Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike Review

Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike Side View

Price

Pros

Shimano shifters, price, reliability

Cons

Pedals, handlebars

Summary

The Vilano Shadow 2.0 road bike is perfect for entry level riders and those looking for a daily ride that won’t break the bank.

Our Rating

84/100

Manufacturer

Vilano has delivered amazing budget friendly bikes for entry level to high skill riders since 2008.

The Vilano Shadow 2.0 is a road bike built for performance without gouging the bank. The cost-effective road bike has big name parts such as Prowheel and Shimano and a lightweight frame for speed and performance.

Vilano offers other models in their road bike line up such as the TUONO and Forza, which the Shadow is designed off of. 

The design for the Shadow 2.0 is for riders that are looking for a fitness workout or daily rides with friends or commuters.

Tech Specs

Even with high end names and parts, the Vilano Shadow 2.0 was built for reliability and cost savings. With the entry level road rider in mind the Shadow gives you everything you need at a fraction of the cost of the competition.

FRAME SIZES: 49cm, 53cm, 57cm
BRAKE TYPE: Dual pivot alloy calipers
SHIFTER: Shimano A070 STI
RIMS: 700c double-walled CNC rims
TIRES: CST 700c x 25c
PRICE: Check latest price on Amazon.com

Frame Sizes

Everyone comes in different sizes and shapes and the Shadow 2.0 was designed to be available to most everyone. They offer three different frame sizes: 49, 53 and 57 centimeters. These frame sizes will accommodate riders between five feet and six and a half feet in height. You should always measure your inseam to get the best fit.

The double butted 6160 aluminum frame provides light weight, internal cable routing and rugged dependability. The high tensile steel fork allows for weight distribution without compromising the ride.

Brake Type

To save on build cost the Shadow 2.0 utilizes caliper brakes that squeeze the rims for effective slowing and stoppage. With the Dual pivot alloy calipers, you won’t have to worry about shaking, warping or loss of control when coming to a stop.

The brake pads are tapered to hug the rims and allow for a stop without bumping or jarring.

vilano shadow brakes
vilano shadow shifter
vilano shadow crankset

Shifter

Vilano didn’t skimp when it came to the shifter. The Shadow 2.0 comes equipped with a Shimano A070 STI shifter with integrated brake lever. The integrated lever allows you to maintain control of the bike while braking, shifting or cranking leaving two points of contact at all times.

You will find the A070 shifter on other road bikes that cost more than double the price of the Shadow 2.0.

Rims

Often overlooked, rims provide the brakes a place to grip and the tires a place to mount. Vilano doesn’t overlook the rims, ever. The Shadow 2.0 uses 700c double walled CNC rims with allow machined sides. The sides provide an extra smooth surface to aid in braking and areodynamics.

The 700c diameter allows for tires and fenders while still leaving enough room at the fork for mud and dirt to pass without binding.

Tires

Mounted on those CNC double walled rims you will find CST 700c x 25c tires. These tires are meant for the road and gravel and not for trials, downhills or mountain biking. Because they are slim you will be able to lean into corners without sacrificing speed and able to pull out of an incline while maintaining crank.

The tires are durable and quiet on the road with enough grip to take on any road conditions.

Price Range

Since the Vilano Shadow 2.0 was designed to be an entry level road bike, the cost is kept down. You will find the price point between $290 and $400. The bike’s performance and durability will pay for itself long before you decide to upgrade.

What We Like

While we don’t expect to win any road circuits with the Shadow 2.0, there is still plenty to be in awe of.

  • Shimano shifter with brake integration allow you to maintain control in any condition.
  • Internal cable routing aids aerodynamics and cock pit maneuverability.
  • Drop handles help maintain speed on the road and control at all times.
  • Adjustable seat post for all body types.
  • Low cost compared to most similar models with the same parts.

What We Don’t Like

Searching for the perfect bike in every possible category is near impossible. There will always be something you won’t like.

Here is our short list:

  • Handlebars aren’t adjustable.
  • The pedals are stock and strip easily.
  • 25c width wheels limit the types of roads we can be on.

Buying Advice

It doesn’t matter if this is your first bike or your fiftieth, you should be prepared to do a little work.

Putting the Shadow 2.0 together isn’t difficult but you should take your time. Once you have it together it is highly suggested you take it to your local bike shop for a tune and inspection.

The bike pros will also make the necessary adjustments to your seat, angle and brakes, ensuring that when you do get on the road you are safe and in full control.

Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike Review

We also suggest you fully test the seat out before taking off on a long ride.

Vilano is not known for their seat comfort on their entry level bikes and you may wish to upgrade to a better seat. Another thing to take note of are the grip wraps. These do have a tendency to unravel more than we would like. Having them re-wrapped will be the biggest issue you face.

The last tip we have is to immediately replace the pedals with better, more durable pedals for road riding. If you are just going for casual rides once or twice a week, you can keep the pedals that ship with the bike; anything more though and you will need better pedals.

Conclusion

The Vilano Shadow 2.0 road bike is perfect for entry level riders and those looking for a daily ride that won’t break the bank. Once properly set up the bike is virtually worry free and rides with comfort, speed and control.

When you want a reliable bike for daily commutes, riding with friends and groups and those long rides off by yourself, the Shadow 2.0 delivers every time.

You can see current pricing and options here on Amazon.

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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