Wilier Cento1SR review

We got our grubby mitts on the new 2016 Wilier Cento1SR, one of only a few in the UK, and put the miles in on this racy Italian bike

Wilier Cento1SR 2016
Cycling Weekly Verdict

Want a bike to win races on? Then the Wilier Cento1SR is the bike for you. Power transfer and handling are outstanding, meaning you can throw the bike into corners, sprint out the other side, then look back to see a stretch of daylight between yourself and the rider struggling to claw his way back onto your wheel. The spec is also exactly what you’d expect on a bike of this level. There’s no deviation from top quality kit, with the Campagnolo groupset and wheels both excellent, while the bars, stem, saddle and tyres are all more than up to scratch. The bad news is that the ride is as uncompromising as the spec. On longer road rides you feel every pothole. It’s fair to say that the Cento1SR will fulfil its promise of performance on smoothly surfaced criterium circuits. Sadly the same can’t be said of its claimed credentials as an all-rounder

Reasons to buy
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    Incredibly stiff

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    Great handling

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    No compromise on spec

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    Good looks

Reasons to avoid
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    Harsh ride

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Think of any Italian bike maker and although Pinarello, Bianchi and Colnago might be the first that come to mind, the name Wilier might not be far from your lips. However the Veneto-based brand has more heritage than most (with the notable exception of Bianchi, with a history stretching back to 1906), and its bikes certainly have some heritage behind them, having first won the Giro d'Italia as far back as 1947.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.