New Wilier Adlar first ride thoughts after 150kms of technical Italian gravel

Capable geometry and stellar tire clearance make the Wilier Adlar a great choice for rough riding and bikepacking

Wilier Adlar gravel bike
(Image credit: Mirror Media)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Wilier has really succeeded in creating a bike with an exploration focus. Surefooted handling designed for bike packing totally translates into a confident bike on all terrain, perfect for the technical end of gravel riding. All this at a relatively low weight, on a stiff frameset. There could be a touch more rear-end compliance, but overall the Adlar is a true contender for those who love to explore.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent geometry for technical riding and bikepacking

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    Stiff bottom bracket makes the bike feel planted

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    Tire clearance up to 700x52mm gives you lots of options

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    Designed to carry 35kg of luggage

Reasons to avoid
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    Frameset could benefit from some more rear-end compliance

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As someone who is partial to the occasional bikepacking excursion, it’s safe to say my interest was peaked by the release of the new Wilier Adlar gravel bike. The new bike from the Italian bike brand is characterized by slack geometry, rugged tire clearance and a certified carrying capacity of 35kg.

The Adlar represents Wilier’s exploration-inspired vision of the ever-diversifying gravel genre, favoring comfort reliability, and handling over out and out speed. This is a formula that we think, however, has more application than just bikepacking alone.

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Price€4,000/£4,170/~$4,275Row 0 - Cell 2
Sizes availableXS, S, M, L, XLRow 1 - Cell 2
WheelsetMICHE GRAFF XLRow 4 - Cell 2
TyresPIRELLI CINTURATO ADVENTURE 700X45 (50mm on test)Row 5 - Cell 2
GroupsetShimano GRX 1x12 R820Row 6 - Cell 2
StemWILIER STEMMA SRow 8 - Cell 2
SaddleWILIER SADDLE ROAD TITAN RAIL M 245-144Row 9 - Cell 2
Seat postRITCHEY COMP 2-BOLT V2 ALURow 10 - Cell 2
Bottom BracketSHIMANO BB-RS500-PB R+L PRESS FITRow 11 - Cell 2
HeadsetWILIER CUSTOM SUPERSLIM BEARING 1"1/4 - 1"1/2Row 12 - Cell 2

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.