After launching a basic short-travel XC race full-suspension bike simply over a yr in the past, Wilier Triestina is again once more with a slacker, longer-travel variant extra attuned to techy fashionable cross-country racing dubbed the Wilier Urta Max SLR. On the skin the brand new light-weight 120mm Urta Max SLR seems rather a lot just like the 100mm Urta SLR, however revised suspension linkage and noticeably extra progressive geometry make this a way more succesful bike for technical racing.
Wilier Urta Max SLR gentle 120mm carbon XC mountain bike
Formally unveiled simply earlier than the beginning of the Nové Město na Moravě World Cup, Wilier now calls their new Urta Max SLR their extra versatile fashionable cross-country race bike – “a motorcycle that’s ideally suited for competitions but in addition enjoyable on essentially the most demanding trails“. It goes its correct racing debut earlier this spring below camo wrap on the Cape Epic, however the begin of World Cup Racing was its first time to come back out of the shadows. And shine, it did.
On the first spherical of the brand new UCI World Sequence’ mixed XC Marathon & Olympic-distance Cross-Nation, Wilier’s new Urta Max SLR was ridden to a World Cup win in each the Elite Marathon and U23 by riders on the Wilier-Pirelli manufacturing facility racing groups.
Fabian Rabensteiner was the primary to take a World Cup win on the brand new bike in a dash end to the 20km Elite Males’s Marathon on Saturday simply after midday. Sofie Heby Pedersen took the second World Cup win on the brand new Urta Max SLR only a few hours later, besting the U23 Ladies’s discipline by half a minute on the 22.7km XCO course Saturday afternoon, after having taken third on the identical bike within the Quick Observe two days earlier.
What’s new on the Urta Max vs. the Urta?
We examined out the basic 100mm Urta SLR final yr. And whereas it was comparatively a slacker, extra succesful model when referencing again to Wilier’s earlier XC bike, it nonetheless felt like a quick-handling classic-XC bike designed completely for non-technical mountain bike racing. Apparently, the XCO & XCM professionals of Wilier-Pirelli Manufacturing unit Workforce racing had comparable ideas, and so they labored with Wilier to create this boosted 120mm Urta Max SLR with all-new geometry.
Extra than simply longer, slacker geometry (I’ll get to that in a minute), the brand new Urta Max modifications up the longer suspension with an easier model of the linkage-driven flex-stay single pivot design. The modifications are delicate – extending the seatstays additional up & ahead into the principle triangle, and shifting the linkage ahead to drive the shock straight from the top of the stays (somewhat than a secondary yoke). That ought to save a little bit of weight really, however paired with barely longer chainstays, it additionally permits Wilier to claw again a bit of additional tire clearance – now as much as 29 x 2.4″ with a full 5mm of mud clearance throughout.
The seatstays additionally get a slight new kink simply in entrance of the rear axle, presumably to raised tune the place the pivot-less seatstays would flex. The brand new body additionally will get a brand new pinched part within the prime of the toptube simply behind the linkage’s higher pivot (highlighted in yellow on the group bikes), which acts as a stiffening rib to switch suspension forces into the seattube.
Aside from that, the brand new Urta Max SLR seems rather a lot just like the previous Urta SLR.
All-new fashionable XC Race geometry
The distinction actually comes once you dig into the geometry – even past the additional 20mm of journey entrance & rear. With a one and a half diploma slacker 67.5° headtube and 15-20mm longer Attain, immediately the Max will really feel like a extra succesful bike on technical cross-country racecourses.
But it’s nonetheless undeniably a racy bike, and loads of effort was put in to maintain the racer’s place & weight low on the longer journey bike. Wilier saved the identical snappy 435mm chainstays, lowered the BB barely to a 40mm drop, and truly lowered headtube peak by 6-9mm to maintain body Stack successfully the identical, even with longer journey (the 120mm L even has lowered Stack vs. 100mm L).
We haven’t ridden the brand new Urta Max SLR, however anticipate it can really feel extra planted driving tough trails, and extra secure descending.
Tech Particulars & Options
Each entrance & rear triangles of the Urta Max SLR are made with Wilier’s prime HUS-MOD hi-mod carbon fiber for balanced stiffness, similar to their premier highway bikes. The linkage-driven, flex-stays single pivot suspension is tweaked for the brand new carbon XC bike with an up to date 3-stage regressive-to-progressive shock curve for environment friendly all-terrain racing – delivering 120mm of rear wheel journey with custom-tuned 45mm stroke shocks (190mm general). The air shocks additionally all characteristic 3-phase lock-outs: Open, Technical Climb & Absolutely Locked-Out.
In contrast to final yr’s shorter Urta, the brand new Urta Max strikes all its inside cable routing into the body through the higher headset bearing. Right here, it’s much less about hiding each cable, and extra an effort to restrict the variety of headtube holes that must be put into such a essential a part of the body. Cleaner cable routing is a pleasant profit, on prime of small weight financial savings.
Wilier additionally provides the brand new bike a brand new Urta Max Bar -27° built-in one-piece carbon cockpit handlebar+stem for riders who must get even decrease for his or her race-tuned match.
The brand new Urta Max nonetheless has area for 2 full-size water bottles, inside dropper seatpost routing, max 38T single chainring, built-in (however detachable) mud-flap safety on the decrease most important swingarm pivot, and an built-in chainstay protector.
The body makes use of a SRAM Transmission-ready replaceable UDH dropout, 31.6mm seatpost, pressfit BB92 backside bracket, 1.5″ headset, Increase spacing, and a flat mount rear brake.
Wilier Urta Max SLR – Pricing & Choices
For now it appears the brand new 2023 Wilier Urta Max SLR cross-country bike solely comes on this great-looking shiny Wilier-Pirelli group paint job, in 4 inventory sizes. However in basic Wilier style, there’s loads of full bike spec customization.
Formally there are 3 construct kits that include the built-in carbon bar – XT, XTR, or XX SL – every along with your selection of Fox 34 SC Manufacturing unit or RockShox SID 35 Final suspension. Pricing begins right here at 6500€ with XT/RockShox & alloy wheels, and tops out at 11,200€ with XX SL/Fox & Miche K1 carbon wheels.
There are additionally builds with a extra typical stem & bar combo that begin at 6200€ full.
The construct mimicking the Wilier-Pirelli group bikes would retain for 9800€.
Get your new Urta Max SLR out of your native Wilier seller now.