The Montegrappa is styled just as we’d expect a Wilier to be. That means sharp graphics, a cool colour scheme and plenty of frame annotations (Wilier seems to love to explain every element of its frames with handy descriptions as part of its graphic design ethos).
It does however have a few distinct differences. For starters, the neatly appointed disc-specific alloy frame features provision for both mudguards (or fenders, if you’re of a transatlantic persuasion) and a rear rack. Up front, the carbon fork has external mounts half way up the fork legs (to keep them away from the disc brake and rotor), again for ’guards or even a rack at a push.
A change of identity
All this, we think, adds up to the first Wilier that you could commute on with panniers – or even head out for a light spot of touring.
The brand also claims clearance for up to 28c rubber, but ours came fitted with just that and still had plenty of room for more. So not only do we have an Italian thoroughbred that’s up to commuting duties, it’s also got the room (and ride) to take it into gravel-bike territory.
The relatively relaxed geometry makes for a forgiving riding position
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