Wilier Triestina 101X cross-country bike review

Purebred Italian 29er race bike with solid component mix

29er Cross Country
Shimano's XT brakes offer all the stopping power you need along with great modulation.

Shimano’s XT brakes offer all the stopping power you need along with great modulation.

Build Highlights

Key component spec includes a 100mm RockShox Reba fork with a handlebar-mounted remote lockout. Unlike other remotes I’ve used, this one was fluid in reach and function, encouraging me to use it as much as I changed gears. On the course’s numerous climbs I was grateful for the ability to go full-rigid, while on the smooth, fast descents, the fork was plenty forgiving. I was especially impressed with the smoothness of its return travel.

Also impressive were the Vittoria AKA tires, that performed well on the dry, smooth terrain at Sea Otter. They rolled up to speed without any feeling of added drag, and provided predicable traction and breakaway on loose sections of trail.

The 29” wheels rolled supremely, without any recognizable drawbacks in agility. But repeated accelerations were a bit tiresome come race day and eventually felt a bit lagging at times.

The 29” wheels rolled supremely, without any recognizable drawbacks in agility. But repeated accelerations were a bit tiresome come race day and eventually felt a bit lagging at times.

The 1x Shimnao Deore XT drivetrain was smooth and responsive, and I was never left searching for extra gears, either on the steep ups or steep downs. And the Shimano XT brakes were more than enough for this XC race application.

The component I struggled with was the wheelset. While Shimano XT alloy rims are a solid presence, they felt heavy and cumbersome at times in the tight uphill twisties. A thoroughbred carbon race bike such as this deserves matching hoops, though admittedly Wilier offers a full XTR build. And of course aftermarket upgrades are always an option.

Geometry

Specs

Components are primarily a mix of Shimano XT and Ritchey WCS.

Components are primarily a mix of Shimano XT and Ritchey WCS.

Final Word

If you’re looking for a race-ready hardtail rocket ship, this bike is a fantastic option with Italian flair. Its blend of carbon frame construction, and geometry that allows for improved comfort and application beyond the specific race setting without compromising raw XC performance. With either the premium factory build package ($8547), or this bike with an aftermarket wheel upgrade, the Wilier Triestina 101X is a no-holds-barred race-day weapon with an unexpected level of comfort and rideability beyond the competitive setting.

For more information visit www.wilier.com.


About the author: Dillon Caldwell

Dillon Caldwell is a native of Bend, Oregon with a big heart for the sport of cycling. He grew up to be a successful junior cross-country racer but got hooked on road racing during his time at the University of Oregon, where he ran the school's club cycling team for several years. He now spends the majority of his time as a road racer for both the Audi and the Canyon Bicycles - Shimano racing teams on the regional and the national scales, respectively. On the side, he is a mountain bike tour guide for Cog Wild, a cycling coach for Wenzel Coaching, a member of the board of directors for the Tour des Chutes cancer charity, and a passionate writer.


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