Hi Guys first post.
And with everything I do I like to get on board with the forums and possibly share my experiences as I myself gain a lot from everyones reviews.
Well, I recently brought a Reid
Falco as a first bike to get into cycling. I was sceptical. I had a friend that brought their entry level bike. He was very impressed with it at the start considering he paid $200, however now it is falling to bits (I should probably mention that he does a lot of gutter climbing and footpath rides on it - so probably not a good testiment, but the bike does look very cheap and it is).
Started recently I have only put around 300km on the bike. Im a big rider. just under 120kg, I was suprised I didnt break the thing or buckle a wheel on the first ride. Quickly got some padded shorts after my first 25k+ ride (best investment I have ever made).
The bike seems quite stirdy. The whole bike is fitted out with Shimano 105 so havent had any problems with that. I have only had one gear slip and all the gears still go in out without any clicking or struggle. I think in a way if you go for the Falco you really dont have anything unknown apart from the frame itself. So really I think I went for the safe option.
The couple of mates I ride with have a HASA R-1, 2 x Giant TCR (I think the alliance) and an Avanti, dont know the model. All of them fitted out with 105's, Avanti with vintage looking ones, but that has been the only one that hasnt had the chain slip, says something I reckon. Keeps up with all of them pretty comfortably, although I am bigger than them. The bike on the downhill because of my weight glides and picks up speed pretty well (my favourite part of our rides).
During the 300km+ I have done on the bike we have generally been riding on the Yarra trail and the Merri Creek trail, some parts are definitely not made for road bikes. We are starting to get a bit confident on the roads now and enjoying the smoother ride. Even with all the footpath style riding the bike still goes strong the wheels are still true and everything still works.
Some of the reviews (possibly shonky) seem to comment on the service and how fantastic it is. I didnt feel that to be honest felt like a normal shop just trying to sell some products really.
So in essence I cant fault it, just yesterday got some Mavic Aksium Race wheels of a friend who also brought a Reid
but didnt really need the wheels so I brought it off her. I will comment on this once I go for a ride with these wheels also. I guess a question is for all the people that know these wheels, are these wheels going to suffer considering the weight that is going to be on them. Have I made the right choice considering they have less spokes??? Appreciating your response.