📅 October 22, 2019•
⏱️2 min read
The first thing I noticed when the bike arrived was that the Azzurri Forza is a sleek little unit with a great black and white (with a touch of red) colour scheme. The 30mm-rim Reynolds Solitude wheels particularly caught my eye and my first thought was that they mustn’t have been part of the standard package. But they are, and they look great. If you go by the simple theory of low spoke count + white writing on the rims = bling, then the Reynolds Solitudes are a winner. They also happen to roll really nicely.
In terms of the Di2’s performance it’s fair to say I was impressed. The shifting was fast and accurate and in more than 1,100km on the bike the chain didn’t come off once. Plus, the whirring noise the front derailleur makes when it shifts between chain rings is awesome.
I did find, though, that the rear derailleur had a tendency to come out of alignment and the chain would slip between sprockets slightly. This happened on a number of occasions, normally after hitting small bumps in the road. But fortunately, by pressing the “rear derailleur adjustment button” and holding it for a second, I could force the Di2 derailleur to recalibrate, bringing everything back into line again.
The only real criticism I have of this bike is a creaking sound I had coming from the seatpost (or maybe the saddle rails). I adjusted the saddle and seatpost a bunch of times to no avail, and even some assistance from a local bike shop wasn’t able to help. Oh, and then there’s the bar tape. Sure, white looks great but it’s not the most practical colour. Unless you’re one of those riders that manages to keep totally clean and presentable on every ride, you’ll find the white bar tape getting pretty grubby in no time flat.
Sizes: S,M,L,XL Frame: HM UD Carbon Fork: Azzurri High Modulus Carbon with Carbon steerer (hand made) Groupset: FULL Shimano Ultegra Di2 Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Cranks: Shimano Ultegra 6700 53-39T Cassette: Shimano Ultegra 6700 11-25T Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Bottom Bracket: Shimano Ultegra Di2 Chain: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Brakes: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Brake Levers: Shimano Ultegra 6700 Wheelset: Reynolds Solitude Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro Handlebar: FSA RD305NS Stem: FSA Saddle: Prologo zero pas gel Seat Post: FSA SL270 Headset: Integrated
Complete Bike Weight: Approx. 7.4kg