It is our belief that everyone needs to ride a bike. There is a magic moment that takes place once you start pedaling. No matter what kind of day you are having a smile will immediately appear when the pedals start to turn. Riding a bike is pure, fun and beneficial to the rider’s health. That is why the staff at Giantnerd® believes everyone needs to own a bike. Tommaso worked very hard with its factories and designers to get the best bike at the best price for its customers.
The Tommaso Imola is the bicycle for anyone that wants to get started on the cycling journey. The proprietary Tommaso 6061 SLA aluminum compact frame will provide thousands of miles of dependability and enjoyment. The triple chainring up front and a 12x24 8-speed cassette give the rider 24 speeds to choose from. The road triple has been a welcome component for those wanting to get up every hill easily, explore the flats and cruise down the speedy descents. Add that to the hand-friendly, light, aluminum ergo handlebars, Tommaso Racing saddle and Kenda tires and you have a winner!
The Tommaso Frame
Underneath the slick paint of the Imola is a corrosion-free proprietary Tommaso compact aluminum frame that comes from the same design concepts found on the top of the line Tommaso bikes. Tommaso uses a compact geometry and detailed tubing lengths per frame size. This ensures that the rider gets the lightest, strongest and best performing and best fitting frame for the dollar. The compact design and geometry place the rider in the optimum position for steady handling and comfort. The stem can be flipped and adjusted for a lower back-friendly position to a more streamline position in minutes. The lower top tube keeps the center of gravity low and the makes for an easy approach to getting on the bike. This Tommaso bike was designed with the user’s needs as the #1 priority.
Tommaso, and other big names in cycling, such as Giant, Specialized, Trek, Masi, and Felt to name a few, rely on compact geometry to best serve the needs of the customer. Compact geometry has a number of advantages for the rider. First of all, the phrase “compact geometry” is signifying that the top tube (the bar you stand over when not in motion) is sloped downward from the front to the rear of the bike. This enables the rider to get on and off the bike easily. Traditional frame geometry has a top tube that is parallel to the ground and harder to get a leg over. By sloping the top tube we get into the second benefit of the compact frame: With less material used in producing the frame a lighter frame can be made. Third, the more material sitting lower on the bike the better the bike will handle. By lowering the center of gravity the bike wants to descend, corner and sprint better.
The Tommaso Fit
Sizing a compact bike is no different, or more difficult, than any other style of bike. By reviewing the size chart you will see a measurement called the “Eff Top Tube”, also known as the Effective Top Tube Measurement. This is what the top tube would measure if it was parallel to the ground. It is an imaginary line the runs from the center of the head tube to the center of the seat tube if the seat tube was extended like a traditional frame. The size chart also lists suggested heights for the different frame sizes. This is far more helpful in sizing a bike than standing over the top tube and pulling up on the handlebars (which tells you nothing about the fit of a bike). Tommaso offers seven sizes to accommodate riders large and small. It will be easy to find a fit for all of our customers.
The Tommaso Feel
The rider’s connection to the bike is a focus at Tommaso. That is why Tommaso designed the TRS-Tommaso Racing Series saddle. Tommaso TRS saddle is designed for all day comfort by adding special foam to the saddle’s pressure points. This combined with specifically chosen bar wrap makes for a comfortable transition from rider to bike.
Added to the mix are SunRace integrated shifter/brake levers. This allows the rider to employ all of the controls without their hands leaving the handlebar. The SunRace shifters, similar to the higher end Shimano style shifters utilize an integrated system with the downshift button alongside the up-shift blade. Like the Shimano system, SunRace are very intuitive and easy to use. The front and rear derailleur both remain Shimano 2300 series.
The Imola also comes with Promax R310 dual-pivot aluminum brake calipers which are paired up with alloy Weinmann XR-18 CNC machined rims offering strong and consistent braking power.
All of these impressive features come to you at an amazing price! Giantnerd® wants you to get outdoors and enjoy the happiness that only an amazing road bike can deliver. With a price this low on a bike this good the inventory won’t be the only thing going fast.
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Every Tommaso road bike arrives with our unparalleled risk free exclusive offer. No other major bicycle brand or retailer in America offers this risk free promotion.
Home Delivery Experience
Giantnerd's Ready to Ride Genius Build is the most convenient and safe way to get a brand new bike delivered assembled directly from our in-house shop to your door.
When you choose the Genius Build, each bike is assembled, inspected and reviewed by one of our Genius Builders – a qualified, certified and knowledgeable mechanic. The bike is then placed assembled in our patented AirCaddy box ($100 value). The AirCaddy is a specially designed, reusable, high-density triangular cardboard box to make your online bike purchase experience fun, convenient and simple. Bikes arrive assembled and Ready to Ride with no special tools required and minimal set up. The AirCaddy can also be used for future trips and adventures on your bike.
Giantnerd’s Home Delivery Experience including the Genius Build and the AirCaddy is best in the biz and makes us the only retailer that's Powered by Love!
Giantnerd offers a fit guarantee and a 365 day return policy.
We have sized over 20,000 members on bikes and developed an exclusive algorithm for sizing. We have a 99% success rate when members follow our simple sizing chart height guidelines. Some members have expressed being in between sizes. Follow these simple guidelines if you are in between sizes.
Tommaso makes road bikes because it’s their passion, and it shows in the superb quality of their bikes.
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|Recommended Use:||For the beginning road cyclist who wants a snazzy ride|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Tommaso Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Weight:||23.8 lbs (54cm Frame without pedals/reflectors)|
|Dimensions:||Frame Sizes: 47cm, 50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 61cm|
|Material:||Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum|
|Bottom Bracket Compatibility :||68mm, English Thread|
|Bottom Bracket:||68mm x 118mm Square Taper Cartridge|
|Brake Type:||Road Caliper|
|Brakes Levers:||SunRace R80|
|Brake Lever Material:||Aluminum|
|Brake Mount:||Road Caliper|
|Brake Mount Type:||Road Caliper|
|Cassette:||SunRace 12-25t, 8-Speed (12,13,15,17,19,21,23,25)|
|Chain:||KMC Z-72 (8-Speed)|
|Crankset:||Tommaso Triple 30x42x52t (24 total gears)|
|Crank Arm Length:||170mm (47, 50, 52, 54cm Frames) / 175mm (56, 58, 61cm Frames)|
|Crank Bolt Pattern:||5-Bolt|
|Frame:||Tommaso Compact Road Sport Frame|
|Frame Material:||Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum|
|Fork:||Tommaso SST Steel w/ 6061 SLA Aluminum Steerer Tube|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano FD-2303 (8-Speed)|
|Front Derailleur Clamp/Brazeon:||Clamp-On|
|Front Derailleur Clamp Diameter:||31.8mm|
|Front Derailleur Compatibility:||8-Speed|
|Front Derailleur Type:||Triple|
|Handlebar:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series|
|Handlebar Grips:||Tommaso Tape White|
|Handlebar Material:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series Aluminum|
|Handlebar Width:||420mm (47, 50, 52cm Frames) / 440mm (54, 56, 58, 61cm Frames)|
|Headset:||1-1/8" Threadless Integrated|
|Head Angle:||72 (47cm Frame) / 72.5 (50, 52cm Frames) / 73 (54cm Frame) / 73.5 (56, 58cm Frames) / 74 (61cm Frame)|
|Headset Diameter:||1 1/8"|
|Headset Type:||Integrated 1-1/8" Threadless|
|Hub:||Tommaso 32 Hole|
|Hub Spacing :||130mm Rear, 110mm Front|
|Pedals:||PEDALS NOT INCLUDED|
|Rear Derailleur:||Shimano RD-2303 (8-Speed)|
|Rear Derailleur Cage Length:||Mid Cage (65mm)|
|Rear Derailleur Speed:||8-Speed|
|Saddle:||Tommaso Road Sport|
|Seatpost :||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series|
|Seat Collar Diameter:||31.8mm|
|Seatpost Material:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series Aluminum|
|Shift Lever Material:||Aluminum|
|Shifters:||Sunrace R-80 Series|
|Speeds:||3x8 (24 Total Speeds)|
|Stem:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series Aluminum|
|Stem Length:||90mm (47, 50cm Frames) / 100mm (52, 54cm Frames) / 110mm (56, 58, 61cm Frames)|
|Steerer Material:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series Aluminum|
|Stem Angle:||+/- 7 Degrees|
|Stem Material:||Tommaso Ultralight Sport Series Aluminum|
|Stem Clamp Diameter:||26.0mm|
|Tires:||Kenda K152 700x25|
|Tire Bead:||Wire Bead|
|Tire Size:||700 x 25c|
|Tubes:||700 x 25c|
|Valve Stem Length:||36mm|
|Wheelset:||Weimann 32 spoke XR-18|
|Wheel Axle Type:||Quick Release|
I just purchase the Tommaso Imola and rode it yesterday and boy is it a great ride. I am going to participate in a Dualthon and did not want to use the old Trek Hybrid that I have owned since 2005. The Imola is light and handles well. The location of the shifts takes a little getting used to since they are located near the handle bar brake levers but as i rode it for 4 miles I got more comfortable. As others have stated, I didn't buy the genius build. I took it to my LBS since I did not want to even take the chance of ruining my new toy with the small assembly required after a genius build. Most bike shops can do this work in a day and have it back to you with a free tune up offer (after you ridden it for a few miles). Even the guy who assembled the bike thought it was pretty slick looking. I did purchase the 9.95 pedals from GiantNerd and should not have tried to pinch pennies here (hindsight is 20/20). I now regret the pruchase and should have paid a little more for the pedals. They will do for now but when my competiton starts I will defintely swap them out. All and All a great buy for this entry level road bike which doesn't feel so entry. Although I checked today and the price at GiantNerd has dropped another $50. Bummer, but at least the next buyers will get this extra added benefit!!!
After about 500 miles on this bike, I am ready to submit this review. Overall, I am satisfied with my Tommaso Imola with a stainless steel fork. For the price it really can’t be beat. It rides smooth and the gears shift nicely for an entry level road bike. Also from an aesthetic standpoint, the bike is attractive and I often receive compliments on it. I opted out of the genius build and had my LBS build it for fifty bucks
There are some downsides to this bike that I have experienced, most of which are easily fixed. First off the tires are terrible. I had a complete blowout after about 300 miles. But tires can be easily replaced. Also, I find the Sun race shifters to be really noisy. They buzz quite a bit but I can live with that if they continue to function well. One thing that I found to be disconcerting was that after about 50 miles my bottom bracket started creaking. I took it back to the bike shop and they tightened it up for me and it was good for 7 miles. I took it back to the shop again and they told me there was nothing else they could do so I needed to replace the bottom bracket. When they tore into it the mechanic found that the bracket was completely bare of grease. They packed it full of grease and tightened it up and it has been fine since then. My wife also bought the Women’s version of the Imola and just to be sure I had the mechanic take a look at it and it too was bare of grease. Lastly the handlebar wrap job was shabby, the bar tape was ripped right out of the box and the packaging was sub par. The bikes were practically falling out of their box at my door step.
For the most part I am happy with my purchase and am enjoying my bike quite thoroughly. I think the value you get for this bike is much more than you would get at your local bike shop but you lose some of the accountability by buying online. Also expect to replace the tires soon and pay your local bike shop to make sure the bottom bracket it greased and the bike is assembled properly.
I ordered the Tommaso Imola (demo) bike from Giant Nerd. It arrived in less than a week. I did not use the Genius build, instead I decided to take it to my local bike shop to be assembled and fitted ($50). I paid $350 for the bike including shipping and handling.
The bike looks and rides great (from a beginner's perspective). I bought it to compete in my first duathalon this April. I have rode it 4 times for a total of 40 miles. The seat is a bit hard and the gears don't shift the smoothest in certain gears but otherwise I have no complaints. I would recommend this to others who want a good entry level road bike.
I don't want to be the guy that just complains about everything but I have some problems with my overall experience purchasing the bike. Let me first start off that they are priced unbelievably low for what you get. That being said it I was surprised at how smooth the bike was once I finally got it. I purchased the bike on the 11th of Feb. and it didn't arrive until this afternoon (26th). I just moved to a new area and don't have a bike shop I opted for the nerd assembly but was surprised at the lack of finish work. Everything was there but the brakes were way off and had to be adjusted to function, the front wheel wasn't padded and was just floating in the box with everything else. On top of that both tires were very under inflated. I feel like thats being very picky but if i pay someone $75 to put a bike together I expect to be able to ride it from the box. Overall once I had everything together and adjusted it was a great ride. Very smooth and an amazing fit. Due to the lack of communication and length of shipment I will give my transaction a 3 out of 5.
I submitted before I rated!!! This is the real rating! Wildirishman Berea, KY
So I have been riding a 26 year old Schwinn "old school" 12 speed from my college days. I put 1586 miles on her just last year and was tired of dreading hills and long rides. Decided on this bike to be my jump into "present day". It arrived four days later, in tact (packaging was top shelf) and in under an hour had all the parts on the bike including the transfer of my aero bars and pedals from the world tour. FYI, did not pay for the extra 75.00 to have it put together but anyone with some patients/bike building skills can do it. I adjusted the high/low on the front derailer and the rear was smooth out of the box. Great looking bike, so pumped! Great service, smooth transaction and quality product! Giant Nerd, definitely my future asset for bikes! Wildirishman, Berea KY
Coming from the mountain biking world I was interested into finding out what the fuss was about with road bikes, I didn't want to drop a grand on my first roadie so while searching the web I came a across this beauty. I have had this for just over and year of use with 1K+ miles, and I can say it was worth every single penny spent and saved. I use it on the daily basis for commuting 10 miles to college which is a very comfortable ride and also for longer runs when I feel like going for 30+ miles for a good work out. I cant really imagine going any further do to the vibration discomfort I get when I hit the 2 hours mark. I really like the compact frame which is strong and aero but the components is some what lacking; but in this price range you cant really complain. Within the year's use I ended up replacing a few things: The caliper brakes didn't cut it for me, the stem stripped after installing a new compact bar, and the wheels where only okay but decent for commuting. In all if your looking to get started for an extremely low price. This bike is it. If you know you want to get into road bikes, and can spend a couple more benjis, please do, Giantnerd has a good variety of Tommasos. A well worthy brand.
I got my bike over the summer and so far it hasn't let me down, is is light, it has good gear, everybody compliments me about it. I ride it everyday to school and it is a pleasure to ride it. They tires kind of suck but I won't complain about that since it is something I'll have to change once the summer comes anyway. i'd totally recommend this bike to anyone getting into road biking. Thanks giantnerd!
This bike came 3 days after I ordered it. I am new to road biking and have been on it a few times now. Just went for a 40 mile bike ride this AM and the bike is feeling great. Very light and sturdy and has shown no problems thus far. Only issue I had at all is that when the bike arrived it had no directions or tools to put together. I have plenty of tools so that was not a problem but having never put a bike together a page or two of instructions would have been nice. I watched a couple of youtube videos and was up and running in no time. This bike is incredible for the price and I could not be happier. As soon as mine arrived my wife ordered one too. Hers also arrived very quickly and is running great. Thanks giant nerd.
This bike came 3 days after I ordered it. I am new to road biking and have been on it a few times now. Just went for a 40 mile bike ride this AM and the bike is feeling great. Very light and sturdy and has shown no problems thus far. Only issue I had at all is that when the bike arrived it had no directions or tools to put together. I have plenty of tools so that was not a problem but having never put a bike together a page or two of instructions would have been nice. I watched a couple of youtube videos and was up and running in no time. This bike is incredible for the price and I could not be happier. As soon as mine arrived my wife ordered one too. Hers also arrived very quickly and is running great. Thanks giant nerd.
I ordered this Bike on Sunday the 29th. I received it today. All I have to say is WOW!!!. I am new to biking and on a budget. You guys have outdone yourselves. Awesome bike at an excellent price. Going on my first ride in the morning. Wish me luck. I will let you know how it handled...
I ordered this bike last Tuesday, and it arrived at my house on Saturday - which was way, way faster than I expected. I also requested the Genius build, mostly because I didn't want to have any issues with the warranty. Thanks to Scott's hard work, all I had to do was put on the front wheel and the pedals. I absolutely love this bike. I've been riding it to work, and on various errands all week. I have gotten a lot of compliements on how attractive the bike is (the black and white paint scheme is really sharp.) It rides very well, and I've been able to cut about 3 minutes off my commute time as compared to my commuter bike. My only quibble is that the derailleurs needed to be adjusted again after shipping, and there was no instruction manual included with the bike. Nonetheless, this is a great, great bike for the money, and I am really impressed by Giantnerd!
This bike was a great buy for the money. Rides great, most of the reviews were very helpful and right on. It came very well packaged. Love it!
This bike is great. I got the genius build, but I'm not sure if that is the best choice because my friend also got a bike from Giantnerd without the Genius Build but his bike came more assembled then mine did. But I digress. The bike itself is great and rides smoothly. Everything was in great shape out of the box and everything works like a dream. This is my first road bike and so far, the Tommaso Imola is making a great first impression.
Well, First off, I started on a trek with suicide shifters and the Tommaso is huge upgrade. The packaging the bike came in was great. Everything was wrapped and protected very well. I did not do the genius build and do not regret it a bit, because if you put the bike together yourself you get to know your bike from day one. I did a group 33 mile ride and the bike did great. This bike is well worth the money and was really impressed with giantnerd.com.
I Received the Imola without Carbon Fiber 5 days ago and have finally had the chance to put the bike together and bring it to a Local Bike shop for finishing touches and for them to inspect everything I did.
Shimano FD 2303 derailleur + Imola frame
When I was putting the bike together and "fine-tuning" the bike itself, I noticed that the Shimano FD 2303 would not move closer to the seat tube than it's intended use. Therefore, in the lowest gear (closest to me), the chain would rattle against the derailleur. This was super annoying because I like for my chain to me quiet and I could not fix it so therefore, I felt that it was outside of my control. My LBS worked on it and he could not solve the problem too. He told me that this is as far as my derailleur could go and therefore, the chain will rattle when I'm in the lowest gear. But he did tell me that this isn't so bad because some racers set the front derailleur's lowest gear to rattle so they could get out of the gear faster + the chain will never fall off.
Sun Race R80 shifter:
-This shifter is okay for the overall price of the bike. It's a good beginner's shifter. One thing I don't like about the shifter is when I press on the brakes, my shifter is exposed on the inside. It would be nice had Sun Race made the brake+shifter not so revealing. The shifter also has no indications of what gear you're in, which kind of sucks because the shimano Sora (this shifter was listed on the actual Tommaso website) does have indicators for this.
My wheels were both so out of tune that I had to get my LBS to tune them for me ($20), which he charged me $10 per wheel; however, the back wheel was SOOOO out of tune, he told me that to do a proper and complete job, he needed to keep the bike overnight so that he can take off the back wheel, cassette, tire and tire tube to properly adjust the wheel. He told me that this wheel was probably machine built and therefore, it will never be as straight as if someone did it by hand. He was generous and offered to charge me another $10 dollars on top of my already $20 truing total to do all of this. I did not jump on the bandwagon right away and he recommended that I go ahead and ride my bike to see if I feel a difference, and if I do, then bring it back and the offer will still stand.
Overall: Tommaso Imola
Other than the FD 2303 and the Sunrace R80 shifter, and the rear wheel, the bike overall is pretty good for the value. The aluminum frame looks nice with a nice mature colors. The wheels are overall light. I was very impressed with how light the handle bar was. I'm also impressed with the design of the seat, they feel relatively soft. It's a pretty bike and it's probably one of the best beginner bikes with good beginning technology for under $500.
p.s. (1): get your bike w/o genius build and go to your LBS store to get it tuned + trued. You'll have to do this anyways. but the convenience of getting to know your LBS people will really pay off.
p.s. (2): I wrote the prices on both of my reviews so that you may have a reference to work with. Some of the adjustments etc really does not take long and if you find a good LBS store that is passionate about bicycling and not just money, then you will get a good deal!
p.s. (3): the LBS store that I went to is a JAMIS Bicycles distributor.
Last Recommendation: if you're an intermediate rider, go ahead and get the Tommaso Monza. It has all the necessary components that you would want in order to ride competitively in a competition. If I had the extra $300 to put out, I would definitely have gotten that bike.
Ever wanted to know how disassembled the bike looks like without Genius Build but had trouble finding the information for it, other than a vague "bicycle comes in 75% assembled"... this review is it. I ordered my Imola without Genius build because I did not see a benefit for getting the Genius build. Before I delve into why I don't think it is beneficial, let me tell you what I saw when I opened the box without Genius build.
Bike w/o Genius build:
-It looks just like every other bike that you would receive: `) back wheel attached with chain and derailleur in place. 2) I had to attach the front wheel, handlebar, seat post (comes with seat attached), and front brake wire. The front brakes were already attached to the bike. This is like every other bike that you would receive from any other online site.
Note: I must admit the packaging was secure. Almost anywhere that there is paint has been sealed.
Recommendation: Buy it without "Genius build" and put it together yourself, then bring it to a Local Bike Store and have them check it and "fine-tune" your bike + True both wheels. I have called 4 bike shops, most of these guys LOVE working on new bikes because they are easy to tune, plus they are clean. The price that 3 of them gave me were: 49, 52, 55. My last store, which was the one closest to me offered me $35 to tune both of my derailleurs + true both wheels - they also checked my work. This is very cheap compared to Genius build.
Therefore, I recommend getting it without Genius build, and having your bike shop: assemble/tune/true your stuff and you're good to go. Assembling takes a long time b/c you have to cut all the plastic wires and rip off all the packaging stuff, which is why LBS may charge you $20-25. But I personally like to open my present =D. I hope this helps! Feel free to message me!
So I was worried buying a bike i'd never seen in person or knowing what the appropriate size would be like. but i needed a road bike and wanted to get a bang for my buck as a beginner and the tommaso imola was the perfect choice. it fit perfect according to the sizing chart and i payed extra for the giant nerd package and the setup only took about 3 minutes. i was amazed at how secure the packing was and the first ride had absolutely no problems. the bike is super light for aluminum and the gears shift quite smoothly for r-80's. i love my purchase and am now a true believer in giant nerd and vow to be a loyal customer. the imola is a great bike for commuters, beginners, or those looking to get into racing or endurance riding. thank you giant nerd!!!
Shifters aren't smooth in lower gears
Am I worried about the cheap tires and shifter issues? Absolutely not. Easy fixes. I already replaced the tubes for torn resistant ones and we're good to go. The white tape does get dirty rather quickly, but lets be honest, it looks super awesome. Absolutely worthy of at least 7 stars. Thanks Dave for introducing me to giantnerd.
As for the Genius Build? Don't do it. Have a local shop build it for you. Most often it will be cheaper (I got mine assembled for 30 bones) and most bike shops will garuntee their labor: ie, you'll be able to come back and have them tune your new baby up for you.
I just received my bike yesterday! The packaging for the bike was awesome! Even before I opened the box, a friend of mine sat on the box and crushed it! Once I opened the box, there wasn't a scratch on the bike! I was very very impressed!
More reviews to come!
This is an ok bike. I bought it this past summer (2011) and had to replace the bottom bracket, it cost $20 for the part and about 15 in labor. Go with the sizing chart. I'm 6'6" and got the 58cm because I read reviews saying the chart ran big. I wish I would have gotten the 60cm. Good first road bike over all. I would recommend it at the price I paid for it (430).
I've always done lots of mountain biking, but before I bought my Immola I had literally never ridden a road bike before. I wanted to get into recreational cycling, as well as have a reliable commuter bike for college. After about 2 years riding it and over 2500 miles on the bike, I can say it was one of the best investments I've made. I have a car, but riding my Immola everywhere is just way more fun and healthy.
For a road bike, this thing is also TOUGH. I've crashed it fairly hard about 3 times being the crazy cyclist I am, and came out of it each time with way more damage on me then the bike. If you want a durable, slick, fast and inexpensive bike to get around on and possibly log some miles, I can't recommend the Immola any more.
First of all, I hate that term “beginner” road bike. Don’t ever consider me a “beginner”. No car. I’ve been without one for at least two years. 99% of my transportation needs are met on a bicycle. Buy a bicycle based upon what you need, not want. At my age, weight & physical condition, I NEEDED a bike with 32 spokes per wheel, strong hubs & I dislike carbon fiber. One good fall or scrape or crack & carbon fiber is toast…history.
In reverse order…the Ugly. Although aesthetically pleasing to the eye, the white handlebar wrap will soon be a thing of the past. It’s already getting smudged & blackened from my leather cycling gloves.
The Bad… I’ve never seen a road bike with only two hex-head bolts holding the handlebar onto the stem. Somehow I missed that on the photos. It may last, or I may wind up replacing it with a more durable stem. If not sure how to assemble and TUNE-UP a bicycle properly, have a local shop do it for you or order the “Genius Build”. Mine had a rear wheel so out-of-true it was hard to believe…possibly in the shipping process.
The Good… Speaking of the stem, as most are today, it’s reversible (up or down) either to achieve a flat aerodynamic race profile or flip it over to raise the handlebar up for a more relaxed (upright) ride. The sizing chart from Giant Nerd was dead on the money – at least for me. I always consider the best way to choose a bicycle is TRY B4 you BUY; an extensive test ride. But…with the money back guarantee – a person really can’t go wrong. The Sunrace R-80 Series shifters are different than Shimano 2300 shifters. It may take some getting used to. There’s good & bad points to both. The angle on the front fork is sloped to absorb & distribute road vibrations. A straight fork would be more nimble – but also more vibrations shooting up my already weak back with degenerative disc disease. The triple crankset up front means lower gears & greater hill climbing power for these arthritic knees too. Choose carefully. A compact or double crankset my suit you better – or it may not.
Again…buy a bicycle based upon what you NEED – not want.
I have been thinking about getting into road bikes for some time now, but didn't want to break the bank in order to find out whether I would enjoy it or not. After shopping around for several weeks I came across giantnerd and the Tommaso Imola. For the price, I could not believe I could get such a great looking bike with such wonderful reviews. The price was less than half of what I was willing to spend so I also purchased the Tommaso Tiempo for the GF.
Both bikes came with the Genius Build as I have no knowledge of how to put together a bike and it took literally 10 minutes to put the bikes together once they arrived. Took them out yesterday for a spin and I can't express what a joy it was. The shifting was a little choppy but I expect to have that sorted out after I bring it in for adjustments after I ride it for 20-30 miles or so. Other than that, it's a very smooth ride and you can really get it going on the flats.
Great fun and highly recommended!
Well... what can i say that others havent already!? The bike is seriously the best deal on the internet! I've been considering upgrading to a road bike for the last few months because I need good transportation around my city now that I have no motor vehicle. lets just say this gets me around and then some :D
I got the bike w/ the genius build, and I would say its worth it. Took me less than ten mins to get the front tire on, handlebars in the right place(they even put the pedals that I ordered w/ it on!), and the seat post on and I was riding! Im still riding! Now don't get me wrong, If i were to do the whole thing over again, I would STILL probably get the genius build, but ppl are right when they say your cables are gonna stretch and whatnot... i mean unless you live in colorado, the bike just went through some major transportation to get to you. Of COURSE your cables are gonna stretch still! your brakes might even rub a little bit(for the record, the tires were PERFECTLY true :D) Regardless, Its been about a week now and about 35 miles and she's still purring! I figure I'll put another 40 miles on before I need to get the gears fine tuned.
Bottom line: If you're trying to get into road cycling, but don't want break the bank in the process, THERE IS ONLY ONE CHOICE: IMOLA. Thank you Giantnerd!!
Bought this bike for my wife with a budget. Very impressed so far, she has only put around 70 miles on it. Did not get the pro build. Would not recommend the pro build either. The stand shipping comes with the seat, both wheels, and the handlebars off. Installation took about 10 minutes total. Adjusting cables has to be done no matter what?
Cost was very reasonable. Shipping and packaging was by far the best I have seen. I ha ve bought and sold over15 bikes in the past4 years and this packaging stands out. I ordered another bike on a Saturday before buying this one on the following Monday. The tomasso showed up at our house before the other bike ordered 2days earlier. Their shipping like their packaging is top notch?
Have already recommended this bike to others getting into cycling.
I just got this bike 2 days ago. I live in Mississauga, ON and considering the international affair package, the shipment was fairly fast not to mention I opted for a basic fedex ground shipment. The Genius Build was absolutely a breeze! It's a much better deal compared to nearly $100 charged by the local bike shop. The bike itself is very neat and sleek. I especially like the fact that the parts don't feel cheap at all. The shifters take a bit of getting used to but its not a big deal! I already put nearly 30kms on this bike. I was going to shop for a used road bike, but this is by far the better purchase. New bike and warranty- can't get any better than this for pretty much the exact same price! I highly recommend getting the clipless pedals. If you're new to clipless pedals i suggest you practice thoroughly before hitting the road! Highly recommended to anyone getting to into cycling
This is my first true road bike, so although I cannot offer detailed critiques, here's what I've found. I believe this bike is the best road bike you can get for the price. Has decent Shimano components, good design, and looks sharp. Shipping was awesome, and the Genius Build was well worth the money. Bike is 100% assembled, minus the front tire and seat (both super easy to put on). That's the pros, now the cons.
Although the Genius Build does save you money over bike shops (mine quoted me $100 for assembly), it will still need a professional tune done. Ride it a few miles and see what needs to be adjusted, fixed, moved, etc. The only complaint I have on this bike are the shifters: well designed, but not nearly crisp or fast enough. This might be able to be tuned up, but if not I'd recommend better controls up front.
Most importantly, this bike will get you on the trails and riding, fast. And I do mean fast: I hit 30mph on flat trail first day out. I guarantee you won't regret this purchase, especially since your alternative name-brand bikes for this price are 10 years old. I personally love getting stuff brand new and with a warranty, so this was a no-brainer. Put on a good pair of clipless Shimano pedals and hit the road. Enjoy!
I ordered a Tommasso Imola a year ago from giant nerd and everything was great. The Bike was awesome for the money and the services at Giant Nerd was great. Then I got hit by a car which totaled the bike. I liked it so much I ordered a new one! Only this time it came with different shifters and brakes which I believe were not on par with the original. I think it is unacceptable to show one thing and send something different. They offered to pay for shipping to get new parts put on but I decided it wasn't worth the hassle. Still was a bummer though.
Just got my Imola last week, the genius build was great! Took me all of ten minutes to get it ride-ready and everything I thought about the bike was true. Smooth ride, everything works great especially the gear shifts. Thanks for such a deal Giantnerd!
i purchased this as a birthday gift to myself and am so happy i did, such a great bike, smooth ride , gears shifts smoothly, and the best deal on the internet. giantnerd you guys rock!
Just bought my first road bike ever, and after shopping for months found this high quality bike for a very reasonable price. I went with the genius build so everything should be pretty easy. It should be here in about a week, so I'll be sure to update the review when I know how it rides!
Still could not be any happier with my Imola! I ride it around UC Davis, a huge bike town/campus and it is well received throughout! Even without the carbon fork, it is still a great ride with supreme balance from the front wheel to the back. The seat is amazingly comfortable and in good condition even after well over two-hundred miles! The only issue I had when I got the bike was that I needed to true both wheels after arriving in the box. I loved this bike so much, I bought my dad one and he's been riding it around our hometown getting in shape. Thanks Tommaso and thanks Giant Nerd!
I purchased the Imola as an early christmas present from my wife, and her parents. It has been the smoothest riding bike, and best decision I have made regarding road bikes. The price was unbeatable, the components and all around mechanics of the IMOLA are perfect for my needs. Now when I need bike gear, I always check Giant nerd first. Thanks for the deals Tommaso
this is my first road bike, and i absolutely love it. I ride fixed also, but the first month i had it, i completely forgot about my fixie. I ride this bike all the time, whether to school, or just on long bike rides for the hell of it. I'm always getting compliments on it and I always tell people how I didn't pay that much for it, and how it's such a great bike. It's so smooth on the road, definitely stoked with it, and look forward to the many rides to come in the future.
I rode this bike for city commuting all summer and kept pace with the cars, while riding quietly and free of gas emissions! The price is not to be matched and makes for a fun commute, joyride through parks, or getting into a race. I'm hoping to test out my racing nerves next spring. Also just a very cool looking bike - you can't go wrong with black and white stylings.
The service at Giant Nerd is great. I live in CA and my biked arrived in a week even though I chose the slowest shipping. I decided to build the bike myself. I was a little worried when I contacted Giant Nerd and they told me that 75% of the bike is built. Turns out, it wasn't that difficult to build. The parts that need to assembled were: Handle bar, chain, seat, and front/rear wheels. Once I finished, I did notice that the wheels needed to be aligned, and the derailleurs needed to be tuned. Good thing I have a friend who is more advanced and could help me out with this issue. Other than that, the bike looks and rides great. Sold my mountain and cruiser bike to make this purchase and I don't regret it at all.
Im 6'4 and bought the 61cm version, it has not yet arrived but I will update my review when it does and is assembled
Arrived at my house in record time. Use it to commute to work and school and it has been working great for me. Looks great too. The shifters are awesome.
I recently purchased the Imola as my first road bike and I am have not been dissapointed! I ride my bike to work and I absolutely smoked in this bike! It is perfect for me as somebody who can not spend a ton on a bike but really wanted something of quality. there is no way i could have gotten this much bang for my buck any where else (trust me, i looked everywhere!). Thank you Giantnerd and I hope to have many years of riding on my new Imola!
For the price you can't ask for anything better than this Tomasso Iloma!
For the price you can't ask for anything better than this Tomasso Iloma!
Great bike, Looks good and preforms better.
I recently purchased this bike because a close friend had gotten the same exact model and has truly enjoyed it. I haven't ever rode on the road regularly but this bike has made the switch from mountain biking to road enjoyable. The gears shift nicely and haven't had any problems with it yet. Props to my buddy who recommended it.
I received my Imola about a week ago. I decided to purchase the genius build. I was very pleased with the condition on the bike when it arrived. Fifteen minutes after receiving my Imola, i was out trying it out. This is my first road bike and I couldn't be happier. It is a great, fun, smooth ride. It has so far proven to be a great beginner bike and I am looking forward to continue riding my Imola!
I took this bike out for a ride as soon as I pieced it together. It was a super fun ride. I'll be testing the full capabilities (and myself) of the bike next week with my nephew on the open road. The price of the bike was perfect for me, and I really appreciate how quickly the genius build and shipping took.
I ordered my bike on Friday. They built it and shipped it (Ground) and I had it by Thursday! Some very minor adjustments and I was on the road that night.
I love the Imola. It's light, fast responsive. Overall a great bike for the price. One thing I would advise. With the aluminum frame you feel every bump on the city streets. I am not a long time biker but If you are in an urban area I would look into the carbon fiber fork or steel frame to absorb.
I have already put about 40 miles on this bike and will be riding it for a long time.
This is my second road bike that i have purchased, and i am in love with it. Tommaso is a brand of bikes that deserves a lot of respect. This bike rides smoothly and comfortably. Once i got the shift triggers down, the bike shifts with ease. All around, this bike has exceeded all my expectations and i think my future bikes will be Tommaso!!!
well last year i was getting more into cycling and needed to convert from my mtn bike to a road bike...for i had never even ridden a road bike than i fell in love with a felt f95 but (unfortuantly which turned into fortuantly) felt ran out of bikes b/c the previous year over produced...anyways i was getting anxious and then took a look at the trek 1.2 entry level road bike but both the felt f95 and trek 1.2 retailed for about $900...which seemed like a lot for my first roadbike...then i discovered this tommaso imola bike and to my surprise it was quiet similar to the trek 1.2 and a few other entry level road bikes...
so i decided to purchase the tommaso imola but i didn't go with the carbon fork b/c my logic was go cheap and i had never ridden a carbon fork so i would never know what i'm missing (but since then i have ridden on a bike with a carbon fork/will give more details in a few)...although i didn't go with the carbon fork i still debated it b/c i live in brklyn nyc and some of the streets are on the rugged side...but i decided not to go with it...
anyways my plan was to commute on my trek 820 mtn bike and do more serious cycling with my road bike but to my suprise the tommaso seemed to be built well and hold up...so i started commuting on it and when i went to ride my trek 820 mountain bike i knew i couldn't ride it any longer...so i actually sold it to a colleague (not that he's riding it either)...anyways, last summer i put on some good mileage (approx over 1000)...anyways i am also commuting on the tommaso imola this year but i've upgraded to a felt s32 tri bike b/c i'm into triathlon...as far as the carbon fork goes i still can't feel a huge difference but i'm on the heavier side for a cyclist (220 lbs) and i'm a lard ass when compared to other triathletes...
1 i would purchase the tommaso imola road bike without a carbon fork (knowing what i know now)
2 i would not go with the pro build or whatever build service they go with b/c even if they set the gears (tension ect) cables will strech and loosen after riding the bike and if you get the bike built at your local shop, they will probably give you discount to adjust the gears afterwards or might even do it for free
3 the tommaso imola is a great puchase for someone getting into cycling or just want a quality commuting bike (ie: it's comparable to the entry level big name brand bikes but it's priced well below the range of bikes it belongs in) and yes i know you could go cheaper but keep in mind if you buy a bike from walmart or some schwinn from a walmart, they aren't even build by schwinn< it's just a licensed name so really you're getting far inferior bike/components and you'll end up paying much more in the end plus you'll never really enjoy riding
4 i actually spent about $25 for new crank housing soon after i started commuting on the bike and also upgraded to kevlar tires, i bought a pair of gatorskins which i wasn't to happy with, i'd actually suggest kenda (that's right kenda) caliente's b/c they have the same kevlar protect but are a far superior tire (actually i ride the kenda caliente's on my felt tri bike)...
i hope this review helped and didn't seem to bias towards the bike
also b4 i purchased i read that the bikes run a little smaller which i somewhat agree with but i'm 5'9 and should probably be on a 54 but i like being stretched out a little so i choose the 56 but in hindsight if you're not sure about the size you should probably get the smaller one b/c it's easier to stretch out a bike than to shrink it (different seatpost, headset etc)
i doubt they'll print this but if you have any questions for me you could email me panda078@hotmail
my friend has this bike for commuting to classes; feels super smooth and is great for commuting. waiting to get my own so i don't have to borrow my friend's. :) thinking about getting a different set of tires as they seem to be one of the weaker points, but otherwise, love this bike.
My wife and I each ordered bikes, I got the Imola and she decided to buy a bike elsewhere for a similar price. When both bikes arrived it was clear that the Tommaso was far superior to my wife's bike. We immediately returned her bike so we could order another Tommaso. You just cannot beat the quality of the bike and it's parts for the low price. GiantNerd's customer support has been very helpful in the process and were able to help us get exactly what we wanted!
As a beginner cyclist, I needed a bike that was cost effective but still have enough quality components for a fun and efficient ride. I searched high and low, then I found giantnerd.com. I felt it was a slight risk to buy a bike online, but my experience with this website and bicycle have been superb. I could not have asked for more. The Imola offers a fast and comfortable ride with a slick and stylish look (I got compliments at my LBS after they assembled it!). This bike has allowed me to experience a more active lifestyle and I love going on rides with friends. If you're contemplating the plunge into the sport of cycling, become a nerd and dive right in!
I got my Imola a few days ago and have fallen madly in love. Ive been taking it up to the hills around where I live (beautiful Nor-cal) and cannot get enough. The worst part of my day is when I have to throw my bike back into my car. The actual bike is amazing (even without the carbon fork). great balance throughout, extremely comfortable seat and handlebars and awesome styling which all contribute to an absolutely amazing ride every time! I haven't yet run into any problems and look forward to putting on more and more miles this summer! Couldn't be happier as a beginner to this sport! Thanks Tommaso!
I bought this bike last week and I have enjoyed every second while riding. It is also my first Road bike!!
Giant Nerd knows their stuff! My bike had an issue with the rear wheel, I sent it back and they replaced it free of charge! As a Manager of a store, Giant Nerd's Customer Service is a standard to live up to. The bike is fantastic and I can't believe how easy the gears are and how smooth the ride is. I definitely recommend this bike to anyone! Hands down, I will be staying with Giant Nerd for all my gear needs!
I really wanted to get into road biking for a while, so I looked around forever trying to find the perfect bike. Somehow I stumbled upon this website and found this bike. I was really drawn to the look of it. It is a beautiful looking bike, and when I went to drop it off and pick it up from my first tune up at my LBS, I got tons of questions about where I got it from,for how much, and that it looked like a really good bike. Everyone seemed really impressed with it. I took it out today for a 10 mile ride, and everything seemed to work great after the tune up, so I have no complaints. If you are looking to get into road biking I would definitely recommend this bike. Not only does it seem to be a quality built bike, but it also has the looks of a quality bike and you will get compliments everywhere you go.
So far this bike has gotten me through two triathlons, 1 I took 2nd in my age group. Couldn't do it without my bike, really a great price for a road bike. I didn't have to go broke to get into tri and that is priceless!!
This is my first ever road bike and I absolutely love it! I have ridden a $1700 Fuji and a $1100 Trek and they were only marginally better than my Imola. The only area where the Imola doesn't quite measure up to the Fuji and the Trek is vibration dampening. Being an aluminum frame, your going to have more road buzz than an all carbon bike would. But, you are also going to pay less than half the price of an all carbon bike. I will be commuting to campus and going on moderately long rides, and I have no doubt that the Tommaso Imola will serve me well.
As a plus, Giantnerd was generous enough to include a set of Allen wrenches (or hex keys). Had all the sizes I needed. Great bike and even better service!
I received my bike about a year ago and was excited to get it. I had it professionally assembled and couldn't wait to ride. I live in North Idaho and the weather can be really cold. I was lucky enough to take it out in decent weather and found out I really enjoyed this bicycle. I have ridden this bicycle on extreme hills and it handles very smoothly. I've had this bike tuned up and the chain replaced. 1,700 miles later and I still enjoy getting out on the road. It took me several weeks until I felt comfortable riding it because I had only ridden mountain bikes. I am almost 50 years old and I am in the best shape of my life thanks to my Tommaso Imola Road Bike. Happy trails and happy riding.
I have been looking for a solid Entry Level Road Bike for around 2 months now. Made a number of visits and calls to all the local bike shops and found my perfect bike at GIANTNERD! I wanted a bike with all of the bells and whistles of the mid level road bikes, without having to pay an arm and a leg to get the quality too. I am ordering this bike within a week for a gift to myself (Birthday) and also as a means of transport. Things I'm looking forward to the most:
I can't wait to get my Imola! Updated Review to come soon!
This is my first road bike ever, and I don't have one bad thing to say about it. It is quite simply put - awesome. I have ridden bmx for the past 10 or so years, and wanted to start getting into riding longer distances and commuting to work so I decided to go with a road bike. I stumbled upon Giant Nerd from a series of bike forums and ended up ordering a Tiempo originally, but since it was scratched I received a phone call from the wonderful staff and was upgraded to the Imola for no extra charge.
It arrived just as everyone says - in a nice package with nothing dinged up and ready to ride after 10 or so minutes of unwrapping/adjusting.
I am 5'5", and have pretty short legs, and the 50cm fits me perfectly. The only modification I had to make was cutting a few inches off of the seat post so it would go lower.
So far I have put about 10 miles on it (the weather in SLC, UT is insane right now), but I am looking forward to an awesome summer of riding. I don't know a ton about road bikes, but I am steadily learning. I would recommend this bike to anyone else looking to get into road biking for the first time. It is a lot cheaper than buying a Raleigh or Bianchi from your LBS, and the service is just as good - if not better.
Mine arrived packed very nice in an aircaddy box... nothing dinged or scuffed, all parts wrapped in plastic and everything in great condition. I opted for the genius build, everything seemed adequate with the build.
I'm extremely happy with this bike, it's far more beautiful than I was expecting it to be. This purchase was a dream come true for someone wanting to get into cycling but didn't have the $800-$900 it takes to get a bike that is anywhere close to as nice as this Imola.
It's very light weight; it has a great looking frame shape, quality welds and a really nice paint coat... It's a definite head-turner. The SunRace shifters are nice, smooth transitions. The Tammaso team saddle that comes with the bike is top quality and I see no need at all to change seats, just more testament to the overall quality of this bike.
If there is anything I see myself replacing down the road it would be the rims and tires… but with most enthusiast this is one of the first things you can afford to change that really effects the overall performance of your ride. For right now I'm looking at getting some "Continental Ultra Gatorskin Tires", I've heard nothing but great things about them and I've found them online as low as $32/piece. The rims I won't bother upgrading until I have an issue with them. In all honesty, the rims and tires are nothing to complain about, they're just the only items I see myself upgrading in the future.
No complaints at all… the Tammaso Imola is truly a top-quality product.
I have had my Imola for about a month and half now and I have really enjoyed it. I'm a road biker who rides 3 to 4 times a week. I do around town stuff so 12 mile round trips. I have really enjoyed my bike. I first got it came out of the box (with out the pro build) pretty much together. I had to straighten and raise the handle bars, put on the seat and fit it to myself. In addition I tuned it myself. I would really suggest you look up and watch how to tune it, I went through a long process before even purchasing making sure I knew how to do it. I spent a solid day getting everything right. Rear and front derailers, and setting the breaks at the right tension to where I was happy. I would suggest going for better components, I had some issues, but it is completely possible to get it tuned up, I only really get rubbing on the extreme sprockets (Smallest in the front and smallest in the back, along with largest in the front and largest in the back) Other than that I have nearly perfect shifting.
As for the ride. The ride is great, I climb hills, go down them fast. On smoother pavement the ride is very smooth... there are some roads near me that are very rough... not a lot of pot holes, but they need to be repaved non the less and that is where I can really feel the vibration in the road. I don't even think a carbon fiber bike could absorb all that vibration.
The bike is very clean and neat looking. After getting the black frame, white seat and white taped handle bars I thought it looked really sharp. The only warning I give you is to keep your hands pretty clean... When I was tuning the bike I had a tendency to get grease from the chain on my hands and it transferred to the tape on the handle bars. The bars still look clean and sharp, you can just see some points where I rubbed some off on them. The seat can get marked pretty easily so be cautious what you lean it against... I lean it against a brick wall on occasion when I close the garage behind me so I do have a little red mark on it after a month... BUT DON"T BE AFRAID, this is a great bike for a beginner rider. I will definitely buy a Tommaaso bike again, maybe in a couple of years after I get into biking more!
I have been using my Imola for a couple of months now and couldn't be happier! It's my first bike and its great for a beginner. Very smooth ride! I've used it for a couple tri's now and it has worked great! I highly recommend this and any other Tommaso
Took my imola for our first ride yesterday. Was having a blast and loving it when I blew my back tire after only 15 miles. Apparently (keep in mind I am new at this) you need to check the tire pressure before each ride. I figured out of the box they would be fine. After a trip to the lbs, and a little education in the tire department I should be good to roll again! So far, from my short ride, I am going to love this bike. Very happy with my decision to buy the imola.
First off: Kudos to GiantNerd for getting this bike to me so quickly. The Imola is a sweet commuter. I've gotten a ton of compliments from other bikers and motorist. I'm looking forward to summer cruising!
Just got back in to Bikes. Really is a great beginner bike. Great for commuters
im very impressed with the quality of this bike it performs really well i kept thinking if this a beginner bike what would the professional bike be!! i have tried another beginner bike and theres no comparison also the bike looks very nice the paint is very beautiful no regrets whats so ever
dont hesitate if your thinking about it
After putting the miles on the Imola since the last review, I still stand behind this bike as being THE BEST in it's price range. No if's, and's, or but's about it. There is only one weak point that I found: the tires. They wore a little quick for my liking, but I haven't had any pinch flats or punctures on them, which is rare if you know the roads in the state of Michigan (especially Detroit/Metro area).
Gave the frame a once over to make sure that there were no stress crack/fractures on the tubes or the welds, and everything is still as airtight as a frog's butt. All I have to do now is grease the chain, and that's going to be the start of my summer adventures now that the semester is over.
The Imola: in it for the long haul.
What a great bike i recently bought it here adn its been amazing right out of the box! cant wait to buy a new bike here in a couple of months for my kid
My first new bike in 20 years and it's been a great choice for me. I got it assembled at a local bike shop when I received it in the fall, and got a few rides in before the weather turned to winter. Brought it in to get pedals and bike shoes this spring and it rides like a champ. So smooth and quiet. I forgot that a bike should be that quiet. Once I got the hang of shifters integrated with the brakes I've really enjoyed it.
I love this bike. This is a great starter road bike. the bike has a great feel for the road.
Just bought the Tommaso Imola and I couldn't be happier with my decision! The bike got here quickly in a really cool box. Definitely recommend probuild, it was ready to ride in 10 min with no hassles. Its my first road bike, and after the first ride I was in love! Its an awesome bike for beginners, gears work flawlessly, are easy to use, and makes biking to class 100x more fun. On top of all that it's gorgeous to just look at! Giantnerd was awesome, the staff were super friendly and helpful, I've already recommended this site to my friends.
I bought the Imola a few months ago and have been absolutely pleased with its performance. It holds up well on rides both short and long. I was a bit skeptical when buying something that wasnt the big names in cycling but I had a good feeling about this bike and went for it. I am a beginner rider and this bike is perfect for any person looking to get into the sport. It is comfortable and the gear layout on it works just fine! LOVE THE IMOLA
I just got the Tommaso Imola and I couldn't be happier with my bike! I picked it for cycling and the ride part of the triathlons. So happy with the price, I didn't have to sell any internal organs to get it! Giantnerd was awesome as well, I had to use the customer service to make sure I got the right size. I finished putting the bike together after paying for the probuild and it took me little time. Very Happy!!
Just ordered the Imola and like everyone has said it's just too good a deal to pass up. Most importantly the giantnerd staff and order process was flawless and great.
I own this bike now for more then a week and I Love it.This is my first road bike and I can't really compare to anything else but for me as a beginner is just perfect.The bike was here in 4 days and I put it together in no time.
It look's like an expensive bike and gets a lot of attention.I already lost 4 pound's in a week and can't get enough time on my new bike.LOVE IT.
i recieved this bike in less than 4 days in the cool packaging. i chose the pro build so it took me less than 30 minutes to put together. i didn't get to ride it right away, seeing how i damaged the threads on my pedals and had to get them re threaded, which took a few days. but once i got on i was pumped. ive put on over a hundred miles adn have only rode it bout 8 times. i love the bike, plan on going to my first triathlon in april on it. GIantNerd customer service was amazing too. they were really helpful in my time of need when i stripped my threads. i highly reccomend this bike, especially if its a begginner.
After much deliberation about if I wanted to get a road bike and which one, I picked the Tommaso Imola. I asked around and checked out local bike shops, the Imola was an amazing price on what appeared to be an awesome bike for a road biking novice such as myself.
I ordered the Imola with the the pro build bought some three cleat pedals and shoes, and then prepared myself for the two week wait the economy shipping said it would take. Very much to my surprise and liking the bike arrived in just three days, from Bouldar, CO to St. Louis. Thank you GIANTNERD!!
I've now owned the bike for a week and all I can say is BUY IT! No regrets here. The bike is gorgeous, and takes down miles like no other. Within the first three days of owning the bike, I've but 70 of the easiest miles I've ever put on any bike or car. Just riding this thing around gives me a smile. Quit reading my poorly written review and put the money down.
The bike was a stunner. It came in perfectly with only a broken front reflector. Not an issue since Giantnerd sent me a new one almost immediately. I did not opt for the pro build and instead had the bike serviced at a shop and the handle bar tape replaced with black since the white gets dirty VERY easily. The bike was an incredible ride, with very smooth gear shifts.
Now let me be the first to say this in a review: if you reside on a college campus buy the best, I mean the very best bike lock system you can get if you want to protect your Imola. The bike stood out as a higher-end road bike and so it was a prime target for bike thieves. Either that or keep it in your room or house over night. I had forgotten to one night and sure enough it was stolen. It's strange how attached you can get to a bike in just two weeks.
The bike was well packaged, you could tell that Fedex had handled it just a little rough but the contents were very far from harm. The pro build was probably the best decision for me to have made, as everything was just flawless, all that I had to do was adjust my bike seat, handles, and attach the front wheel. A combination of quality components/design and the Giantnerd staff who did the pro build made this bike super smooth in ride. The gear changes were dead quiet and at times the only assurance I had that the gears were transitioning were from the resistance in the pedals. I was admittedly so please with this I was doing it just for fun for some time. The weight of the bike is very low, and as I am rather a small guy this was nice for lugging it up stairs today at my campus. I can confirm that Tommaso is a great brand now, so any doubters should rest easy ; )
There were a couple things that I noticed though. Both the seat and tape around the handle bars, while wrapped for shipping and protection, had several smudges on them. Now, they'll end up this way eventually, and the junk came off easy enough, but I thought it just a tad unprofessional, whether it be Giantnerd or Tommaso for leaving the bike like this when shipping to the customer. The other thing was that my tires were rated for a maximum of 90PSI, which I thought a low rated maximum for your average road bike tire, where someone even my size would run anywhere between 100-130PSI depending on conditions. No biggie though, the tires feel great and ride hard enough when at the maximum rating.
Overall, the product is great, just fantastic, Giantnerd is pretty keen on great stuff. This bike and I are going to be doing a lot of riding. I'm off now, actually, back to campus on my Imola, just because it's fun.
This will be my first bike in years, and specifically my first road bike ever. Honestly, there didn't seem to be much choice insofar as entry level bikes are concerned, it was either one of these nice Tommaso bikes or one of the countless other entry level brands that everyone seemed to detest. That being said, I do anticipate this bike to be really nice for what I paid, especially in comparison to anything else I found within my price range. I did get the pro build, too, as it seemed to have substantially favorable perks. This bike should make it here Saturday, and I'll go on a test run Sunday morning, then I'll give a review of the bike itself. I've given five stars for the Giantnerd website, quite easily one of the best online shopping places I've found. Great community!
The special day has finally come!!! Bike arrived rather late in the day, but thats OK it allowed me to build up anticipation. Everything is perfect!! No scratches , nothing broken , everything accounted for. I wont be able to tell you how it rides until Christmas Day. After viewing it up close and having something tangible ... Im 300% happy i went with this bike :-). I've already started to order more equipment from the site. Once i get enough funds pulled together I plan on getting some clothing.
This will be my first Road Bike , but I am not new to the biking world. I didn't purchase the Pro build ... but thats simply because i will be hitting up a shop regardless to have it fitted properly for me. I'm actually quite surprised with the speed at which the bike is being predicted to reach me. I made my Order Friday morning expecting to receive the bike by the following Friday at the earliest. Instead I should be delivered this hopefully outstanding bike by Tuesday!!! I will keep you all updated on the pros and cons on the bike, and if I run into any problems with my packaging.
I just got this bike about five hours ago. Man, jaw dropping bike. I went on a 25mile ride and was stopped by a police officer saying "Nice Bike!" I could not ask for anything better. It handles like a baby, i feel less vibrations.
I recently purchased this road bike with the pro build. I am not bike savvy but you don't need to be to own this bike. Everything was ready for me. I only had to do the minor things while giantnerd did the rest. I totally recommend the pro build.
As for the Imola, it is a wonderful bike for a beginner. I say so because in Montreal, Quebec, road bikes start off at 700 for generic/local bikes. For this price and the reviews this company has, you can't go wrong. Hopefully they will still have excellent deals for when I upgrade!
What can we say about the Imola? The frame and fork combo is solid, the shift levers are crisp and clean, the seat has good padding, bars and tape felt like butter... and because of how clean this bike is, you will turn heads, and probably get that one girl pass by everyday's number ;P
From other bikes i have demoed at local shops of much higher price range, the Imola stands and delivers like Adam Ant. The compact geometry makes the bike much lighter and livelier. It still has some weight to it, but once you get rolling on it, you almost don't notice it.
The shifters may be great, but the derailers I had a little issue with during the build. The rear functioned perfectly out of the box, but the front had some slight rubbing, even when the chain was in perfect alignment with the front and rear gears. Luckily, that problem was solved with a quick adjustment on the cable using the barrel adjusters that are threaded into the frame on the routing points. After a couple quick trips up and down the street and putting some more tension on the cable, the problem was solved and the derailer worked perfectly.
The wheels felt wonderful, but i had some slight twisting of the front after it was mounted. I went around the wheel with a spoke wrench doing quarter turns on all the nipples which stopped the creaking from the wheel flexing. It was straight as an arrow, so no tuning was needed. After doing some minor barrel adjustments to the rear brakes, the whole thing stood solid and stopped on a dime.
Those minor fixes are expected with any new bike, so over all, the bike is amazing, fun to ride, responsive, and for other beginners like me to road biking, serves as a great platform to start with.
As an added bonus, Tommaso gave you the option to mount a water bottle to the seat post or down tube of the frame! some bikes only offer one or the other, so if you like to do those long hauls and need the H2O, you can mount both and have even more water. You know they were thinking when they did that for you at no extra cost :D
So it says presale. When does it ship then?
Nevermind. Answered my own question again... 12/12/12 is the ship date. I feel silly now. haha
I leave in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles in the Caribbean.
Do you ship directly to that location?
If so, can you give me an estimate of the shipping cost.
I'm very interested in buying this bike with the genius build without the carbon fork asmy first road bike. I would like to know when the 52cm frame would be back in stock? Thanks
We do not currently have a date that they will be back in stock but when we do we will put them up on the site for pre-sale.
Hello, I am 5'11 and I am curious as to what size I should be looking at: both the 56cm and 58cm are recommended for 5'11.
I would recommend you go with the 56cm. When on the line it is best to go smaller.
Hello, how do I go about adjusting the saddle angle/tilt on this imola? Is it made to be permanent at that angle? Thnx
Underneath the saddle there is a screw that requires an allen wrench to loosen, if you loosen that you can change the angle and the saddles forward/backward position on the seatpost. Just make sure to tighten it down good after your adjustment.
I am a total newbie at biking. I am awaiting the arrival of my new Tommasso. I didn't even think to add in pedals and would like to purchase some to have handy upon arrival. So my question is, what size pedals do I purchase?
There aren't really pedal sizes. The crankset on the Imola is 9/16" which most pedals spindle is that size these days. It is more a question of preference than sizing as most any pedal you find will fit the standard.
Thank you Jeff. Like I said I am a newbie.. lol
does it come wiht iner tubes
Yes, the bike comes with tubes.
I am upgrading to some lighter parts on my Imola and needed some specific technical specs. Just needed to know the seatpost diameter,handlebar diameter and stem length. I know the stem length is personal preference but I like the stock size. Thanks guys!
You can find all that information and more by clicking on the Specs tab which is next to the Description tab right above the description.
So I placed and order last night for this bike and payed with paypal. The order never went through for a reason I don't know and I never got charged. I can only think the bike is not in stock. But is it?
Diego, we have an order for this bike for you. Call us at 1-877-731-6051 for details.
I talked to live support earlier today and they said you guys do have an order from me. The other weird thing is that it doesn't show on my "Orders" history. But I guess I'll wait.
I currently have a Tommaso Monza that I bought in April 2010. I am moving cross country for grad school. I don't want to ship my Monza out there because I will be going back and forth between each place so I prefer to just buy a new bike. I love my Monza! I'm not the most serious rider. Every once in a while I will go out for longer rides but I also use my Monza as a commuting vehicle. If I were to buy an Imola, how much would I notice the downgrade after having driven a Monza for 2 years?
You would probably notice a significant difference in the ride quality as the carbon fork on the Monza makes a big difference. The shifting on the Monza will likely feel slightly smoother or unnoticeable and the weight difference you'll feel while going up a hill but going downhill or on flat ground it will feel pretty similar. I'd recommend going with the carbon fork version if you are used to a smoother ride.
Hello Nerd Family
I'm not enjoying my FD2303 because it rattles in low gear and it keeps derailing. I am wanting to know if the SunraceR80 will be compatible with Shimano 105, Tiagra, or Ultegra front derailleurs for triple crank so that I may switch them out. Would this work if I find ones that follow the 52x42x30t? Thanks
Or would the Shimano Sora Triple be my only option?
I purchased this bike sans the genius build Saturday (6/30) however there has no change to the status, looking at your FB wall it seems like other bikes took 3 months to arrive. Can I expect that from a bike I ordered on June 29th? What is the appx ship time and why is it taking close to a week to simply ship an item?
Hello, I am considering purchasing this bike as my first road bike and do not know whether to purchase click-in pedals, hybrids or regular ones? I will most likely be using this bike for commuting and maybe some touring rides. Please advice. Thanks in advance!!!
It all depends on your preference and how long your rides are. If you commute is short I wouldn't recommend clip-ins but I would for long commutes and touring rides. A hybrid model may be best if you commutes are short, otherwise go with the clip-ins.
Hi, I am very interested in getting my first road bike, but I am still a beginner, so the Imola (price-wise) seems perfect for me. I have only ever bought one other bike in my life and that was a Hybrid that I now use.
Anyway, I am about 5'5 and around 270lbs. Will the Imloa's wheels be strong enough to hold me? Or will I be pushing it?
Also, when I ride, I basically bike to the trail and I ride on all roads, but some of them are really bumpy, will that make a difference? The trail I ride on is part road and part dirt trail. Does the dirt trail count as a road?
Thanks so much for any reply. These may be stupid questions, but I want to make sure I know what i'm buying.
Given the riding conditions and weight you describe above I would recommend you go with a mountain bike, the narrow tires are not good on dirt, even dirt on a road can be tricky. We have the BAMF Full Nelson and Half Nelson that I think would work well given the conditions you say you're riding in.
BAMF Full Nelson: http://www.giantnerd.com/bamf-full-nelson-mountain-bike.html
BAMF Half Nelson http://www.giantnerd.com/bamf-half-nelson-mountain-bike.html
At 5'5" on either of those bikes I'd recommend a 15.5" frame.
I am 6'4 and 250lbs and apart from the hard seat, the bike itself feels great and definitely takes my weight, I don't see why another 20lbs would cause it to fail.
You will definitely feel the bumps on this bike however and coupled with the seat, it can get quite uncomfortable (I ride over railroad crossings on a daily basis on mine), so you may be better off with a mountain bike, or if you still want to retain the benefits of a road bike look for an alternative hybrid bike that may suit your needs alot better.
I hope this helps you.
I purchased this bike on May 17th. I think I may have bought the last one as it said it was out of stock the day after I bought it. I was just curious as to how long it usually takes for the Genius Build and shipping to take? I don't mean to sound pushy, I am just incredibly excited to ride it!
Give us a call at 1-877-731-6051, we would have normally shipped your bike by now but we are waiting on some information from you. We sent you an email outlining it.
I purchased the Imola last year and it's a fantastic bike - fast, sleek, frequently admired, relatively light, etc. In the time that I've had it though I've honestly never quite gotten the logic behind the shifters. I live in NYC where switching gears isn't often necessary but when i do, i basically feel like I'm guessing every time. I've searched for manuals on the included shifters but figured I'd see if there was a quick run-down someone could provide here... it's not killing my ride but I'd like to know what exactly the logic behind them is. Thanks in advance, crew.
Hi, I'm a newbie and started to get quite excited about ridding my bike during the weekends. Knowing some limitations of the tommaso imola, what would you guys recommend as a start point for an upgrade in my bike? Tires, breaks, wheel, pedals...?
I would say that the wheels, the cranks, and the derailleurs are the most common upgrades people make on bikes in general. It's my opinion that upgrading should be based on a specific desire, such as a different gear ratio or lighter components, follow this advice and your upgrade will find you.
I am 5'11" tall, 33" inseam and have longer arms, wingspan of 6' or 6'1". What size would you recommend?
I would recommend that you get a 58cm, luckily that's one of the few sizes we have left.
I'm 5'10" what size would work for me?
at 5'10" the 56cm is going to fit you perfectly!
Can I install a rack on the back so I can carry stuff for my commute?
The Imola definitely can accomodate a rack you just need to find one that works on road bikes. We unfortunately don't have any in stock.
which is good road bike for beginner Tommaso or Fuji
Hey Vishal, we spoke on on chat yesterday, I hope some other people respond here with their opinions but I just wanted to say that they are both great bikes and you won't find a better deal out there.
Whats a good size bike for someone 6'3" 300plus lbs who wants to ride about 5-10 miles a day without bending the wheels.
Hey, this is a very difficult question to answer as most wheels are not made to handle that much weight. You may want to look at having some custom wheels made as most stock product is not manufactured to meet those requirements.
Yes, there are quick releases on both the front and the back wheels.
I was wondering if this frame allows front and back panniers to be easily attached. And if so does anyone have any suggestions of panniers that would fit nicely and not fall off.
Attaching panniers is possible. We have had members successfully do this in the past. Some fabrications to the frame will be necessary.
Where was this bike made? Also, is it OK to use my previous mountain biking helmet and some simple running shoes, or do I have to buy a whole other set of them?
Try looking up on tomassobike.com as I'm unaware of the bike's origins...and any suitable bike helmet is fine as Safety first and about the shoes depends on the kind of pedals you'll be getting as this bike DOES NOT COME WITH PEDALS
Hello, I am 5'6 but have shorter legs and have a bigger upper torso...in relevance to the sizing chart the 52cm seems to be the logical choice...
But just to confirm this does anybody have the stand over height in cm from the ground to the upper frame top tube? as 72cm would be ideal...thanks in advance
The 52 will fit you great based on your height. Tommaso's uses compact geometry in their frames therefore they will not have a stand-over measurement
Thank you for your answer...order has just been sumbitted for the 52cm Tommaso Imola...will review bicycle once ridden!
Hi, I was wondering if the name "tommaso" on the frame is painted or it is sticker? Thanks, F
The Tommaso logo is painted on then covered with a clear coat finish creating a really nice look to all the frames.
hi i was wondering how big the box is when it comes w/ probuild ik it comes in 2 boxes. im just wondering how big the two boxes are
Bikes with Genius Build will come in one box and the dimensions are 57 x 8 x 28.
hi we need to know what size the box is that the bike comes in w/o genius build
The dimensions for the box a bike will be shipped in without Genius Build is 47x10x29.
im 5'4 what bike should bike size should i get
based on your height the 50 will work great. The 50cm frame fits riders 5'3" to 5'4".
thanks but im growing aloottttt atm should i go for 52cm causee ill grow out of 50 in a couple months
i'm female and about 5'2. Up until now I've always ridden men's (high bar) road bikes that are 50-52cm.
I checked out the sizing chart and it's recommending a 49cm, but again, that's not what i'm used to.
Can you advise me about what size to get? And if I'm unhappy with the fit, is it possible to do a return and swap out frames?
and by 49cm of course i meant 47cm :) thanks.
At your height we recommend you go with a 47. It will fit you very well. Choosing our Genius Build service grants you our "fall in love on your first ride or your money back guarantee policy" That's right we will email you a pre-paid return label and work with you until you are in love with your bike! Win- Win
i just bought this bike with the carbon forks, took it to my local bike shop to have it put together. They finished assembling it, but called me to show me a problem with the frame/derailer. Basically, the problem was that in the lowest gear, the chain rubs against the front deraileur. And the professional who assembled it basically told me that he can't really fix the problem without creating more problems down the line, and without me spending more money on it. So, he said, the problem is really with the frame. The frame, apparently, is a few centimeters off in its construction.
Anyway, all this to ask, has anyone encountered this problem with this particular bike?
Please contact Giantnerd customer service at 1-877-731-6051. Tommaso bikes come with a lifetime warranty so if there is a problem with your frame we will be happy to replace it for you!
Can you mount fenders on this bike?
The Tommaso Imola does not accept the traditional style of fenders that attach to . However there are other styles of fenders that can be used. Look for a rear fender that attaches to the seatpost of the bike, or a front fender that attaches to the down-tube.
I am new to road bikes and biking in general. I am 5'11" and am worried the 56cm bike will be stretched to fit me. I am assuming it is easier to fit on a bike that will size down to 5'11" than one that will size up to 5'11". Any suggestions?
Based on Toamsso's sizing chart we recommend, 100%, that you ride a 56. It is easier to make a smaller bike larger than a larger bike smaller. Also, the Imola is the perfect bike to get you into cycling!
This would be my first road bike, and I'm just curious of what size bike I would get. I'm about 5'8'' and 150 lbs.
We recommend that you ride a 54cm in the Imola. Take a look at the sizing chart located next to the add to cart to icon to view all the details.
Dose the Imola Handle well off road. I know it's not a cross cycle But I am looking for a great bike that handles both well on the road as it dose on the trails. If I wasn't on such a tight budget I would be able to invest the extra 300 for a crosscycle.
The Imola and all of the road bikes we feature on the site are designed for road riding. This includes dirt roads. I would not recommend taking any road bike on trails. If you're looking to ride on the road and dirt you should look at a cross bike or a 29" wheeled mountain bike.
I am looking to buy my first road bike and have it narrowed between the Tiempo and Imola. I am 5'9" 250, looking to shed some lbs and want to make sure which bike will support my heavy weight to best. Thanks!
The sizing chart says to get a 54cm, but bear in mind that it depends on your inseam since people may have longer torso or legs than others, but are still 5'9"
I'm exactly 6'2 and 243lbs. I am not sure if I should get a 58cm or 61cm Imola since I am right on the cusp? Also, how long would the standard shipping take to Houston, TX?
We recommend that you ride the 58cm as it will be lighter and easier to handle due to the shorter wheelbase. Shipping Transit time to Houston is around 3-4 days from Giantnerd HQ's in Boulder, CO. Also, bikes take a few days to ship after you place your order.
what is the difference between the tommaso imola and the tiempo?
The main difference between the Imola and the Tiempo is the frame material. The Imola is a bit lighter with it's 6061 Aluminum frame weighing in at 23.76 lbs. The Tiempo is a bit heavier with a high tensile steel frame weighing in at 27.61 lbs. The steel frame of the Tiempo is more comfortable to ride as steel reduces road vibrations.
The Imola is aluminum and the Tiempo is steel. The Tiempo is going to give you a smoother ride because steel has better damping qualities than aluminum but because steel is heavier than aluminum you will have to work a little harder to go the same speed. Since steel flexes more than aluminum some of the force from your legs that you are putting into the bike is going to waste on the Tiempo.
The Imola with the carbon fork is the way to go. The carbon fork Imola is all aluminum so it is light and the carbon fork will damp more road vibrations than steel giving you a comfortable and easy ride.
You also get free shipping with the Imola with the carbon fork.
Im interested in buying the imola. this would be my first road bike. Im 5'5 and 1/2 and roughly 220lbs was wondering which size would be best for me. Thanks in advance
If you're a bit over 5'5" you will want to ride a 52cm Imola. Feel free to give us a ring at 877-731-6051 if you need any help.
i'm 5'6"-5'7" and i'm about 135 lbs, what is a good size for me? it seems 52cm is good, but i'm not completely sure as this will be my first road bike.
The 52cm is the correct size for your height. Feel free to give us a ring at 877-731-6051 if you have any questions.
Hi, I'm looking at the imola and was not sure what frame size to get. I'm closer to 6ft than 5'11 with a 31inch inseam - any tips? Thanks
We recommend that you ride a 58cm. Feel free to give us a ring at 877-731-6051 so we can further help with sizing.
I am going to be buying this bike in about a week, and have a question:
I have a set of front and rear SRAM apex DoubleTap brake lever/shifters. Im sure the shifters that come stock on this bike are great quality, but obviously the SRAMs are a set up (also, they encorporate the shifter cable 'inside' the lever, to be fed under the bar tape- which makes for a cleaner look..) and i was wondering if these SRAM shifter/levers could be installed on the bike to work with the stock front and rear derailleurs, or if they would require an upgrade to SRAM derailleurs? I cant really see why they wouldnt work, but just want to be sure!
any insite/info on this topic would be greatly appreciated. Either way, I cant wait to order my Imola(:
thanks in advance!
You would need to also switch up your derailleurs and your rear cassette as Sram Apex is a 2 x 10-speed component group. The Imola comes with a mix of Shimano 2300 and Sun Race and is a 3 x 8 speed group. Enjoy your new ride!
So im pretty positive im going to buy the Imola, but i was looking at Randall Scott, and they have the same bike for $499. Why is it $100 cheaper here?? Or why is it more expensive there?? lol are there any differences im not seeing??Im just wondering....
Looks like it is the same bike. Note that there is an Imola with Carbon Fork for $499. However, I have the $399 Imola and I love it. I don't think I would spend the extra money for a carbon fork (supposed to reduce vibration). I would definitely get the bike from GiantNerd though. You get Nerd Dollars that you could use towards accessories. Also, their customer service is awesome! I had a slight issue, emailed them, and received a phone call 20 minutes later. Can't go wrong with GiantNerd!
I just got the imola beginner road bike and have never used a road bike before, just mt bikes. I noticed the road bike has two gear shifts on both sides, one large and one small - never seen this in the few road bikes my friend's have. What does each one do? I just want to make sure I don't mess the bike up. Also, where can I check to see what gear I am in? I am used to mt bikes where I can easily identify what gear I am in? I didn't se anything in the manual about either of these things.
Most road bikes do not come with indicators on the shifters so you'll need to simply glance at your rear cassette and chain rings so see what gear you're in. The paddles on you shifters are just like on your mountain bike as one will increase cable tension on the derailleur and the other will decrease tension. Feel free to give us a ring on Monday so we can walk you through the do's and don't's of shifting.
i bought this bike and the derailer is bad i cant get it to shift properly can i send the derailer back and get a new one for free is so how
We noticed that you did not get our Genius Build Service. All non Genius Build bikes must be assembled by a local bike shop to validate the warranty. Have your local bike mechanic take a look at your derailleur as this is probably just a minor tune. Feel free to give us a ring on Monday when we reopen. We're here to help!
Giantnerd says that the imola has:
SunRace integrated shifter/brake levers. The front and rear derailleur both remain Shimano 2300 series
Tommaso's website says:
Front Derailleur: Shimano 2203
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 2203
Brakes Levers: Shimano 2203
Which one is real? also, the pictures from giantnerd staff show the imola with the SunRace shifter levers, but all the customer pictures show the shimano 2203 shifter.
This is important to me because I tried the 2203 shifter and it's very unconfortable, so can someone please address this question?
The specs listed on Giantnerd are correct. Tommaso changed the shifters to the Sun Race r-80 shifter/brake hoods as they are paddle shifters and allow the rider to shift from both the hoods and the drops. The Shimano 2203 shifter/brake hoods are thumb shifters and the rider could only shift from the hoods.
I’m planning to buy a tommaso Imola and I was trying to understand if I need the pro-build or not. The advantages of the pro-build are pretty clear, but there is something the website does not specify. How disassembled does the bike comes if I choose not to use pro-build? Does it come piece by piece (fully disassembled) or some parts are assembled anyway?
Giantnerd will ship your bike in one of two ways…
1. Bikes purchased with the Giantnerd Genius Build Service are individually assembled and signed by our Head Master Mechanic. Our Master Mechanic removes the bike from its box and does a full inspection to insure it is in perfect condition. Using our 65 point assembly checklist, our master mechanic then does the following:
• Completely assemble the bicycle checking the alignment of the frame & fork
• Add additional lubrication
• Pre-stretch the cables
• Align and adjust the derailleurs
• Grease the pedal threads
• Align & tighten the crank sprockets and arms
• Position the saddle level and center it on the seatpost
• Attach the brakes and adjust them correctly
• Assemble the handlebars
• True the wheels
Our Master Mechanic then Test Rides each bicycle on a controlled loop (to make sure that the gears and brakes are correctly adjusted). This assures us that your bicycle is in mint condition.
We will then disassemble the bicycle just enough to fit it back into the shipping box, add more packing protection, and secure all movable parts to prevent any damage that might occur during transit. Oversized bicycles will arrive in 2 boxes. Both Wheels need to be attached. Reassembly typically takes our members only 10 to 15 minutes. We cannot offer the pro-build on bicycles shipped when shipped via USPS.
2. If you do not purchase the Giantnerd Genius Build service, bikes will be sent to you Factory Ready.
Factory ready bicycles are delivered to you 75% assembled and packed for shipping in the original manufacturer’s box. No adjustments are made. Factory ready bicycles will require assembly by a professional mechanic in order to validate the warranty.
I've been wanting to get into biking for awhile now and I am split between the imola and the imola with the carbon fork. What is the better deal? Just as a side note, I would be biking in an area with not so great roads.
Both the Imola and the Imola Carbon are some of our best selling bikes. The Imola Carbon adds a carbon fiber fork that drops a little over a pound of weight and improves the quality of the ride especially on rough roads. Carbon fiber is a great material for bikes as it is light, stiff and reduces road vibrations.
@ Mike Goldberg - I agree, the carbon fork is definitely an improvement, but not so drastic that the Imola would be a bad choice. Either bike is a top quality choice.
Mike says that the carbon fiber fork drops more than a pound of weight off. You will be so happy when you have less weight to pull up an enormous hill. The road vibration dampening is key as well if you are biking in a place where roads are never fixed. Plus I think that the frame/fork is one of the most important parts of the bike, you can upgrade other parts later if you so desire. I think it is well worth the extra $$.
All depends on what you want, and can afford. Getting it with the carbon fork is not a bad choice at all, because that's one upgrade almost everyone makes, and you are getting it as a price included deal. Add the benefits all the other nerds have said! But then you get people like me: come from a street BMX background from Detroit where the roads are always horrible, and I throw myself off, on, and at things. Because I don't mind the vibes, I have the regular ol' metal fork. But, if you want a butter-smooth ride, I'd probably go carbon.
I want to buy the Tomasso Imola Road Bike (Beginner), but I'm not sure about what size to buy. I'm 5'6 and weigh 120 lb. Should I go with the 52" or 54" ? I'm not sure about the return policy and would therefore like to get it right the first time :-)
At 5'6" the 52cm Imola will fit you perfectly. Feel free to call us at 877-731-7051 so we can provide any further assistance.
Thanks Mike. I bought the 52cm Imola and absolutely love it. Never rode a road bike before, but felt 100% comfortable with it since I got it. Just love it....
That brings me to my next question...what parts/components etc should I have in order to maintain the bike properly. More specifically, what do I need to keep the chain clean and lubed? What recommendations would you make as far as what products to use.
Also, just thinking ahead...what tires, wheels, tubes, chain, etc should I buy if parts need to be replaced. I have spend days looking at various parts...but there are literally tons of tubes, tires, chains, etc...how do I know which one to buy for my specific bike (size etc).
(I'm sure all the pros are laughing right now at my post, but please keep in mind - this is my FIRST bike and I need to ask silly q's in order to learn as much as I can about bike maintenance ... and trust me, I'll be back with tons of silly q's :-)
I am vary interested in buy this bike for my first road bike. I however do not have a big budget and this bike is on par of what I can spend not including helmet and other gear. I would like to know if any one on here can tell me if they have had this bike or on like it shipped to Ontario Canada and how much did shipping cost, DUTY fees, and if you had to pay extra currier fees because of the size of the package? I have little to no experience shopping on line over the border and am afraid of the extra fees to get the awesome bike to me!
For International Shipping rates, click "Proceed to Checkout" and enter country information.
We ship bikes all over Canada every week. No need to worry. Here is some additional literature that you may find helpful...
International Shipping is handled by the experts at FedEX who will deliver your package with up to the minute tracking information. We insure your package in the rare instance of damage occurring, theft, or misplacement. With international shipping the package is subject to customs, tariff, Value Added Tax (VAT), and a number of other local add-ons. The customer (Hey! That’s you!) is responsible for these extra costs. To get a specific total for international shipping add the item(s) to your cart and proceed to the checkout; after completing your shipping and billing information our system can will provide you with our international shipping price. This price is not inclusive of duties, taxes, customs, tariff, or Value Added Tax (VAT).
To put it simply, international shipping has many extra nuances that you the customer should know about before purchasing.
International orders may require additional verification; when filling out your contact information be as accurate as possible to avoid delays caused by us being unable to reach you properly.
International orders can take some time to reach the destination; factors like distance, customs, and governmental hold-ups can extend shipping times.
Speaking of customs, those are specific to international orders and the sole responsibility of you, the customer. Your local customs office will likely have much more information about this can we will.
If you opt to refuse an international package, for any reason, we will refund you the cost of the item(s) purchased only after we have received payment for the cost to ship it to you and the packages safe return to us. In short, it probably in your best interest to be aware of the customs in your area and decide if it is worth it for you before placing your order.
I am 14 years old, and I am completely sold on this road bike. However, I am on a very tight budget. I am working hard refereeing soccer and umpiring baseball to get enough money to purchase this bike. I anticipate I will have enough money in a few months (at the beginning of summer). Do you anticipate this bike will be at the same $399.99 pricepoint come the beginning of Summer 2011?
We are unsure of the exact price of the Imola in the coming months, however, we can guarantee it will still be one of the best values anywhere for an entry level, aluminum road bike.
most likley its been months and most prices have stayed at the great value!
well 14 year old kid, i am a college student that is now 21 years old and have been sold on having a road bike, as a way to improve your love of life greatly if interested, I would be willing to send you $50 to help your funds, but I dont want to sound creepy, and would feel asking for your address would be creepy, do you know of any other way to send you money?!?! but if your interested in this offer I would take you up on it....
I recently decided to take up road riding to get back into shape after a few intestinal surgeries. I am 6'3", 33 inch inseam, and weigh 225-230 lbs. I see alot of size measurements on these bikes but I do not see any info regarding the weight of the rider. My question would be...what are the weight restrictions on the entry level models listed here? What materials should I consider in my purchase (fork, frame, etc.)? I have had some lower quality bicycles in the past which seem to struggle under my weight and want to make sure I do not crush my future purchase. Thanks for any help I can get!!
Any of our bikes could handle your weight at 6'3" and 230 lbs. We recommend that you ride a 61cm in a Tommaso Aluminum road bike. Our higher level bikes, like the Intermediate and Pro level bikes, have nicer wheels and better components that will hold up better over the years for someone of your height and weight. Keep in mind that the more you weigh the more wear and tear you'll put on the drivetrain like the cassette, derailleurs, chainrings and cassette.
these bikes will be fine! they are built to be light weight and strong theyl have no problem for you
Does this ship with reflectors (rear, front, spoke)? I don't see any in the pictures but a comment in a review led me to believe it does include at least a front reflector.
The majority of our bikes including the Imola ship with reflectors on both wheels as well as on the handlebars and seatpost.
Most state laws require front, rear, and wheel reflectors. They also usually require a bell but you rarely see one on a bike unless the rider is under 12 years old.
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When I bought my Kuota X-Factor from Giantnerd it did not come with a full set of reflectors. I chauked it up to being a TT bike.
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Because I do a lot of night riding I installed a rear and front set of strobing lights that I bought from this site: The Cateye EL135N-LD130 Light Set http://www.giantnerd.com/cateye-el135n-ld130-light-set.html
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I ride with two headlights: one in strobe facing the horizon and one on steady facing down at the pavement about 20 feet out in front of my wheel
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I also installed strobe wheel lights that I bought from Kmart, or Target, or Wallmart - I cannot remember which.
most bikes here have them but you can always buy some if they dont
I would like to know if they ship to Brazil and the dimensios of package(Width x height x lenght) and the total weight in box.
We certainly do ship outside the USA and Canada, it’s a small world after all. The dimensions of our Air Caddy bike box are 56 x 8 x 26 inches with a shipping weight of 50 lbs. International Shipping is handled by the experts at FedEX who will deliver your package with up to the minute tracking information. We insure your package in the rare instance of damage occurring, theft, or misplacement. With international shipping the package is subject to customs, tariff, Value Added Tax (VAT), and a number of other local add-ons. The customer (Hey! That’s you!) is responsible for these extra costs. To get a specific total for international shipping add the item(s) to your cart and proceed to the checkout; enter your country first then enter the rest of your address information; after completing your shipping and billing information our system can will provide you with our international shipping price. This price is not inclusive of duties, taxes, customs, tariff, or Value Added Tax (VAT).
To put it simply, international shipping has many extra nuances that you the customer should know about before purchasing.
?International orders may require additional verification; when filling out your contact information be as accurate as possible to avoid delays caused by us being unable to reach you properly.
?International orders can take some time to reach the destination; factors like distance, customs, and governmental hold-ups can extend shipping times.
?Speaking of customs, those are specific to international orders and the sole responsibility of you, the customer. Your local customs office will likely have much more information about this can we will.
?If you opt to refuse an international package, for any reason, we will refund you the cost of the item(s) purchased only after we have received payment for the cost to ship it to you and the packages safe return to us. In short, it probably in your best interest to be aware of the customs in your area and decide if it is worth it for you before placing your order.
We have a complete list of countries we ship to in the Help Center: http://www.giantnerd.com/index.php/help-center
We handle our international orders through an Amazon payment method called Amazon Simple Pay. When you get to the checkout and select a country other than USA or Canada your method of payment will be restricted to Amazon Simple Pay. You can use your existing Amazon account and information to complete the order; or if you don’t have an Amazon account yet simply sign up for one with all your information. Amazon is a leader in ecommerce and payment processing and they insure a secure transaction between the two of us so don’t fret your information is safe within Amazon.
Please let us know how we can further assist you!
My grandaughter is going on a bike ride with her church youth group. We are looking for a road bike for her. She is 5'5" but has a slight build (117 lbs). We have already had her sized to about a 54 cm fit. My question is would this be a good bike for her? She is a biginner. We don't want to pay $700+ for a fancy. shamcy bike but do need the gears, frame, tires, etc to be manageable for her. Is this bike it?
The Imola is one of our best selling bikes as its a great bike for the money. At 5'5" your grandaughter would ride a 50cm or a 52cm if she has long legs and arms. You also may want to take a look at the Imola Carbon that adds a carbon fork that reduces weight and also improves the quality of the ride.
just go low budget and find something comfortable for her if its her first bike this webstie has many great options!
Hi JudyHudy... a road bike usually takes a week or two to adjust to the ride... and it's a bit more involved. It would be a real toss-up between a road bike and a hybrid for your granddaughter in my opinion.
A road bike is more performance based and is for someone who wants to get from point A to point B as fast as and efficient as possible. While a hybrid is more for someone who isn't so concerned about speed, but still wants and efficient use of energy. A hybrid is more for the "site-see'er" type of rider.
This is going to be my first road bike purchase and I just want to make the right frame choice. Im 6'0" with an 30" inseam would the 58 be best?
At 6'0" with a 30" Inseam the 58cm Imola is the correct size for you. It's compact frame geometry will not make stand over height an issue for your 30" inseam.
yes it is. if you have anymore questions check the chart or use the live chat!
Is the Imola tire size definately 700x 25 (Not 700x23 as is shown in Tommaso's web site) Thanks for the help
The Imola comes with a 700 x 25 tire.
The Imola comes with a 700 x 25 tire you can buy a different tire at your own expense
I am about to finalize my decision to purchase either the Imola or Monza. The only concern I have is the trigger/thumb shifter on the Imola which I have heard are uncomfortable and in most cases not ideal beginners. This has me convinced that I would benefit from the shifter style on the Monza. Is there an option to have the lever shifters as opposed to the trigger shifters installed on the Imola. Thanks. cheers.
We keep all of our bikes as is to keep our prices as low as possible. We recommend that you go with the Monza if you feel like the thumb shifters on the Imola are not the best for your style of riding.
I was a 'beginner' when I got my Imola and I have found the shifters to be generally comfortable. I've had no real complaints with them, in all honesty.
Looking at the Monza shifters, I would still almost prefer mine. But its all about comfort.
Long story short, I had no issues... And if it is going to save you ~$200 dollars, I'd recommend the Imola. not to mention that all black finish is dead sexy.
i used the thumb shifters. its al talk. easy ans fun to use i recomend them over any other kind from personal use
It's really all personal preference Franky. Usually when you get new gear it takes a week or two to adjust, after you adjust you're golden. I've found myself in your situation, but then decided to jump-in... almost every time I find myself looking back happy I went outside my comfort zone and learned something new. food for thought.
Does this Imola Road Bike have the same specs as the Imola Road Bike listed on the Tommaso website?
Yes, the Tommaso Imola on tommasobikes.com is the same Tommaso that we have on giantnerd.com. To see any products spec simply click on the specs tab on the left of a product page on giantnerd.com.
YES! thats what great about this website everything is real and good quality!
Yes, the exact same... and I'm willing to bet you won't find it cheaper anywhere else on the internet than Giantnerd.com - It's a beautiful bike too, I own it.
I was wondering if anyone knew the standover height of the 56cm and 58cm frame. I've found that sometimes, though recommended as "my" size, that the 58cm frame's top tube can be a bit too "snug". Perhaps I have a smaller inseam but if anyone could help it would be great!
All Tommaso Road bikes are compact frames that have a sloped Top Tube that makes for a quicker handling (lower center of gravity) frame. Since the main triangle is tighter the frame is stiffer and accelerates better. On a compact frame you don't have to worry about a snug standover height as the top tube is sloped.
go to your local bike shop they be happy to help!
I would like to know what frame size fits my 5`9`` body? Also the picture of this bike shows it without pedals ,will they come with the bike or do i have to purchase it extra?
If your an average 5'9" we recommend that you ride a 54cm. If you have long legs and arms we recommend the 56cm. Also, pedals are sold separately, so be sure to check out our pedals.
use 56cm. i just got mine and it fits me perfectly. im same height
all you hav to do is click the sixing chart and pick the right size and no pedals are extra
I am 5' 10" and got the 56 cm size and it works out great. Every rider is different though so make sure you choose for your body type. The bike does not come with pedals but I would suggest getting shoes and pedals and not save money by buying the cages. I made that mistake and am about to go buy shoes and pedals to replace them.
I just bought this bike, I ordered the dual sided (Mountain Bike Pedals)... They are lower profile though, with clipless on one side, and flat pedal on the other. I am waiting for everything in the mail, but I think i'll be happy with my purchases. My Bro has the dual pedals for his MTN bike, and he enjoys them. It all depends on your riding as well. I look to do some long bike rides where I'll want the power on my up and down stroke, but I will also be riding around town, or just to hop on and ride a short distance with tennis shoes, so I want the flat side for versatility. (I also think that mtn bike shoes are more sporty looking and would be better for slight amounts of walking around) Hope that helps!
I am trying to find a good first road bike. I have riden my friends high end road bike and fell in love with the speed and power of road bikes. I am 6'5 and weigh around 185. Any good suggestions or tips?
The Tommaso Imola is one of our best selling bikes. It features a 6061 aluminum frame and fork as well as a nice shimano component mix. You may want to also check out the Tommaso Imola Carbon that steps up to a carbon bladed fork that will help dampen road vibrations and make the bike even more comfortable to ride!
Tommaso produces some of the worlds finest Road Bikes. There is a lifetime guarantee on the IMOLA frame and the craftsmanship is of the highest quality. You wont find better value on a premium entry level road bike period. In adition we would recommend going to the Tommaso Facebook fan page. There are a thousand satisfied active Tommaso Nation Fans who will be happy to provide you with answers to your questions. http://www.facebook.com/Tommasobikes You can also visit our Wikinerdia on Tommaso for additional information. https://www.giantnerd.com/index.php/Tommaso
Hope this help. You will not be disappointed with a Tommaso purchase!
First things first, I recommend Giantnerd for your bike purchase. I just finished a six month bike shopping adventure here with the purchase of an Aggraziato. Hands down they have the best customer service (and I was in communication with over 20 bike places) A first good bike buy would depend on your use of it, if you are going to really get into it, then you may buy something and wish you had a bit better componentry or frame.
My advise is to look at a nice mid row bike, and you won't regret spending a bit more than you originally planned. Go for a 105 component setup, you'll love it!
go with a entry level bike or a beginer level you wanna get comfortable with riding and find your stlye and perfeances then move up in yourr buys
I highly recommend buying this bike in particular. I was in your situation a few months ago and I bought the Imola wondering if I would regret it. I DO NOT! This bike keeps up with some of the more expensive bikers out there and it is great and smooth to ride. I would recommend getting pedals and shoes off the bat because it is something I wish I did. They are my next purchase! I always check the deals on Giantnerd before I buy ANYTHING and ANYWHERE!
good first road bike thats not a question read the reviews for the bike
I have had my IMOLA for about two weeks, and have already put 300 miles on it. It was a serious upgrade from my previous bike, and it is smooth to ride. Quality and overall performance make it a great bike. I was going to by a trek bike in the MSRP price range of this bike but after reading the reviews joined Giantnerd and baught the Imola. Can't go wrong. Besides if ya don't like it take avantage of the 365 returns. good luck
it's a great beginner bike and i plan to help my cousin buy it. very smooth and a great deal.
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