The long-running Trek Manufacturing unit XC racing crew has made an Italian shift, now changing into the Wilier Triestina – Pirelli Manufacturing unit Staff, and with the transfer, an entire new fleet of Wilier Urta SLR cross-country bikes made in Italy. whereas many cross-country race bikes have advanced extra into longer, slacker, trail-capable mountain bikes, Wilier builds off their street racing heritage with an evolution of the rocket-fast XC bike…
2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race bike
We most know Wilier Triestina for his or her premium Italian street racing bikes, and extra not too long ago gravel bikes. However the Italian designers & engineers race within the filth too, in order that they’ve advanced their earlier 110FX XC mountain bike to make it slacker, longer & sooner.
The brand new Wilier Urta SLR is a nonetheless light-weight short-travel cross-country mountain bike constructed to go quick. And its new geometry is one thing of a contented medium between XC of previous and trendy trail-leaning bikes, effectively suited to severe XCO, XCC & XCM racing.
The guts of the brand new carbon bike is an easy high-single pivot suspension design with flexing seatstays and a linkage-driven shock tucked beneath the highest tube. That leaves loads of room for 2 full-sized water bottles in the primary triangle of all body sizes.
Wilier calls the structure of the standard built-in because it tucks beneath the narrowed toptube, with a direct path for the distant shock lockouts to transition into the body, much like the Orbea I-Line patent with out the particular shocks. All the suspension pivots on 8 of the identical large-sized sealed bearings for good sturdiness and straightforward upkeep.
The bike is constructed with the identical top-tier HUS-mod (excessive final stiffness) as Wilier’s premium 0 SLR & Filante SLR street bikes – promising each low weight and better stiffness over their earlier XC race bike. The brand new monocoque HUD-mod carbon body is alleged to weigh 1730g (Medium w/o rear shock) in matte black.
The Urta SLR will get a 38T max direct mount mini chain information constructed onto the primary pivot to work with 1x clutched derailleurs and narrow-wide chainrings to remove any likelihood to drop a sequence in a race.
The body additionally options an built-in silicone chainstay cowl to guard the body & damp noise, plus a bolt-on downtube guard to guard once more rock strikes.
Wilier put a flat mount rear disc brake on the chainstay to avoid wasting weight and permit for symmetric flex of the seatstays, whereas boosting chain keep rigidity.
The 1x bike builds modular inside cable routing into two headtube cable ports with numerous rubber grommets to route as much as 4 cables contained in the body (rear brake, rear shifter, rear shock distant & dropper).
Wilier Urta Bar one-piece carbon cockpit
Identical to their high-end street bikes, Wilier makes their very own light-weight one-piece monocoque carbon bar for the Urta SLR. The 760mm extensive Urta Bar claims to weigh simply 285g, which Wilier says helps construct lighter full race bikes. The built-in bar is available in 60, 75 & 90mm efficient lengths for its low -17° stem. The carbon bar itself will get 4° upsweep and eight° backsweep ergonomics.
Up to date Urta SLR XC Race Geometry
The entire new tech updates hit the filth with up to date XC race geometry – in 4 inventory sizes (S-XL). The bike is longer & slacker than its predecessor, however nonetheless racy. The 100mm cross nation bike strikes to a 69° head angle, 74° seat angle, and about 1cm longer attain than earlier than, with among the lowest stack heights you’ll discover in a contemporary World Cup XC race bike.
Wilier says the up to date geometry is effectively suited to “more and more demanding and technical XC circuits” with out going extra excessive, just like the current Scott Spark overhaul for instance.
Wilier redesigned their prime mountain bike as a cross-country race-specific bike, so it will get a bit extra tire clearance however isn’t meant for path tires. There’s loads of room for two.3″ 29er tires, however not rather more than that.
The brand new bike now encompasses a replaceable UDH dropout on the Enhance 148mm rear finish. It will get a traditional 27.2mm seatpost with inside dropper routing, however a pressfit BB92 backside bracket and flat mount rear brake.
Wilier Triestina – Pirelli Manufacturing unit Staff
The brand new 2022 Wilier Urta SLR additionally simply occurs to be the race bike of alternative of the brand new Wilier-Pirelli Manufacturing unit Staff that debuted this week, which you could have identified beforehand because the Trek Manufacturing unit Staff. Mixing previous and new crew members beneath the identical crew administration, Wilier-Pirelli will get extra of a made-in-Italy focus – from Wilier frames to Pirelli tires to Miche wheels… to a few Italian nationwide XC Champs.
And naturally, nationwide champs get customized bikes…
Each Italian males’s champion Fabian Rabensteiner and Italian girls’s champion Giada Speci will race for the crew in 2022 on Wilier Urta SLR bikes customized painted within the Italian tricolore. Attention-grabbing to see, the small bikes don’t get the seat cluster brace with their shorter seattube and decrease standover peak.
The opposite nationwide champ on the crew is Belgian Wout Alleman, who rides a much less flashy gloss black bike, however the identical tricolor flag is there on the highest tube, and it nonetheless has the identical tricolor paint splatter detailing all through like you’ll be able to see within the element picture above.
2022 Wilier Urta SLR – Pricing, Choices & First Rides
As for the remainder of us that didn’t win an XC nationwide championship title, the 2022 Wilier Urta SLR is available in two colours – this shiny purple & blue paint designed to match a SID blue fork, or a extra subdued matte black. The made-in-Italy carbon framesets promote for 3200€ along with a RockShox SID Luxe Final shock or & 3600€ with a Fox Float DPS Manufacturing unit shock.
Full bikes begin at 5900€ with RockShox SID Final SL forks, Shimano XT & alloy wheels. And there are 26 totally different full bike construct choices as much as a ten,500€ race bike with Fox Manufacturing unit suspension, SRAM XX1 Eagle AXS, and Miche carbon wheels.
We acquired an opportunity to check out one thing in between – the 8200€ mechanical SRAM XX1 Eagle construct with Fox Manufacturing unit suspension, and alloy Miche wheels. First impressions have been of driving a race rocket. It’s no path bike, however it likes to fly – uphill, downhill, and even off these jumps you discover out on the racetrack.
Test again for our detailed driving impressions quickly…