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Road bike £899 @ Start Fitness
Road bike £899 @ Start Fitness

Road bike £899 @ Start Fitness

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Carbon road bike with excellent specifications
Model Number FOR45-1
Brands Forme
Gender Mens
Age Adult
Model Year 2013
Colour Black/White
Frame Carbon 12k 700 (920g in a 51cm) BB86, tapered headtube
Fork Carbon 700 12k
Shifters Campagnolo Athena 11 Speed
Derailleur (Front) Campagnolo Athena
Derailleur (Rear) Campagnolo Athena
Brakes Campagnolo Centaur
Crankset Campahnolo Athena 53/39t 50 170mm | 52-56 172.5mm | 58-61 175mm
Cassette 11 Speed 12/25t
Chain 11 Speed KMC
Bottom Bracket Campagnolo Athena Push fit
Hub Front 4ZA Cirrus
Hub Rear 4ZA Cirrus
Rims 4ZA Cirrus
Tyres Shwalbe Ultremo ZX 700x23c
Handlebar 4ZA Cirrus, 140mm , Reach 90mm, 400mm
Stem 4ZA Cirrus 7 Rise 110mm
Headset FSA Orbit
Saddle 4ZA Cirrus
Seatpost 4ZA Cirrus, Alloy , 31.6, 350mm
Pedal None incl.
Wheel Size 700c
Number of Gears 22

9 Comments

Doesn't deserve the cold votes, it is a bargain, and a decent bike.

A review
Edited by: "hamodziatko" 13th Feb

Heat. Decent bike for the price; especially with Campag and half decent wheels.

Gearing is for the fit among us, though; those new to cycling might find it hard going. Wheels have a 15 stone weight limit as well.

Original Poster

I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any advice on this or the Declathon one I posted before this. Thanks

zombiejack

Heat. Decent bike for the price; especially with Campag and half decent … Heat. Decent bike for the price; especially with Campag and half decent wheels.Gearing is for the fit among us, though; those new to cycling might find it hard going. Wheels have a 15 stone weight limit as well.


vdey

I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any … I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any advice on this or the Declathon one I posted before this. Thanks



Quite different bikes (Carbon vs Alu & Shimano vs Campy). Also the wheels on the Ultra are 35mm deep so they have a little bit of an aero advantage. Emphasis on the little bit. My bro has the Ultra & loves it. It also won a bunch of awards/great reviews...

Original Poster

I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any advice on this or the Declathon one I posted before this. Thanks

zombiejack

Heat. Decent bike for the price; especially with Campag and half decent … Heat. Decent bike for the price; especially with Campag and half decent wheels.Gearing is for the fit among us, though; those new to cycling might find it hard going. Wheels have a 15 stone weight limit as well.


My heart would say the Forme, my head, a little reluctantly, the BTwin. I would struggle with that gearing on the Forme, once the going got steep.

Unless, of course, you're extremely fit, or not planning to cycle anywhere hilly; in that case the Forme would definitely be my choice.

Original Poster

I'm having the same problem. Not that fit though have done 50+ miles few times last year on a Halford Careera Road bike. What's putting me off the Forme is the inability to test ride this and if this requires adjustment later. I think at the end I'll land up with the BTWN. Though full price its components are same or better than the Forme except for the lighter carbon frame with the Forme .

vdey

I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any … I'm planning it as a first Road bike having ridden hybrid until now. Any advice on this or the Declathon one I posted before this. Thanks


imo the Forme is the better value but as others have said the gearing with 53/39 and 11/25 is very racy and wouldn't suit you if you're unfit.

I have the BTwin Mach 720 which has 52/36 and 11/28 cassette and that's good for me (https://www.decathlon.co.uk/mach-720-carbon-road-bike-105-id_8339670.html) and I'm pretty happy with it, sat on my turbo trainer at the moment. Slightly different (more aggressive) shape to the Ultra though.

hamodziatko

Doesn't deserve the cold votes, it is a bargain, and a decent bike.A … Doesn't deserve the cold votes, it is a bargain, and a decent bike.A review


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