2019 Wilier Zero.6
Though the golden number for racing bikes used to be 1000g, these days, if a company’s high-end lightweight bike weighs that, it kinda feels like they aren’t really trying. And if 800g is more the goal, getting a bike frame to weigh less than that can start getting pretty tricky. So that the Wilier Zero.6 tips the scales at 680g and still manages to handle like a dream makes this a pretty special option.
There aren’t too many companies who can make their bikes weigh so little, and even fewer that manage to ensure the handling isn’t compromised. Most super lightweight bikes you wouldn’t want to be caught by a gusty crosswind on a twisty descent. But the Zero.6 has been designed not only to be superiorly light, but also handle like a dream and offer long term durability. We talk a lot about the carbon used in the frames and their layups making the difference for everything from rigidity to ride quality and of course weight. But when Wilier set about designing the Zero.6, they literally had to break the mold. Though it has the same geometry and much of the same design features as the Zero.7, to get the weight and ride quality to where they wanted they had to create a unique mold for the Zero.6.
That may sound extreme, but things like the down tube and top tube needed to be repositioned when intersecting with the head tube, which increased the actual height and resulting stiffness of the head tube. This design also has the added benefit of increasing the aerodynamics of the Zero.6 since the fork crown seamlessly meets the down tube for a neat and sleek look. Keeping the front end aero, the fork legs use the TwinBlade design found on the aero bikes in the Wilier lineup. Cleanly integrating the cables into the frame also helps to keep the lines smooth and the frame leaner in the wind. And the plate through which the brake cables pass through has also been redesigned to accept wires for electronic drivetrains.
Not surprisingly, Wilier have had to go with some special carbon fiber to make this all work at the weight they wanted. So the Italian company has used a carbon called DIALEAD from Mitsubishi Japan. It’s a pitch based carbon that features High Purity and High and Ultra High modulus. Then as opposed to some of the other high quality carbon frames they make, Wilier needed to use different temperatures and different pressures during the molding process of the Zero.6. If this all sounds smoke and mirror-y, just rest assured that whatever the formula Wilier has found to create the Zero.6 is well represented in the ride. Lightweight goes without saying. But if you have never ridden a bike that can be built up to be this epically light – 6.8kg weight limit be damned – then you are in for a treat. Even on your hardest climbs, you will feel like you have an extra few gears.
But the way it descends and handles the side wind gusts on the flats will really be where you fall in love with it. The Wilier Zero.6 will feel so maneuverable on the road, you will love flicking it around a twisty descent. And since the frame can accommodate up to 28mm tires, you can run a little extra rubber without worrying about making the whole set up too heavy to be fun. This is a pure racing bike that will give you the confidence to use it in all sorts of conditions and situations.
Frame: Carbon monocoque 60-ton
Fork: Carbon monocoque 60-ton
Rear Stay: Carbon
Fork Axle: QR x 100mm
Headset Included: Yes, FSA No.44 1 1/8” - 1 1/4”
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: Caliper
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2mm
Seatpost Included: Yes
Rear Axle: QR x 130mm
Sizes: 42cm XS | 44cm S | 46cm M | 48cm L |
Colors: Black Silver