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Vitesse Sprint Unisex Road Bike Blue, 22.5" inch alloy frame, 21 speed Shimano gearing steel road forks (2010 edition)
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- 22-1/2 inch Alloy race cycle
- 21-speed shimano gears
- 700C Steel road forks
- Handle-bar mounted rotational gear shifters
- Suitable for inside leg measurement 83-96 cm (33-38 Inches)
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Vittesse sprint 21-speed alloy racing bike features 21-speed shimano gears, alloy side-pull brakes, 700C alloy deep-profiled rims, 700C x 28c silver-line fast road tyres, pearl blue paint finish, comfortable padded sports saddle, 100 mm alloy stem and maes-bend bars. Ideal for ages 12+ years.
Bike is in Vitesse blue, with minimal wear and tear. Comes with an indoor turbo trainer and can be dispatched to the local London area (or collected once bought). All brakes/gears working with minimum maintenance required.
From the manufacturer
- Colour: Gloss blue
- Age range: 14 +
- Frame: Alloy 22.5''
- Gears: Shimano 21 speed
- Shifters: Shimano rotational shifter
- Rims: Alloy 700c deep profile
- Tyres: 700c x 28c silver line
- Brakes: Front and rear dual pivot caliper
Vitesse Sprint road bike
Vitesse, alloy cycle range with quality and performance as its main attributes. The Vitesse design team are proven cyclists and are passionate about every attention to detail. If you are looking to start serious cycling then Vitesse is the brand for you. A range of Alloy road bikes and look out for the First Vitesse Electric Bike.
- Reccomended inside leg measurement of 32-37 inch.
Branded gears and shifters
High quality Shimano branded gears and shifters to highlight the bikes quality construction.
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This bike has been quite good for me. First of all, it isn't carbon fiber or other fancy material and the "alloy" of the frame feels a lot like mostly steel considering the weight. So carrying it down 2 floors and then carrying it up 2 floors after a cycling session is in its own an exercise.
Initial assembly took a while simply because I like to enjoy my hobbies without being hurried. And to assemble a bike that you will be riding - and thus depend on it with your life - shouldn't be done quickly - unless you're a bike specialist. Which I am not. So I took my time and it ended up to be around 45 minutes to 1h, with good results (still alive after all those years, right?).
The ride is good. I don't know how much more expensive bikes ride, but I suppose there aren't any pink unicorns flying along side you and cheering as you shift gears. Speaking of which, the gear changes are smooth, but a bike shop can do better in tuning them. I haven't bothered because I never really got into this "shift when you go uphill so you pedal less intensely". It's a bike, I go out to exercise on it, uphill is supposed to be more difficult.
The brakes are not bad at all. I did ride bikes with disc brakes and they're a pain to maintain. This one has the classic pads which step on the rims. I did tune the front one so it never locks the front wheel as I don't enjoy flying. The rear one has that capability, which is p nice sometimes when you want to show off. Or, if it is wet outside, to demonstrate how artistic you can be whilst falling off.
Coming back to the ride, it is good. On asphalt. On bike trails it is absolutely atrocious. You can feel every bump in the road because there aren't any fancy suspensions to smooth things out. Then again, this makes the rider much more "in tune" with what is happening, e.g. when you're doing 30mph on it, you _will_ know it. The same when you're about to lose control in a corner you entered too fast.
Overall, it is a reasonably priced bike which in 5 years shows no signs of wear and tear. The handlebars wrapping is still intact and in good condition and there are no awful things happening with the joints or the riding train, and bear in mind this has been stored outside, on the balcony, so it's had its fair share of rain, wind, moisture and temperature changes.
Yes, some bolts rusted and it needs a tyre change after some kids punctured the back tyre a little while ago, yes, it isn't the best out there, but it does make you smile when outdoors and riding it and that is the most important thing after all.
Oh, and you can use your car pressure tool to check the tyre pressure and your car compressor (or pump, if you really like exercise) to pump up the tires because of the car-like valves on the tyres. How cool is that?
The reason for giving it 4 (out of 5) is because of some of the strange features (that one would not expect on a racer). I actually dismantled the handle-bars last weekend and discovered that it it actually TWO tubes which slide together. This is the reason for the "somewhat strange" metal reinforcing section in the centre of the handlebars. It also explains how they managed to get the twist gears on - because they wont slide around the corner of the handlebars, I tried :-( .
I would also recommend getting it setup correctly when you first buy it. It might be worth a trip to Halfords to get them to tension the spokes on the wheels correctly (to avoid buckles).
- very strong
- value for money
- weak pedals (broke after about 1 year commuting). I replaced them with some metal pedals from clas ohlson which are unbelievable strong.
- having twist gears on a racer is a bit strange (see other comments about braking and gears being far apart).
- braking can be awkward as you have to drop down to get a good grip on the levers. You can pull from above but you cannot get as much purchase. If the brakes are a bit worn, or there is a slight buckle in the wheel this could impact safe breaking.
updated: the back wheel started to get a big wabble. it was fixed but then the axle in that wheel snapped while riding it.
Having had a look at the other amazon bikes in this price range it seems the prehistoric brakes are widerspread, hence the 4 stars and not less. Also the seat lets in water between the seams so if you leave it in the rain you will have a wet bum for a week. One of the allen keys included was the wrong size so I if hadn't had my own tools I wouldn't be able to fit the seat.
Good points:- Its light (ish). Its fast (ish). Its cheap. It looks good. Perfect entry level bike on a budget.
Bad points:- Had it 4 months, used very often, stored in garage, washed and dried after every ride and some small components already show signs of rust. I needs a major service the moment you get it as the gears will be out of line and the breaks are pants. Replace the seat or you will look like you have had a train driven into your ass.
All in all, its less than £150 for a road bike... every where I went for a "entry level bike" they wanted at least £300-£400. If your just wanting something to give it a go on, this is the bike for you.