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Blackberry 08-31-05 03:06 PM

Anyone Riding a Willier?
Somehow I sense some very bad jokes on the way--but my question actually is serious.

Urban Shooter 08-31-05 03:09 PM

If this helps:

ETQC 08-31-05 07:09 PM

Aye, 2001 lavaredo here, anything I can help you with?

Blackberry 08-31-05 07:25 PM

Originally Posted by ETQC
Aye, 2001 lavaredo here, anything I can help you with?

Saw their bikes on the and liked the way they looked. Ever since I returned from Italy this past spring I've decided that sometime in my life, I'd like to have a real Italian road bike, but I don't know anyone who rides Williers (or how an Italian bike would end up with such an non-Italian sounding name). The sales guy was pretty gaga over them, but I'm looking for a more unbiased view of the ride quality and any other aspects of the bike you'd be willing to comment on. Thanks for any thoughts.

ETQC 08-31-05 07:41 PM

Got mine used off a guy who didn't know what he had, so I'm pretty happy with the value for money.

Bike is a 2001 lavaredo, 60cm, 58.5cm top tube, pretty much traditional italian there. Newer frames are compact, can't say I very much like the notion myself. I bought it as a race bike on the cheap side (money, not value) and I have to say I'm impressed. Decked out with 105 and a pair of cxp 23 laced to ultegra hubs. Not the lightest wheelset, but I'm a mean out-of-saddle climber and I hate flex (6'4", on the light side of 170 pounds).

The tubing is columbus altec 2 plus, and I think it's still the same with the newer models. Stiff aluminium, but not uncomfortable. Rode it for a few 110, 130 kms rides and I still had some spirit by the end.

I have a 130mm stem on it for my long arms, and I feel firmly planted going down or up. Tracks beautifuly at 60, 65 km/h around long bends. Angles are steep-ish to my eyes.

Blackberry 08-31-05 07:47 PM

Originally Posted by ETQC
Rode it for a few 110, 130 kms rides and I still had some spirit by the end.

Wish I could say the same thing! Thanks for your thoughts. They look like nicely crafted bikes.

ericd74 08-31-05 07:53 PM

Yep...riding a 2004-2005 Wilier Karbon 2 (K2), Dura Ace, Mavic Kysrium SL...Absolutely love it - stiff, comfortable, and takes off when i grind the big ring in a sprint.

An added bonus: you get Italian construction and history on a bike that is a little less common than Colnago, Pinarello, etc. (at least here in nyc).

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