Wilier GTSShimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2014 - Road Bike Shop
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Wilier GTS/Shimano Ultegra 11 Complete Road Bike - 2014
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Wilier puts it, "The spirit of the Gran Turismo is embodied in the soul of the GTS." What the Italian frame manufacturer really means is that its new GTS was developed for riders who want that lively race feel in their road machines, but without the aggressive race fit. To achieve this, Wilier expertly applied the Gran Turismo's carbon fiber composite to a platform that features a slightly slackened geometry throughout. The result is a series of new sizes that deliver Wilier's signature race-tuned handling, while fitting better than ever. What sets The GTS apart aesthetically is its Razor Edge Design in front and the Smooth Rear design in back. In contrast to the more rounded tube shapes of the Cento1 and Izoard, Wilier designers took full advantage of the freedom afforded by its monocoque molding process to give the GTS lines that sing praise to Italian style while maintaining a Cento1 level of handling precision. To this end, the top and down tubes bear the most aggressive shaping to create a stable, confidence-inspiring ride. The head tube junction received a great portion of the attention, and the top and down tubes converge here in a unified mass of carbon fiber for unparalleled torsional stiffness. Look behind the seat tube and you'll notice skinny seatstays. These give the bike more vertical compliance in back when riding over rough roads -- they're not only skinny, but shaped to maximize comfort. The upper end is almost triangular and morphs over the length of the stays to be nearly flat by the dropouts. Wilier uses a full monocoque process for the fork as well. This way, it ensures that fibers run continuously from the fork ends to the top of the steerer, which, when combined with the massive front end, result in incredible lateral stiffness and impressive overall strength. They also manage to fit in some vertical compliance by designing the rake to start at the crown and taper to the trailing edge. Hidden from view underneath its detailed paint, the G...