For many cyclists, e-road bikes are the perfect solution to enjoying their beloved sport and cherished part of life. For some roadies, a carefully honed taste in bicycles makes riding many of the e-bike options out there—those with obvious modifications that scream “e-bike!” from a mile away—a less-than-palatable option. In the Cento10 Hybrid, Wilier provides an elegant solution.

THE DETAILS

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Designed around a hub-based Mahle Ebikemotion X35+ motor, the Cento10 Hybrid looks almost exactly like a traditional road bike. The geometry and tube shapes are quite similar to the non-electric Cento10—the main difference being that the stack has been increased by about 30mm on the Hybrid version for a slight boost in comfort. The only details that betray its electric innards are the slightly larger rear hub, where the motor is located, and the charging port atop the bottom bracket. Flip the bike over and you would never know there is a removable 250Wh battery seamlessly integrated into the down tube. No tubes appear oversized to accommodate electric components or batteries. It’s a beautifully sleek package.

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This is meant to be a high-performance bike for serious cyclists, providing some assist when needed. But it isn’t going to do all the work for you (a 250Wh battery is only going to take you so far). Battery life is determined by many factors, including assist mode, rider weight and elevation climbed—so it will change from person to person and ride to ride. Wilier estimates, though, that you will be able to climb between 1,000 and 2,000 vertical meters on a full charge. For longer rides, you can add a 208Wh range-extender battery, which mounts where a bottle cage normally goes.

Like its non-electric cousin, the Cento10 Hybrid features truncated-airfoil tube shapes and dropped seatstays for an aerodynamic advantage. All the cables have been routed internally as well, and the cockpit features an aerodynamically optimized bar-stem combo. In fact, Wilier says this e-bike is 8 percent more aerodynamic than the brand’s Cento 1 Hybrid e-bike. So why does that matter on an e-bike? It leads to a claimed 4.5-percent savings in battery life, which means you get to ride longer in one of the three assist modes (which assist up to 20 mph).

Besides its looks, the other eye-catching feature of this bike is its weight. Our size medium weighed in at 23.83 pounds (10.81 kilograms), making it the lightest e-bike yet to come through our service course. This bike also transitions quite easily into a traditional road bike; just remove the battery and swap in a rear wheel with a standard hub.

The Cento10 Hybrid is a beautifully designed bike, and it comes with a price tag to match. Outfitted with a Dura-Ace groupset, our test bike retails for $13,600.

THE RIDE

italian styling meets e road

italian styling meets e road

italian styling meets e road

The Cento10 Hybrid is quite a performer, and the experience of Wilier’s engineers shines through. Despite the motor assisting along the way, it handles phenomenally well. It’s up for hanging out in a group ride or going solo up a climb and bombing back down. We felt fully confident easing off on the brakes and pushing this bike into the 40-mph range. Its race pedigree is evident.

Toggling through ride modes on the iWoc controller button, now located at the handlebar for easy access, is quite easy; and you barely have to take a hand off the bar to do so. It takes a few rides to learn how to glance at the controller to glean what assist mode you are in—but connect your bike to a GPS and you can get battery life and assist mode displayed handily on a screen.

If you desire the most traditional-looking e-road bike out there, with a low weight to boot, look no further than the Wilier Cento10 Hybrid. Just have your checkbook ready.