Wilier Triestina have unveiled a special edition Cento10AIR to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Giro d’Italia, while also marking the 110th year of the brand’s existence. Unveiled at the commencement of the Giro over the weekend, this copper-chrome stunner was piloted by Wilier-sponsored rider Filippo Pozzato in the early stages of the race (above), making these blinged out bikes meant to be ridden. The signature paint scheme pays homage to the history of the Wilier brand, recreating their pioneering work with galvanization and clear coating in bike manufacturing. Click past the break for more details on these retro-themed rockets…
The foundation of the Ramato editions, the Cento10AIR, was released last year and builds on the success of the Wilier’s aero all-rounder. The new bike was developed to be a one-bike-quiver, intended to sprint, climb, and descend like no other. Since #aeroiseverything, they spent significant time on smoothing out the tube profiles. The size of each tube within the frame varying dependent on the size of the frame, preventing smaller frames from having too harsh a ride, while ensuring that bigger frames don’t lack appropriate stiffness for larger riders.
Using shapes designed with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) concept, they actually increased frontal area by nearly 3% over the Cento1AIR (note how wide the fork legs are, above right) while simultaneously decreasing drag by 8%. All the while still building in clearance for 700x28mm tires. Similar to the Venge ViAS, the Cento10AIR tucks all the shift cables (or wires) inside the bars, stem, and into the frame via the headtube, making it even slipperier in the wind.
The Ramato Cento10AIR will be available in very limited quantities as a frameset only, retailing at a whopping $6099 (€5600) for frame, fork and matching chrome Alabarda integrated bar/stem. The frames feature Wilier’s Cromovelato chrome-like paint, which we are told does not incur a weight penalty on the frame, and pull its copper/silver scheme from Wilier’s classic steel bikes.
The Ramato Cento10AIRs are liveried in homage to Wilier’s pioneering use of chrome plated painting that started in 1947 on the original lugged steel Ramato. Back then the original Ramatos were the first to use galvanizing in the bicycle industry and were finished with a clear coat as well as hand painted gold logos. We first saw this look last year on the retro modern lugged Superleggera (above left and right), which the new Giro edition Centos are meant to evoke. For more details on the Giro 100th anniversary Cento10AIR’s head over to Wilier’s own site.