Esperia Light Race (with Shimano Deore)

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Esperia Light Race (with Shimano Deore)

Postby Mydget » Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:05 pm

Esperia Light Race Shimano Deore

Note: The Bike Barn model did not have chain guards.

Purchased at The Bike Barn for $380
Some other places have it listed from $399 to $4XX. A while ago, it was up for $7XX+.

How it is used
I've used it mostly to ride around my neighborhood for fun. I do plan to take it to a mountain bike trail soon. I've also done a (almost) 50km ride.

Frame: Aluminium 6061, Double ButtedTubing
Fork: RST CAPA ML w/lock out
Brake Levers: Shimano Alivio
Brakes: Shimano M495 Disc Brakes
Shifters: Shimano Alivio 24 Speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano C-050
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore 24 Speed
Chain: Shimano HG-50
Pedals: OEM Steel Cage Alloy Body
Handlebar Stem: Alloy OS A-Head
Handlebar: Alloy OS 50mm Raise
Hubs: Shimano M495 Centre Lock
Cassette / Freewheel: HG-50 8 Speed 11-32
Spokes: OEM Stainless Steel
Rims / Wheelset: Alex Double Wall Alloy
Tyres: Kenda 26x2.1" -- Changed to Serfas Drifter 26" x 1.5" slicks.
Seat Post: Alloy 30.8x300mm Alloy QR
Sizes: 15" / 18.5" / 21" -- I am using the 15" frame.
Colours: Gloss Black/White

The end of the bicycle seems to drop a little hard. My old MTB (hardtail) in contrast was a little softer. However, this might be due to the higher psi in the tires. Nothing wrong with the bicycle yet, and I've covered a bit over 100km on it. There are a few minor adjustments that I might go back to the LBS to adjust soon. I have done some riding on bumpy paths, and it goes over them pretty well. There is a greater tendency to "tremble", which might have something to do with the thinner tires. In my opinion, the saddle is too narrow, but it's a problem easily fixed. The disc brakes are amazingly responsive and strong.

+Bang for your buck.
+Excellent frame and parts quality.
+Front suspension lockout.
+Comes with good quality disc brakes.

-It's a little heavy for the road, but normal for an entry-level MTB.
-Stock saddle is a touch too narrow.

Additional notes
It's perfect for a commuter, though anything above 10km, I'd recommend upgrading the saddle.

This is an excellent bicycle for light/medium trail riding, and road/commuting. It's also at an affordable price for those who ride in parks on the weekends.


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