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We’ve talked at length how every bike brand is getting into gravel, but taking different approaches to get there. In one camp, the handling is derived from mountain biking (you’ll know you’re there when you hear the word “slack” getting tossed around as liberally as a sailor spitting out swear words). Then there’s the side of gravel derived from road handling. For its latest entry into the ever-expanding gravel category, the Rave SLR, Wilier makes it quite clear that the bike is positioned squarely in the latter camp, ready for both gravel racing and all-road riding.
Take one look at the Rave SLR and you know that speed and performance are high on its list of priorities. By starting with a road performance geometry and backing off slightly to accommodate the needs of gravel, Wilier leans into its strengths as a road bike manufacturer with over a century of experience. Broadly, that means a slightly taller stack and shorter reach with room for up to 700x42mm tires built in. The chainstays are a bit longer than you would find on a road bike, at 1,017mm (size M) along with longer 423mm chainstays, both helping with stability and fitting in bigger tires. The 71-degree headtube angle is also less aggressive than pure road geometries. But overall it’s a position more towards the aggressive side for off-road riding. Road racers, especially those familiar with Wilier’s bikes, will likely find this fit more familiar.
Beneath the surface, the bike’s performance attributes continue. It has the exact same mix of carbon fiber materials, HUS-MOD unidirectional carbon combined with liquid crystal polymer, used in both the Filante SLR aero bike and the Wilier 0 SLR all-around race/climbing bike, yielding a combination of low weight, stiffness and durability. The frame weighs in at a claimed 950 grams, while the fork adds 415 grams to that tally.
The performance orientation of this bike continues at the cockpit with the integrated handlebar-stem with internal cable routing. Actually, there’s two integrated bar-stem options, depending on how you intend to ride this bike. The J-Bar, with a distinct V-shaped stem is meant for gravel and includes flared drops for more control. It also keeps weight down to 390 grams. The 0-Bar has a more traditional stem and non-flared drops and weighs an impressive 330 grams. That’s just the cockpit; the rest of the bike is very much in keeping with the look of Wilier’s other performance-oriented creations.
Pricing and Spec
Because this bike is meant to be for both all-road riding and gravel, Wilier is selling it in corresponding builds. A road build with 12-speed Dura-Ace Di2 and Wilier SLR 42 KC wheels costs €11,000. Opting for 12-speed Ultegra Di2 or SRAM Force AXS 2×12 Wide brings the price down to €9,000. For gravel builds, Force XPLR 1×12 or GRX Di2 11-speed builds with Miche Graff Carbon wheels both cost €8,400. A Campagnolo Ekar group brings the price down to €8,300.
Colors and Sizing
The Rave SLR is available in two colors: sand/green and black/grey. There are six frame sizes available from XS to XXL.
More info: wilier.com