Wilier GTR Team Endurance Athena review

The Wilier GTR Team Endurance is an attractive bike and comes kitted out with a Campagnolo Athena groupset

Cycling Weekly Verdict

There is much competition at the £2,000 price point, with some excellent offerings from more mainstream brands. But the Wilier really does hold its own in this company. It’s great fun to ride and encourages you to push yourself that bit harder, but without being a handful to pilot. And the all-Italian spec will definitely appeal to those looking for a Campagnolo-equipped ride with a bit of Italian flair. The Zonda wheelset is enjoyable to ride and should prove good for many miles, while the Athena groupset provides the shifting performance of Campagnolo’s higher-end groupsets along with 11-speed shifting. You don’t get the crawler gear options with Campagnolo that are increasingly available with Shimano and SRAM groupsets, but I didn’t find that an issue even on steeper ascents. It’s good to see a quality brand, which sells via retail stores, provide a bike that is a bit different from the mainstream. The GTR’s price is competitive with other brands’ offerings, it offers a quality ride and the kudos of a Campag specification

Reasons to buy
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    Engaging ride

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    All-Italian spec

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    Quality components

Reasons to avoid
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    Brake hoods are not the most comfortable

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    Slightly sub-par tyres

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Wilier is one of those Italian marques which has been turning out bikes for years – in its case since 1906. No-one’s quite sure where the company’s name came from, but there’s a suggestion that Pietro Dal Molin, its founder, liked it because it sounded exotic. Triestina was added after the First World War after special troops riding Wiliers liberated Trieste.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.