2019 Wilier Turbine
Dedicating yourself to doing your absolute best in a triathlon is just about the hardest one day sporting event anyone could do. It’s long hours of hard training and watching everything from your sleep to your diet in order to be the best you possibly can be on race day. Make sure you have your equipment side covered with the Wilier Turbine, the triathlon and time trial wonder.
Wilier designed this bike to cover all the essential and practical concerns that every athlete has who travels to important events around the country or even the world. So they have taken particular care with four areas. First among those, unsurprisingly, the aerodynamics has been very specifically developed in a wind tunnel and with professional feedback. By using NACA tube profiles with the truncated Kamm tail, these bikes offer the slippery profile to the wind from a wide variety of yaw angles. This method also reduces the amount of material needed for each tube, thereby reducing the weight. And the design is naturally very stiff so your pedal power will quickly translate into speed.
If you are in the market for a TT or tri bike, that all probably sounds pretty familiar. But there are definitely some stand out features to the Turbine. Since Wilier was determined to make the Turbine as fast as possible, they knew that they had to make it’s braking equally impressive. And so they have produced this bike exclusively with disc brakes. It’s a step out onto a bit of a limb for sure, but it makes all sorts of sense to anyone who has had that sensation of peeing yourself a little when the course changes direction quickly at the bottom of a fast false flat descent. The inclusion of disc brakes might seem a little counterintuitive for a bike whose primary function is to be aero, but Wilier have the numbers to show that being able to design the frame entirely around disc brakes allows them to make changes that not only mitigate the level of drag, but enhance to overall aero-ness of the disc brake TT bike. That’s because the outer tubes of the front fork and the rear triangle can be positioned further away from the wheel, reducing the amount of turbulence and improving the aerodynamics. Things like the handlebar and stem have also been studied and integrated in a way to improve how well that leading edge cuts through the wind, even if you are using the storage and hydration equipment that can be included.
Positioning is the third “pillar” on which Willier has built its tri masterpiece. Don’t let the three frame sizes lead you to think that you will likely slip in between sizes. On the contrary, with the option of having three types of seat posts, as well as being able to take advantage of the handlebar design that allows for a wide degree of customization for where you place the elbow pads, what angle the aero bars are set and how high the stack, you will likely be able to find the perfect position for yourself whether your focus is triathlon or you will be hitting the stage race circuit where excelling in time trials will be the key to GC success.
And speaking of traveling to those important races, that is the fourth area where Wilier has actually focused. They know that traveling with bikes, especially TT bikes, is a total pain. You get your position just so in training and then you have to take it all a part in order to travel to some of your most important races. To avoid the natural eff-ups that can happen when trying to travel with the Turbine, Wilier has developed their compactable handlebar. It means that the base bar can fold away whether traveling or being stored in your front hallway without removing any cables and without losing the original set-up. It’s the sort of thing that will save you so much agro on the road, and prevent your housemate from using the bars as a clothes rack in the off-season.
The Wilier Turbine triathlon and time trial specific bike, complete with disc brakes is available in a variety of colors and build options, or as a standalone frame that you can build up exactly as you would like. There’s no question this would be an investment, but when you have committed so much of your daily routine to being the best possible cyclist against the clock that you can be, you really do deserve to treat yourself a little.
Frame: Carbon monocoque 60 ton
Fork: Carbon monocoque 60 ton
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: 12mm Thru x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, integrated
Bottom Bracket Type: BB86 Press Fit
Cable Routing: Internal, mechanical or electronic
Front Derailleur Mount: Braze-on
Front Derailleur Pull Type: Bottom pull
Front Derailleur Swing Type: Bottom swing
Wheel Size: 700c
Brake Type: Disc, flat mount
Handlebar/Stem: Wilier custom carbon foldable
Seatpost Diameter: Aero
Seatpost Included: Yes, Wilier custom design carbon
Seatpost setback: -25mm, 0mm, 65mm forward angle (+$649)
Seat Collar Included: Yes
Rear Axle: 12mm Thru x 142mm
Sizes: 48cm XS/S | 52cm M | 56cm L/XL |
Colors: Black Red, Yellow Black, Azzuro