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Lampre-ISD team mechanics were preparing new road machines for the riders prior to the start of this year's Tour de France. Wilier Triestina has yet to release much official information on the new Cento 1 SR but it's a significant change from the current version.
Unlike recent debuts from Scott and Trek, the Cento 1 SR doesn't appear to use any sort of truncated airfoils. Adding in Wilier Triestina's recent launch of the ultralight Zero.7 model, we expect this new SR to focus more on stiffness while still maintaining good weight and comfort metrics – meaning the 'SR' designation could very well stand for 'Super Rigido'.
Tube shapes are dramatically different throughout with squared-off profiles instead of the old Cento 1's mostly round forms, enormous asymmetrical chain stays, an ultra-wide BB386 Evo bottom bracket shell with press-fit cups, and notably wide and flat seat stays. The front end is built with a tapered steerer tube and a stout carbon fiber fork whose crown is neatly blended into the down tube for clean and integrated look. Topping the seat mast is a carbon fiber Ritchey Superlogic one-bolt head.
Additional details include carbon rear dropouts with a replaceable aluminum hanger, a riveted-on aluminum front derailleur tab, and interchangeable fully internal routing for either mechanical or electronic transmissions.
Wilier Triestina's solution for the conversion looks impressively clever, too. In mechanical trim, the removable access panel atop the down tube should make it easier to feed cables through the down tube and barrel adjusters are built in. We didn't see an electronic version ourselves but there's little question that there is one. A battery mount is included on the underside of the down tube towards the bottom bracket.
There's no word from Wilier Triestina just yet on retail pricing, claimed weight, or specific technical features and design philosophies but we expect complete information no later than the Eurobike trade show in August. Wilier Triestina has so far only announced that the new bike will be offered with Campagnolo, Shimano, or SRAM build kits and in a choice of six colors – which hopefully will include the team's brilliant neon hue.