Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike Review

Vilano Shadow 2.0 road bike is one of the most popular beginner road bikes in the market. In the midst of the fierce competition in the entry level road bike segment, this bike has successfully stolen the customers’ hearts and it definitely shows something. This bike has an excellent quality.

Despite of its immense popularity, this Vilano bike is actually on the cheaper side. Well, this is an entry level bike so it is naturally not expensive. However, there is another thing that makes this bike has a very loyal followings. Beginner bike is usually equipped with low-end components but Vilano Shadow 2.0 is different. It has durable construction and it is also equipped with components from the reputable bike components manufacturer, Shimano. Of course not the best ones, but since it is Shimano you can rest assured that the bike is not assembled from some piece of junks.

Design

This Vilano road bike is made of aluminum construction and its sturdiness can be immediately seen. In terms of design, it is very simple. It comes with grey color as well as some orange accents here and there. Of course you cannot see the whole design of the bike right after it arrives at your home because it comes preassembled. The seat, pedal, front wheel as well as the handlebar need to be attached to the bike first. But you don’t have to worry because the installation is easy and you only need less than 30 minutes to assemble those parts.

Frame

Choosing a beginner road bike is not easy. There are many things you need to consider to make sure you can have a comfortable and safe ride. One of the most important things you need to see from a bike is the frame. Even though you are only looking for a cheap entry level bike, the strength of the frame is one thing that you cannot compromise.

Vilano Shadow 2.0 road bike is clearly designed to help the beginners hit the road more easily. It comes with 6061 Double Butted Aluminum Aero Frame which is also often used in higher end road bike. It is sturdy and also very durable. Even though the construction looks very strong (it really is!), it is actually very light. It only weighs around 23 lbs. which makes it very easy to control for beginners. Furthermore, the frame comes with three different size, 50 cm, 54 cm and 58 cm. So, you can freely choose one that you find comfortable.

Ride

Vilano shadow 2.0 FeaturesSince Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike is lightweight, you certainly can enjoy smooth ride without getting exhausted too early. Furthermore, it also comes with smooth and thin wheelset. It will work together with the lightweight construction to give you a steady and enjoyable ride.

You also will love the fact that the braking and shifting in this bike comes in a single unit. Braking and shifting can be very challenging for beginner, but it will not be the case with this bike thanks to the single unit configuration.

Comfort is everything for a road bike, especially entry level road bike. This is why Vilano takes time in designing the saddle for this bike. The saddle is well padded so sitting on it will be comfortable. When you feel comfortable, you can easily focus on the ride and riding for a long time certainly will not be a challenge.

Components

Vilano Shadow 2.0 with Shimano STI Integrated Shifter is equipped with so many nice components. Firstly, there is the free pedal. It might not be the best pedal but it will not cause you any discomfort. Furthermore, you can always change it if you want to.

In addition, just like other Vilano bikes, this road bike is also equipped with Shimano components. The shifter is Shimano A070 Integrated Brake Lever Shifter while the derailleur is Shimano for the front and Shimano Tourney for the rear. You can see that even though it is equipped with Shimano, it is not exactly the best since those are entry level components. Of course the bike can perform better with, let’s say Tiagra. However, since this is a beginner level bike, high end components are not really necessary, especially since the ones available in this bike can do the job properly.

This bike is very easy to control because it comes with single unit shift and brake. Moreover, it also has 14 speed, which is just perfect for a beginner road bike. This number is also considered plenty in this class. If you think you will need more speed options, maybe you should widen your search to intermediate road bike category.

Pros

  • Vilano Shadow 2.0 Road Bike is lightweight so it will ensure smooth ride.
  • The aluminum construction ensures durability.
  • It comes with Shimano derailleur and shifter.
  • It has comfortable and ergonomic saddle for more convenient ride.
  • The installation is very easy and only takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Cons

  • The shifter is a little bit difficult to work with.
  • The free pedal is not exactly comfortable.

Specifications

  • Model                          : Shadow 2.0
  • Frame                          : 6061 Double Butted Aluminum
  • Fork                           : 700c 1/18” threadless
  • Shifters                       : Shimano A070 STI Integrated Brake Lever
  • Derailleur                     : Shimano (front), Shimano Tourney (rear)
  • Wheelset                       : 700c Doubled Walled CNC Machined Side
  • Speeds                         : 14

Conclusion

From the review above, you can see the reason why this bike is very popular. It is an excellent entry level bike that can help you getting used to the challenges of riding a bike. It is specially designed for beginners so you certainly will not face any difficulties. The best thing about this road bike is the fact that it is lightweight yet very sturdy. This bike will take you in a very smooth journey, but in the same time it will also keep you safe. It will be better if the company provides better components, especially for the pedal. But it is not a big problem since it will not cause any obvious inconvenience. Therefore, if you really want to have a beginner bike that can last for a very long time, Vilano Shadow 2.0 road bike is definitely the best option.

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