Jun 3, 2003 6:27 PM
|I am a MTBiker and thinking about buying an entry/intermediate level road bike. I have heard that tomasso makes a good value bike in my range. Trying to stay between $500-999 range.
Any thougths appreciated.
Jun 4, 2003 4:39 AM
|I recently got a Tommaso Capri for my daughter to get started in road bikes. Wheels straight and spokes well tensioned. Tire labels even lined up with the valve stem. Saddle is even comfortable. Weighs about the same as my FSR so it is no lightweight but it handles well and is put together tight. I think it is good value for entry level bike. I dealt with Getaway Bikes on line. Speedy service. The other great option would be to check out RoadBikeReview classified ads (more upscale)or e-bay (has lots of bikes used and some new in this range but you have to know what you're looking at). You might want to consider one of the Ultegra bikes at Supergo as the next step up from the Tomasso. They have their own house brand. Hope this helps.|
Jun 4, 2003 5:57 AM
|I was in the same situation as you. I was a MTBer and decided to get into road biking. I was trying to stay under $500. After doing a ton of research I ended up ordering the Tommaso Capri 2002 model. I couldn't find a bike around that price that was better. There was some used stuff but I didn't feel comfortable buying a used bike that I couldn't physically touch. I just ordered the bike on Sunday and have not received it yet so I can't give you a review of it but in my opinion their bikes seem like great deals. The two people I spoke to who had Tommaso bikes were very happy with them.|
Jun 4, 2003 12:13 PM
|I have a Tommaso Sicillian and I love it! I shopped around like a maniac, looking at everything out there. I even ended up visiting getaway bikes in Florida (I was on vacation) to ride the bike. It is a beauty, great paint and nice welds.
For $649 it is dollar for dollar the best entry level bike out there.
Actually it is more of an intermediate level bike... 525 Steel frame, carbon fork, mostly 105 with some Tiagra up front. 9 speed casette and a triple crank let you go anywhere fast. Rides like a dream. I can't reccomend it enough, and Getaway bikes was great to deal with.
You'lll want to change the saddle though... the Selle Italia Onda it comes with was a torture device. I got a Koobi and I'm happy to say that I can feel my genitals again.