Wilier’s pro gravel-racing ambassador Ivar Slik won Girona’s Traka 200 a little over a month back on a Rave SLR gravel bike and an all-new set of Miche Graff Route aero carbon gravel wheels – and prototype Schwalbe G-One RS semi-slicks! Designed to blend the aerodynamic performance of Miche’s road wheels with a wider hookless tubeless carbon rim that can handle off-road abuse, the new Graff Route wheels are more versatile than Miche’s original carbon gravel offering. And now they are also available for any gravel riders looking for an edge…
Miche Graff Route aero carbon gravel wheels
After winning Traka 200, Ivar Slik is headed to the US for an early summer of gravel racing up to June 4th’s iconic Unbound Gravel. And since a lot of the American gravel scene tends to be less technical but much faster than Euro gravel racing, the new aero Miche Graff Route wheels lay the groundwork for Slik’s more road-oriented gravel race setup.
The Dutch pro cyclist does come to gravel from a pro continental road race background, with a bit of XC and a European Beach racing championship thrown in for good measure. So, the road-like build seems fitting.
Aero Gravel Wheels – Tech details & Pricing
Beyond the new Wilier Rave SLR gravel bike that debuted last fall and the tease of the as-yet-unleased Schwalbe G-One RS tires, the newest part of Slik’s build are these mid-depth aero Graff Route carbon wheels.
The new Miche Graff Route features a new 36mm deep HM700 aero carbon rim with 24mm internal hookless tubeless profile – for 35-55mm tires.
The centerlock disc brake wheels are built up with 24 aero-bladed, double-butted straight-pull spokes (front & rear) laced to new CNC-machined 7075 alloy hubs.
The 12mm thru-axle hubs spin on “Ultra Smooth” steel sealed cartridge bearings with external preload adjustment.
The complete made-in-Italy aero carbon gravel wheelset has a claimed weight of 1565g (+an extra 20g for the tubeless kit with tape & valves.)
The Miche Graff Route aero carbon gravel wheels sell for 1650€ with your choice of Shimano, SRAM XD-R, or Campagnolo N3W freehubs, and include tubeless tape, valves & wheel bags.
Ivar Slik’s Wilier Rave SLR gravel race bike build
The large Wilier Rave SLR bike Ivar Slik raced for Traka was pretty close to Wilier’s stock 8400€ GRX Di2 build, but swapped in a road compact Shimano Ultegra 50/34 crankset for higher gearing for fast-paced racing – with the same wide 11-34T cassette. Instead of the older, lighter, but less aero Miche wheels, Slik rides the new Miche Graff Route set up tubeless with Schwalbe’s unreleased prototype G-One RS gravel tires.
Heading into faster-paced US racing, Slik worked with the Wilier Innovation Lab to develop a custom aerobar extension setup on top of the 44cm wide one-piece Wilier Filante Bar carbon cockpit. Custom machined alloy clamps fit a set of Profile Design aerobar armrests and unreleased double ergonomic ski-bend carbon extensions on top.
The more aero cockpit setup helped Slik to a 2nd place finish at Texas’ Gravel Locos event last weekend.
Read more about Ivar Slik’s Traka 200 win and shift to gravel at: