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Evaluate: Wilier Urta SLR gentle 100mm XC MTB race rocket!

Final week, we took a detailed have a look at the all-new made-in Italy carbon Wilier Urta SLR cross-country bike of the Wilier Triestina – Pirelli Manufacturing facility Group, however we additionally had an opportunity to journey it, too. Whereas some new XC race bikes have shifted to longer journey & slacker geometry to tackle extra technical World Cup racecourses, the Urta SLR is a step in between – a contemporary cross-country and marathon succesful full-suspension bike that retains super-quick dealing with, and will be constructed up surprisingly gentle…

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race bike

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, riding

c. Wilier, pictures by Luigi Sestili – Mountain Bike Connection

We previewed the all-new light-weight carbon full suspension XC race machine a number of months again, and it’s quick. After using the extra relaxed geometries of many fashionable all-mountain, path bikes, and even some longer journey XC bikes, the feeling after I hopped onto the sunshine Wilier Urta SLR was that of velocity.

The Urta SLR calls for your consideration, and it needs to maneuver rapidly. But it surely’s not fairly a race-only XC bike, nonetheless enjoyable to journey quick across the woods, particularly for a succesful rider.

Tech particulars

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, complete bike

The Wilier Urta SLR is a 100mm journey cross-country mountain bike with a comparatively frequent and easy excessive single-pivot suspension design, flex zone within the seatstays, and a linkage-driven shock with distant lockout mounted underneath the toptube.

You get Increase spacing & thru-axles, a flat mount rear brake, a mini chain information, built-in rubber chainstay & carbon downtube protectors, a BB92 backside bracket, 2.2-2.3″ tire clearance (Wilier formally says 56mm measured, however sells each bike with greater tires than that), and room for 2 full-sized water bottles. Cable routing is inner however not totally hidden cable routing, and contains stealth routing for a dropper or a lighter 27.2mm seatpost.

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, front end detail

The carbon body is made in Italy from a premium hi-mod mixture of carbon fibers, with comparable light-weight & max stiffness layup tech as Wilier’s top-tier World Tour-proven highway race bikes. The result’s a monocoque carbon body with a claimed 1730g weight (painted matte black in measurement M), plus about 220g for the rear shock.

On paper that sounds as much as 100g heavier than weight claims of among the lightest full-suspension XC race bikes we’ve seen. However the Urta SLR builds we’ve weighed turned out some surprisingly gentle full bike weights with none actual unique part spec.

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, one-piece cockpit

Wilier additionally makes their very own 1-piece Urta Bar carbon cockpit for the XC bike, obtainable individually for 550€. At a claimed 285g, they name it out as an effective way to shed full bike weight with out compromising of efficiency. Three stem lengths are supplied (60, 75 & 90mm) to dial in every rider’s superb match. All bars are a decently broad for XC 760mm, with a steep -17° stem angle for the #slamthatstem crowd, and good light 4° ups & 8° backsweep for ergonomic consolation.

Wanting on the cockpit of the mechanical shift bike I examined, it’s simple to grasp a want for totally inner routing, wi-fi shifting, perhaps a wi-fi dropper, and even robotically managed suspension. However when you settle for the small nest of wires – mechanical shifting, droppers, and paired entrance & rear suspension lockouts work nice as soon as arrange correctly. And changing cables is a straightforward sufficient job to maintain the bike working easily.

Try the complete particulars, pricing & choices right here.

Wilier Urta SLR bike setup

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, stock SRAM Eagle Fox build

The bike I examined was a measurement Giant Urta SLR with a 69° head angle, 74° efficient seat angle, 435mm chainstays, and a 604/453mm Stack/Attain. At 9700€ it was about as premium a construct package as you will get with out going digital, outfitted with a mechanical SRAM XX1 Eagle drivetrain, Shimano XT brakes, 100mm Fox 32 StepCast & Fox Float DPS Manufacturing facility suspension, and made-in-Italy Miche K1 uneven 27mm inner hookless carbon wheels with carbon hubs.

The one part that differed from the inventory construct was the welcome addition of a KS Lev-Si dropper. Each inventory Wilier construct features a easy Ritchey WCS alloy seatpost, with the thought {that a} dropper publish improve is a straightforward selection for using extra technical terrain. Actually, each one in all these bikes ought to include a dropper, and saving  150g by swapping within the inflexible Ritchey publish ought to be at most a  race-only determination.

Precise weight

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, 10kg trail weight

So, full giant bike weight with a dropper (and with out pedals) was 10.35kg, making the setup nearly the identical +/-100g because the fairly comparable however steeper (and cheaper) Canyon Lux SLX 9 I examined a number of years again, or a half kilo lighter than the slacker, longer & additionally cheaper Scott Spark RC WC I rode final summer season.

Driving Impressions

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, climbing

Not surprisingly, the Wilier Urta SLR’s on-trail efficiency additionally fell in between these two single-pivot bikes, though it felt prefer it flew uphill sooner than both. The brief rear finish of this bike doesn’t really feel prefer it loses any of the facility you set into the pedals.

Stomp on this bike out of the saddle and it rockets up the steepest climbs. This was one other time I’m reminded of the effectiveness of a paired entrance & rear distant lockout. An XC bike usually doesn’t actually need a tough lockout today, however there’s no denying how a lot sooner you are feeling once you lock a brief to mid-travel bike out for the graceful paved or gravel climb that takes you to the beginning of flowy singletrack.

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, mountain riding

Driving rolling trails and steeper, looser descents you’re reminded that it is a nonetheless race bike. It goes down quick, too. However the 69° headtube is not at all slack, it simply isn’t as steep as old-fashioned XC race bikes. In case you are hoping to get an ultralight path bike or all-mountain bike, look some other place.

That is extra the bike for somebody from an XC racing background who simply needs to go sooner than ever.

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, photo by Luigi Sestili-Mountain Bike Connection, non-driveside riding

In the long run, that is probably the type of bike that’s actually solely going to be restricted by your tire selection. You possibly can throw 100mm of journey up and down a number of completely different terrain on as much as 2.3″ tires – extralight or considerably extra bolstered.  (Some may name it underbiking on the hardest trails.)

I rode the bike with versatile however gentle 29″ x 2.25″ Vittoria Barzo TLR tires that weigh simply 660g apiece with nearly no sidewall safety. That’d most likely be superb for a race day setup for me, or perhaps OK in case your trails aren’t rocky in any respect. However long-term, I’d must put tires on this Urta SLR with a minimum of a bolstered casing for on a regular basis singletrack using – one thing with a quick, versatile tread and a lightweight path casing within the 700-750g vary. Undecided, I’d

So that might be my stability for the Urta SLR – a lightweight Italian cross-country bike for enjoyable, quick singletrack using and longer-distance marathon XC racing.

Lighter choices too…

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, 9.8kg actual race weight

Race bike builds although can get fairly a bit lighter although.

Up within the halo bike construct territory, this medium 10,000€ Urta SLR with a SRAM XX1 AXS Eagle drivetrain, Shimano XTR brakes, 100mm RockShox SID Final SL & SIDLuxe Final suspension, and the identical Miche K1 carbon wheels weighed simply 9.86kg with out pedals, however with the heavier pink & blue paintjob. Simply to place that into perspective, I weighed Nino Schurter’s newest Spark RC race bike with 120mm of  SID suspension & superlight 1-piece carbon Syncros Silverton SL wheels at 10.14kg (additionally w/o pedals).

Remaining Ideas

2022 Wilier Urta SLR carbon XC race mountain bike review, Andalo pumptrack

The largest impediment of the brand new Wilier Urta SLR might be its price ticket – ranging from 3200€ as a frameset with a RockShox SID Luxe Final shock or from 5900€ full with a SID Final SL fork, Shimano XT groupset & alloy wheels. It’s undoubtedly dearer than a comparable spec’d XC bike made in Taiwan.

That’s an excessive amount of for a motorcycle to journey across the pumptrack. However you have got seen extra asphalt berms, rollers & hips sneaking their manner into short-track XCC and Olympic distance XCO World Cup races, proper?

So in case your coronary heart yearns for a super-fast European XC bike with an Italian soul, the Wilier Urta SLR delivers. And when you’ve got the funds for it, you’ll be able to certainly construct one in all these up right into a superlight cross-country racer or a marathon bike that may make you are feeling sooner each time you throw a leg over it.



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