An all-new carbon Wilier Rave SLR all-road bike looks set to blur the lines between gravel and endurance road for the storied Italian bikemaker. Wilier Triestina has long maintained a clear distinction between their road racing bikes, endurance road & even gravel bikes, but the Rave (gravel minus the G & L) looks set to open things up a bit through adaptable bike builds…
All-new Wilier Rave SLR adaptable carbon gravel bike
But the new Rave SLR looks set to break down some of those barriers, blending inspiration from their aero road Filante SLR and lightweight Wilier 0 SLR, then transforming back and forth from gravel to road depending on its cockpit and drivetrain choices.
While the Jena is a gravel all-rounder, the new Rave SLR is meant to be more of a gravel road race bike, with more sleek tube shaping & aero transitions from the fork to downtube, fully internal cable routing, and tighter clearances.
The new Rave SLR frame is relatively light at a claimed 950g for a gravel bike, plus another 415g for the fork. Not extremely lightweight, but paired with geometry that sits between endurance road & race gravel, Wilier sees this as a top-tier mixed-surface all-rounder.
The Rave SLR will be offered in six frame sizes (XS-XXL). It is built around a 71° head angle, ~74° seattube, and chainstays that vary from 421-427mm depending on size. The idea being to go fast on any terrain, but take advantage of comfort like thin dropped seatstays for all-day comfort on or off-road.
Tire clearance for the Rave SLR is equally middle of the road. Room for up to a 42mm gravel tire should satisfy gravel racers trying to go fast (the Jena offers more tire clearance for more adventure riding) while still keeping all-road-ready handling with 30mm slicks.
The new bike inherits its D-shaped aero seatpost from Wilier’s top road bikes, and its recessed seatpost clamp derived from the 0 SLR. Beyond a standard set of water bottle bosses, the Rave SLR does feature toptube bag bolts, and a removable front derailleur mount for adaptability.
A primary feature separating the gravel & all-road builds, is the Italian-made Wilier integrated cockpit choice. The new Rave SLR in its gravel guise will feature the 900€ split-spar J-bar that was first launched with the Jena. At just 390g, the integrated aero monocoque carbon J-bar gravel bar was developed for extra control stiffness off-road, tucking mechanical or electronic shift controls completely inside.
Wilier suggests this 8300€ complete gravel build with Campagnolo Ekar, full carbon cockpit, and Campy Shamal Carbon wheels is actually the entry-level for the new Rave SLR, confirming high-end-only builds as standard for the versatile new bike.
Looking to the endurance all-road build options, Wilier gives the Rave SLR Road the same 1000€, 330g 0-bar cockpit from their Wilier 0 SLR road race bike, plus a just as versatile wide gearing setup thanks to wireless SRAM Force Wide.
The road build follows a similar premium price level, coming in at 9000€ with the more conventional one-piece Zero cockpit, a SRAM Force eTap AXS 2×12 Wide drivetrain, and Wilier SLR 42 KC carbon wheels with supple 30mm wide Vittoria tires.
Wilier Jena gravel bikes & Jena Hybrid gravel e-bikes
While Wilier’s new Rave SLR does gravel fast & expensive, the Jena carbon gravel bike still carries over at slightly more attainable pricing, and more adventure capabilities – room for 700x44mm or 650x48mm tires, plus rack, fender & extra bottle cage mounts.
Complete bike builds start around 3800€ with Shimano GRX 1×11 and alloy wheels. Or there are more premium options still like this 5100€ build with the latest SRAM Force eTap AXS XPLR 1x 12-speed build.
Wilier Garda light affordable carbon aero road bike
Just like the Rave SLR is bringing versatility to gravel race, the new Garda aims to offer a more affordable all-road option. At 3900€ complete with Rival eTap AXS 2×12, this new Wilier Garda features similar, semi-aero shaping blending inspiration from the Filante SLR & 0 SLR, with a lower cost carbon layup. You still get aerodynamic frame shaping, fully internal integrated cable routing, big endurance all-road tire clearances, and modern flat mount disc brakes… but at much more affordable pricing.