Vilano FORZA 2.0 Aluminum Carbon Shimano Tiagra Road Bike
|Price:||$549.00 - $568.01|
- 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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After setting up the bike, I couldn't get the brakes aligned so I brought it to a reputable local bike shop to have them take a look. They immediately saw that the front brake had been bent - as you can see in the attached photo the two breaks are crooked. Upon closer inspection the bike shop also found that a gear tooth had been bent and also that the wrong rear deraileur was used on the bike! The bike is a 9 speed bike but it had a 10 speed Tiagra deraileur installed when it needed a 9 speed Sora shifter. If the bike shop wouldn't have caught this, my shifting would not have been smooth.
I called Amazon to notify them of the issues and customer service took care of me but the manufacturer needs to protect the bike better for shipping and also use the right parts.
The main problem is that the very nice Tiagra derailleur which is included on this bike is a 10 speed derailleur but the cassette and the shifter are for 9 speeds. The Shimano compatibility chart is available on their web site showing the proper combinations of rear power train parts, but Amazon will not let me post the URL here. After talking to several bike technicians and Vilano, I replaced the Tiagra derailleur with the Shimano Sora RD-3500 Rear Derailleur GS Medium Cage 9 Speed, which is the Shimano recommend derailleur for this 9 speed combination. (There are a couple of choices, make sure you get the right one for your cassette) The bike now works smoothly in all gears and I love it.
The bike arrived with places for attaching two water bottle type accessories. Two of the mounting points had screws inserted and two did not. The threads in all four threaded holes were damaged and the threads on the attached screws were also “boogered”. It was necessary to clean the threads up with a tap and replace the two damaged screws.
Now that I have everything fixed and adjusted, this is a five star 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.