The Vilano Forza 4.0 Aluminum Road Bike is one of the best entry level bikes you can buy in the $500 range. Depending on your preference, it can cost you roughly a $100 lower for the smaller bicycle or higher than $500. At that price, it can easily be considered a go-to road bike for most cycling beginners, amateurs, and fitness enthusiasts.
Of course, FORZA 4.0 is not one of the most feature-rich road bikes out there, and neither does it pretend to be. It comes with all the standard features and does a great job at delivering a good experience. The road bike has an aluminum frame, which makes the bike noticeably lighter compared to steel bikes. The 6061 Aluminum frame, although lighter, is known for its strength. It does not figure in the same class as stainless steel, but is certainly more than enough for most users, who do not put too much load on the bike. Furthermore, not all parts in the bike are top notch and add significant weight of their own to the two wheeler. As an end result, FORZA 4.0 is slightly heavier than its more upscale aluminum cousins.
The Vilano FORZA 4.0 comes in an almost pre-assembled configuration. Any user will be able to assemble the remaining parts in a matter of minutes. However, it is quite common for beginners to miss a thing or two while assembling their bike for the first time. It is best if beginners get it done by the guys at the nearby bike shop.
The winning characteristic of the Vilano FORZA 4.0 is its Shimano STI Integrated Brake Lever Shifters. These are among the most common and trusted groupsets in the market, and are easily to assemble and repair. The integrated brake levers-shifters configuration means that a single lever is used for both braking the vehicle and changing the gears. All you have to do is push the brake lever sideways to change the gears, which feels effortless, and something that you can get used to right away.
One problem area on this bike is the seat. It is not a comfortable saddle, since it has bare minimum padding. Well, we have no complaints about this at this price range. But if you are practicing for competitive cycling, a custom saddle would do a better job on this road bike. Mind you, the built-in seat can really bruise you if you are in the habit of using the bike a lot. Just like the seat, the pedals, tires, and tubes are not exactly great either, but they get the job done. Again, at this price range, this is expected. However, the bikes will do what they are meant to do for an everyday bike rider. On the other hand, if you are into fitness, or professional cycling, customizing these parts would give you a better experience with the bike. That is not to say that the bike does not deliver.
This bike will impress you. The ride is smooth, the gear levers feel great in hand, the gear changes are seamless, the brakes work great, and except for the seat, the bike delivers a good experience overall. With a little bit of customizing, you might find this bike to surpass your expectations. You might even fall in love with it.