After three years of development based off the lighter weight Cento10AIR race bike introduced back last May, this new 2018 Wilier Cento10NDR model adds an endurance racer to the sarting line for longer, rougher races. Which translates too a much more comfortable ride on the cobbled classics. It also means a perfect long distance machine, for local gran fondos.
At the heart they employed the Actiflex suspension system, which is new and pairs a tiny rocker arm with a “technopolymer” insert to offer 3mm of rear wheel travel. The result isn’t so much suspension as it provides great vibration damping. During normal use, it barely flexes, just soaking up the vibrations to keep you from fatigue quite so quickly.
Shown above is an insert which comes in three different densities to suit the weight of different riders. It’s reported to be made with a multi-compound material, to balance reactions for temperature, making it perform consistently from -40ºC to +150ºC (-40ºF to 302ºF).
The chainstays are designed to flex slightly to let the Actiflex do its job, but are otherwise shaped (asymmetrically) to maintain the lateral and torsional stiffness expected of a race bike.
There’s room for 32mm wide tires front and rear, and that’s as measured on modern wide rims. They’ve even made provisions for running direct mount rim brakes so the teams can use it in any event regardless of UCI whims.
When compared to their Cento10AIR, this new NDR adds a minimal 100g to the it’s weight. The stack is a bit higher while the reach is a bit shorter, which is common place of a modern endurance bike, and it makes for a much better look than adding a huge stack of spacers.
Shown is their stylish aero Barra and Stemma front cockpit that thankfully allows for you to run the shift cables/wires through both bar and stem to make your setup more aero. It’s actually has a far cleaner look to it as well.
The Wilier Cento10NDR is now available in the US as a complete with a Dura Ace Disc Mechanical for $7999 or Ultegra Di2 Disc for $7349. Options for 90, 100, 110, 120, 135mm stems and 40, 42, 44 cm handlebars. The frame/fork will run $3499, sizes are XS to XXL.