Giordano is another good example of a road bike manufacturer that specializes in entry-level and mid-range bikes.
The Acciao is the company’s answer to those looking for a beginner’s road bike that is affordable, but still offers a decent level of components and overall ride quality.
While the Giordano Acciao is definitely not a high-end road bike, it still looks like one, and for the most part, provides a very good ride despite being on the lower end of the spectrum.
This makes it perfect for recreational use, or even as a cheap, yet capable commuter bike.
As with any bike in this price range, there are some obvious pitfalls, but even the most experienced and discriminatory road biker can still find plenty to appreciate and respect.
The Acciao is a perfect introduction to road biking for anyone on a limited budget.
In case you didn’t already know, road biking can be pretty expensive, and that starts with the bike.
If you’re someone who is just trying to get started in the sport, it can be a little intimidating to see the costs for many high-end road bikes, as well as all of the equipment you’ll need.
Sure, you can opt for the ultra-cheap road bike at your local corporate retail outlet, but while you may save some money, you are getting what is essentially a faux-road bike that is really just a basic bike made to look like a road bike. Not very ideal.
The Acciao is very much an actual road bike, and although it may not be anywhere near a high-end bike, it still offers a very enjoyable ride quality, and employs the use of some strong components allows it to function on a more-than-acceptable level.
It is very much an entry-level road bike that doesn’t exactly feel like one.
With its steel frame, the Acciao takes a different route from the more widely used aluminum, yet still manages to keep things under 30 lbs when fully equipped.
As a result, you get a somewhat light frame, and also get a fairly good response, while also enjoying greater pedal power thanks to the rigidness of the steel.
The Acciao is not designed for any kind of racing or aerodynamics, so the riding stance is more of an upright position, which many beginners will appreciate, along with anyone who may use the bike for commutes and transportation.
The entire drivetrain and shifters are all Shimano Tourney STI, so you end up with a surprisingly quality level of shifting and gear ratio, and a total of 14 speeds.
As with any new bike, you’ll need a professional tune-up to get everything properly aligned, but after doing so, the Acciao offers quick and precise shifting.
Just as with the drivetrain and shifters, the Acciao has Shimano Tourney STI brakes, which are just as quality as the other components.
These are obviously not the best braking components that Shimano offers, but you get a lot for the money, and the included pads offer decent control and stopping power.
The Acciao’s Vitesse alloy wheelset is nothing special, but it’s also not bad in the least. Each rim includes 32 spokes, so you get a decent amount of support for the rims, helping guard against bending from both accidents and general use.
The included tires are good enough to not need an instant upgrade, but be careful to not over-inflate -- they aren't very forgiving.
The Velo saddle isn’t the best, but this seems to be a common problem with entry-level road bikes. The Acciao’s pedals avoid the ultra-cheap plastic you often get with beginner bikes, using metal instead.
The bike’s color is fairly nice, as you get a more Italian-inspired color scheme that helps the bike avoid any kind of amateur look.
Overall, the Acciao builds upon a decent frame by using a cohesive set of components, all made by a reputable manufacturer.
Since the frame is under the 30 lb mark, you can easily hang on to the Acciao for a few years, swapping out better components as you go along for a higher-quality bike.
The biggest advantage with the Acciao is the fact that you are getting a true road bike that handles and performs well, and all for a more than economical price.
The steel frame is light considering, and totally suitable for upgrading as time goes on. This is easily a bike you can progress with for a long time before taking a bigger step up.
The wheelset and tires are a little better than other road bikes in this category, which will save you some money right off the bat, as many prefer to upgrade as soon as they get an entry-level bike.
The cohesiveness that an all-Shimano Tourney STI and braking system provides is definitely a plus too.
We mentioned it earlier, but the saddle really seems to be the weak spot with the Acciao. While this may seem like a small thing, you have to remember that you’re going to be sitting on it quite a bit, and you may get sore sooner than you’d like.
The steel frame is a bit rigid for some as well, but again, you are getting better pedal efficiency as a trade-off, so it comes down to preferences.
A quick swap-out of the saddle and pedals for better versions can instantly elevate the Acciao to an even better entry-level bike.
It’s worth the money to get this quick upgrade out of the way upfront, you’ll be glad you did.
The Acciao is one of few heavy-hitters in this oversaturated road bike category. Plenty claim to offer a “real” road bike experience for an affordable price, but very few actually manage to do so. Giordano’s Acciao is one of the few that does.
Not only is it a great entry-level bike, it’s made to grow with you as you progress. For just a few hundred dollars, you can give yourself a true road bike that is ready to go after a quick tune-up.
We recommend it for anyone who wants an easy and economical start to road biking.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 08:47 pm
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