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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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.
After I got it out of the box, assembly was simple. But assembly is my favorite part of getting a new bike.
I've read people complaining about the brakes. No brakes are set well out of the box. But they are SIMPLE to adjust. Do they stop you on a dime? no, but they are caliper brakes, and this style has never been awesome. They do slow you down just fine. But if you're a fixie snob, you're not going to use the brakes anyway.
The listing says the frame is steel. That's wrong. The frame is aluminum. I was way excited about that. The bike is super light for what I was expecting.
The Kenda tires have good tread. So far they stick to the road well. The width, and tread on them allow for a decent ride on a hard packed gravel road as well. The tubes seem just fine for me. I hit several potholes at speed and a few that made me cringe, but nothing happened. Can't complain there.
The gear ratio pushes you to ride really fast. In fact, it's hard to go slow on this bike. Because of this, hills can be a challenge. But the cool thing is - you'll be hauling by the time you get to the base of the hill anyway, so it helps you attack the hills.
When I have a day with more free time, I want to flip the rear wheel around to try out fixed gear riding. So far I've left the freewheel on, but I love having the option to flip it.
So far MY ONLY COMPLAINT - is the 1" head tube and threaded fork. Maybe it was designed this way to help bring the cost down, but there are much cheaper bikes with much newer technology in that area. Ultimately it's not something that really matters, but I find myself wishing it was different.
Overall the bike is great. The stance looks much meaner than the average road bike. If you're looking for an inexpensive single speed/fixed gear road bike, this is a bike you can be confident about.
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 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.
All the parts were present in excellent condition.(shipping was fast and prudent as well)
Assembly was simple.
For a safe ride make sure to:
- Tighten the stem of the handle really well or you will fall on face. Take it to a local bike shop and they will tighten it for you if you don't have the correct tools.
- Get adhesive stickers for the inside of the rims so you don't get flats often from the inside. They are cheap and all bike shops will have them; they last for about 10 years so no worries about replacing them.
- Adjust breaks properly.
- Tighten the wheel bolts well or they will slowly come off as you ride.
- Tighten all bolts really hard (especially the handle).
- The tires are in excellent condition for such a cheap (I got it for $170) bike.
- People were talking about how they replaced the breaks, peddles and the handle because they were not safe, this is an overreaction. All the parts are excellent in their factory condition. DO NOT waste money on new parts if the part that comes with the bike are not broken.
If you do all these things you will have an excellent bike in your hands. It feels like you are flying through the air when you ride it.
I hope this was helpful, thank you for reading.