Tommaso Imola Road Bike Review

Tommaso Imola Road Bike

Tommaso Imola Road Bike

The Tommaso Imola Road Bike is a bike we like from the ground up. While there are cheaper starter bikes out there, this one feels right, and was engineered right while still being affordable by most.

The Imola is about as road versatile as you can ask for, it got a gear for nearly any road condition you come against, offering 24 speeds to choose from. The nice thing about this bike is there’s not much you’ll need to upgrade. The petals are your choice and sold separately, so you can get exactly what you want without adding to the bikes cost.

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The saddle is decent, but it’s a personal choice item, depending on your comfort level you might want to upgrade to a gel or different type.

Features

  • Nice Frame, 5 sizes to choose from
  • Respectable DriveTrain and Components
  • Brakes and Tires
  • Steering and Fork

 

Nice Frame, 5 sizes to choose from

You’re sure to find the right fit with 5 choices.

The Frame is a 6061 Aluminum Propitiatory blend. You’ll find many road bikes are made with 7005 Aluminum so whats the benefit of 6061?

For starters 6061 is an alloy combination of aluminum and magnesium, which is much less expensive to cast and as a result keeps the cost down, significantly. 7005 is Aluminum cast with Zinc and has a higher strength rating, and is maybe more desirable the thinner and lighter your frame is. Less weight with 6061 too, this bike comes in at 23 lbs.

The story doesn’t end there though, just like aircraft structures which bend in flight, the frame of a bike will bend though you might not see it, you’ll likely feel it in the ride. The 6061 blend is softer and will absorb more of the road irregularities, giving you a smoother ride. Don’t worry that the frame is weak, the 6061 blend has more than enough strength to handle anything you throw at it.

This 6061 Alloy blend also is beneficial in corrosion resistant properties.

The geometry of the design is also significant. It’s kept compact and is proportional to the size frame, so it’s not a one size fits all, the design stays true to the differing frame sizes.

Respectable DriveTrain and Components

The Tommaso Imola Road Bike offers better Shimano DriveTrain Components than the 200 dollar class department store bikes for sure. It’s outfitted with a Prowheel Solid 330 52/42/30T, (24 total gears) Crankset and 12-24t 8-Speed Cassette. The Chain is KMC.

It has Shimano 2203 front and rear derailleur’s, SunRace R-80 Series shifters.

It’s also got triple chainring up front to help attain those various speeds.

Brakes and Tires

Tektro Alloy Dual Pivot R310 are used on the Imola, and the Dual Pivot shows its heading toward the features of a high end bike, the cheaper bikes typically are equipped with single pivot brakes.

The tires are Kenda 700x23c, with a JY/XR-18 Weinmann Wheelset.

Steering and Fork

Thought was given to both ergonomics as well as comfort. The handlebars are Aluminum Ergo designed and 26 mm with Velo Cork Tape to provide a bit of cushion to the grip.

The Stem is also 26 mm Aluminum and is flip-able to allow you to change the drop down height to match your comfort zone. Little features that go along way on a long trek.

The shifters and brake levers are placed in line so no fumbling to find them in an emergency, again just good design.

An Aluminum fork with Steel Steer tube, 1 1/8″ is installed for better performance, but as an option you can opt to buy the Tommaso Imola with Carbon Fork Road Bike, which is the same bike except for the carbon front fork.

The Carbon fork absorbs more of the road vibration for a smoother ride.

Specs for the Tommaso Imola Road Bike (Beginner)

  • Frame: Semi-Compact Aluminum with Integrated Headtube.
  • Fork: Aluminum fork with Steel Steer tube, 1 1/8″
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 2203
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 2203
  • Shifters: SunRace R-80 Series shifters
  • Brakes Levers: Shimano 2203
  • Brakes: Tektro Alloy Dual Pivot R310
  • Chain: KMC
  • Crankset: Prowheel Solid 330 52/42/30T, (24 total gears)
  • Cassette: 12-24t 8-Speed
  • Pedals: None
  • Bottom Bracket: VP 118mm
  • Headset: FSA Headset
  • Saddle: Tommaso Road Sport Saddle
  • Seat Post: Aluminum 27.2mm
  • Handlebar: Aluminum Ergo, 26.0mm, Black
  • Grips: Velo Cork Tape White
  • Stem: Aluminum 26.0mm, Black
  • Tires: Kenda 700x23c
  • Wheelset: JY/XR-18 Weinmann
  • Weight: 22.2 lbs 54cm without pedals/reflectors
  • Color: Available in Black/White

Pros and Cons

Pros:

Price is still good for a really nice starter road bike.

Dual Pivot brakes are a nice step up from what you find on road bikes in the low hundreds price range.

The frame is a bit softer for a smoother ride, the benefit of the 6061 Aluminum and we like the option of buying the same bike with the carbon fork to take it to the next level for a little more ching.

The weight is respectable at 23 pounds, so even if your lifting it on to bus racks or in the bus, its fairly easy to do.

We also like the better drivetrain components, derailleur’s and shifters, again not top of the line, but not the lowest Shimano makes either. Thing is they work well when properly adjusted.

Cons:

Pedals are not included with this bike as standard so you will need to purchase some separately. Nor does it come with any assembly instructions so experience assembling road bikes will be needed.

Final Thoughts

The Tommaso Imola Road Bike is a bike we like from the ground up as we mentioned at the beginning of this review. It’s engineered as a true road bike. While it’s not all carbon, with the absolute best components, it’s equipped pretty well for the money.

The use of 6061 Aluminum Alloy was a good choice for both keeping price and weight down, but also for a smoother ride. If you can afford a little more, we suggest you get the Tommaso Imola with Carbon Fork Road Bike.

If you’re looking for a decent trainer for triathlons, racing or long rides, this is a road bike to put on your short list.

We highly recommend it as a beginner road bike, we think you’ll develop a passion for cycling because of it.

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