Wilier has re-introduced the "Imperiale" model to their line-up, sliding it beneath the Cento1. First introduced in 2003 it was quite a popular bike choice in Italy.
The design of the new Imperiale reflects the ongoing trend of carbon manipulation to increase performance and aerodynamics. The De Rosa "Tango" jumped to the head of the line a few years ago in this regard but it was too much for the marketplace. The Imperiale has these multi-shaped carbon elements:
- head tube nose-cone
- tube shaping in the lower fork blades and chainstays
- seatstays are wrapped around the top tube to create a shroud
- shaped down tube and seat tube
- integrated seatpost mast
What are your thoughts about these types of highly manipulated carbon designs?
Wilier USA will offer the Imperiale frameset for $2,899; with a Shimano Ultegra 6700 gruppo, Fulcrum R5 wheelset and Ritchey Pro bars and stem for $3,899.
Wilier has created a mini-site just for this model: http://imperiale.wilier.it/
Photos: Wilier Imperiale; last photo: De Rosa Tango c. 2005
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