The Wilier Garda is an all-new entry-level carbon road bike that brings modern technology at a more affordable price.
Named after beautiful Lake Garda in northern Italy, Wilier says: “The Garda is the perfect bike for those who want a stress-free ride with a modern product.”
The historic Italian brand explains that it has ‘refreshed’ its entry-level carbon offering with a new design featuring the latest industry trends with the Garda sitting above the GTR team and below the Cento10 SL in the hierarchy.
Frame 2022 Wilier Garda
At first glance, the Garda might well be in the upper echelons of Wilier’s road offerings, with an aerodynamic shape, lowered seat stays and fully integrated cables providing an extra clean finish.
A brand new stem has been created for the Garda to achieve this integration as well. The Stemma S is aluminum with a four bolt faceplate and Wilier says it’s essentially a simpler version of his Stemma SL, it also uses the same helmet covers as his Filante SLR, Wilier 0 bikes. SL and Cento10.
It’s a small thing, but we can all appreciate the premium aesthetic of the integration even if it makes maintenance a bit more complicated.
Wilier also gave Garda clearance for the wider tires which dominate both the road and the peloton, the disc version allowing tires up to 32mm and the rim version up to 28mm.
The Garda’s frame is made from a blend of carbon that Wilier calls NH-Mod, which is a blend of normal and high modulus carbon – with the higher grade being more rigid – which helps to keep the weight and the price low. The brand claims that the final frame weighs 1120g with the fork weighing in at 370g.
Range and prices Wilier Garda 2022
Although the Garda has both disc brake and rim brake models, there is only one configuration available with the rim option. It’s finished with a Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset and Shimano RS100 wheelset and it’s by far the cheapest of the bunch, at £ 2,840.
If drives are your thing, there are technically six setups you can choose from, with two for each of the major group makers.
First there are the two models fitted with the Shimano Ultegra R8020, with another choice of Wilier NDR 38 KC wheels and Shimano RS171 wheels which carry prices up to £ 4,070 and £ 3,350 respectively.
SRAM models come with its new Rival AXS wireless groupset, with wheel options both in-house with this Wilier NDR 38 KC or Wilier RX 26, which add up to a total of £ 4,680 and £ 4,070 respectively.
Finally, at the top of the price list are the Campagnolo Chorus models, with the same wheel choices as the SRAM, at £ 4,170 and £ 4,890. At this point, the “entry level” is more than a reach.
2022 Wilier Garda geometry
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