Wilier's Cento1 Hybrid e-road machine has landed at eBikeTips HQ... and it's an absolute stunner!
It very briefly staked a claim as the lightest e-road bike when it was launched back in June, but since then in the very fast-moving world of e-road we've seen the Orbea Gain that is a claimed 11.3kg, and the Ribble Endurance SLE which is just 11kg in its top spec. On our scales of justice, the Cento1 Hybrid came in at 12.48kg.
It uses the ebikemotion system with a rear hub motor and integrated battery. That means the battery isn't removeable like the Fazua Evation system, but with the bike being so light it's hardly an issue when your motor cuts out. The rear hub with a tiny motor is about the same size as the largest sprocket on the cassette, so visually it doesn't stick out, and the battery is invisible. The only real giveaway is the button at the front of the top tube that controls the system.
The frame is full carbon with internal cabling, everything you'd expect to see on a high-end road bike wiithout assistance. Wilier has copied the geometry from their Cento10NDR, which is an endurance road bike with a slightly more relaxed position than the company's full-bore race bikes, which makes it most suitable for longer distance riding.
You control the assistance level with the button on the top tube, and the bike can be paired with your smartphone. The app has some clever features - for example, you can pair a heart rate monitor to your smartphone, and tell the app that you don't want to go above a certain heart rate. When you reach that limit, the bike will feed power in from the motor to keep you working at the level you wanted.
The Cento1 Hybrid with a full Shimano Ultegra groupset is priced at £4,199, and we're about to start testing it around the hills of Somerset and Wiltshire. Click through our gallery at the top to see all the finer parts of it up close, and for more info head over to Wilier's website.