Have you been looking for the perfect commuter bike this season? Well, we specifically designed every 2015 Tommaso Aluminum Bike to better meet your needs as a commuter and a rider. Whether you get one of our Aluminum Road Series, Women's Specific Road Series, or Adventure Disc Road Series, your new frame will be rack-ready to give you the options you demand as a commuter.
With rack mounts drilled and tapped into ever 2015 Tommaso frame, it is easier than ever to add the perfect rack to your new bike with ease. These sturdy mounts can handle almost any rack on the market, and allows riders to add gear and luggage for commuting or touring trip.
We recently ordered some new racks and tested them on the bikes, to make sure they meet Tommaso standards, and were thrilled with the results. These frame racks have between a 45-55 weight limit and attach easily with nothing more than an Allen wrench.
If this sounds exactly like what you have been looking for, then you are in luck. This week, we are offering 25% off all bike racks.
Use code LUGGAGE at checkout to save 25% off every rack we offer. Offer valid thu 5/26
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Over the past month, we have looked at a different bike from our 2015 Aluminum Line each week. After checking out the Monza, Tiempo, and Forcella, I finally got to spend quality time on the Imola. The Imola is our number one selling bike every year, and with such a great package at under $500, it is easy to see why. While the Imola may not have some of the bells and whistles of other models, it puts in work where it counts. So, let's get down to the brass tacks and see what is new with the Imola for 2015.
Upon inspecting the Imola, I was very pleased with the new color scheme for 2015, and thought the overall look of the bike was great. The next notable change was getting rid of the old Sunrace shifters and generic crank, with both being replaced by Shimano Claris components. With the shifters, derailleurs, and crankset all being Shimano Claris, it is looking like a pretty nice change from previous year models. The new gearing looks great, and the Imola still stays true to its roots with a 24 speed drivetrain that has made it a favorite for riders who want a large range of gear options.
The 2015 Imola is going to use the same great compact frame that all of the other 2015 Aluminum Road Series will be using. This is great, because in previous years the Imola has had a slightly downgraded frame that didn't take advantage of tube shaping technologies. The new compact frame design allows riders to get more power out of every pedal stroke, and adds comfort on those long rides. The Imola differs from the other 2015 aluminum bikes, by offering a steel fork, instead of a carbon one. While this does increase the weight and vibration transfer slightly, it also makes for a tough, sturdy design that will last year after year.
This year's drivetrain looks great and performs even better. 2015 is the first year we have ever used a Shimano crankset on the Imola, and the difference is undeniable. Shifting is smooth and pickup is great, thanks to the new gearing ratio. By switching the chain rings from 30/42/52T to the new 30/39/50T, while keeping the cassette a 12x25T, riders gain increased climbing power without sacrificing a high top speed. The shifters feel great, and are a huge upgrade in ergonomics from the Sunrace shifters of previous years. If you have ridden Imolas in the past, get ready to be impressed.
The Imola dumped the old, heavy 32 spoke Weinmann wheelset we have used for years, and got upgraded to the new Tommaso Corsa TC-20. This new wheelset is lighter and tougher, not to mention better looking, and sure to become a favorite of Imola fans. With the strength of 20 front and 24 rear spokes, you can still count on the Imola to handle whatever the road has to dish out and ask for more.
The handlebars are another change for the 2015 Imola, going away from full size to compact. While these handlebars do differ slightly from our carbon line, they still offers compact drops, allowing riders to easily access this valuable positioning with ease. Now riders of all levels can easily enjoy the benefits or lightweight, compact handlebars.
The last notable change to the Imola for 2015 is the saddle. Tommaso joined forces with world class saddle manufacturer WTB, to create the custom Tommaso Volt saddle. This saddle offers 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. If you have been displeased with overly tough road saddles in the past, get ready for a welcome change.
As you can see, some great changes have occurred since 2014, and leave many wondering how it is possible to fit so much value in a road bike for under $500. Well, it may not have been easy, but it was definitely worth it. With upgrades in every possible area, the 2015 Imola shifts like a dream and rides like a bike twice its price. It would be nice to have a carbon fork on the Imola, and there are some definite benefits of having a couple extra gears on the cassette, but all in all I was impressed. I ride a lot of bikes and have tested every Tommaso model we have ever sold, and I can say without a doubt the new 2015 Aluminum Line is our best yet. The new Imola looks great, rides better, and comes with the unbeatable quality and service you expect from Tommaso. If you are looking for the perfect entry level road bike, the Imola is your ticket to fun and freedom.
If the 2015 Tommaso Imola sounds like the perfect bike for your 2015 season, we have a special offer for you. Take an extra $50 off the Imola all week long, by using code "IMOLA" at checkout. This great offer expires on May 13th, so don't miss out.View full article →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.View full article →
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.View full article →
Tommaso riders, you can now earn free gear and exclusive discounts just for riding your bike! Every time that you earn a badge on a Strava challenge, you receive a reward from Tommaso. These rewards range from special discounts to free products, and will change monthly. Ride hard, hit your goals this season, and earn rewards, it is that easy. Check out the reward structure for April below:
To join the free Tommaso Strava Club and start earning rewards today, CLICK HERE. The reward structure will change every month, so be sure to check frequently.
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I have just finished thoroughly testing all four of the new 2015 Tommaso Aluminum Bikes, and I have to say I am impressed. Over the next month, I will be reviewing the four new models, to let you know the benefits and downsides of each new model. Each week, there will be a special discount for the bike that is at the center of the discussion.
This week, I wanted to talk a little about the 2015 Tommaso Monza, and let riders know what is different for 2015. The first thing I noticed upon pulling the Monza out of the box was how great the new TC-40 wheelset looked. These deep dish rims are amazing and really give the bike some aesthetic appeal. Next, the paint scheme this year is a little different than what we have done in the past, and it looks great. The handlebars also have a compact design on the 2015 Monza, which really helps riders utilize the drops easier and take advantage of all handlebar positions. So, let's break down the different aspects of the bike, and see if this is the perfect ride for your 2015 season.
To start things off, let's take a look at the frame, which is actually re-designed for 2015. The new frame utilizes more tube shaping than has been used in past models, which really gives it a sleek, fast, and modern look. The frame is also a compact, which makes positioning great for riders and really relieves stresses on your back during longer rides. All in all, the new frame is a nice step up from last year's model, and feels great on the road.
The drivetrain for the Monza is going to be very similar to last year's model, as it still utilizes a blend of Tiagra, 105, and FSA. The crankset is going to be an FSA Vero, which is a great mid-level crankset. The FSA Vero integrates very well with the Tiagra & 105 system, and offers smooth power. We went with a 105 rear derailleur and a Tiagra front derailleur and shifters. This blend delivers smooth shifting, and a little extra get-up on the rear derailleur, giving riders shifting power where they need it most. Finally, we went with a Tiagra cassette, as we had done on previous models, but changed the gearing ratio to add great climbing power. Switching from an 11x25T cassette to a 12x28T cassette allows riders to climb steeper grades with ease, without sacrificing flat land speed. When riding the bike at on some steep grades over the weekend, this was one of the most notable benefits of the 2015 Monza.
One of the most obvious changes for 2015 is defintely going to be switching from Alex R450 rims to Tommaso TC-40 Aero rims. The Alex rims were decent intermediate rims, but did not offer much in the way of aerodynamics and speed, which offered us a great opportunity for 2015. To add aerodynamics and speed for the new Monza, we developed the 40mm deep dish rim, with bladed spokes. The deep dish rim offers great aero features and allows the Monza to cut through the wind with ease. Another added benefit is the increased centrifigal force offers increased stability and costing ability, making this the most stable of the 2015 Aluminum line. While this upgraded wheelset did add some weight to the 2015 model, the benefits seems to greatly outweigh the additional weight gain.
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 Monza.
The last notable change to the Monza 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.
That is a little summary of what the new 2015 Tommaso Monza has to offer riders. To sum it all up, the Monza looks great, climbs like a dream, and offers some incredible upgrades riders will notice immediately. With only a slight weight gain from last year's model, the Monza is perfect for riding local races, exploring, and group rides with friends.
If the 2015 Tommaso Monza sounds like the perfect bike for your 2015 season, we have a special offer for you. Take an extra $50 off the Monza all week long, by using code "MONZA" at checkout. This great offer expires on April 20th, so don't miss out.
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Have you ever been on a long ride and wished that the drops on your handlebars were a little more shallow and easy to access? Well, you are not alone. For years I have always felt uncomfortable in the drop position for long periods of time, because of the awkward position they force you into. Oh, and did I forget to mention how hard it is to reach the shifters and brake levers from this position on some handlebars? For these reasons many drops go unused, leaving riders with no benefits, except for maybe some cleaner portions of grip tape.
I have talked with other riders regarding this, to see if this was a common issue for cyclists. To my surprise, many people rarely use the drop portion of their bars, while others forgo the drops all together. All this talk brought up the question of 'Why are the drops there if we are never going to use them?'. When we brought this question up at Giantnerd, we decided that we needed to make it easier for customers to use their drops. So, we got in touch with the production team and got the bars on the 2015 Tommaso Carbon line to have some new compact handlebars. After patiently waiting, we received the new carbon bikes with compact handlebars last Summer and began testing them immediately. We all went on a few rides and unanimously agreed we were never going back to full size handlebars.
The ability to really utilize the drops is something many of us had never focused on before, and now that it was a real option, we all found ourselves riding in the position all the time. Riding in the drops offers many advantages and really does put your in an optimal position for speed and power, not to mention the shifters are right there for ease of use. Compact bars are really an incredible way to step up your ride and really use all of the positioning options available to you as a cyclist.
Our customers seem to agree as well, as we have received rave reviews about the new bars. For the 2015 Tommaso Aluminum line, we decided to keep the momentum going and use the Tommaso compact handlebars for all the 2015 bikes. Now riders of all levels can enjoy the added benefits and start riding their best. Gone are the days of being hunched over, causing back pain and discomfort. The difference may not seem extreme, but it makes a world of difference on the road.
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We get a lot of questions from customers asking what the difference between your average road shoe and a high end road shoe. It is a great question, that I myself did not fully know the answer to until recently, when I made the switch to the Shimano R170 SPD-SL shoes. The following has been my expereience, and why I am not hooked on the R170.
With Race season coming up I decided I needed every advantage I could get to be as competitive as possible this year. So, after some deliberation, I decided to retire my old Shimano R078 shoes and take a big leap to the R170. I had heard that the increased stiffness and improved materials would make a huge difference in my riding, so I gave it a try in training for an upcoming race.
Upon slipping into these shoes for the first time, the first thing that I noticed was the outside texture of the shoe. The minimal fabric design design was tough and sexy, with great ventilation. Also, the textured material on the outside of the shoe will most certainly be more resistant to signs of wear than my previous shoes.
After a few rides, this shoes makes lesser models feel like slippers. The R170 hugs your foot as tight as you need it to, with the ratchet system, without ever feeling uncomfortable. It greatly differs from shoes I have worn in the past because the body is using less material and I feel like the shoe becomes a seamless part of my foot while riding. The lightness of the shoes is extremely apparent on long climbs and those training days when you just seem to have heavier legs than usual.
Over the Winter, I first started using these shoes on a stationary bike at spin class. I immediately noticed more accessibility to muscle groups that were otherwise hindered with my previous shoes from the need to focus too much on balancing on a small platform. The stiffness of these shoes, Shimano rating of 10 for stiffness, makes the whole sole of the shoe feel like a platform, instead of just focusing on the ball of my foot. This bigger platform feel has provided better balance, more power, and has decreased my fatigue while riding, making me faster and happier than ever before.
So, if you are looking to make the switch and try a newer stiffer shoe to up your game this season, give it a try. I guarantee you will see a huge difference and never looks back.
Until next time, keep training hard and enjoy the ride!
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As most riders know, Pearl Izumi is the standard that all other road cycling gear is based on. Founded in 1950, Pearl Izumi has led the way on many great developments we use everyday as cyclists. At Giantnerd, we are proud to carry these great products and work with Pearl Izumi to make all of our Tommaso Cycling Logo Wear. If you want to learn more about how the cycling clothing industry has changed and grown over the years, checkout the video below.View full article →
If you love cycling, you probably heard about or got the chance to try the new Ultegra 6800 in the 2014 season. Everyone, especially us, was really excited about getting the extra benefits the 11 speed groupset offers, this is especially true for the climbers who just need a little extra on steep grades. What really makes the groupset great though is all that is borrows directly from the Dura Ace 9000 groupset.
Now to get into the real question of “What is really new about the 6800 groupset?”. Besides the obvious increase in the number of speeds, riders can expect notable upgrades in shifting, subtle but worthwhile changes to derailleurs, a friction reducing chain, and a stiffer, more customizable crankset.
Let’s start off by talking about the improved shifting with the Shimano Vivid Shifting system. This revolutionary system allows riders to have the same feel when shifting at the high and low end of the, avoiding the heavier resistance when shifting to the big cogs riders experienced in previous years. We have tried this out to see if you can really tell a difference while shifting and we have to say it is quite obvious. I wouldn’t say that it feels the exact same shifting in the highest and lowest gears, but it is definitely the closest we have ever seen. Another great benefit of the shifters is that the throw of the lever is reduced, allowing you to shift easier while in the drops. Finally, when you are shifting under a load, the shifting performance is outstanding. You can go as hard as you want while shifting and not get the issue you have experienced in previous years with other groupsets.
Moving onto the derailleurs, we see some subtle changes that will make your riding experience better. On the front derailleur, you will notice a reduction in shift effort, thanks to the better activation arms. The front derailleur is also stiffer thanks to a support bolt, like you would see in a Di2 unit. For the rear derailleur, not as much has changed, but you will notice that there is a more linear feel while shifting thanks to a small change in the spring.
For the chain, Shimano went with a symmetrical one this year, making it easier for the home user to install. The biggest innovation to the chain is the PTFE coating, which acts as a lubricant and armor coating, greatly reducing corrosion and improving chain life. If you have been riding a Ultegra 6700 chain, get ready to see smoother shifting, decreased resistance, and unbeatable chain life.
Finally, we will look at the crankset, which looks notable different than the 6700 model. For the 6800 model, Shimano chose to go with a four arm system, which reduces weight while giving extra strength in the regions that take the most stress during pedaling. Not only does this new design give great stiffness and weight savings, but it also offers the most chainring customization option for the crank ever.
At the end of the day, I think everyone who has tried the Shimano 6800 setup will agree it is incredible. While cycling companies are always touting innovations and upgrades, much like automobile manufacturers, the changes in the 6800 system actually make a difference to real riders. If you are looking to step up your riding, definitely check this system out.
Interested in a Tommaso bike featuring this amazing system? Check out the Tommaso Superleggera and the Tommaso Aggraziato. Both of these bikes have received great reviews you can read here: http://giantnerd.com/pages/2015-aggraziato-review & http://giantnerd.com/pages/tommaso-superleggera-dura-ace-9000-reviewView full article →