TURBINE – Turn POWER into SPEED
In January this year (HERE) we published the news that one of Germany’s uber-bikers, Andreas Dreitz, had signed a long-tern partnership with Italian cycle brand, Wilier Triestina.
Part of that news was that the brand were, “currently completing the development of a new frame for triathlon/time trials which is expected to come out in the spring of 2018.” Well, that bike is here and will be ridden by Andreas this weekend (appropriately for the brand, in Italy). at Challenge Roma.
Wilier say that the bike has been designed and built on the four pillars of:
- braking efficiency
- wide range of positions
- ease of transportation
As you can see from the images below, the Turbine represents another Triathlon / TT bike release that is a disc-brake only model.
Wilier claim that this aids aerodynamics, as removing the need for rim brakes means that the front forks and rear triangle can be positioned further away from the wheels, reducing turbulence.All four models (two with Dura Ace Di2 9150, two with Ultegra Di2 9150 groupsets), come with shifters on both the extensions and brake levers, to allow for swift changes in either the aero position or from the base bars.
The Turbine features truncated NACA aerodynamic tube profiles, similar to those we have seen on other ‘super bikes’ on the market.
In the image below, you can see – in common with many other brands on the market – the addition of a (removable) front, aerodynamic drinking system.
That bottle is made by Profile Design.
Here is the head tube of the bike without the aero bottle in place.
Tri bar adjustability includes being able to tilt the extensions up to 15°
To aid travel and bike packing, the monocoque handlebars can be removed – in less than a minute, without removing any cables – which should be a big help if you fly with your bike often.
And the price?
Well, no details on UK pricing or availability just yet, but EUR pricing starts from 7,700, the four models being:
- EUR 11,000 – with Dura-Ace Di2 9150 and Mavic Comete Pro Carbon UST Disc wheelset
- EUR 9,200 – with Dura-Ace Di2 9150 and Mavic Cosmic Elite Disc wheelset
- EUR 9,500 – with Ultegra Di2 9150 and Mavic Comete Pro Carbon UST Disc wheelset
- EUR 7,700 – with Ultegra Di2 9150 and Mavic Cosmic Elite Disc wheelset
Sizing and Geometry
With just three frame size options, you’ll need to make sure that the adjustability of the handlebars (and the two seat post options), will combine to meet your own positioning requirements.
Here’s a comparison of the Stack and Reach numbers to one of the most popular bikes in transitions areas, the Cervelo P3, to give an indication of the relative sizing of the frames against one of the industry standards:
|Bike / Size||Stack||Reach||Bike / Size||Stack||Reach|
|Turbine (XS/S)||487mm||397mm||P3 (48)||485mm||381mm|
|Turbine (M)||521mm||418mm||P3 (54)||522mm||411mm|
|Turbine (L/XL)||555mm||439mm||P3 (58)||559mm||437mm|
Will the Turbine win, first time out this weekend at Challenge Roma?