Wilier Triestina has launched the Jena – a carbon gravel bike designed to be equally capable on tarmac, dirt and single track roads, as well as built for exploring and bikepacking.
Despite this, performance is right at the top of the list. A lightweight and stiff 60-ton carbon monocoque frame is complete with what Wilier describes as a ‘racing comfort’ geometry. This is said to maintain sharp handling while making the bike predictable when the going gets rough thanks to a slackened headtube angle (71 degrees in a medium-sized frame) and consistent 423mm length in the chanstays that link to an oversized Press Fit bottom bracket.
There’s one eye on performance and faster speeds; Wilier has engineered Kamm tail profiles into the tubing – flattened truncated backsides to the main tubes that should prove efficient when rolling on tarmac, and stable in crosswinds, along with an integrated fork design to smooth airflow.
Of course, the frame is designed to reduce the impact of challenging surfaces, so vertical compliance is a priority here. Particularly interesting is the distinctive drop-away of the seatstays at the seattube, which is claimed to help eliminate excess buzz.
Wilier Triestina Jena models (UK pricing TBC)
Wilier Triestina Jena (Shimano Ultegra Di2; Shimano RS170) – €4,600
Wilier Triestina Jena (Shimano Ultegra; Mavic Allroad) – €3,800
Wilier Triestina Jena (Shimano Ultegra; Miche 966) – €3,800
Wilier Triestina Jena (SRAM Rival 1; Mavic Allroad) – €3,300
Wilier Triestina Jena (Shimano 105; Shimano RS170) – €2,800
Wilier Triestina Jena (Shimano 105; Miche 966) – €2,800
Wilier Triestina Jena frameset – €2,200
Most of the compliance comes from the frame’s capacity to run 44c tyres, however, while there’s clearance for 48c rubber if you choose to run 650b wheels. Naturally, the Jena adopts the 12mm thru-axle standard for disc brakes.
Additionally, the frame also features a removable front derailleur support, so if you want to run a 1x system, you can without the telltale leftovers of your removed derailleur. And, there are mounts for mudguards, pannier racks, bags and numerous bottles, including an arrangement on either fork blades that can be used for either a luggage rack or fork-mounted bottle cages.
UK prices are yet to be announced, but the Jena is slated to start in complete builds from around €2,800, with a frameset coming in at €2,200.