Wilier Zero.7 Dura-Ace Bike Review

Wilier Zero.7 Dura-Ace Bike

Wilier-Triestina is a company with a history dating back further than most, having been established way back in 1906 and supporting professional teams since 1946.

The Zero.7 is a pro-spec race-ready bike that will be the bike of choice for many riders on the Direct Energie team. The name is derived from frame weight, which aims to be sub-800g – or 0.700kg. While we did not strip the bike to check this out, there is no denying that at an overall weight for the full bike of 6.8kg (without pedals), it is impressively light. In fact, it has the potential to drop even further should you wish should you not be restricted by UCI weight limits and wish to build something truly featherweight.

The Dura-Ace 9100 drivetrain is the pinnacle of mechanical groupsets, with flawless shifting and improved ergonomics, ease of setup and adjustment over the previous 9000 series. The compact 50/34 chainset might not be the choice of pro riders, but will be much better suited to the majority of riders.

For a bike designed purely to go fast, comfort is often not a priority but the Zero.7 is pleasant to ride, even with relatively narrow Mavic Yksion Pro tyres. It would have been nice to see the UST wheel and tyre option specified to give the option of tubeless, which would improve comfort considerably based on our recent experience.

Disc brakes might be on-trend but the Dura-Ace brakes fitted to the Zero.7 combined with the Exalith surface treatment on the Mavic rims is as good as it gets for rim brake performance in dry conditions, giving nothing away to disc brakes with powerful and predictable braking.

Point this bike uphill and it really starts to shine, with the low weight having an obvious benefit. The geometry and handling is pure race, which translates to a low front end, putting more weight over the front and making for sharper responses and instant turn-in, which for some riders will make this a thrilling and rewarding bike to ride.

Good

Weight – At 6.8kg it’s a climber’s dream.

Dura-Ace – Super-slick mechanical shifting with ergonomic lever shape.

Sharp handling – If you want a fast, reactive bike to ride, the Wilier will certainly appeal.

Not so good

Non-tubeless – A minor quibble but we’d like the option.

Cable routing – Tendency for cables to bow out unless cut short.

Tyre clearance – Even with 25mm tyres fitted there is not much available space.

Conclusion

For riders looking for a lightweight, pro- spec race bike, the Wilier Zero.7 will really appeal. It is light, fast and will suit those who love to push the limits, both uphill and down. From a brand with an illustrious history, it is a rocket ship that will suit the fastest of riders but at a high price.

Specs:

  • Weight: 6.8kg(sizeS)
  • Frame: Wilier Zero.7 carbon frame and fork
  • Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • Brakes: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100
  • Chainset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100,50/34
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace, 11-28
  • Handlebar: FSA Energy
  • Stem: FSA OS99 Carbon
  • Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
  • Seat-post: Ritchey Superlogic link
  • Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium Pro Exalith
  • Tyres: Mavic Yksion, 25mm

Rating 8.9/10

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