Wilier are introducing a new high-end road bike called the Zero.7 that will be built around their lightest ever frame. It will not be used by Wilier’s pro team, Lampre-ISD, so doesn’t need to conform to the UCI’s minimum weight limit of 6.8kg. The medium frame, fully painted up, will weigh less than 800g, according to the Italian brand.
The Zero.7 frame features FSA’s new press-fit BB386EVO bottom bracket system and the bikes will be equipped with a dedicated FSA chainset.
The carbon fibre frame uses the same ZnO technology and 60 ton Mitsubishi materials as Wilier’s Cento1 Superleggera along with brand new SEI Film technology.
SEI Film technology? It stands for Special Elastic Infiltration (we love a TLA – three letter abbreviation) and it means, so we’re told, that there is a film of elastic material between the carbon layers. Wilier aren’t saying what that material is; they’re playing their cards close to their chest on this one.
What does the SEI Film technology do? Wilier list these benefits:
• More vibration damping; more comfort with less weight.
• Increased impact strength – by about 35%.
• Increased safety with less weight.
• Increased interlaminar shear strength (the maximum stress between the layers of carbon) by 18%; this reduces the possibility of the layers delaminating.
• Increased three-point flexing strength; the material can flex 12% more without cracking.
Wilier say the end result is a superlight frame with exceptional stiffness and outstanding vibration damping properties.
They are currently producing a limited run of framesets with a further production batch starting later in the summer. These frames will be available as complete bikes only, built up as pictured with a Campag Super Record groupset, a new FSA 386 chainset and Campagnolo Bora wheels. Only one colour option will be offered, and that’s the one shown above.
It’ll cost you, though. The bike will retail for around £8,250, although that price has yet to be confirmed.
For more information go to www.wilier.it (although details are scarce right now), contact info [at] atb-sales.co.uk, or call 01424 753566.
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a youthful 45-year-old Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.