aero road bikes.
The Jareen will be imported into the UK with 105 drivetrain priced at £1199 or Sora at £999, both with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. With guards it will take up to 38mmm tyres, without up to 42mm.
Bigger is better
But there’s another dialect word for Venetian gravel when it gets larger: jaroon. So that’s what Wilier has called its second gravel bike. It comes as standard with 32mm tyres although there’s plenty of frame clearance for up to 42mm. The frame is internally welded butted stainless steel, which gives very clean tube joints, although it’s not the lightest bike. There’s a carbon fork, thru-axles and SRAM Rival 1 single ring shifting with hydraulic disc brakes.
After that dialect words for larger gravel give up, but Wilier just keeps on going with its Jaroon+. Another stainless steel framed, carbon forked bike equipped with SRAM 1, it comes with MTBish 29 inch plus tyres which are 3 inches in diameter and take 30psi max and a 148 Boost rear axle. It’s essentially a drop bar fat bike and looks as if it should be able to take on hedges and small buildings in addition to gravel. There’s the ultra-low gear range to get you over them too.
Move up from the Jareen to the Jaroon and you’ll pay £2099, while the Jaroon+ will sadly not be imported by UK distributor ATB Sales.
New GTR SL Disc and Montegrappa
Elsewhere in Wilier’s 2017 range there’s a new GTR SL Disc. Wilier introduced the Team Disc version of its GTR endurance bike last year, but the SL uses higher modulus carbon fibre, reducing the bike’s weight close to the magic 6.8kg UCI limit. Price for an Ultegra build running on DT Swiss wheels will be £3099.
There’s also a new version of the lower priced aluminium Montegrappa. Like the Jareen, this features lowered aero seatstays, internal cable routing and a full carbon fork. Wilier says its geometry is similar to the GTR – racy but a bit more relaxed than its full-on race models. The UK version will be priced at £1599 and kitted out for cyclocross, with SRAM Rival 1 and 32mm tyres.
More details from Wilier.
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