Bike Radar ran a recent story on the Willier Triestina Cento, and there’s one little detail I wanted to comment on…
A lot of manufacturers are working on building uber-road bikes that are compatible with both traditional cable-actuated drivetrains and Di2 and similar electronic drivetrains. Willier has a design detail that really impresses me:
On the top of the down tube, there’s the little carbon fiber door, as shown in the picture. Why is that impressive? Well, in building the bike, that little door comes off, allowing easier access for cable/wire routing. And if you’re going to run a ‘traditional’ drivetrain, the barrel adjusters are built right into the door. That allows you to run a continuous housing from the down tube up to the brifters–which looks cleaner, is more resistant to the elements, probably has some marginal aerodynamic effect, and did I mention that it looks cleaner?
It’s just a clever design detail that shows Willier is thinking about how to best accommodate changing technology. It’s a design step that is not only forward thinking for the new technology, but it also improves functionality for current drivetrains.
AATLT. All About The Little Things.