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Tommaso Forcella Review

April 28, 2015

This week, we are going to be looking at the Tommaso Forcella, which in previous year's has gone by the name Imola Carbon.  We decided that with the huge upgrades this year, that this bike deserved a new name.  The Forcella is not just an Imola with a carbon fork anymore, it is its own distinct bike, with some amazing features not seen in any of our other aluminum bikes.  At $599, this is definitely one of the best values in cycling today, and is sure to change the way you look at an entry level road bike.

For 2015 the Forcella is equipped with a full Shimano Claris drivetrain.  That's right, the crankset, cassette, shifters, and derailleurs are all premium Shimano Claris.  This uncompromising approach brings brilliantly smooth shifting and power, that you are sure to notice immediately.  The 24 powerful Shimano Claris gears offer a great range and allow riders to easily climb large hills and speed through the flats.  So, let's get into what is new this year, and why the 2015 Forcella is most certainly not just an Imola with Carbon Fork.

Frame

For the frame, we use the same high quality frame you will see of higher end models like the Tiempo and Monza.  This allows riders at all price points to enjoy the awesome power of a compact frame set with tons of style from our premium shaped tubes.  With an HCT carbon fork, the Forcella drops weight and decreases road vibrations with ease.  A great new feature of the Forcella's frame is how commuter friendly it is.  Equipped with mounts for heavy duty racks on the back, this bike is sure to become your new favorite way to get out and explore.

Drivetrain

The 2015 Forcella is the only bike in our 2015 Aluminum Road Series that features a full Shimano drivetrain.  There are no mixed and matched pieces on the Forcella, as every component is designed to work perfectly and fluidly together offering the performance that every rider deserves.  With a Claris 30/39/50T Triple Crankset in front and a Claris 12x25T Cassette in the rear, you are given an incredible range of speeds to help you conquer old roads and find new challenges.  

     

Wheelset

Going away from the Weinmann Wheelsets we have used in the past, the Forcella enjoys an upgrade to the stable and reliable Tommaso Corsa TC-30 Wheelset.  With the strength of 20 front and 24 rear spokes, the Forcella can take whatever the road throws its way, and ride away in style.  Featuring a 30mm rim for added aerodynamics, centrifugal force, and road dampening capabilities, the TC-30 is the best wheelset we have ever put on an entry level bike.

Handlebars

Across the board for 2015, we went with a more compact handlebar than we have used in the past.  While these handlebars do differ slightly from our carbon line, they still offers compact drops, allowing riders to easily access this valuable positioning.  Now riders of all levels can easily enjoy the benefits or lightweight, compact handlebars.

Saddle

For 2015, we worked directly with WTB to create our customer WTB Tommaso Volt Saddle.  We use this same saddle on premium carbon bikes like the Aggraziato, and are now sharing this breakthrough in technology and comfort with all of our road bikes.  With a specially designed "Love Channel", this saddle will relieve pressure and keep you comfortable exactly where you need it, so there is nothing to think about except how much you are enjoying the ride.

With all of these incredible changes for 2015, we are confident that the Tommaso Forcella is the best entry level bike on the market.  With a full Shimano Claris drivetrain, Tommaso Corsa TC-30 wheels, a premium HCT carbon fork, and the comfort and performance of a WTB Volt saddle, this bike will leave you blown away at all the value it fits in the $599 price tag.  The only thing I found myself wanting was a little more range in the cassette, but with an 8 speed system, the Forcella does everything you would expect and more.  If you have been looking for a great bike for 2015 that will turn heads and won't break the bank, the Forcella is the ride for you.

If the 2015 Tommaso Forcella sounds like the perfect bike for your 2015 season, we have a special offer for you.  Take an extra $50 off the Forcella all week long, by using code "FORCELLA" at checkout.  This great offer expires on May 6th, so don't miss out.

Tommaso Tiempo Review

April 21, 2015

Next up for testing in the 2015 Tommaso Aluminum Series is going to be the Tiempo.  After riding the Tiempo for the past week, I was thrilled to see how the changes and additions to the 2015 model compared to the 2014 Tiempo.  Let's take a look at this incredible bike and see how much value can possibly squeezed into a $699 road bike.

All the 2015 Tommaso bikes have undergone a notable transformation and the Tiempo is no exception.  Upon my first inspection with the Tiempo, one change really jumped out at me, and that was the crankset.  The crankset really got upgraded this year, going from a generic triple to a premium Shimano Sora double, to optimize weight savings and efficiency.  The new Tommaso TC-30 wheelset looked amazing as well, and I couldn't wait to get this baby on the road!  Without further ado let's delve into this masterpiece of affordable road cycling technology and see what it can offer riders this season.

Frame

As with all the new 2015 Tommaso bikes, the frame for the 2015 Tiempo is brand new and totally re-designed to give you superior comfort and power on every ride.  This lightweight, compact frame features a premium HCT carbon fork, offering great efficiency and vibration dampening.  We also added mounts to the rear triangle, making the 2015 frames perfect for commuters and city riders who want to add a heavy duty rack to the frame.

Drivetrain

In the previous year models of the Tiempo, there has always been a 3x9 drivetrain.  For 2015, we changed that to a 2x9 system, to increase efficiency and make tuning a breeze.  We also replaced a heavy triple crankset with a new Shimano Sora double, making for smoother shifting and great weight savings.  The new 11x28T cassette offers a wider range than the old 12x25T, which makes a huge difference one climbs and straightaways alike.  We also dumped the Sunrace shifters and replaced them with Shimano Sora shifters, to match the shifters, derailleurs, and crankset for the smoothest ride ever.  Having ridden the previous year's Tiempo, the difference in this drivetrain is night and day.  The crisp shifting really blew me away, and truly changed my opinion about what an entry level groupset has to offer.

         

Wheelset

Another one of the most notable changes for 2015 is going from the heavy and clunky Weimann wheelset to the fast and stylish Tommaso Corsa TC-30 wheelset.  Featuring a 30mm rim and bladed spokes, you get the perfect blend of aerodynamics and weight savings.  The 30mm rim also helps to dampen road vibrations, adding comfort that most thought could never be achieved with an aluminum frame road bike.

 

Handlebars

We feel it is essential for every rider to be able to use all the positions on the handlebars comfortably and with ease.  On our 2015 Carbon Road Bikes, we went with an ultra-compact handlbar design that made utilizing the drop feature on the bars easier than ever.  Riders loved the new handlebars so much, that we decided to trickle down this great technology to the 2015 Tiempo.  If you have felt constrained to one or two positions on your handlebars, get ready for a breakthrough on the way you ride!

   

Saddle 

The last notable change to the Tiempo for 2015 is the saddle.  Tommaso joined forces with world class saddle manufacturer WTB, to create the custom Tommaso Volt saddle.  Offering lightweight comfort and performance, with the specially designed "Love Channel", this saddle relieves pressure and leaves you ready to power through whatever the road has to offer.

In conclusion, if you have ridden the Tiempo, or similar road bikes in the past, get ready to be impressed.  Shifting is smooth and reliable, climbing is powerful and explosive, vibrations are minimal, and the bike feels great.  The only real downside I saw while riding the bike was that it was only a 9 speed.  Having an extra speed would have been great in some situations where I needed just a little more power, but that is unfortunately a drawback for the Sora system as a whole.  Moving to the 11x28T cassette really gives you a wide range of options though and riders who are currently using 8 or 9 speed system will be thrilled by its functionality.  The wheels are great and cut through wind easily, while the hubs let you coast like a dream.  All in all, I had a blast riding the 2015 Tommaso Tiempo, and I know you will too!

If the 2015 Tommaso Tiempo sounds like the perfect bike for your 2015 season, we have a special offer for you.  Take an extra $50 off the Tiempo all week long, by using code "TIEMPO" at checkout.  This great offer expires on April 29th, so don't miss out.