Monday, July 6, 2009

Wilier Cento1 "Superleggera" at Tour de France

Team Lampre NGC is using a new model of the Wilier Cento1, the "Superleggera", at the Tour de France.

The characteristics of the Superleggera (Superlight) were described by Wilier's Andrea Gastaldello: "Identical to the Cento1 in form and technical characteristics, we have utilized the potential of carbon materials to reduce the weight of the Cento1 Superlight while ensuring the ride quality, efficiency and durability of a bike capable of taking both gold and silver medals at the World Championships.The Cento1 Superlight was 2009 Giro d'Italia by Team Lampre. It is constructed primarily of 46 Ton carbon fiber, while benefiting from the strategic implementation of its even stiffer cousin, Mitsubishi 60 Ton. Its unique and innovative carbon layup also makes it more impact-resistant than other ultra-lightweight materials, and we’ve even come up with a lighter, more svelte aluminum sleeve in the bottom bracket which is molded into the monocoque construction during the final carbon curing process. Research led us beyond materials all the way to paint. The final protective layer on a Cento1 Superlight is a specially formulated paint that provides the same elegant beauty that typifies Wilier Triestina bikes while reducing weight.The result is all the performance you expect from a Cento1 - minus 120 grams!"

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