I have been looking for a good road bike that wouldn't leave me broke. Although I completely understand that quality does come at a price, but I have been reviewing bikes for enough time to know that the price does not have to be exorbitant.
One manufacturer that seems to have achieved the illusive balance between quality and afford-ability is Vilano. They have always been successful in producing top quality equipment at very affordable prices.
One of the best weapons in their arsenal is Vilano FORZA 3.0 Aluminum Carbon Shimano Sora road bike. This gorgeous road bike is a perfect amalgamation of fine craftsmanship and top notch performance. I was impressed as soon as I laid my eyes on it but as soon as I took my first ride, I was couldn't help but fall in love.
Don’t be surprised if you want to get one of these beauties home by the end of this review. So, let us begin!
Vilano Forza 3.0 Review
Is Vilano Forza 3.0 Road Bike For You?
If you are looking for an awesome bike to commute to work, a road bike for your workout routine or a cycle to compete in those charity races, the Vilano FORZA 3.0 Aluminum Carbon Shimano Sora road bike is just perfect for you. The Vilano FORZA 3.0 is like a chameleon which seamlessly transforms into the perfect bike for any occasion and any purpose. So, is it for you? You bet it is!
Truly high class features
The FORZA 3.0 aluminum carbon road bike has all the features we have come to expect from a quality high end road bike and then some.
A unique design with the goodness of both Aluminum and carbon
The FORZA 3.0 is a very unique bike as far as the choice of the material for its construction goes. The bike uses a light and sturdy 6061 aluminum frame and a carbon fiber fork. Carbon fiber forks are known for their light weight and taking an edge off of rough roads. Unlike the cheap carbon aluminum composite material used in substandard forks, the FORZA 3,0 uses a high grade 12K carbon fiber. This high grade carbon fiber is hardened toward the end of the fork’s travel making it as strong as steel and yet incredibly light.
The unique material choice makes not only a functional sense but also an aesthetic one as well. The two tone frame looks amazingly stylish and classy.
High quality Shimano STI gear shifters and smooth drive train
The FORZA 3.0 comes equipped with 24 gears to handle any situation from a comfortable ride to achieving great speeds. The Shimano shifters make changing gears as smooth as butter. The front derailleur is a three speed Shimano claris while the rear derailleur is eight sped Shimano Sora.
Reliable and efficient braking
The Vilano Forza 3.0 bike is fitted with a linear pull breaking system which is efficient and reliable. I did not have any problem braking even at high speeds. Although this road bike does not have disk brakes, the linear pull brakes are quite precise. I ham satisfied with the overall braking performance.
Beautiful rims and wheel set
This vilano bike bike comes with 700c double walled alloy wheels with machined sides. The strong wheel set is accompanied by 25c tires ensuring a smooth ride and a great grip even on wet and slick conditions.
Pros & Cons
1. Super-light and sturdy thanks to the carbon fiber fork
2. Easy assembly
3. Smooth and reliable gear transition
4. The bike comes with free platform pedals with tor straps
5. Gorgeous finish
- I am nitpicking here, but there are no gear indicators on the shifters. It is a very minor thing but could have been taken care of.
1. Shipping weight: 32 pounds
2. Dimensions of the box: 67 X 25 X 39 inches
3. Wheel size: 700 inches
4. Assembly required: About 30% assembly is required by the customer
The Vilano FORZA 3.0 aluminum carbon road bike is a great road bike and at the price point, is practically a steal. The bike is handsomely made, very light, smooth and performs flawlessly with minimal maintenance required. It is truly a versatile bike giving the best bank for your buck!
Don’t fight the strong urge to get one for yourself , it truly is worth the indulgence!