The Vilano Forza 4.0 (Aluminium) is one of the best bikes you can get under $1000 for an entry level road bike. If you are looking for a mid range bike for commuting to work daily, riding for recreation or for a competitive event, Forza 4.0 is a great option for you.
The Forza 4.0 has a 6061 Aluminium frame with a Shimano STI integrated Brake Lever shifters which is the ultimate configuration for this frame. The setup gives perfect control over speed with responsive brakes and efficient gear mechanism. The shifters are easy to access and are located right on brake levers making it really convenient to shift gears.The bike itself is pretty much pre-assembled and wouldn’t take more than a few minutes for you to assemble it and make it ready to ride.
One minor con of the setup is the seat as it takes a while to get used to. You do get used to it after a week or so but the first week it does bug you. We would recommend you get a Sunlite Cloud-9 Bicycle Suspension Cruiser Saddle as a replacement. If you are short on case though, you can easily give it a miss and slum it out for a week or so after which you grow used to it.
• Frame: 6061 aluminum double butted frame
• Fork: 700c steel racing 1 1/8” thread less
• Speeds: 24
• Crank set: alloy 170mm
• Hubs: formula
• Rims: 700c double walled CNC machined sides black anodised
In conclusion, it is the best bike you can get for under $1000. It does not offer you the full perks of light body and strength and durability of a full Carbon bike, but it is also $600 cheaper than one so you have to take that into consideration. Anyway, the aluminium frame itself isn’t bad and is pretty light and strong in itself and even offers more stability than its carbon counterparts. So if you are looking for a solid mid range bike, get the Forza 4.0 without any second thought.