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Vilano FORZA 3.0 Aluminum Carbon Shimano Sora Road Bike

by Vilano
33 customer reviews
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List Price: $899.00
Price: $449.00 - $733.49
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Matte Silver
  • A Strong Lightweight 6061 Aluminum Frame w/ 12k Carbon Fiber Fork
  • Shimano STI Shifters
  • Shimano Sora
  • 24 Speeds to Handle any Situation
  • Free Pedals Included
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Product Description

The Vilano FORZA 3.0 is equipped with a 12K Carbon racing fork, integrated brake lever shifters and shimano sora derailleur. This is an excellent choice for club rides, training and fitness.

<strong>Full Specs:</strong></br> <ul> <li>Model: Forza 3.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 32 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Item model number: 550FORZA353-P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,584 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Customer Reviews

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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on July 17, 2012
First I wanted to stress that I have not bought the bike on Amazon but on ebay clearance special (they had only one bike) and the cost was $270 shipped. As such, my comments only apply in the respect to price paid. For what they normally sell for, $400+, I would be looking for quality used bike with much better components. The fact is though that you really need to have around $600 in your packet to hope for a good quality bike with 105 or ultegra components on ebay.... Here is goes then:

I ordered it in 56cm size.

- Assembly is not the easiest to do although not a problem for mechanically inclined.
- Care must be taken to route the cables properly and install brake caliper right. Clipping of brake line and putting crimp on cap is needed.
- Decide how high you want the steering wheel be by installing stem in either sloping up or down position (it is flippable).
- Decide if you need all three spacers under the stem. Not installing all (this will require you to saw some stem off after punching in anchor deeper into stem) will save some weight.

The good:
- It is a nice bike. When I told my co-workers with $2000 bikes how much I paid for this, they just stood quiet for a moment and said "niiiiiice". Of course these are the people who go to their LBS with a flat tire so anything will impress them.
- Brakes work pretty well. No problem locking rear wheel out of the chute, front I need to get used to since it is my weak hand... MTB brakes are easier to use after all.
- Carbon fork really takes edge out of rough surfaces. I was shocked how well this bike rides with 120psi in 23mm tires over rough patches.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Clink on April 30, 2013
Size: 58cmColor: Silver Verified Purchase
I love to ride the bike it is very light and very fast...I am on the other hand disappointed with the tires that come stock on the bike! I road the bike the first day out of the box and the second mile into my ride I popped the rear tire. Bummer right well walked the bike home and patched the tire. I was still very excited about the ride so after I repaired the rear tire I went for another ride and five miles into that ride the front tire popped! UGH at this point I walked the bike home and fixed the front flat! Well went to bed disappointed with my purchase at this point. When I checked the bike the next morning both tires were flat again. So now I am disgusted with the entire situation, so I stopped at a local bike shop to inquire what I might be doing wrong! The tech looked over the bike told me that the tires on the bike were JUNK and that I needed to get better tires...
Well after spending another $150.00 :-( the bike works great! I have put another 30 miles on the bike with no problems what so ever! So the long and the short of this is get better tire before you put the bike together and avoid my headaches! The only other thing that disappointed me with the bike was the blemish in the bike frame out of the box!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alfred F. Cain on June 4, 2012
Size: 56cmColor: Silver Verified Purchase
The bike arrived within the timeframe given. The packaging was first rate, designed to protect all the components. Assembly was easy, although it would be better to include some instructions. I have put several different bikes together so everything was straightforward. If you have never seen a quick release mechanism for a front wheel or don't know how to adjust brakes or finish off cables, you are better off taking the package to the local bike shop for assembly.

In my opinion, the bike is well designed and executed. The microshift gear levers work well. The brakes are good and the bike is comparatively light. The carbon fiber front fork appears sturdy.The wheels are lined with a hard plastic material meant to prevent the spokes from poking into the tube. Almost everything is adjusted via an allen head fitting. The fit and finish are excellent. After a few rides, including hills, the bike has proven itself to be an excellent performer. For an out-of-the-box road bike it would be hard to beat.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Dowell on May 12, 2013
Size: 50cmColor: Silver Verified Purchase
I went over the whole bike when I got it to make sure everything was put together right, and it seems like every piece is of good quality. No cheap plastic where it doesn't belong. I also like how the shifters are set up as part of the brakes, it's very handy. The wheels were true out of the box. There are only 2 decals on the whole bike, which is great cuz I don't like stickers. But with all of the good, there comes a little bad. After assembling the bike out of the box, I found 3 flaws; 1. THE SEAT IS SO UNCOMFORTABLE!! It only took me about 2 blocks to figure out that it needed to be replaced. 2. The pedal-clip-things are stupid and don't really hold your feet on the pedals. Pointless. And 3. I'm not a huge fan of the handlebar design, I think they're a little big for the bike, because they probably use the same bars for every size. But unless you get a bike custom made, not everything will be perfect for you. Overall though, quality bike for the price, and with a few modifications, down the trail you go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arman on August 30, 2013
Size: 56cmColor: Silver Verified Purchase
[Vilano FORZA 3.0 ALM CARBON Road Bike SS Silver]
This bike as shown in the picture does not come with carbon fork, I've verified that the fork included in the package they sent me did not include carbon fork it was a aluminum alloy fork (not to mention it was defective and they had to send me a replacement fork) ... the new fork they sent me was different and it was a carbon fork and looks different than the pictures provided.
I had to pay out of pocket for a mechanic to replace the fork (or the warranty would of been void). They refused to compensate me for this.

The quality of seat and peddles are poor, I bought a replacement for them separately. You get for what you pay for. I feel if I had not gotten the defective fork and it was actually carbon as advertised then I could of given this a higher rating.

[Edited: Customer service called back with reimbursement of the replacement costs and compensated for the time the process took. Hence I have revised my rating to 4/5 as I like the "final" bike as it's great for what you pay for!]
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