- - Wilier Lifts the Curtains on New Verticale SLR Road Bike

Wilier Lifts the Curtains on New Verticale SLR Road Bike

Wilier has lifted the curtains on its latest lightweight climbing bike aptly dubbed the Verticale SLR, with a complete frameset tipping the scales at a feathery 1623 grams, an almost 10% reduction in weight over the outgoing Zero SLR. 

To achieve this gravity-defying feat, the frame comprises a mix of Toray T800, T1100 and M46JB carbon fiber, yielding what Wilier describes as “the perfect combination of high tensile strength and superior torsional stiffness, ensuring the bike remains lightweight yet robust.”

“Our new Verticale SLR is impregnated with special epoxy resins and prepared for use in pre-impregnated rolls referred to as pre-preg, which are cut into more than 400 outlines with various types of shape and reinforcement orientations, combined with our Active Moulding system that utilizes special foamed polymer counter molds and enhancing material consolidation and hardening during the curing process,” Wilier further explains.

Elsewhere, the Verticle SLR is fitted with Wilier’s new “V-Bar” carbon monocoque handlebar, which has a claimed weight of 310 grams and features a unique shape that Wilier says is designed to improve aerodynamics and handling during sprints, along with a new seatpost that’s both lighter and clamps diagonally for increased strength.

Wilier has also changed the front derailleur hanger design, which can now be mounted in two positions in order to accommodate 50/34t and 52/36t cranksets, as well as a 56t chainring. The rear dropouts have also been redesigned to prevent rotation and enhance reliability thanks to a new cantilevered, interchangeable system that creates more space between the chain and the seatstays to eliminate contact with the frame.

Regarding geometry, the Verticale SLR sticks with mostly the same angles as the Zero SLR, offering six frame sizes that span XS to XXL, with only slight changes to the reach figures on the smallest and largest frames. 


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