While many bicycle brands boast a long history, few can pretend to be as patriotic as the Wilier brand. After all, its very title is an acronym of “Viva l’Italia, Libera e Redenta!” (which translates to “Long live Italy, free and redeemed!”).

The Wilier brand forged its own history in the shadows of two world wars, because its home base in Bassano del Grappa was only kilometers from the front lines. The brand also helped restore confidence in post-World II Italy when its Wilier-Triestina team competed in the first postwar Giro d’Italia in 1946.

Paying tribute to its classic bike, Wilier has now reissued the vintage Superleggera SL frame. We decide that a test spin in the company’s home region will only be fitting.

Read about our adventures here: http://wilier.pelotonmagazine.com