As the gravel bike sector grows we're seeing more and more diversity, rather than the 'one bike to do it all' approach that kicked things off.
Wilier Triestina already have an extremely capable mid-range gravel/adventure bike in the form of the Jena, but they've now added in a new model with a different focus.
The new RAVE SLR has been unveiled today, and it's a top of the range performance gravel bike, made with the same high-modulus carbon mix as their 0 SLR and Filante road frames.
It's one frame with two different personalities, depending on the build:
Pop a road gruppo on there, together with a road wheelset, and you've got a fast endurance all-road bike deluxe.
Build it with a gravel groupset and wheels and you have a race-ready gravel bike, very much focused on off-road speed.
There's tyre clearance of up to 42mm, and that's telling - this isn't intended to be a backroads bikepacking machine, it's all-terrain for sure, but with an emphasis on performance.
In terms of geometry, there's a slightly higher stack and shorter reach than on a pure road bike like the 0 SLR, but it's still at the racy end of the gravel spectrum.
In fact Wilier say they've designed the RAVE SLR to be ideal for gravel racing, right down to the Mavic Speed Release Thru-Axles, which speed up wheel changes by eliminating the need to completely remove the axle from the frame.
But as with the likes of the Cervelo Aspero, this will have a much wider appeal than simply to racers - anyone looking for a bit of extra versatility in their endurance bike, or who gets their off-road fun from speed, will find this an appealing option.
With this in mind, the RAVE SLR comes in builds with either Dura-Ace or Ultegra Di2 with road-focused wheelsets and tyres, or SRAM Force XPLR / GRX Di2 / Campagnolo EKAR with gravel wheelsets. Plus of course a frameset only option to allow for full custom builds to your own specification.
We'll have one of each build, allroad and gravel, in store at Bespoke Gresham Street in the coming weeks. More on that closer to the time!
In the meantime, we have the geometry ready in our database, and can talk you through the many exciting build options, both custom and off-the-peg - just give us a shout.
This being a Wilier bike there are a couple of beautiful paint finishes to choose from (a road-inspired black/grey and off-roady sand - although you are free to choose either type of build in either colour!).
Six sizes are available, from XS to XXL, with plenty of adjustment possible (despite the ubiquitous internal cable routing) thanks to some ingenious two-piece easy fit spacers.
There's even a choice of integrated bar/stem, with the road models featuring the 0 Monocoque bar as seen on the 0 SLR, and a very attractive monocoque J-bar for the gravel versions.
RAVE SLR Frameset - £3,980
RAVE SLR Dura-Ace Di2 with Wilier SLR42KC carbon wheelset - £11,350
RAVE SLR Force AXS WIDE with Wilier SLR42KC carbon wheelset - £9,300
RAVE SLR Ultegra Di2 with Wilier SLR42 carbon wheelset - £9,300
RAVE SLR EKAR 1x13 with Campagnolo SHAMAL wheelset - £8,580
RAVE SLR Force XPLR AXS with Miche GRAFF carbon wheelset - £8,680
RAVE SLR GRX Di2 2x11 with Miche GRAFF carbon wheelset - £8,680
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