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Wilier Triestina Announces Zero.7 With BB386EVO

Wilier Triestina and FSA Collaboration Increases Lateral Frame Stiffness by 30%

Atlanta, GA – Wilier Triestina USA has officially announced new top model Zero.7 featuring BB386EVO, the new bottom bracket system Wilier designed in collaboration with component manufacturer Full Speed Ahead (FSA). The company will formally introduce the Zero.7 via video presentation, which will be available later today on the Wilier YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/WilierChannel.

Wilier emphasized that innovation in the bicycle industry has been marked in recent years by fuller integration and improved standards. The company’s Cento1 and Cento1 Superleggera models, used by WorldTour ProTeam Lampre-ISD, have featured a proprietary 93mm-wide oversize bottom bracket to enhance lateral stiffness while providing compatibility with the industry’s most popular cranksets.

For 2012, the company had once again sought a bottom bracket solution that would facilitate the most prominent crank systems, while also enabling integration of an oversize spindle. Wilier built on its original concept through its development efforts with component manufacturer FSA, resulting in new bottom bracket standard BB386EVO.

“The most significant benefits that BB386EVO have enabled in the design of the Zero.7 are a 30% increase in lateral stiffness while enabling a drastic reduction in weight,” explained founder and president of Wilier Triestina USA, Angelo Cilli. “This is our lightest frame ever. The result is optimal pedaling efficiency and power transfer with “zero” wasted energy – hence the name,” he concluded.

The Zero.7 bottom bracket shell is 86.5mm wide and boasts a diameter of 46mm. The FSA BB386EVO crankset utilizes a 30mm-diameter alloy spindle which is longer to satisfy the wider oversized bottom bracket shell.

Press-fit polymer bearings are utilized for precision installation of the crankset to ensure exact tolerances.

Utilization of the FSA BB386EVO crankset will yield maximum stiffness and function in conjunction with the new Zero.7 bottom bracket design. However, as with the Wilier BB93 (aka BB94) bottom bracket system implemented for the Imperiale, Cento1 and Cento1 Superleggera models, all prominent cranksets will be compatible with the Zero.7 bottom bracket via adapters.

The FSA BB386 crankset can also be used with a traditional 68mm-wide bottom bracket and threaded cups.

“Results yielded in testing surprised even us,” explains Michele Gastaldello, head of research and development: “In the laboratory, stiffness in the Zero.7 bottom bracket area proved at least 30% superior to all of the standard BB30 systems we analyzed. The frame itself weighs less than 800 grams, so we are proud to announce the creation of a bike that will absolutely empower riders to conquer whatever challenges come their way.”

The Zero.7 utilizes the same 60 Ton carbon composition, ZnO nano resin technology and LIT bladder molding process as the Cento1 Superleggera for maximum material compaction and integrity.
Taking composites construction a step further, Wilier has implemented Special Elastic Infiltrated (SEI) film technology, featuring a proprietary viscoelastic film between the foundational and unidirectional external layers of carbon fiber. SEI enhances the vibration dampening properties of the frame’s material composition, resulting in improved comfort even with the reduction in overall weight. SEI also increases the frame’s impact resistance by 35%, interlaminar shear strength (integrity of the bonded layers) by 18% and flexural strength by 12%.

Additional features include tapered head tube and carbon monocoque steerer tube (1 1/8” to 1 1/4”) as well as Wilier’s trademark asymmetric rear stays. The Zero.7 will be available in a unique matte black carbon with red highlights. New Zero.7-specific geometry comes in six sizes, XS-S-M-L-XL-XXL. Weight: 795 grams, size M.

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Leonard Basobas - Among my many and varied interests are cycling and writing. I am deeply passionate about both. Strangely enough, neither has come very easy to me.I had such a horrible crash as a small child that I did not attempt to ride again until the 6th grade. From that point forward, you could say that I have had a love affair with two-wheels. When I was not out on my bike, I could be found tearing apart or putting back together other bikes. The frames and parts found in my parents’ basement today are a testament to that fact. Around the same time that I began riding again, a young rider named Greg Lemond had just won the U23 World Championships. Following his career was my entry point into the sport of cycling, but I never participated in organized racing until I was past my cycling prime. Today, a healthy curiosity about racing has me lining up on the road and in the nearest velodrome.In regard to writing, I am not a trained journalist. My writing, instead, strikes a creative bent in the form of short stories, at least when I not writing for my day job in clinical research. Although I have yet to be published for my creative writing, I have authored several abstracts and papers, and been published as the lead author for a paper in a well-known peer reviewed medical journal.I have covered the sport of cycling, as both writer and photographer, at such races as the Amgen Tour of California (2008 to 2014) and the US Pro Cycling Challenge. I was also the featured Guest Contributor for LIVESTRONG.com, commentating and moderating the site's live blogging feed during the 2009 Tour de France.