Tommaso Imola Compact Aluminum Road Bike
- TOMMASO BEST SELLING ROAD BICYCLE : Lightweight Aluminum Compact Frame combined with an SST Steel Fork For Maximum Durability, backed up with our industry leading Lifetime Frame & Fork Warranty. Frame is drilled for all varieties of racks and fenders, making the Imola the ultimate commuter
- POWERFUL PEFORMANCE & SPEED: 3x8 Shimano Claris Groupset, featuring a 30/39/50T Claris crankset and 12x25T Claris cassette. Perfect for varying terrain, from flats to hills, offering a wide range of gears for all levels of riders in all conditions
- PRECISION SHIFTING: Shimano Claris STI shifters provide smooth and consistent shifting in all riding conditions. By keep a full groupset, Tommaso bikes offer a level of performance shifting and responsiveness that the competition can’t touch
- OPTIMIZED FIT FOR ADDED COMFORT: Compact frame geometry and premium compact handlebars offer increased power and comfort in a sleek package. Every part of the Imola is designed for maximum comfort and efficiency, so you are getting the most out of every ride, whether it is 10 miles or 100 miles
- PROFESSIONAL ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: To ensure optimal performance and to validate the warranties of your new bike we recommend that you have it professionally assembled before riding.
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Tommaso Bikes traces its origins back to 1985, when we began making premium quality Italian road bikes and importing them to the United States. While starting out with mostly steel frames, we upgraded to lightweight aluminum and high performance Toray carbon over the years, as technology has grown in the industry. In doing this, we have been able to expand the brand beyond its Italian roots, to have global operations and manufacturing.
Our bikes are designed in Denver, Colorado and manufactured at some of the finest factories, to provide our riders with the perfect blend of quality, performance, and value. The grueling riding conditions of the Colorado Rockies provide an excellent testing ground, allowing us to make sure that every model we sell meets our rigorous testing, quality control, and performance tests. We demand perfection, which is why quality control and construction is at the forefront of everything Tommaso.
At Tommaso, we live for the beautiful art that is the bicycle and the feeling of freedom that it offers. This commitment to quality has driven our brand since day one, and we are proud to continue our Italian traditions and heritage in this great sport.
If we have learned one thing over the years, it is that people love the Imola. Given the incredible component set, value, and performance it is easy to see why, but we are never satisfied and continue to improve our most popular model. We now use a full Shimano Claris groupset, for maximum consistency and optimal performance in all moving parts. Made with our signature 6061 SLA Aluminum frame, featuring hydro-formed technology, the Imola is sure to provide an incredible ride and turn heads at the same time!
The Imola offers 24 speeds of pure power and performance, for wherever the road takes you. Thanks to the full Shimano Claris drivetrain, the components work together in perfect harmony, for maximum performance. This means the Imola can climb like a dream, while offering the speed you demand on the flats. We don’t believe in cutting corners with no name brakesets and cranksets, so we upgraded the Imola to full Shimano Claris groupset.
The Imola frame was engineered by our design team using the latest advances in shaped tubing and frame design to produce a lightweight, but powerful frame. Finally, the Imola comes equipped with our exclusive UltraCompact handlebar which allows every rider to ride more comfortably in the drops, reducing wind resistance and allowing you to ride longer and faster.
Full Claris groupset offers riders seamless performance and smooth consistant shifting. With 24 powerful speeds, the Imola is perfectly equipped for all types of roads and conditions.
Steel fork provides extreme durability and optimal stiffness when riding, combined with our VDT (Vibration Dampening Technology) system for added comfort on long rides.
The frame is drilled for all types of racks and fenders, optimizing the bikes versatility, and making the Imola perfect for road riders, fitness riders, and commuters alike.
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I recently got back into road bicycling. I did some in my youth some 25 years ago on more primitive vehicles, then some commuting on a hybrid bike, so I have an idea about basic bike riding and fixing, but not on an expert level. I was looking for a budget bike to see how much fun I can have now. After seeing that shops start around $700 and department stores have a couple $200 bikes that are essentially the same as my 15 year old hybrid bike but with a curved handlebar, I searched for something in the middle, and gave my vote to this one.
Tommasos are designed in Italy and made in the US. My bike arrived by FedEx in a big flat box a few days after ordering, almost fully assembled: after removing the protective padding all I had to do was secure the handlebar in its bracket, put the seat into its post, and the front wheel and pedals into their places. Everything looked flawless, and I noticed small signs of attention to detail, e.g. torque values stamped into the handlebar stem and seat post. The box states that the bike is supposed to be assembled by a professional mechanic, and since I was going to ride it as fast as I could, to be on the safe side, I paid $80 to a bike shop to inspect and tune up everything.
The weak spot seems to be the wheels. The mechanic noted that although he trued the wheels, they had a vertical wobble because they weren't exactly round. He advised me to try it if I feel safe, and maybe to contact the manufacturer for replacements. Then I asked a biker friend, and it turned out he's got 25 years of experience, more than a dozen bikes, and his own bike shop at home. He took off the tires and did some more work on the spokes. In the end about 2 mm of wobble remained in each wheel, and he ensured me that it's perfectly fine for wheels at this price point, and I wouldn't feel anything. Since then I rode the bike quite a bit, downhill too at almost the maximum speed, and I never felt anything out of ordinary.
The bike cruises quietly, shifting is accurate, breaks are good and noiseless. I measured it at exactly 25 lbs.; doesn't feel heavy at all. The 3x8 speeds give me a good range; the lowest gear is harder on hills than my hybrid bike's lowest, but the highest gears give me better speed on flats and downhills. The Shimano Claris shifters have double levers which means that I can do both up and down shifting without changing my grip. (I was looking for that after seeing other Shimanos with little stubby 2nd levers on the sides of the shifters.) So, everything works smoothly. If I had to buy a road bicycle again, I would go with this bike again without hesitation.
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