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Vitus Vitesse EVO Disc Review – Speed Machine indeed!
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Firstly, Excuse my lack of vocabulary and any mistakes, Iâ€™m only 15
Where shall I start? There are so many good things about this bike itâ€™s impossible to pick so I will tell you the story of me and my awesome new bike. The experience from the very beginning.
My bike search started when I decided I needed a new bike, as a 15 year old, you grow which means you generally need a bigger bike. Iâ€™ll be honest, I havenâ€™t been the â€˜bike fanaticâ€™ most of you are so I didnâ€™t know too many bike shops around, and when you donâ€™t know stuff where do you go? THE INTERNET. I googled bike shops around Melbourne and checked practically every site. And the best value for money bike in my price range (as Iâ€™m only 15 and donâ€™t have a job its only $400) was a bike I shall not name. It was reduced by $200-$300 which I thought was great. I spent a whole day on that, if your wondering shouldnâ€™t I be at school, well it was the holidays! The next day I went on heaps of forums about bikes and the bike I was considering. People say with only $400 your best bet would be ebay but they obviously didnâ€™t know about CYCLINGDEAL.COM. I didnâ€™t know about it at the time either so yes I tried to buy a few put gee, in the last minute it goes up by at least $100 and the bikes are second hand. BTW by the time all this had happened I knew a fair bit about bikes.
The next day, I donâ€™t know how it happened, it was some sort of miracle but I found the cycling deal website!! I was even luckier that it was located in Melbourne. The bikes here are all at least 50% off. With such good deals, you could get a bike that is twice as good as bikes from bike shops and a bike that is brand new instead of second hand one from ebay. I emailed the friendly staff at cycling deal and bam! The next thing you know theyâ€™ve replied, other bike shops donâ€™t have as good a service.
Iâ€™m being 100% honest here, the prices were too god to be true so this sounded kind of dodgy. I then did another whole day of research googleing things like â€˜are hasa bikes goodâ€™ â€˜anyone heard of hasaâ€™ anyone got a hasa bikeâ€™ there wasnâ€™t much information at all. But what convinced me was this one review viewtopic.php?f=44&t=22066 and this is why Iâ€™m writing this. So all of you doubtful people can read this and trust this brand. Before this I had never heard of the brand let alone seen it and Iâ€™m sure pretty sure everybody doesnâ€™t know about the brand because if they did everyone would have a HASA! The only reason people have doubts about it is because nobody has heard of the brand and the prices are too good to be true, but trust me this is a genuinely great bike, it has the exact same parts as a Giant, Trek and GT but the only difference is the frame and I can tell you the frame is actually better (lighter)!
Anyway, back to the story, so I read the review and started to trust the unknown brand HASA. A couple of day later when my parents were free we went down to the shop and I wasnâ€™t sure what to expect. When I walked in it was very neat with all the different types of bike displayed. A friendly staff member assisted us and showed us all the good features about the bike. I rode it and loved it so we bought it. It also comes with a 5 year warranty on the frame and 1 year on the parts which is great (not like Iâ€™ll ever need it)
First thing I did when I got home was assemble it. Any bike enthusiast could do it with their eyes closed. Like I said before I wasnâ€™t too good with bike and never put one together or adjusted anything. As it was 95% already assembled all I need to do was put the front wheel on with you donâ€™t need a brain to do, put the seat and pedals which you donâ€™t need a head to do. The last thing was to stick the handle bars on which as hard as sticking a pole in a hole and tighten a bolt. Iâ€™m pretty sure that was it. The next bit was a little harder Iâ€™ll admit. It was pretty much ready to go after that but you have to do some adjustments with the derailleurâ€™s and brakes. Iâ€™m not an expert on that so I just took it to my local bike shop but Iâ€™m pretty sure you could look up how to do it on YouTube. And that was about it. Thatâ€™s how I got my HASA bike. Now to review the bike.
Where bought and Price: I bought this from the warehouse in Melbourne for $399 (RRP$800)
How it is being used: As most of you all know when you get something new you used it in 80% of your free time. So I used it flat out for the first week and now use it about twice a week and go for a long trail ride with mates on the weekend which is fun.
Description: The most important part of the bike is the frame and this is 7005 Aluminium unlike giants 6061 which makes it lighter I think. It looks pretty cool and feels great. Itâ€™s got a pretty big head badge which is also pretty cool. The actual colour of the frame is a bit different than what is show on the website because the red is more of a brown (you can see it in the pictures attached)
The parts on the bike include:
ï‚§ RST Gila fork with lockout
ï‚§ Promax 320 Disk Brakes
ï‚§ Shimano Alivo transmission (except front derailleur which is acera)
ï‚§ Weinmann x-star 18 rims which I think are awesomely shiny!
ï‚§ Continental tyres
ï‚§ Wellgo pedals which Iâ€™m replacing
ï‚§ Alloy handle bar, stem and seat post
ï‚§ For the parts, it has unbeatable value for money
ï‚§ Nothing under $600 can compare
ï‚§ No bike that are around $400 come with alivo transmission
ï‚§ Frame seems study and strong
ï‚§ Offers a 5 year warranty on frame
ï‚§ Rims are awesomely shiny
ï‚§ Brakes work well
ï‚§ The 80mm forks have lockout
ï‚§ Not any major negatives, just a little things that donâ€™t really affect the performance
ï‚§ Comes in one colour
ï‚§ For some weird reason when I stand and pedal it makes a clicking sound every time I push with my right foot, I didnâ€™t come like that though and I should get it fixed.
ï‚§ I donâ€™t really like the handle bar, kind of a bit bulky and not that good looking but you can also get a better one for $20, I should but I donâ€™t have money
ï‚§ The grip is terribly uncomfortable and takes ages to get use to, I should change that but then again I donâ€™t have money
ï‚§ Could have better pedals cause mine chipped ( maybe Iâ€™m just unlucky but Iâ€™m getting new ones)
ï‚§ Iâ€™ll tell you a funny story, this is entirely my fault not the bikes, anyway I did a bunny hop on to the corner of a brick (accidentally) and bam...there goes my tyre tube and $10 I was saving to get new grips. It was a fun experience though; I changed my tyre tube for the first time!
Additional note: Buying this hasa bike was a bit of a risk but I can tell you they are definitely genuine and a good brand so now you donâ€™t have to worry, If youâ€™re buying online, mark my work, you wonâ€™t be disappointed and if youâ€™re in Melbourne go check out their store.
Recomendations: I would be lying if I didnâ€™t think this was a bit dodgy but after all this turned out to be one of the best things to ever happen to me. The bikes there are super value for money and Iâ€™m enjoying trail riding heaps more. If youâ€™re choosing between a few bikes at the moment, I canâ€™t urge you enough to pick this brand as you cannot go wrong. SO go to cyclingdeal.com and pick up a nice bike today!
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