Wilier’s signature finish for its steel bikes was its copper-coloured Ramato. It’s an option which died out when the brand switched predominantly to carbon fibre bike production. But for 2018, Wilier says that Ramato is back, with the option to specify the colour in a metallic high gloss finish on the Cento10 Air. It’s also offered as an option on the Jaroon gravel bike.
The Ramato Cento10 Air has already broken cover, being ridden in the Giro d’Italia last month by Pippo Pozzato of the Wilier Triestina-Sella Italia Pro Continental team. As well as the metallic copper Ramato with its silver stays and forks, Wilier is offering the bike in a metallic Chromato Blue colour.
Disc brake option
As well as the new colour options, the other news for the Cento10 Air is the release of a disc brake version of the bike. It shares the NACA Kammtail low speed aerofoil tube shapes of the rim braked version. Wilier says that a painted medium size frame weighs just under 1kg.
It’s also kept the hidden cables of the rim brake version. The front hydraulic brake hose runs through the Alabarda aerobar and into the head tube, then through a hole inside the fork crown and into the fork leg, so there’s only 20cm of exposed hose above the brake caliper. The same design is used in the new Cento10 NDR endurance bike, also announced today.
With electronic groupsets, the rear brake hose is fully enclosed too. But it runs externally into the down tube with mechanical groupsets as there’s not enough space for two hoses and two cables.
Wilier says that while the main frame tubes remain the same, both the fork and stays on the Cento10 Air Disc are redesigned to beef them up to deal with the asymmetric braking forces exerted by disc brakes.