Payday Loans Online Payday Loans Online

And the winner is…


Wilier Zero.7.

After a year of research, dreaming and anticipation, and an entirely spurious attempt to apply the Scientific Method to my selection routine, I whittled a short list of five down to one. The backstory to this search is spread across the previous two Bicyclism Blog posts. 

To recap. I created a probably once-in-a-lifetime budget for a no-compromise, largely open choice dream bike by way of legal wranglings and small victories over injustices rendered… to fund a bike that could be ranked as ‘The Best Bike I Have Ever Owned’ (or probably ever will own). I wanted a bike without compromises for my intended purpose of riding fast, long and, simply, to experience abject state-of-the-racing-bike-art. For this brief moment in time, I wanted to know how a perfect synthesis of design and performance might feel on the rides I love, in the places that are meaningful to me. I wanted to taste that top-of-the-line benchmark in the flesh. 

Naturally, not everyone will agree with the choice I made, and, therefore, with the reasons for rejecting the other bikes on my short-list as my research progressed. As research is my professional thing (though, admittedly, not usually around the theme of bicycles), I am satisfied that my ultimate choice will not be subject to buyer’s regret over ‘what might have been’. 

Especially after the real deal arrived on my dealer’s floor. 

Let’s face it. A bike like this is as much art as science. But more. It’s the synthesis of both. And like all syntheses, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Razor sharp technology meets wicked good looks. But this art must also live in the real world. So it has to be good on our crap roads. And, as I ride for pleasure rather than for money (as if…) I want my pleasure rewards to endure, and endure, and endure some more. I want some permanent ecstasy to be going on here. Only a real road cycling nut will understand… I wanted a bike where I’d go out for two hours and come back after five… I want a bike that is totally, utterly and outrageously irresponsible!

I have been caught out before with bikes translating poorly from spec sheets onto the realities of the road. My first attempt at a criterium bike flexed so badly, I literally threw it away. My search for an ultra stiff bike once led me to consider walking instead (that bike lasted two days before I took it back to the store). Up till now, the best bike I have ever ridden on our real world rough as guts rural roads was a Pinarello Paris (I have the Prince too, but it is not as good as the Paris for what I do and where I choose to go). I’ve also spent a year riding a 2012 Giant TCR Advanced Rabobank: a pocket rocket where the magic of stiffness and compliance is artfully under control. The Giant is a great, stunning bike. Until it broke. Yes, all that stiffness ended up with a cracked seat stay. So now a 2013 TCR SL 0 Advanced warranty replacement in on the way. But I am nervous about how this latest generation of silly-light, stiff frames will hold up to keen amateur use. I don’t race these days. But I do ride a lot, seven days a week, 20,000km per year. But I’d happily ride twice that if my family would let me. Which they won’t. 

So my short listing of The Perfect Bike needed to account for that magical mix of stiffness and compliance that my Giant, apparently, failed. I want feather light, UCI-illegal light weight, but not at the expense of a bike that breaks. But I also want a bike that I can ride for five hours without feeling all bashed up. 

What first caught my eye about the Wilier Zero.7 is its unique use of a composite layered with some ‘secret material’ purpose designed to add compliance and resistance to damage (like cracking!). The reviews I read all indicated that this unique ultra tech composite was indeed equal to a seriously fast but seriously comfortable ride. So I rang the Australian importer and had a yarn. They (DeGrandi) also import Pinarello (the Dogma was also on my short list and I have a long standing Pinarello passion with three in my stable right now). I spoke to a guy who was at the world launch of the Wilier in Italy. His advice was that the Zero.7 would give  me a ‘sweeter ride’ than the Dogma. It was genuinely compliant on the road. But also silly light and seriously stiff. A magic mix. The holy cycling grail (hail be to Merckx).


Looking good.

And yes, it really does. Look good. Like art. Nude carbon with flashes of red and strategic bits of white. The pictures looked astonishing. Especially with matching Fulcrum Red Wind XLR or Campagnolo Bora deep rim wheels. 

So, I shelved my Dogma plans and cut my short list to four. 

Which left me to contemplate the Colnago C59. Which, by pure chance, my local bike shop dealer (Mark of Bullen family track racing fame) just happened to get in for a bit of a look. And look and look I did. Despite being dressed, in this case, in blasphemous Dura Ace. (Italian = Campagnolo. End of). It’s a bit heavy. It’s an interesting mix of old tech pedigree (lugs!) but with a nod to the current state-of-the-art. Retro-current art. Lovely. But it does not punch me in the mouth like the Wilier does. It’s more of a nice warm bath than an electric Zero.7 shock shunted through wet electrodes into the pleasure dome of my mind. 

I told you my selection process was rather less than a credible application of the Scientific Method…

Which leaves me with three. The Look 695, the BMC Teammachine SLR 01 and the Wilier. 

The Look is great value. But kind of weird. But the deal killer for me is the Look crank. I hate non-groupo cranks. With a passion. Having lived with one on my Specialized S-Works Roubaix and my Pinarello Prince. These things never work as well as the official groupo crank. Plus, I am unsure about the Look stem. It might work OK but you are going to be locked in. It’s as ugly as the stem on my Giant TCR. And the ride reports are rather equivocal. As I said, I don’t race much any more and the Look is looking a bit too purposefully pointed at the racing pro. Plus, I have yet to see one in the flesh. Unlike all the others on my short list. Not that my local dealer can’t get me one if I insist. Nothing is too much trouble for the team in my favourite bike shop. They support me like I support them. It’s a synergy thing…

And so for the BMC. I like it a lot. But it’s not a dream bike. I might still get one. But not today. It’s more Giant TCR than super exotic dream machine. To me, the BMC is higher ranked than the Dogma. I love the way they do efficiency and purposeful at BMC. There’s no gimmicks on this stunning bike. It’s a statement of efficiency but I am worried about the ride. As I said, I have just had a bike crack it’s frame on our local roads. To me, the BMC is the most efficient, value winning bike on my list. It’s $5000 less than the Wilier  and the Dogma (both at around $15,000). But just as good and an icon of Swiss purposeful design. This is the bike my economist’s mind would recommend. But my university professorial days are gone three years now (after some managerialist dead beat shut my research centre down). I make less rationalist choices these days. 

The Wilier is it for me

The Experience


After drooling over photos of the Wilier Zero.7 for months on end, I wasn’t prepared for the looks of this machine in the flesh. It’s a bit like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Great in the pics but a smash in the face for real. How could it possibly look even better in the flesh than it does on paper? But it does. And then some. And some for more. I’ll try to put it this way. The sensation of seeing my new bike for the first time was just like the feeling I got when I personally met my favourite painting (Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights in the Prado Museum in Madrid) for the very first time. And what an analogy through which to describe this bike! Garden of Earthly Delights for sure. If you are a cycling nutter like me. Paradise…in the flesh. 

One part of my selection routine is for a distributor that’s responsive to customer needs. DeGrandi is great. I have dealt with them lots of times before (through Mark Bullen at the Armidale Bicycle Centre – that’s them pre-delivering my bike in the photo to the right). No amount of mix and matching is too much of a chore in the Bullen store! So, out went the stock FSA/Wilier branded crank and in with the Campagnolo Super Record real deal instead. Out with the Fulcrum Racing 1’s and in with the Red Wind XLR’s. I want a bike without the need for a future upgrade path. I want everything to be perfect right at the start. 

The spec list on this bike is a list of the best bits money can buy. Everything is top of the line. From the seat (Selle Italia’s carbon railed SLR, through to the post and stem (both custom projects by FSA) to Campagnolo’s unimaginably gorgeous Super Record EPS (yes… I did opt for electronic gears). Nothing, but nothing, on this bike is anything but top end. Mt Everest  pointy top end. Anything above what’s on this bike has yet to be invented. Or is so impractical to be of suspect use. Which means that yes, it is possible to customise with even lighter parts (freaky light but fragile seat post and seats, skeleton brakes, et al.). But realise this. This bike is already as light as anything available right now. The frame weights 697grams certified by Wilier. The whole bike draped in Campagnolo Super Record EPS and deep rim wheels is still a UCI illegal 6.6kg! So why bother with even more ultra light parts and compromise the strength integrity I can get with stock Super Record? I am not a weight weenie. Did I mention that I have a bike with a frame that has just cracked through use on our local roads??

Before I take you out for a test ride on this thing, I need to explain my choice of wheels. Campagnolo Bora’s are the maker’s intended wheels of choice. Bora’s are wheels for tubular tyres. I had tubulars for years. I am done with glue and my tubular sewing kit. I know they ride like flying in the air. But not for around here… Just to get to my house I have to negotiate 200 metres of anti-socially disposed gutted dirt ruts. And ever since our local ‘Council’ decided to opt for the obscenity of automated pot hole patching cyclist-hate machines, nothing less than a mountain bike is really sustainable on the roads I am fated to ride if my desire is to ever leave my house… No, clinchers or tubeless are the only real options so Bora’s are off the menu list unless I relocate to Sydney’s stunningly beautifully West Head road (which, perversely, is where I went to try out my new Wilier for a week of riding the roads where I cut my racing teeth). Hence my choice of Fulcrum Red Wind XLR’s. Which is the Fulcrum version of Campagnolo’s Bullet wheels (same factory, different graphics and spokes). Which, in turn, are Campagnolo’s clincher version of the Bora’s. 

Wheels matter. And the XLR’s are great. 

Let me get this Campagnolo lust thing out of the way. I have Campagnolo Record on both my Pinarello Price and my Pinarello Paris. There was no Super Record on offer then. I have bikes with Dura Ace and with SRAM Red. I have a bike with Ultegra too. I use them all. I am, apparently, obsessive compulsive about things needing to click with a serious clunk before I can be satisfied I have affected something to be shut. Campagnolo does the trick. Like a bolt into a death row cell door. You know you have changed gear. You know you are in gear. You know you will stay in gear. Dura Ace is a fop by way of comparison. You change gears with an effeminate quasi, mousy, weakling wimpy click. An apologetic click at that. A click that apologises for the apology of a click it represents. A click that has lost its clicker. And it does not stay clicked for long. Dura Ace always starts to grind away in the indecision of its effeminate location on cogs it seems to despise. I hate the stuff. Passionately! Campagnolo for me. End of. But the new Super Record EPS?? I love it for its outrageous contempt to be a contender on the value scale… I LOVE the way Campagnolo built this stuff first and then contemplated the price. Just like engineers rather than accountants always do. Super Record EPS is the group engineers rather than accountants would choose. It is stupid expensive. More than the price of most people’s cars. 


Aesthetics and deep clicking aside, this new EPS Super Record is a revelation for me. I had no idea that changing gears could be like this. Hell, I go for rides just to change gears these days. There’s deep love to be had from this EPS. Unutterable perfection. This stuff is like putting a step ladder on the top of Mount Everest to keep all other contenders at bay. Nothing is as good as Super Record EPS except, perhaps, mechanical Super Record after a two month electricity outage (which is when you need to recharge the EPS battery).

And so to the bike itself. How does it ride? I have a few benchmarks to compare. Is it as good as the Pinarello Paris? In other words, how is the Wilier’s balancing act of stiffness and compliance in comparison with my treasured Paris? Better. More of both. Twice.

How about against the Giant TCR Advanced Rabobank (recently deceased)? Less harsh but just as stiff. So better again. Against my Pinarello Prince? Less harsh again. and twice as stiff. And here is a ring-in through which to seal the deal. I have just grabbed the 2013 Merida Scultura Team SL (as issued to Team Lampre Merida in the Pro Tour for this year). The Merida is THE statement for stiffness and compliance in magical harmony. It’s 1/3 the price of the Wilier. It’s a magical bike. I will be reviewing it next. But the Wilier is one step above, again. I had no idea that it was possible to find a bike with such an astoundingly comfortable ride while being so amazingly stiff as the Wilier Zero.7. This is supernatural stuff. After all, the norm is that you can have one or the other, but not both. The Merida pulls it off. But the Wilier turns this magical mix into a technical tour de force. Nothing that I have ever ridden rides like the Wilier Zero.7  

It’s not a radical compact frame but it’s also not Colnago conventional diamond either. The WIlier’s top tube gracefully curves like a lazy Italian lunch into a set of Italian super model seat stay legs. The effect is a statement of compliance art. Big muscular (but not fat) chain stays are of the trendy asymmetrical kind. But without smash-you-in-the-mouth curvy Pinarello Dogma over baked marketing machine overstatement. The big frame architecture feature (aside from the secret but ever so brilliant composite mix) is the humungous BB 386 bottom end. When this bike came out only Wilier and BH were using this new bottom bracket (an 86mm extended version of the already large BB30 as seen on so many new bikes these days). This bottom bracket is HUGE. This is where much of the frame stiffness resides. My Merida also has this 386 BB. 

Because the head tube is less bottom heavy than many of the Wilier’s competitors (being of a lesser width than, say, the new Giant TCR Advanced SL 0 I am about to receive by way of warranty replacement for my broken TCR). This gives the Wilier a rather engaging steering dynamic. Some might classify the Zero.7’s steering as being too ‘loose’, or of being ‘nervous’. But it is intentionally ‘light’ in this regard to facilitate steering that is quick in a tight corner; perfect for criteriums and for avoiding blue rinse biddies in their motorised shopping cars (or P Plate bimbos attending to their texting rather than to the realities of the road). The steering is very ‘obvious’ when you take your first ride. I wouldn’t be giving this bike to a first time rider or a mountain biker seeking a conversion to the world of tar. But I am not implying any kind of lack of precision here. The steering this bike has is something to be desired, once you have some racing miles in your legs and head. I can’t imagine a better dynamic through which to keep pace in a fast moving peloton. But it is not like riding on rails for those who might prefer to autopilot down steep hills. You need to stay alert and in control and this steering is the tool through which to keep your descents in tune with the vagaries of any road. 


I have invested about 4,000km in this machine so far. I have taken it everywhere and then some. So inspired by this bike, I loaded it into my car for a 1,000 km round trip to my old racing roads of Sydney’s Akuna Bay, West Head, just to see how it might ride on perfect hot melt, rather than our local strips of bankrupted Council Contempt. After 25 years away, I was born again! I am the sort who has 30 plus years of cycling log book data to recall. I have all the hills archived and my speeds were all up on those I was getting when I raced A Grade one quarter of a century before. I am wondering how Eddy Merckx or my hero Laurent Fignon (my racing buddies called me Laurent by way of nick name ’cause I looked like him at the time) might have gone on this Wilier Zero.7 back in their day. Perhaps if they had a bike like this no one would have thought of experimenting with EPO… 

And so, I will conclude, my mission was more than accomplished. I wanted the bike of my dreams and got something even better after a year of search through research. Perhaps there are bikes just as good, and there will certainly be bikes just as good in the future, if not better still, but for now, right here in the first bits of 2013, the Wilier Zero.7 is at the top of the tree. This one ticks boxes I didn’t know I had. This is, truly, the bike of at least my dreams. 



15 Responses to “And the Winner Is”
  1. Outmanns says:

    Your bike and your text.
    I’m also an appy cyclist riding on a Wilier Zero 7.
    I also think : “that’s the best bike in the world”.
    Do you know this article :
    They say also that.
    Have a lot of fun on your bike.


  2. Outmanns says:

    Before making my choice, my top 3 was common to your top 5 (wilier, look and pinna).
    The wilier is perfect. Mine is not electric (weight issue) and I opted for the bora.

  3. Paul says:

    Great article – I am now looking fwd to your review/thoughts on your Scultura SL …as I have this in my top 3 with a Helium SL and a BH Ultralight …..spoiled for choice!!

  4. Sonny says:

    Hi thx for the review, based on your review I bought mine in june. A week later i took it to the La Marmotte and gave it a good spin, man this machine climbs like a rocket (and getting nice remarks on your choice of bike, from guys while overtaking them on Galibier, does’nt hurt either :-)..

  5. Geo says:

    Great article. I am stuck between the colnago c60 and wiler zero seven. how is the comfort level on the wilier…I am looking for a bike with all day riding comfort…. And the zero 7 is at the top of my list…..thx

  6. Dale says:

    Thanks for the comments, they were very helpful. I went looking for a new bike recently, starting with a Look 695 Heritage, then on to a Domane, fell over the Zero Seven at a great price. I always admired the Cento Uno, 7 years ago when I first started riding and so the Zero Seven was a definite option when I saw it. A little research lead me to your blog and your decision path.
    My LBS were able to match the price and I was glad to give them the business. Moving from a LeMond Tourmalet I have gained a bike which is a little longer in the top tube, is very comfortable and has inspired me to put in more time training and in particular climbing. The bike is full Super Record 11 and has Campag Eurus wheels, 6.4Kg with the pedals. I am really chuffed with this bike and over the past three months have put plenty of k’s on the clock including two Cat 1 climbs on a four day tour.

  7. admin says:

    Sounds like a perfect match! Still enjoying my Zero.7 as though purchased yesterday. I always wonder just what it would take to better this bike. But then again, even if it was, somehow, bettered some day (depending on how you define ‘better’), it will remain a classic and always collectable. So you can’t go wrong…

  8. admin says:

    long time to reply I know, but now that I have started to ride Colnagos I can say that the c60 will be a more comfortable ride and perfect for long distance riding. While both the Wilier and the Colnago are Tour winning race bikes, the Wilier is rather more ‘hard core’ in terms of sharp handling, ruthless light weight and utter dedication to precision in all things. The Colnago is cheaper than the Wilier (!), and likely to appeal to a more conservative kind of cyclist. Best bet is to buy both… For me, I am waiting on the new Colnago V1r. I already have the Colnago CX1 EVO as my all day endurance geometry bike (unbelievably stable ride in all conditions, comfort beyond the imagination of the Wilier and just a lovely piece of engineering at an astounding price). The V1r is going to become Colnago’s top end purebred race bike. I am seriously looking forward to pitching the Zero.7 against the V1r. The V1r appears to be a direct competitor to the Zero.7, much more so than the Colnago C60.

  9. R3rider says:

    Great article! I’m wondering if you could elaborate on comfort – I’ve read that the Paris is a more endurance type bike with regards to comfort while still having the race geometry and handling of the Dogma. In your article you say the Zero 7 is twice as comfortable (vertically compliant?) as the Paris, but in the comments you mention the comfort of the Colnago C60 would be better (which I have not ridden). I ride an R3 for reference if that helps. Also, how is the ride now after the bike has been “broken in”? I noticed a big difference in my R3 after break-in (initial front end buzz went away).

    Finally, I would be in-between sizes (my ideal ETT is 56.0-56.5), based on the quick handling do you think a smaller frame with 110 or 120mm stem is preferred over a larger frame with 100mm stem? Sorry for all the questions and thanks in advance! 🙂

  10. admin says:

    elaborate on comfort! I reckon the Paris is still the most comfortable bike to ride on rough roads like where I ride. It is not a true endurance bike but a rather oldish geometry race bike that was a serious contender in the Pro peloton about five years ago (pre Dogma). The Dogma is harsher but stiffer. The Wilier is 95 per cent as comfortable as the Paris but way stiffer and sharper in steering and speed. But really, this comfort thing is all a bit of a red herring, I reckon. I am now riding what is supposed to be one of the least comfortable pro bikes, the Giant Propel. But it is so amazingly sorted dynamically that it is actually pretty comfortable. All of which means that comfort is nice but when we start comparing bikes against bikes the differences are actually pretty marginal. I have only ever been on one bike that was so uncomfortable that I returned it to my dealer in disgust. That was the Fuji Altamira. I’ve had a few actual endurance geometry comfort priority bikes like the Specialized S Works Roubaix and found them to be uncomfortable because of their gangly handling. The most astoundingly comfortable bike I currently own is the Colnago CX1. I could ride that all day. I have never ridden a Cervelo of any kind so can’t advise in the R3 but it does look like a S Works Roubaix analogue. At the end of the day, choice depends on your specs rather than the bike. You need to match your riding style and dimensions to the bike. If you just like to ride forever, and are thrilled by high end prestige carbon, and are prepared to pay a premium of 50 per cent plus for it, I’d get a Colnago C60 or the CX0 or the new Colnago V1r (next on my list). I don’t think I would go for a Pinarello Paris these days as Pinarello had downspeced the bike down its range and put all its efforts onto the (very stiff and overpriced) Dogma. The Paris and the Prince are not at all like the Dogma in terms of handling and comfort. Just check out the head tube lengths on those 3 bikes if you want proof. If you just like to go fast, far and max out in the thrill of riding, and get a thrill from engineering rather than so-called brand prestige, get a Giant TCR Advanced SL (the all-round most perfect balance of speed and comfort I have ever, ever, ridden). If the Giant TCR suits and you have nice fast roads, do yourself a favour, ignore the silliness of snob value and go for the Giant Propel Advanced SL. ! Always go for the smaller frame and longer stem if the rest of the geometry suits. There is nothing worse than riding a bike that is too big. There is no such thing as a perfect bike and the ultimate number of bikes to own is n+2 where n is the number you have now. Personally, I’d keep the R3 and add a distinctly different bike like the Propel to round out your inventory to cover all road bases.

  11. R3rider says:

    Thanks for your reply! As you mention, I mainly want the thrill, the speed, that snappiness to egg me on to ride longer, harder and more aggressively. The deal on the Zero7 (first gen model) I found was way too good to pass up, so I pulled the trigger. My R3 is too large for me (58.1ett, should be on the 56.5ett) but the geometry of the XL Zero7 seemed ideal, and now that it’s built up i’m glad I went with that as it fits me perfectly. I have only had a chance to get one ride in so far, but this is an amazing machine. When I got my R3, a lot of road buzz came through the bars – this decreased over time as I stressed the bike and it broke-in. It’s always been reasonably comfortable over bad pavement, but when going fast over bad pavement often it will jump about and the back end can step out in such cases. So, I would say it is unrefined compared to the Zero 7. The Zero 7 OTOH has absolutely no road buzz, and is more comfortable and vertically compliant than the R3 and very controlled over rough pavement at speed. Again, yes more compliant/comfortable – it is very noticeable. I was not expecting it to be so much better, I was expecting at best for it to equal the R3’s comfort since this is, after all, a top end race machine. So it really does seem to have the best of both worlds. About the steering, the posts on the internet saying it is twitchy or what not, I don’t get that at all. Maybe such posters have a huge stack of spacers or are riding a size too large because they aren’t flexible enough for the drop or something and this is changing the interaction between geometry and center of gravity that this bike was designed for. For me, the steering is only slightly on the light side but hardly a big deal. On my R3 I changed from a 110mm stem to a 100mm stem to make the size 58 work, and the way the steering changed in losing those 10mm on my R3 was way more noticeable than going from my R3/100mm stem to the Zero7/100mm stem. The Zero 7 is perfectly stable, I can ride hands free without any issue, and carves turns in a confident and consistent way. So, for me at least I don’t see any issue there.

    Perhaps I will reply again once I get some serious miles on the frame for the benefit of other readers. But in a word I am stunned by the way this bike rides – I did not think this was possible. And also by the quality of the manufacturing – all of the tubes are smooth and accurate with no weird waviness, etc, that is sometimes seen on cheaper built carbon frames. Also, pictures don’t do this frame justice. In person, it is stunning. The only thing I would get rid of are the “frame feature advertisements” on the top tube, but fortunately only the rider will ever really notice them 🙂 My XL frame is 823g of pure awesomeness!

  12. Lance Smith says:

    Great write up. Just wondering how you are feeling now 2 years on from your review? I am just getting ready to purchase a 2013 left over frame and fork set for $2500 USA. They cut $3000 off the price. I am moving from a 2011 Specialized Roubaix with 2013 SRAM Red. You are right in “gangly handling” with regard to the Roubaix. I had a Tarmac and this WIlier Zero.7 came up and for the price they are also going to do the swap and swap everything from my sons bike onto my Roubaix. Double Swap! I am very excited to own an Italian design that appears to be a classic. Around here, I have never seen one in person. They are all on the standard 3 of Giant, Specialized and Trek. To be a bit different and to have a ride that is fast, stiff and ride all day (which we do) comfortable will be great. We have many, many hills here and I will be thankful for the efficiency of this bike. Can’t wait!

    Thanks again,
    Lance from Wisconsin USA

  13. admin says:

    In my opinion, grab the Zero.7. The new model (2015) is a touch lighter but the steering is more manic. Plus, the original Zero.7 looks perfect in my view; the new one is more generic looking. Since my review I have discovered a bike that gives the Zero.7 some pretty big competition, being also Italian, exotic and a supreme handling bike with a leaning to climbing. That is the Bianchi Oltre. Same age, same target market. Both classics. Other than that, I have also since tried out the Giant Propel (magnificently efficient, but not as sweet a ride as for the Zero.7 or Bianchi Oltre), the Trek Madone 6.9SSL (honestly, almost as perfect as the Wilier and even MORE comfortable to ride long distance and on dodgy roads) and the Colnago CX1 (an astonishing masterpiece of understatement and classic performance). It is always fun playing around the benchmark that the Wilier Zero.7 represents. There are bikes that are faster, more efficient (read stiffer still and ruthlessly fast) and certainly better value (the best value on the planet is probably the Giant Propel). But none pass the Wilier when efficiency, speed, climbing and aesthetic perfection are all equal priorities. Have fun.

  14. admin says:

    In my opinion, grab the Zero.7. The new model (2015) is a touch lighter but the steering is more manic. Plus, the original Zero.7 looks perfect in my view; the new one is more generic looking. Since my review I have discovered a bike that gives the Zero.7 some pretty big competition, being also Italian, exotic and a supreme handling bike with a leaning to climbing. That is the Bianchi Oltre. Same age, same target market. Both classics. Other than that, I have also since tried out the Giant Propel (magnificently effect, but not as sweet a ride as for the Zero.7 or Bianchi Oltre), the Trek Madone 6.9SSL (honestly, almost as perfect as the Wilier and even MORE comfortable to ride long distance and on dodgy roads) and the Colnago CX1 (an astonishing masterpiece of understatement and classic performance). It is always fun playing around the benchmark that the Wilier Zero.7 represents. There are bikes that are faster, more efficient (read stiffer still and ruthlessly fast) and certainly better value (the best value on the planet is probably the Giant Propel). But none pass the Wilier when efficiency, speed, climbing and aesthetic perfection are all equal priorities. Have fun.

  15. Lance Smith says:

    Thanks so much for the reply. I will be looking at it on Thursday. I will research the 2013/2014 Madonne 6.9 SSL. My son rides a 52cm, 2007 6.9ssl ( we got an unbelievable deal on that frame from someone who works in the factory which is an hour away from me. I really would like to try the Super Record but I am very happy with the Red. Thanks again.

Leave a Reply

Get Adobe Flash player