Vilano Forza 4.0 Road Bike Review

Vilano Forza 4.0 Road Bike Review

Price

Pros

Price, shifters, lightweight

Cons

Seat/saddle

Summary

This bike is perfect for any weather or road conditions, holding up and maintaining its maneuverability through turns, inclines and flats.

Our Rating

88/100

Manufacturer

Road bikes have been used in triathlons, circuit training and races for decades.

The lighter, the better; the sturdier, the faster. Vilano introduced the Forza 4.0 as a budget friendly entrant for this group of riders.

The road bike is lightweight and comfortable enough for long endurance rides while being nimble and fast enough for sprints and tracks. Vilano has other road bikes like the Shadow and TUONO for other circuit riders, however the Forza remains the flagship road bike for the company.

Tech Specs

Vilano only uses high quality parts in all of their bikes.

To help keep the cost low they opted to use aluminum instead of carbon fiber and still managed to keep the overall weight down.

FRAME SIZE: 49, 53, 57 and 61 centimeters
BRAKE TYPE: Caliper brakes
SHIFTER: Shimano Claris CTI shifter, 24 speeds
RIMS: Weinmann 700c Doubled Walled CNC Machined Sides Black Anodized rims
TIRES: Kenda 700c x 23c
PRICE: Check latest price on Amazon.com

Frame Size

The frame is made from double butted 61060 aluminum with a 700c steel racing 1 1/8 inch threadless fork. The weight is minimized due to taper of the top tube and the aerodynamics are maintained.

The frame comes in four sizes: 49, 53, 57 and 61 centimeters. This will fit riders of virtually any height from 5 feet to 6 ½ feet.

Brake Type

The Vilano Forza 4.0 utilizes allow caliper brakes. The brake pads squeeze the rims and can be adjusted using a set screw. These brakes are heavier than some of the other ones used by Vilano, however their performance and longevity make up for it.

As the brake pads wear down they can begin to taper. Because of the caliper style brakes, you should periodically check for uneven wear and adjust accordingly.

Shifter

Vilano holds nothing back on this 24-speed model using integrated brake and shifter handles that control Shimano Claris CTI shifter. The shifter is smooth, reliable and works well in all conditions.

There are reports and reviews that the shifter is noisy at speed, but this doesn’t affect the speed of the bike or functionality of the shifter or gears.

Vilano Forza 4.0 Road Bike Handlebars
vilano forza brakes
vilano forza frame

Rims

The rims help the Vilano Forza 4.0 maintain position and control. Vilano makes use of Weinmann 700c Doubled Walled CNC Machined Sides Black Anodized rims that respond well to maneuvers at speed and in most conditions.

The rims are lightweight despite being double walled and help allow the low-cost bike to do well in triathlons and races.

Tires

Without tires you won’t be going very far or fast, no matter how light and speedy your bike is. Vilano uses Kenda 700c x 23c tires that are soft enough for endurance runs and durable enough to handle high speed sprints.

The Kenda tires have a firmer sidewall than most other brands which make racing leans in turns easier to pull out of. Vilano Forza 4.0 makes the Kendra tires work for it very well.

Price Range

For having a lightweight and competitive bike with mostly Shimano parts, including shifters, the Vilano is very budget friendly. Depending on the frame size and some optional components you can pick up this gorgeous bike for anywhere between $300 and $500.

What We Like

We like that the Vilano Forza 4.0 is sleek and stylish and when running next to the much higher priced professional bikes it looks like it belongs.

The ability to keep pace also helps and for a fraction of the cost.

  • Entry level price for medium end performance.
  • Shimano integrated shifters mean less hand movement.
  • Double butted 6160 aluminum is a light weight alternative to carbon fiber.
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    The 24-speed gear set means easy transition between flats and inclines.

What We Don’t Like

With any low-cost bike, regardless of manufacturer or type, there will be things that aren’t quite perfect.

The Vilano Forza 4.0 is no different.

  • The seat is uncomfortable, even on short rides.
  • The quick release for the seat angle and handle bars can wear out quickly.
  • The bike is noticeably noisy as speed.
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    The weight is light but still too heavy to be truly competitive.

Buying Advice

The Vilano Forza 4.0 is not a bike built for just everybody. While anyone will get an enjoyable ride from the bike, those looking to compete on a professional level in road courses, or those that like to go off-road every now and then will find the Forza to be less than desirable.

However, for those that want a fast, nimble and fully controlled ride that is fast and light weight, the Forza 4.0 could just be the bike you are looking for. The components are top notch and everything works just as it should.

Vilano Forza 4.0 Road Bike

If you do buy the bike, we suggest that you replace the seat with a more comfortable model, such as a memory foam style. This will make long commutes and endurance rides much easier on the body.

You should also have the bike road tested and get used to the integrated brake and shifter if you have never used one. It takes a little bit to get used to, but once you learn how, you will never want to use anything else.

Another adjustment you will want to make to get the most out of the bike is to purchase new pedals.

The bike is shipped with pedals; however they are designed to be discarded. While the pedals will work to move the bike, you will most likely be quickly disappointed. Getting a better set from the start will save you time and frustration.

Conclusion

The Vilano Forza 4.0 is an eye-catching bike built for serious road work. Whether you enjoy long endurance style riding or being in the pack racing for the finish line, the Forza has you covered.

The sleek and stylish looks will turn heads as you blast by and only having to spend a fraction of the cost of those high-end models that use a lot of the same parts, you will have already won. The bike is perfect for any weather or road conditions, holding up and maintaining its maneuverability through turns, inclines and flats.

Get the latest pricing here and be on the road tomorrow!

This post was last updated on July 2nd, 2018 at 10:13 am

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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