Test: Wilier Gran Turismo

Het Britse Bike Radar voelde de Wilier Gran Turismo met Shimano Di2 groep aan de tand. Hieronder de rij-impressies uit die test.

Wilier Gran Turismo @ Italiaanse Racefietsen

Wilier Gran Turismo (foto: James Huang)

“The Gran Turismo frame’s big and boxy tube profiles suggest a stiff and unyielding ride but in fact, it’s anything but, not so much rolling along but rather gliding across the road with impressive smoothness. Small-amplitude, high frequency chatter like course pavement and chip seal is barely perceptible and the frame even takes most of the edge off of bigger hits like potholes and pinch-flat-inducing road cracks.

The subliminal, natural-feeling handling is also well suited to the bike’s all-day intentions, with classic stage race geometry that falls somewhere in between a razor-edged crit bike and a more casual cruiser. The Gran Turismo is fantastically stable and calm at high speed – all-out 80km/h+ downhill tucks yield no drama whatsoever – and yet you can still blaze through a fast, tight turn when needed with just modest bar input unlike so-called ‘endurance’ bikes that often are less willing to lean into a corner.

Lest one think ride comfort is only for casual riders, the Gran Turismo proved to us once again that that slight bit of give also helps you go faster in certain situations. One of our regular test loops includes a wickedly fast downhill sweeper with coarse pavement and a precipitous fall-off to the right. Some uber-stiff superbikes we’ve tested in the past have felt skittery and nervous through that section, meaning we had to slow down entering the turn and had to sprint coming back out.

On the Wilier, however, we barely had to touch the brakes and carried much more speed. The bike felt more planted and stuck to the ground. It was a similar situation for a regular section of washboarded dirt road, which we were able to pedal through with more rhythm than more unyielding bikes that bounce you out of the saddle.

Front triangle rigidity is excellent and undoubtedly contributes to the bike’s confident nature and precise handling at high speeds but pedaling efficiency admittedly isn’t on par with some more race-oriented machines we’ve tested. That being said, the Gran Turismo is still no noodle, with backbone stiffness that falls mid-pack for higher-end carbon rigs – impressive considering the degree of comfort on tap.

Rider positioning is beyond reproach, though, and it’s refreshing that Wilier haven’t felt the need to couple the Gran Turismo’s smooth ride with a dramatically tall front end. In all the Gran Turismo is fast and reasonably light but impressively comfortable for long days on the road while still maintaining the look, feel and positioning of a full-blown race rig. Sharp enough and with a pleasantly refined feel.”

De volledige test met specs en meer foto’s vind je hier.

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