Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike
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- Steel frame and fork- 54cm seat tube (center to center), 54cm top tube
- Alloy Rims with Alloy Hub
- Rear Flip Flop Hub
- Alloy Side Pull Brakes
- Black Kenda 700 x 32 Tires
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Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike (12780) The Rapido is all about keeping things simple and getting it done without breaking the bank. At the heart of the Rapido you’ll find a strong hand crafted steel frame with horizontal dropouts that can handle the abuse of the big city. City riders told us that they didn’t need derailleurs so we listened and outfitted the Rapido with a flip flop hub so you can run it as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single speed mode without having to worry about adjustments to temperamental components. The 32 hole alloy wheels roll on loud Kenda 700 x 32 tires that are capable of withstanding less than perfect roads. Front and rear alloy side pull brakes round out this spectacular spec. Will fit riders 5’8”- 6’ Stand over clearance 31” Features- - Steel frame and fork- 54cm seat tube (center to center), 54cm top tube - Alloy Rims with Alloy Hub - Rear Flip Flop Hub - Alloy Side Pull Brakes - Black Kenda 700 x 32 Tires Full Spec Frame- Tig welded Steel Frame with horizontal drop out Fork- Tig Welded 1 inch Threaded Handle Bar- Steel Road 42.5cm wide Stem- Alloy Quill 1inch 90 deg x 100mm Crank- Steel 3 Piece 170mm 44 tooth steel chain ring Bottom Bracket- Loose Ball and cone, English Thread Pedals- Alloy Cage with Toe Cips Rims- Alloy Single Wall 32 hole with stainless steel spoke Hub Rear- Joytech Alloy 16 tooth freewheel and fix gear, bolt on Hub Front- Joytech Alloy High Flange, bolt on Tires- Kenda Black 700 x 32 Seat Collar- Alloy Seatpost- Steel 25.4 Kickstand- Steel Bar Tape- Cork Weight- 29.5lbs
Simple and single speed, this is a city rider's bike. No derailleurs; no more worrying about adjustments to temperamental components. Instead, the Giordano Rapido is outfitted with a flip flop hub so you can run it as a fixed gear or in standard freewheel single speed mode. At the heart of the Rapido, you'll find a lightweight aluminum frame with horizontal dropouts that can handle urban abuse. The 32 hole alloy wheels roll 700 x 32 tires that are capable of withstanding less than perfect roads. Front and rear alloy side pull brakes round out this spectacular bike. Grab the Giordano Rapido and simply ride. Available in two sizes. 56cm and 61cm
- Weight: 26.5 pounds
- Frame: Handcrafted Tig welded steel frame with horizontal drop
- Fork: Tig Welded 1 inch threadless
- Seat Tube: 56 and 61
- Top Tube: 56 and 61
- Rims: Alloy single wall 32 hole with stainless steel spoke
- Hub Rear: Joytech alloy 16 tooth freewheel and fix gear, bolt on
- Hub Front: Joytech alloy high flange, bolt on
- Tires: Black 700 x 32
- Hub: Rear flip flop
- Brake: Alloy Side Pull
- Crank: Steel 3-piece 170mm 44 tooth steel chain ring
- Bottom Bracket: Loose ball and cone, English thread
- Pedals: Alloy cage with toe clips
- Handlebars: Steel Road 42.5cm wide
- Stem: Alloy Quill 1 inch 90 deg x 100mm
- Seatpost: Steel 25.4
- Seat Collar: Alloy
- Kickstand: Steel
- Bar Tape: Cork
- Assembly required; professional assembly is recommended
- 56cm Will fit riders 5 feet, 8 inches to 6 feet tall, 31 inch stand over clearance
- 61cm Will fit riders 6 feet to 6 feet 4 inches tall, 33 inch stand over clearance
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The bike works amazing for what it is, just a cheap starter fixie/singlespeed. I have never used the freewheel on the original wheels, so i don't now how well that works, but it's an amazing bike, and with a little bit of tweaking and parts replacement it gets even better. Highly Recommended.
The only reason I am rating it 3 starts is that:
When it arrived first time, it had lots of scratches on the front wheel(on the black part) and missed the "wheel retainer" parts for the front wheel(it is mentioned in the assembly instructions so must be included I assume) and the packing was a mess, it looked like a customer return bike.
I talked to Amazon and they sent a replacement without any argument.
The second one had the same condition!!!
missed the wheel retainers and had scratches on the front wheel, but I didn't want to miss the weekend and didn't return it this time, assembled it after buying the wheel retainers from a local store.
The bike comes in a plain cardboard box about two meters by one meter square, complete with all the scuffs, scrapes and gouges provided by your not-so-friendly UPS man (Yep, they ship it the cheapest way possible). This meant that there were a few scuffs and scrapes on the frame and the wheels. Expected this for the price and the "super saver shipping". Upon opening the box, you will find all the parts rattling around the box with all of the "protective shipping material" at one corner, not protecting a damn thing. You will also find the bike is 75% assembled, with the loose bits zip-tied onto the frame. That part is nice. Keep an eye out for a non-descript box inside the main shipping box: That has all of your pedals, hardware and various other bits that is strategically fastened to the other corner of the shipping box so you will throw them out with the main carton if you are not observant.
Once you get to the root of assembly, there are a few things to notice:
-This bike is HEAVY, but only because of the heavy components. The handlebars are steel and have enough mass to club a few baby seals with one fell swoop. This thing has a kickstand that is equally heavy. The crank is steel (and not the best of metals) as are the pedals. You can replace or flat out remove much of this and gain about 4 lbs off the weight.
-The seat is a surgical device made by Dr Frankenfurter, which is to say that male riders will *not* find it pleasurable (unless you're into that freaky kind of thing). Find ANY other seat to replace this with. Also, the seatpost is pretty cheap too, without knurls on the shaft to keep the seat locked in once the bolt is tightened. It would serve to replace this too!
-There are TWENTY FOUR garish, Wal-Mart like stickers on the frame and the wheels. Make sure your fingernails are in shape or get a plastic scraper and start peeling!! You will need goo-gone or some other SERIOUS solvent to get the sticker goo off. Once you do, it does look pretty sharp!
-Contrary to some reports, the brakes aren't bad. Just take the time to adjust them proper. Mine came MISSING brake parts, but since I was only going with a front brake, I salvaged parts off of the rear to make it work.
-Pedals are cheap, but work. The toe clips are trash... don't waste your time.
-The wheels? Not bad. Pretty good actually. I haven't had much experience with the tires, but they're passable.
-The frame is not bad either! Not pro-racing grade, but average weight and has some attractive lines. The welds are a little clunky, but you come to expect that from aluminum done at a price point. The paint is pretty thick and soild as well. The frame and wheelset alone are worth the $200 for the bike.
-Reflectors are super easy to remove for those who wish to do so.
-Assembly honestly takes an hour. There's a lot of bits to remove and toss in the bin, and a lot of stickers to remove and parts to re-adjust.
Riding it is pretty straightforward, and has a decent roll. The geartrain is NOT silent, even after generous lubrication, cleaning and adjusting. It will do for commuting, but if you want a high grade ride you will need to replace the crankset and chain (Cranksets can start at $40 for decent ones and chain for around $10-$15). It looks great once you remove the zebra-print tape and the hideous stickers... looks DAMN good actually!
Is it on par with a State Bicycle Co or PureFix fixie? No. BUT, the frame and the wheelsets are! My advice to those who want a fixed gear that isn't like all of the others: Get this frame and wheelset, and then mix and match parts to taste. You will be ahead of the game price wise for picking up this bike and replacing the parts you want with higher grade kit.
For the price it is awesome (about $100-250 cheaper than the competition).
The seat is very comfortable for being an original seal. The grips are padded well, and very grippy. The "Giordano" stickers come off easy enough. The tires are good quality all weather streets.
Overall I'm pleased with the quality with no complaints about the construction or design.
After a couple of months, however, it started making noises when I rode it.
I narrowed it down to the bottom bracket where the crankset attaches to the bike.
I took it to my local shop and asked them to take a look at it.
They offered to replace the bottom bracket, and although the bike was only about 6 weeks old,
I agreed to pay them to do this.
When I came back, they told me that they were unable to replace the bracket because
when it was installed, it was forced and the threading inside was stripped.
Now I have a $200 paper weight.
I knew when I bought it that many of the components were cheap, but I though i had a decent
frame that I could build up from. This was not the case, so now I have to find a new bike.
Being a college student, I can't really afford to buy a new bike. And sadly, the return period for
this bike was only 1 month.