Vilano FORZA 2.0 Aluminum Carbon Shimano Tiagra Road Bike
|Price:||$549.00 - $685.25|
- Frame: 6061 Double Butted Aluminum
- Fork: 12k Carbon Fiber
- Shimano Tiagra 9 Speed
- 700C Double Walled Wheelset
- Free Pedals Included
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The Vilano FORZA 2.0 is equipped with a 12K Carbon racing fork, Shimano Tiagra derailleur and shimano 9 speed sti shifters. This is an excellent choice for club rides, training and exercise.<strong>Full Specs:</strong></br> <ul> <li>Model: Forza 2.
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the wire guide under it is plastic, that broke 1000 miles in. The tires are cheapo, I replaced with gator skin. the gear shift caps come off easy and I continue to have to glue them on because they are plastic and the their screw holes ripped. One day I will get new shifters. Be careful the bike scratches very easy. My paint job is riddled with scratches.
I have no problem with the issues thus far. Vilano has provided a great bike for me. I don't know if it's the bike or the wheels but I always pass any other cyclist. Few manage to keep up. I was even thinking about buying a new one, that can sparkle while this one would be my training bike.
Light weight 22-23 lbs.
Very good components for the price range
Stylish (my wife said pretty bike)
Solid frame and forks for the money.
Free professional assembly which for me was a must. This will eliminate many of the complaints. With new bikes rims need truing up while shifters and brakes needing adjustments to be road ready.
-Tires and tubes we're unusable for me . 5"11 250lbs... Changed to 700x25c with no problem. Gatator skins..
-700x28c will not fit... tried them and may fit the back with different brake pads but rubs on the fork.
-seat was poor too like most bikes you buy so I changed as well.
- Brakes are similar to most in this price range and fine for most riding but I live on steep hills and I will not be riding down with these brakes.
I also upgraded the pedals because it is a road bike and to get the most out it you should clip in. I got the reversible pedals with platform on one sid and clip on the other for flexibility. Love them.
Over a very good choose for my 1st rode bike.
After more riding and my failed attempts to be A remorseful buyer I love my bike. Unable to find any thing at LBS under $900.00 with similar components. It is lighter than all the LBS bikes in the price range.
The bike comes partially assembled, and though I was able to assemble it the rest of the way without an issue, I ended up taking it to my lbs to do the final tune and throw slime tubes in the tires so as to avoid flats (living in NM, goatheads are prevalent). I also put a new seat on the bike, as the one that comes with it sucks. But to be fair, the seat that came on my $4k Gary Fisher mountain bike sucked too. Bike manufacturers almost never give you a good seat. So, after taking it to my lbs for the final tune and buying the seat, I'm in $600. I would say that for what you get, this bike is comparable to a lot of bikes that are in the $700-900 range (and you'll still have to put a new seat on those as well), so it's a decent little deal. It's a very nice looking bike, with the logo very understated. The bike is very fast, very smooth to ride.
The wheels came relatively true, and my lbs said I needed to ride it for a while and then bring it back to get them trued.
One particular issue? The crank kinda sucks, and the large gear ring on my particular crank came bent. Not much, but you can see it, and it's just an example of the poor build quality of the crank. But to be fair, at this level, the crank you'll get on any bike is going to be basically crap. And even though the crank is bent, it's not bent enough that it really affects anything as far as the ride, and my lbs was able to dial things in so nothing rubs with relative ease. So not a big deal, but that's why it gets 4 stars, in addition to the fact that it's just really impossible for a bike of this price to be 5 star, IMO.
Overall, a good deal, and a great starter road bike. I really enjoy riding it, it's comfortable, and the fit is good (and I just looked at their height sizing chart at roadbikeoutlet). If you can afford it, I'd go with the Forza 1.0, as you get a few better components, including the crank, for only about $100 more. I just literally didn't have the money to spend any more than I did.
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So far so great! This bike has almost 300 miles on it now and not one, single issue. Not even a flat tire. Went on a 50-miler with some friends today and simply smoked them, and they were on $1200 Trek bikes. One of the guys even got a flat tire with his 'kevlar' tires and Stan's tubes. Meanwhile, I just kept posting the best times of the day on my little $500 Vilano, which so far has done everything I've asked of it and more, without a hint of disagreement. My one complaint? Good god road biking is a pain in the nethers. My butt gives up far before the rest of me. Complaints about the Vilano? ZERO.
What else can I say, but that this bike is fantastic for the price. If I'd had the money, I still would have opted for the 1.0 due to a couple better components for not much more money. But this bike is truly solid. Even the wheels have stayed pretty true through almost 500 miles and multiple 50 milers on mediocre roads. But the wheels sure aren't light, I'll say that. But I stand by my opinion that for the price you get a lot of bike. I have no problem smoking people on their $2000 bikes. With a better wheelset, for which you really need only spend about $200 for a serious upgrade from what comes on the bike, this one's a champion!