Wilier Triestina is an Italian manufacturer of racing bicycles, founded in 1906 by Pietro Dal Molin in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. After modest beginnings at their workshop on the banks of the river Brenta in San Fortunato, nowadays the company resides in Rossano Veneto, Italy.
“The company name originated as an acronym for the phrase “W l’Italia liberata e redenta”, where the W is an abbreviation for “Viva!”(Long live Italy, liberated and redeemed). Triestina comes from the name of the city of Trieste. When Wilier was founded, Trieste was not part of Italy; the name ‘Wilier Triestina’ reflected a patriotic desire for it to be rejoined.” – Source Wikipedia.
Famous Italian cyclist Fiorenzo Magni rode Wilier bikes in his 1948 Giro d’Italia win as well as his 1949 and 1950 Tour of Flanders wins. In more recent times, Marco Pantani aka Il Pirata rode the 1997 Tour de France on a Wilier. R.I.P. Marco.
The Jaroon Plus is Wilier Triestina’s new high-end steel frame dedicated to the touring and bikepacking world – or uber awesome gravel bike. The Jaroon Plus is welded using a special technique that hides all welding material inside – internalized welding was the exact term referred to by the Wilier staff at 2016 Interbike. This process leaves the frame looking clean and flawless. To finish it off, the chromoly steel frame is polished / brushed.
The most obvious thing that stands out about the Jaroon Plus is the 29’er + wheel sizing and the ability to fit 3.0″ tyres – this is a grand departure from many of the bikes Wilier Triestina has produced in the past. The bike is like an MTB but with 16° flared handlebars specified by Wilier on the build, turns into a fun adventure machine… if we had to apply a label, we think of it as a Monster Cross bike… but no matter the label applied, this bike looks like major fun!
The Jaroon Plus features a tapered headtube, and what we believe may be a rebadged all-carbon Niner RDO fork. Post mount brakes on the fork aren’t the latest flat-mount standard, but that won’t prevent you from experiencing stellar brake performance.
Thru-axles feature at the front and rear of the bike – flat mount 12mm Boost standard on the rear. Brake rotors on the display bike measure 180mm front and 160mm rear.
SRAM’s NX1 Boost crankset fitted with a 32 tooth chainring handle the duties of pedaling and rider power transmission. The Jaroon Plus can support a double chainring configuration – which is how the Gravel Cyclist crew would build the Jaroon Plus if we happened to have one…
SRAM’s Force rear derailleur was spec’d on the show bike, but Wilier’s website lists an Apex for the Jaroon Plus – display bike versus production may differ a little in component specifications.
In the photo above, the Jaroon Plus is spec’d with SRAM Powerglide 1130 cassette, 11-42T ratio.
All derailleur and brake cables are routed externally. In this age of internalizing cables (not a new thing by any means), one can appreciate the ease of maintenance such a configuration offers, especially if you perform your own mechanical work.
Maxxis Chronicle 29’er x 3.0″ tyres mounted on a Sun Ringle Duroc 50 wheelset.
In keeping with the theme of simplicity and easy of maintenance, the bottom bracket cups are of the external type.
Additional features of the Jaroon Plus include a traditional 27.2 mm diameter seatpost and mounting points for fenders and rear rack.
If the Jaroon Plus is a little too much bike for you, Wilier Triestina also offer the Jaroon… we’ll be featuring that bike very soon, so watch this space…
The Wilier Triestina Jaroon Plus spec’d with a SRAM Rival 1×11 build and virtually everything you see on the Interbike show sample is priced at $US 2,700.00.
Did we mention this bike looks like a whole lot of fun to to ride?! We hope to find out…