Legendary Italian bike manufacturers Wilier celebrated their 100th birthday in 2006 by introducing the Cento range. Eleven years and seven iterations later and the brand’s flagship bike has ensured Wilier remain a revered marque well into their second century.
Cento is Italian for ‘hundred’ but the bike itself has proved to be far more than just a one-off or flash-in-the-pan.
Fast forward two years and the Cento1 was earning rave reviews for its all-round race quality, before Wilier experimented with lighter frames and even disc brakes before launching the Wilier Cento1 Air in 2013.
And as aerodynamic technology has moved on, so have the Italians, with the Cento10 Air blending wind-cheating ability with low weight and an all-round impressive ride quality. The Cento1 was said to be the ultimate all-round race bike in 2008, and indeed was raced to World Championship success by Alessandro Ballan, but nearly a decade on the Cento10 Air trumps it on every front.