The new Tommaso Tiempo gets a total revamp and upgrade. Previously the Tiempo was the throwback bike, steel framed and very simple. Tommaso rethought the meaning of time (Tiempo is Italian for time) and thought they should make a bike that would save you time. The Tommaso 6061 SLA aluminum frame and upgraded components will save huge amounts of weight over the previous version, and subsequently make you faster. The Tommaso Sport series saddle has more padding on the saddle's pressure points to aid with comfort. The Tommaso triple crankset and 8 speed SunRace cassette give you 24 total gears to choose from, this is ideal for the everyday rider who isn't shaving every ounce for their race. Combine all that with the Shimano Sora/Tiagra derailleurs and SunRace shifters for smooth shifting and you have a beautiful bike that will stand the test of Tiempo.
The Tommaso Frame
The Tommaso Tiempo’s foundation is a corrosion-free proprietary SLA 6061 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 fitting frame for the dollar. The compact design and geometry place the rider in the optimum position for steady handling and comfort. The Tiempo has a carbon fork to absorb the high-frequency buzz from the road. This means more miles of comfort and better handling.
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 produced. 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 stem can also 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 and comfort as the #1 priority.
The Tommaso Feel
Tommaso spent a lot of time on choosing what makes a bike enjoyable to ride. Tommaso upgraded the saddle to the San Marco Ponza Power for added comfort. The handlebar wrap was chosen for its comfort and durability. The compact gearing is perfect for all of us wanting to ride the open road no matter if it goes up, down or flat. The lightweight Tommaso aluminum frame and carbon fork will be great company for many, many miles.
There are plenty of aluminum bikes on the market. Most manufacturers use them to fill price points while focusing on the $6,000.00 dream machines that are given to the pro’s (at the consumer's expense) or bikes that find their way into only a few garages. At Giantnerd® our philosophy is simple: Ride, just ride. We want everyone to enjoy the experience and feel good about their bike. We realize that there are other things you will need while cycling and we keep prices low so you can get them all. What will you need? A helmet, spare tube kit, water bottles and cages, shorts, jersey and most of all the desire for adventure.
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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.
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|Recommended Use:||The perfect bike for the beginning road cyclist and weekend group rider|
|Manufacturer Warranty:||Tommaso Limited Lifetime Warranty|
|Weight:||22.1 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, English Thread Cartridge|
|Brake Type:||Road Caliper|
|Brakes Levers:||SunRace R90|
|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 Z1B (9-Speed)|
|Crankset:||Tommaso Triple 52/42/30t (24 Total Gears)|
|Crank Arm Length:||170mm (47, 50, 52cm Frames) / 172.5mm (54, 56cm Frames) / 175mm (58, 61cm Frames)|
|Crank Bolt Pattern:||5-Bolt|
|Frame:||Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum Compact Road Frame|
|Frame Material:||Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum|
|Fork:||Tommaso HCT Carbon Fiber Fork with 1 1/8” SLA 6061 Aluminum Steer Tube|
|Front Derailleur:||Shimano Sora (8-Speed)|
|Front Derailleur Clamp/Brazeon:||Clamp|
|Front Derailleur Clamp Diameter:||31.8mm|
|Front Derailleur Compatibility:||8-Speed|
|Front Derailleur Type:||Triple|
|Handlebar:||Tommaso Black Handlebar|
|Handlebar Grips:||Tommaso Tape White|
|Handlebar Material:||Tommaso Aluminum|
|Handlebar Width:||420mm (47, 50, 52cm Frames) / 440mm (54, 56, 58, 61cm Frames)|
|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 Tiagra (8-Speed)|
|Rear Derailleur Cage Length:||Mid Cage|
|Rear Derailleur Speed:||8-Speed|
|Saddle:||Tommaso Sport Road Saddle|
|Seatpost :||Tommaso Black Seatpost|
|Seat Collar Diameter:||31.8mm|
|Seatpost Material:||Tommaso Aluminum|
|Shift Lever Material:||Aluminum|
|Speeds:||3x8 (24 Total Speeds)|
|Stem:||Tommaso Black Stem|
|Stem Length:||90mm (47, 50, 52cm Frames) / 100mm (54, 56cm Frames) / 110mm (58, 61cm Frames)|
|Steerer Material:||Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum|
|Stem Angle:||+/- 7 Degrees|
|Stem Material:||Tommaso Aluminum|
|Stem Clamp Diameter:||31.8mm|
|Tires:||Kenda K191 700x23c|
|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 couldn't wait to get off work to play with my new Tommaso Tiempo. I did have to adjust the front brake a bit which is to be expected. Although I have a Park Multi-tool, the enclosed Allen wrenches that came with the bike were a pleasant surprise.
This bike is very quick. It likes to sprint and corners like it is on rails. It is so quick that I see myself investing in better brake pads unless the stock pads improve during break-in.
Aesthetics: Did I mention yesterday that this bike is beautiful? This bike stands out but is not gaudy. The paint quality is such that my wife ran a finger along the top-tube and remarked that it was so glossy "as to appear wet".
Its too early to remark on the saddle although so far I can say it has been fine.
I still marvel at how painless and efficient my Giantnerd buying experience has been. One of the problems at our local bike shops is the omnipresent "bike snobs' that sneer at anyone riding on less than Dura Ace or Campy groupsets. Giantnerd made it possible for me to purchase a better bike than I originally thought I was able to afford, and the experience was better than I could ever have expected.
Nerd for life!
A mere seven days ( as opposed to the 10-12 days listed) after placing the order, my Tiempo arrived in perfect condition. I cannot describe how beautiful this bike is. The red & white paint "pops" out at you and the contrasting black stem really pulls it all together. I was pleasantly surprised to see a white seat stem as opposed to the black stem shown on Giantnerd.
About the Genius Build. I am happy I made the call to go with the Genius Build, the bike was assembled EXACTLY to the standards advertised. I followed the instructions and had no problems whatsoever. In fact, unpacking the box took more time than I spent on assembly.
I took a few moments and checked the high and low alignment on the rear derailleur and everything was aligned perfectly. Every shift is met with a solid click and it feels bulletproof. I will update in a few days and I expect many more positive words to follow. GREAT BIKE, GREAT SITE!
K no lie, this bike is something that I will buy this month! this bike is just way to nice and the components are great and its just a good medium range bike for somebody that is really into biking. That likes to go fast.
I got my Tiempo a few weeks ago and I'm nothing short of pleased. I've rode it daily for the approximate month that I've had it and racked up about 500 miles commuting and riding for sport. The one thing I'd complain about is the white tape, it looks beautiful but it got dirty almost immediately so I'm trying to think of some replacement tape that would look just as good! Otherwise I've had literally no problems except for a little rattling in lower gears but I never ride in lower gears so it isn't a problem for me. I get compliments on the bike all the time, it's super lightweight and for the first week I had it I kept it in my room just to marvel at it. :) It's a great bike and I would recommend it to anyone.
My Tiempo arrived in the mail today. I'm not a very bike savy person at all, but after purchasing the Genius Build, I was able to assemble the bike in minutes. I just got back from a 30 mile ride, and I must say, for having no idea about what a road bike should feel like- it felt great. My fit was spot on with the size chart. At this point in time, I would definitely recommend the Tiempo as an "I don't know anything about road bikes" entry level bike. It is very comfortable and dampened most of the bumps and jumps on Seattle's Burke Gilman Trail. Oh- and it was very affordable... if you have $600. I'm excited to jump into the world of cycling on my new Tiempo.
I have reviewed before on this bike and I can't say enough how great it is. In two years of ownership I have 2000 miles on this bike. Fit, ride, style, amazing! That's the best things to be said about this bike. I only wish I had the cash to buy an upgrade so I can pass this great bike on. Thanks Giantnerd
I live in Aurora and drove to Boulder to pick up my new bike and I love it. Smooth and easy to ride. Excited for the first true test tomorrow on the ride to work. The crew at Giantnerd, Steve and Jared, were totally awesome and truely helpful. They got it built on time and welcomed me into the showroom to hand off the cargo, Thanks guys!!!
Just got my blue Tiempo two days ago and I'm loving it! Very smooth and comfortable! At first I had a little trouble figuring out how to change the gears but now I'm loving it and how easy it is! I would definitely recommend this bike to any new or veteran rider!
I've only had my bike for a little over a week and I really am loving it! I bought this bike in the hopes that I could ditch my clunky mountain bike and up my mileage, and after a few rides, I'm positive that I made a good choice. The ride is pretty smooth, and it drives well. The shifters took a bit of work to get used to, but after a few time out they are becoming easier to operate.
The only disappointment is that my 47 in. frame did not come with two water bottle mounts as listed - it only has the lower, diagonal mounting. There simply is not room for a vertical mounting as well, but it would have been nice if this had been specified :)
Overall, I'm very, VERY pleased with my purchase so far and look forward to riding many miles.
Just crossed over 1000 miles on my bike and I couldn't be happier, with a minor tweak here and there I'm sure i'll get another 1000 miles or more. (unless i upgrade to another Tomasso first.)
I've had my Tommaso Tiempo for a year now, and it's still a great bike. I get compliments from all sorts of people, including serious cyclists. I use this bike for hill training and such, and it is truly a beauty. Best money I ever spent! I love this bike, and don't plan on parting with it. Thanks Tommaso!
I just bought this bike as a way of transportation to and from work. rides great, but when you first start riding you'll notice that the brakes rub just a little, nothing a little adjustment cant fix =]
I bought this bike last week and have ridden it religiously every day since I put it together. This is the first road bike I've ever sat on or pedaled, so I don't have a lot of road cycling experience to go on, but let me tell you, if you're on a budget or just want to see what it's all about, you get excellent quality for the money, and a whole team of nerds to help you out.
If you don't go with the pro build, here's some likely set-up things you'll have to do out of the box...
1. Adjust both the front and rear dérailleur, including cable tension and stops...
2. True the wheels
3. Air the tires (they come pumped, but they deflate some during shipping)
4. Adjust brake tensions
5. Lube the components and chain
6. Attach Pedals
7. Adjust for fit, and then roll out!
At least that's what I had to do...I also had to take an inch or so off of the seat post to get the fit right, and play with the forward seat positioning. Totally do the genius build if you looked at this and was like "huh?"...or if you don't have the tools. Let me tell you, when you get it dialed in, you'll love the bike. The ladies will too, because it's a looker! :) Although it's about 9 pounds heavier than the way more expensive ones, my thinking is I'll lose about 10 to 15 pounds and save some cash.
I bought the blue and white 61cm frame several months ago. I haven't owned a road bike before so I don't really know where to begin. I put the bike together with a cyclist friend of mine, and it was in pretty good shape. The front wheel was out of true (the wheel frame wasn't quite straight so he adjusted the spokes to reduce wobble) and the tensioner on the cog (cog is the back gear adjuster, tensioner...well, creates tension in the chain so it doesn't fall off) needed some serious tightening. We missed this initially, and my chain fell off a few times. The shifting components aren't very good, and the shifters are pretty finicky, especially when I'm starting an uphill section. The chain has fallen off several times downshifting from the middle to easiest sprocket. I bent a tooth in the middle sprocket, so it's likely due to that happening. I probably bent the tooth while trying to put the chain on before getting the tensioner right.
The general feel of the bike is solid and smooth. The seat is comfortable, and the handlebars are pretty standard. After truing the wheels initially, I can power down steep declines in top gear without any wobble whatsoever. The right shifter, however, rattles quite a bit when my hand is not steadying it. This is not a big deal, as it works fine, but the shifters are Sunrace, not Shimano...and my guess is that Sunrace is quite a bit cheaper for the manufacturer because the quality isn't so good on them.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this bike doesn't come with pedals...it says so in the description, but I missed the part about Sunrace shifters instead of Shimanos so I figured it would be good to include that little tidbit in my review.
The bike's biggest redeeming quality is the price. Overall, for 379.99, the bike is a steal. No road bike retailer that I have seen would sell you a new bike for that price. It looks good, feels decent, and works pretty well. It's definitely good enough for a beginner to figure out if road biking is something they could get into, or for an aspiring commuter who wants something fast and efficient. I would recommend this bike to a friend.
Just hit 500 miles and couldn't be happier.
I bought the Imola for myself and my wife wanted the Tiempo. The Tiempo seems to be very similar to the the Imola with the only visible differences being the handlebars and colors. If the extra couple of LBs on the frame doesn't bother you, this is the way to go.
i received the Tiempo bike on friday got it together on sunday morning, found out that the rear wheel was very very slightly off. it would rub against the brakes when i turn the wheel, but its not a huge problem the mechanic told me it was still rideable so i rode it around the block. i called giantnerd they got back to me very quickly, sent me the return label right after i talked to them... at first i was really thinking of returning the wheel for replacement. but ive been riding this bike for a few days now and im really really enjoying everything about this bike even the slightly slightly "off" rear wheel, every day i get home i take a moment to just stare at the bike, i took a bunch of pictures even the box that it came with.... all in all i am super super happy with the bike!.. so tahnk you tommaso and thank you giantnerd!
I received my Tiempo earlier this week and I absolutely love it. I didn't choose to use pro build and it was set up ready to ride in under 30 minutes (I do have a bit of experience though). My bike is in blue and it is stunning in person. The web picture does not do this bike justice. I highly recommend the Tiempo to anyone searching for an entry level road bike.
Just got it a couple days ago and am already in love. I recomend this bike to anyone looking for a solid entry level road bike.
I bought this bike in April @ 399.00 so buy it now. no way can a retailer afford to keep bikes this cheap for so long.
this bike is still riding fantastically! as with any bike it'll need your yearly maintanence, but it'll hold up very well! I've only had to replace the bottom bracket so far, and i'm a pretty big guy (6'3" 255lbs) so that probably has a bit to do with it. Don't hestitate on this bike!!
It's been almost 2 months since I stared riding my Tiempo and I couldn't be happier! Decided to make the switch from riding my big beach cruisers and old 3 speeds to a road bike so that I could really up my mileage and what a difference it's made. What originally drew me to this bike was the 47 cm frame size. As a 5'1 female I was finding it extremely difficult to find smaller frame bikes with 700cc wheels. Giant Nerd really saved the day!
As a first time owner of a road bike it took me a few good rides to become comfortable with the shifting. Since then it's been a real dream! Again I can't be happier. Thank you Giant Nerd and Tommaso!
Still in love. Still less than a thousand miles on it, but looking to change that this year. The Tiempo has been a wonderful bike. It's a great starter that you can grow with. I mainly bike in Chicago and chose the steel frame for rough streets. Couldn't be happier. It's a bike that you can take for many miles and enjoy yourself, bring it to the parking lot, accidentally drop on the cement or tumble over in cinder- then pick back up, bend the shifters back, and keep pushing without any guilt. There's no better value.
I will certainly buy a higher spec'd bike some day-but I will never get rid of my Tiempo
It has been 3 weeks and the Tiempo has set me free. Riding every chance I get and it has seriously been a pleasure! The Tiempo has seriously made it easy to jump back into the saddle. The only issues I've had are with the streets of Chicago and the abundant amount of glass dooming me to flat tires. Maybe if Giantnerd offered hardshells, I would be in biking bliss :) Also got a great Osprey backpack to complement the bike with those awesome nerd dollars - Thanks Giantnerd!
After having my bike stolen, I was having a very hard time making a decision on what bike I should get...living in Chicago single speeds are popular and mountain bikes might be necessary to plow through the pot holes or craters if you will. But I knew a road bike is where my heart was and that I wanted to start getting into regular rides during my off-season to recover from rugby. After doing weeks of research and stumbling across this site, I can now say I have received this bike and am ecstatic! Hemming and hawing over the "beginner" label put on this bike, I figured this was the better investment for me considering the rough road riding I would be enduring and the impending doom of another potential loss. I hope my time with this bike is longer than my last bike and if anything were to happen, I would definitely look at Tommaso bikes again.. the ride was smooth and easy, the fit is amazing and the look is great. Thanks Giantnerd for helping me make this decision and your great service, too!
Have about 100+ miles on my new bike and i couldn't be happier with the purchase.
I wanted to write a quick update review of my Tiempo. I have gotten to put quite a few more miles on my Tiempo since my last review and I still love just about everything about this bike. The triple crank set is great for me being such a beginner cyclist, i never have to worry about falling behind when we come to a long climb on a group ride because there is plenty of gearing to keep on peddling. The steel frame makes for such a smooth and comfortable ride the hour's of cycling fly by. The only thing is that there aren't many options out there to upgrade or change the stem in the 1" quill variety but i have found an adapter that will fix that problem. Still happy with the purchase and still looking forward to many more mile with the Tommaso Nation.
Just purchased Tiempo and is ready to go, light, sturdy, ease of maintenance. Those are the things i looked for in my MTB and this bike has it all and is affordable.
Well I purchased this bike based of the great reviews it was getting and the great price. The bike came fast and was shipped in perfect condition in a pretty awesome shipping box i might add. Very easy to put together and I feel like most anyone could complete the assembly of the bike as it was 85% put together already. I have only been able to ride the bike around the block a few times because we now have snow on the ground but everything worked great on it in the short ride i was able to get in. I have yet to ride it on an extensive ride but i don't have any worries that it wont perform great. I am an avid MTB and BMX bike rider and am very happy to be able to add this Tommaso Tiempo to my arsenal as well.
We got the bike in 4 days,so the shipping was quick,and the bike is beautiful! took about 15 min to set up/without the probuild(i have built 3 bikes custom top 2 bottom). Taking my son for his big first ride on it tomarrow,but i know it will be great.Thanks GN for quick service & Tommaso for a great bike.
I recieved my tiempo about a montth before my wedding. I didn't have much time to ride it then with everything going on. When i finally go to ride it i noticed a small problem with teh BB. I notified the guys at Giant Nerd and they took care of everything so fast. They had my replacement at my doorstep ready to go (with pro build) when i returned from my Honeymoon. Now that i get to ride more often and enjoy the bike, I have absolutely fallen in love with it. I have added a Cateye Strada Double Wireless computer and clipless pedals. Now when i ride i feel like the cooles thing on the road. especially because i know what a geat deal i got on this bike! It is my first road bike and frankly i dont see the need for an upgrade for many many years. I live in texas so the steel frame is fine for our flat terrain , however if i need it all the gearing is definately there. My city has some pretty rough roads and i must say the tommaso slices through em like butter such a nice ride. Thank you Tommaso and thank you Giant Nerd. You have definately gained a long time customer from me!
I got my Tommaso Tiempo about 3 weeks ago, got it assembled through Pro Build. Right out of the box I loved this bike. Its just gorgeous, not really heavy, and overall a great value. After putting the wheel, adjusting the seat and handlebars, I was off on my first ride. I have loved this bike ever since. I use it every day for commuting to class as a college student, but also riding farther distances and in a couple of races through a cycling club on campus. And all the girls dig my bike :)
I am by no means an avid cyclist, I just ride my Tiempo to school and back every weekday, which is about a 5-mile ride each day, but this bike is pretty incredible. I love everything about it. For one, it looks amazing. Secondly, the ride itself seems comparable to most road bikes at this price point, if not better. It rides smoothly and is just about what I expected, so no complaints there. The shifters are pretty awesome. I'll admit, I was way confused at first, but a friend showed me how they worked and ever since, I've been smitten. Amazing bike for the price and for any beginner like me!
I spent months searching the web for a great value bike before deciding on the Tommaso Tiempo. I looked everywhere, local shops, ebay, craigslist...literally everywhere. However, none of them offered the price and quality that Tommaso offered.
I was all set to buy the Imola, but due to some extenuating circumstances (my car getting towed) my budget was reduced so I went ahead and got the Tiempo and in no way to i regret it. The Tiempo is a tad heavier than I would like, but it is very manageable. The thing that I probably like the best are the Sunrace shifters. At first they were confusing and just irritated me, but after getting out and using them I love them. The thing about them that I like most is the location, no matter what my hand position is I can always shift, which makes me a more efficient rider.
The customer service was another driving force in me choosing Tommaso. I talked with the GiantNerd staff on many different occasions before selecting it as my purchase point. They were knowledgable and very upfront about the benefits and drawbacks of all the bikes that i was looking at, which helped my selection process.
If you are a beginning cyclist on a budget you will find no better value than the Tommaso Beginner series!
I am thrilled to be the proud owner and rider of this bike. I am a 58 year old female and have a projected goal to do my FIRST triathalon on my 60th birthday. I chose the Tommaso Tiempo for my road bike after reading all the wonderful reviews. I have never ridden a road bike and when it arrived today, I was on the road in less than 15 minutes. I felt like this bike was custom built for me. I am certain that the bike portion of the tri will be my finest part. I have never felt so comfortable on a bike like i do with my Tiempo. I took it into my local bike shop to get a cage and the employees were amazed at how sharp this bike is. i feel blessed to have found Tommaso and know that the bike part of the tri will be something I won't have to worry about. Giantnerd was exceptional with service and live chat when I had questions, and also was very helpful with fit. A most pleasant experience all the way around. Thank you.
I received my Tiempo yesterday at work in a nice wedge shaped box (just as described by a previous reviewer) that was packed very well and had the bike securely fastened inside. No damage to any components and I think the box could have taken a bit of damage without having hurt anything inside. Opened the box up to find the bike (thank you Pro Build!) was all but ready right out of the box. Literally all I had to do was put the seat on, put on the tire, rotate the handle bars up, put on the pedals and she was ready to go. The instructions that came with it provided adequate guidance on the build. Also thanks Giantnerd for including a set of allen keys in the box! Unfortunately yesterday was a less than suitable day to go out for a test ride in south Florida, but this morning at dawn I went out for my first spin. This is my first road bike and I'm really happy with it, but I was a little concerned with the long throws on the shifter buttons. I think (memory lapse) shifting down was the longer of the two throws and it seemed that I had to shift my whole hand across the handle bar behind the brake to get it to click. I'm sure after some getting used to it won't be bad, but it was a bit uncomfortable for my first experience. As for the ride, I felt like the bike picked up and moved really well. Setup for brakes and cables all seem in order and I'm looking forward to many more rides!
Thanks again Giantnerd, I'm happy I went with this bike!
This bike arrived in a neat wedge shaped package safe and secure. Very quick delivery and set up. Was out for a spin in less than 15 mins. and wow.. couldn't be happier with my purchase. Very solid, light.. and nimble.. but most notable - it is one gorgeous bike! I'd win the race if they were judging on bike hotness. ;) Giantnerd team's customer service deserves to be recognized for greatness too, thank you, very satisfied customer.
I just got my Tommaso Tiempo today and I love it. It's surprisingly comfortable for a road bike. I took it for a 20 mile or so ride and I didn't have any problems thanks to pro build. I chose this bike because I needed a tough frame that could withstand the Illinois roads and it definitely helps reduce road vibrations and then some. Everything on this bike works well together and I'm glad I bought a Tommaso. This bike is well worth the price.
This bike is pretty killer...the 10 dollar toe clip pedals won't get you super far, but thats besides the point. The STI shift system on this bike is fantastic, i'm 6'3" and ithe 61cm frame is a pretty good size for me. Even though it's aluminum, it's not a terribly heavy bike, rides great, very smooth. The saddle is surprisingly comfortable, and the entire bike is just unbelievably stylish.
Hey guys, poor college student here in Maryland... I was wondering how different the components are between the Tiempo and the Monza? What about the updated Monza? Anything majorly different there beyond paint scheme? I swim competitively and wanted to hop on a bike before the upcoming triathlons this summer. Thanks.
Great question! To start off, the difference between the new Monza and the Monza Closeout besides color is that the cranks are different. Also, the new Monza is 10 speed where the old one is a 9 speed. As far as Monza vs. Tiempo both are great bikes and will work well for you as you begin your triathlons. Main advantages of the Monza are that it is lighter weight and has a total component upgrade in every category. I would say that for the $100 extra the Monza would be a great investment, but you can't go wrong with either.
Looking at theTiempo for my GF she is 5'7" 29.5 inseam 52cm or 54cm?
52 is the best size for her. When a person is between sizes it is always better to go with the smaller of the two sizes.
All I see on the tire is a max tire pressure of 90 PSI. Does anybody know the recommended tire pressure for this bikes tires?
I'm 5' 10", 31.5" inseam what size should I get?
This bike has very comparable geometry to the Imola which you asked about, because of that you'd be a 56cm in this one as well.
How much do they charge for shipping new bikes that is $350.
Deric, enter your postal code and the computer will generate quotes for you
No its not free!!! They charged me $40. Its everything except bikes.
Whats the recommended chain and gear lube for road bikes? and would you consider WD-40 near the top? and what intervals would you recommend lubricating these parts?
Pedro's, no wd-40 it will just everywhere, use it often so there will be no seizing.
He is a very avid rider and wants to join bike team locally. He is seven years old and small for his age. He is 47 inches tall. Would a small ladies bike work for him? I am trying to find a bike that won
t break the bank since I know he will grow quickly... Any suggestions
The Tiempo will be a great bike to get your son into cycling. The 47 frame is the smallest available and fits riders 4'11 to 5'2.
The Tiempo is now made of high tensile steel that provides a very comfortable ride on rough roads.
Hey there...I am a tall (6'6" 220) guy looking to buy my first road bike...is this the one for me? This is somewhat of a leap of faith for me as I have never really been into riding until recently. The reviews are all great and it seems like the right one for the $. Thanks again for the help!
At 6'6" the Tiempo in size 61cm is the bike for you! It's one of the best values in a complete, steel road bike anywhere.
Thanks Mike...also, what is the difference between the Tiempo and the Imola really? I read above that the Imola is lighter...is it significant? thanks again.
I have the 61cm and I'm only 6'2". You may need a longer seat post.
I'm looking to get into cycling, but want to know which one I should get. I know they are both good entry-level road bikes. Is there a specific difference? or is one better than the other?
I have recently purchased the IMOLA it is a smooth ride, and the components work well. it was an upgrade from my beginer bike, and I cant complain about one thing. The IMOLA would suit you well. Read all of the reviews of both bikes, and then decide what ya want to do, that 's what I did.
They are both ride beautifully. The Imola is lighter weight then the Tiempo
I am a beginner and am wanting to start competing in races. I am 5ft 4in and my wight is around 120. What type of bike would you suggest for me?
A small one. Depending on your reach and inseam i would suggest the 54cm or 56cm. Better riding geometry.
Was wondering if you are able to upgrade the fork and stem to carbon fiber and if so what size?
Just get the Imola with carbon forks and save some money.
is it even worth a thought as a 6' 6" guy looking at this bike? I know I have had no problem myself on a 61cm bianchi, but don't have the bianchi budget (or the brand snobbery)
At 6'6" you would be at the upper end of the spectrum for fitting the 61cm Tiempo but it could fit great with a few fit adjustments. Feel free to give us a ring at 877-731-6051 so we can help.
I was hoping to do some light touring with this bike too, does anyone know if I can put a rack on this bike?
You can definitely mount a rack that is designed for 700c wheels. Here's a link to a rack that we have in stock that will mount to the Tiempo.
Is it possible to upgrade the shifters so to see what gear I'm in? Is it the same shifter on the Tiempo as the Imola? Originally thought it wouldn't be a big deal not to see the gear on the hood, but have to admit it's proving to be more difficult than I thought it would?
We keep all of our bikes as to keep our prices as low as possible. Most road bike shifters do not have a display to show you what gear you're riding in. The good news is that you can always take a quick look at your drivetrain to see what gear your in. Also, the Tommaso Monza features Tiagra Shifters that do have a display.
just look between your legs and that is the only thing you need to see what gear you're in.
Hi Everyone - so far this seems like the way to go, but would like some opinions. I am a 5' woman doing my first triathalon sprint this summer. I already ride 11 miles several times a week on my clunky mt bike, but need to upgrade to a road bike. Don't want to spend a lot of money since I don't know how serious this will be - but I'll already excited about riding all of the time! A bike shop suggested a 47cm frame (but of course a much more expensive bike). Looking for thoughts on size and how long this bike will sustain me on long distances. Most of the pictures I see here have kids on them.
I also don't have any idea about pedals - i just use standard bike pedals with my sneakers. A little nervous about clipping my feet in. Suggestions on what's best for beginners?
A 47cm is the perfect frame size for your if you're 5'0" tall. We also recommend that you out our vp 399t pedals that have a built in toe clip. Let us know how we can help!
what is the difference between these two types of options and how much of the bike is assembled in both?
I mean genius build and pro build sorry I forgot include the main point!!!
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 25 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.
without the probuild how assembled does this bike come?
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 manufacturers box. No adjustments are made. Factory ready bicycles will require assembly by a professional mechanic in order to validate the warranty.
The Tiempo has 24 speeds, 3 on the front and 8 on the back. The Tiempo is a great entry level road bike, it will get you into the sport but will not break the bank..win, win!
thanks I really appreciate that because I was a little unsure about it!
24 spd and totally worth the $
how many speeds is this bike?
24 speeds, 3 on the front and 8 on the back.
what speed is this bike?
Could i change out the wheels to a cyclocross tire set?
The largest tire that you run on the Tiempo is a 700 x 28c. Cyclocross tires are made in this size and you can probably run most 28c cross tires depending on the tread pattern. The issue with fitting cross tires on the Tiempo or any road bike is tire clearance on the dual caliper brakes.
I found this review and IM confused.
The Tiempo has changed from Chromolly to Hi-tensile steel in the most recent shipment that came in at the beginning of this year. In general for specs of products trust our site over a 3rd party as they could have an older model or be unaware of what they have, we keep our products up-to-date with the most accurate specs.
Pedals come separately?
Pedal are sold separately on all Tommaso bikes. That way each rider can pick the pedals that best suit their riding style. We have a huge selection from cages to toe clips to clipless.
Same as what Mike said... the pedals have to match your style and your shoes, since most riders use clipless pedals and riding shoes. Your pedals have to be compatible with your type of cleats on your shoes. Using special road bike shoes secure your feet to the pedals and give you more power and endurance, since you can engage all your big muscles in your legs when your feet are secured to the pedals. Hope this helped you out... I love my bike :)
I'd like to go clipless sometimes and other times casual shoes. What pedals did you chose and are you happy with them. Anyone have a recommendation on a good pedal under $100?
You have a couple different options here. One, you could go with the VP 399t pedal that you would use with casual shoes and the VP R 80 pedal that you would use with a cycling shoe. The only this is you would have to change the pedals for what shoes you were using. Which isn't a big deal if you have the right tool.
If your not feeling that idea then you can go with Shimano PD-M324 SPD Dual Platform Mountain Bike Pedals. Obviously this pedal will add some weight to the bike, but you will not have to switch them in and out for whatever shoe your using. One side is the traditional platform and the other is clipless.
Here are links to all three. Either way you will be under 100 bucks!
Okay, thanks so much for the info. Would like to hear from Tiempo owners on their pedal choice.
i'm looking into purchasing the imola carbon and i think i may go with both the shimano road bike pedals and the shimano SPD dua platform
the aspect i like about the SPD dual pedals is the ability to be clipped into the pedals but also the option to wear any other type of shoe while riding
I'm gonna second or third the SPD Dual pedals for simplicity and convenience. You can also get some pretty nice-looking shoes that'll serve you well under some light walking if you just want to fly straight off your bike and into casual Friday.
I use the Shimano R540 pedals... they are SPD cleat compatible but I can use them with regular running shoes- and I have done so without problems. No need to change pedals and they feel great either way. Hope this helps you!
i'm looking for a reliable and well tuned commuter bike that i can also use on long distance rides and potentially in tri's.... is this the right bike for me? i'm a beginner cyclist and only have an old beat-up road bike and i'm looking to upgrade in this price range
Mo- I would suggest looking at the Imola with the Carbon fork. yes it is a bit more money- BUT completely worth it. I started with the Imola last year- did 8 Tri's and about 2500 miles. I highly recommend Tommaso bikes in general- I now have a Cotello as well. I think the advantage for you going with the Imola is the carbon fork option- it will reduce the road buzz on those longer rides. Plus I think it is a bit lighter so climbing will be a little less taxing.
excellent i'll look into it.. thanks for your personal input and opinion. greaty appreciated
this bike would definitely work for commutes and for nice long bike rides. Usually for tri's you are going to want something a little bit lighter, but a few extra pounds in frame weight shouldnt stop you from finishing. You can get some aero bars pretty cheap, so slap those on there and you are golden for tris. Plus you arent going to find bike of this quality at this price anywhere!
i ended up settling for the monza i think it has the best bang for your buck especially with the prices here
Did you find the sizing guide accurate when placing your order? Would you recommend going up to the next frame size? I'm 5'10 - 5'11 with a 30" inseam. The sizing guide suggests 56 cm frame.
Gary-I am 5'10 with a 31 inseam and find the 56cm to be right on the money. I would not go any larger. As you can see from the reviews this is a great bike and I know you will enjoy it!
The 56cm is the correct size for you!
There is a whole segment of humanity that is either right between sizes or is to either one side of the other of a size but prefers the other. I'm one of those people who've always liked a bike slightly larger than the I size I measure out for. A lot of this has to do the physical dimensions of your body: are you longer in the torso or longer in the leg, etc.
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The best way that I have found to size for a bike is to take your measurements and do your research and calculations using the standard formulas, then go to a bike shop and test ride a few different make bikes out. Once you have done that you'll have a better understanding how your body correlates to a specific size chart. You can use that information when looking at the bike you decide to buy.
Does this come in any other colors?
It comes in silver and in blue. It's one of our best selling bikes.
does this bike have problems with anything like brkes, shifting, or saddle or anything?
i dont know which one to get the tiempo or imola cause im 6'2 235 im a big heavily build guy. im asking cause my last road bike frame broke cause i road hard for like 3 hours striaght so i want a strong but not so heavy what do u guys recomened?
the tiempo is an extremely sturdy bike due to the cromoly steel frame... i think it would be a great fit and a bit cheaper than the imola!
I'm trying estimate how much it would cost to ship this bike to and from college and I haven't been able to find any details on the new Tommaso bike box. Does anyone know the dimensions or the weight of the box?
I was also wondering about purchasing road bikes for women, in general. From what I've read, there are dimension differences between men's bikes and women's bikes but I've also noticed that there are significantly fewer women's bikes than men's out there. How concerned should I be about buying a woman's bike as opposed to buying a man's? Is there a big difference or do most bikes function as a uni-sex sort of thing?
I shipped my bike with UPS to and from college. They have boxes, and will even pack for you. However, I recommend you pack it yourself--they aren't too careful. Cost about 80 dollars.
Our specialty bike box measures 56 x 8 x 28 inches and has a shipping weight of 50 lbs. Also, there's really no true womens bikes, just womens paint jobs and womens saddles. All of our bikes are unisex and can be enjoyed by either guy or girls.
u should call the nerd station on their website or phone it says about it if u look more into the website thats were i saw it.
Robin, I have never owned a "woman's specific" bike and I have been a cyclist for many years. Most all bikes are really unisex in nature and what matters is how tall you and bike fit. Check out the bike size charts on any bike that you are looking at and make sure that you get one that matches your height. Go with the bike you like and have fun!
There was a day, and still is for some of the cheaper big box store bikes, when women's bikes were specifically designed without a top bar. Historically this design had to do with the larger skirts women wore back when the bicycle was invented and being developed into what we now think of as the bicycle.
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At one time the non-top bar bike was called a step thru design as the rider could step thru the frame to mount the bike instead of throwing their leg over the bike.
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For the most part nowadays a bike is a bike. It’s been a long way since the type Victorian era beliefs that dictated what a woman could and should do influenced this type of thing.
After much bargain hunting and time spent tracking craigslist bike posting, amazon and local bike shops I think I want my first road bike to be a Tommaso. I can't decide between the steel Tiempo or the aluminum frame Imola. I noticed it is only a $50 difference. I am just wondering if there is significant improvement between the two. I primarily plan to use it to bike along the NYC greenways and central park (beginner course) and that is where I see that the steel frame might be useful for absorbing the shocks from uneven pavement. Any an all advice in making the decision is much appreciated. Also, I do plan on getting pro-Build just to make sure that I get the best performance regardless of which bike. Cheers.
The Tiempo's steel frame is great at absorbing bumps while urban riding. It weighs 27.6 lbs in 54cm. The Aluminum Imola and Imola Carbon weigh less at 23.76 for the Imola and 22.48 lbs for the Imola Carbon. Their Aluminum frames do not provide as much road dampening as steel. The Imola Carbon features a carbon bladed fork that not only drops weighs but also reduces road vibration. I recommend that you go with the Imola carbon as it is very light for the price and it's fork will keep you comfortable on the roughest of roads.
Your Answer...I am leaning more toward the Tiempo because of the steel frame (added shock absorbance) as well as the greater degree of access to the shifters. I however do like the overall look of the Imola and the fact that it is lighter but I feel that the shifters are so small and getting access to them may involve awkward positioning of the hands. I haven't been able to find much on the shifters so maybe there is something that I am missing in-terms of the way they work. Thanks again.
What about the difference in shifter design. Are they both similar with the exception of level size? Thanks.
I am looking into buying a bike for fitness purposes. I am a beginner and have no idea what I am looking for. I am 6foot 1inches tall and weigh 250. What would be a good fit for me? Or just some specs in general
We recommend that you ride a 58cm Tommaso Tiempo. This bike would be an excellent choice as it's cro-moly steel frame is as sturdy as it gets. Biking is a great low impact exercise and who knows maybe you'll get hooked like us at Giantnerd!
I am 6'1" and weigh 215 and the 61cm fits very well.
will you gues be getting any more blue ?
Only silver at this time
im totally new to cycling so can anyone recomend a nice pedal for this bike. I saw the $19.95 origin8 one on giantnerd and was wondering if that'll get the job done
If you're new to cycling, the Origin8 pedals with toe clips are a really good value. You get a nice platform pedal with the advantage of secure toe clips.
One thing to think about is moving to a clipless system. It's a bit intimidating (and slightly more expensive) at first, but once you're used to it you get a really secure attachment to the pedal and nice, light pedals.
I bought the bike and the Origin8 pedals for my son. He has 11 years old but has experience on bikes since he has 6 years. He is more than happy with the bike and start to get confident with the clips system. My advice: don't get to tied the pedals at first, just in case you have to stop kickly. Within days you going to feel the benefits of be secure to yours pedals and later on you can change to the clipless.
For a beginner pedal selection has a lot more to do with what experience you are looking for than anything else. Just about any pedal will do. Going clipless is one way to go. There is also clipper or cage pedals, and platform pedals. Going clipless means buying clipless shoes, which is a significant added expense. Platform pedals can be used with any footwear, even barefoot. Cage pedals generally can also be used with any footwear but I have found that I prefer a specific smooth bottom shoe type with clipped pedals as they allow for easy inserting and removing of the foot from the cage. I have also found that certain footwear just doesn’t fit in the cage.
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On the clipless side there are two styles: road and MTB. Personally I prefer the MTB style even on my road bike. I am not a competitive racer so that little extra weight isn’t a concern. Plus I get the huge benefit when walking as the recessed clip of the MTB shoes provides a flatter bottom in comparison to the road shoe, which has that large exposed clip under the ball of the foot.
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In the end you have to decide. Clipless gives you a more powerful stroke than clip; clip provides a more powerful stroke then platform.
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In the most simplistic terms: If you were going to be using this bike around town for short shopping trips and non intense exercising you would probably want to go with platform. If you were using it as a road event bike then you should be using clipped at a minimum. If you are extensively road riding you’ll want to go clipless.
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Also keep in mind that clipless are the hardest to get accustomed to.
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There’s also a platform pedal that has a clipless contact point incorporated within it that you can use with either clipless shoes or regular shoes. I use a pair made by Shimano on my around town Hybrid so that I can jump on that bike and run to the store if I need to after riding my road bike without having to change out of my clipless shoes.
I just got my tiempo today and its been awesome except for one thing. My rear derailleur hanger seems to not be aligned with the gears, when i go to shift it will jump back and forth between the gear i was just in and the one i have shifted to. How can I fix this? The only stuff I have been able to find online is how to adjust the 'index'.
Just to edit my question, I might have my bike vocab mixed up. My derailleur is not aligned with my gears.
We first wanted to see if you had us build the bike with our probuild service or if you had brought the bike into a Local Bike Shop for assembly. All new bikes need to be properly tuned by a professional mechanic to ensure optimum performance. Send us an email or call us at 877-731-6051 and we'd be happy to help.
Adjusting a rear derailer is kind of an art form. It will take you some practice. I do recommend that you call them and ask for help. To help you, if you are looking at the bike from the rear, and turn the barrel adjuster counter clockwise, the derailer will pull a little to the left, or toward the larger gear. the best way to adjust your bike, is start at the smallest gear, and shift up to the next gear, and then turn the barrel adjuster till it smoothly shifts up. try shifting it down again. Once it is smooth both ways, work your way up the cogs till it is smooth all the way. It is best to do this in the middle ring, as that you will spend most of your time on that ring. Side note- NEW CABLES STRETCH. Your cables will continue to stretch over the next 30 rides or so. In the beggining, you will spend more time than later adjusting your derailers. Make sure to clean your chain first before adjusting the derailers, this will make the adjustment to the derailers more acurate.
If you do not feel confident enough to correct the indexing adjustments you can bring the bike to your LBS and have them adjust it - figure it this way, as you use your bike the cables will stretch, and eventually you will have to have a LBS mechanic retune the components, so, if you cannot do this yourself, you are going to have to eventually bring it to a LBS anyway you look at it.
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Generally I have found that LBS charge around $7 to do this.
SHIMANO.COM HAS A SUPPORT PAGE FOR ALL COMPONENTS , ON THIER HOME PAGE THIER IS A DROP DOWN MENU FOR TECH SUPPORT THERE YOU WILL SEE TECH DOCS, CLICK ON TECH DOCS AND YOU WILL BE DIRECTED TO A PAGE WHERE YOU WILL CHOOSE ROAD ,MOUNTAIN ETC. THIER PDF DOCS WILL DESCRIBE HOW TO ADJUST YOUR COMPONENTS . THEN AGAIN IF YOU DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE DOING THIS THEN YOUR BIKE SHOP WILL TUNE YOUR BIKE FOR YOU. GIVE IT A SHOT, WHAT DO HAVE TO LOOSE.
I recommend a Local Bike Shop also... did the same with mine when I assembled it and had a few minor problems. Had them go over the entire bike and adjust the gears and brakes and it cost a whopping $40... completely worth it, 'cause now she runs like a champ!
What bike can you reccomend for someone who is a 6'1 300lb man.?
I have about $500$
You are looking at the bike we would recommend. For larger riders the steel frame and 3-cross 32 spoke wheel lacing are as tough as Tommaso makes. With shipping and a Pro-Build, should you opt for that, you will still be under your budget.
One note is that most wheel manufacturers have a suggested rider weight limit of around $250, this is especially true for the less expensive wheels. The frame will not be an issue but the wheels are something you will want to look into splurging on.
There is NO 32 hole wheel that can reliably support someone that weighs this much without pinging spokes every ride or so, I've been there. You should consider 36 hole wheels, instead.
It looks like none of the road bikes for sale here have them. You could buy this bike but then be ready to buy some moderately priced 36 hole wheels off of ebay for $250 or so and then resell your new 32 holes from this bike to offset the cost. Good luck.
i'm also looking to buy this bike and thank you all for the answers provided
I have looked all over and can't find a clear answer to this. I assume these work like many other shifters the break lever moves in to shift one direction and that small black lever moves in to shift the other direction. Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks Nerds!!
There are two levers behind the brake lever, one for shifting up and one for shifting down. The brake lever itself does not move like some shifter models do, the shifters on the Tiempo sit directly behind the brake lever. Definitely let us know if you have any further questions regarding this.
The larger handle/fingerboard lever on either lever (right left) shifts the chain to the larger sprocket/gear and the smaller shifts the chain to the smaller gears.
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So if you move the right hand shifter to position the chain on a smaller gear you are shifting up as in from 1 to 10, which is harder to pedal (more friction) but gives the most power to your energy expelled to distance travel equation. In simplistic terms this means:
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You generally use harder smaller higher-number-gears on flats and easy grades . . . and . . . larger lower-number-gears on hills and steeper grades.
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If you move the left hand shifter to position the chain on the smaller gear you are moving down in gears as in 30 to 20 to 10 depending on the amount of chainrings on your crankset. In simplistic terms this means that:
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Left hand Small = down, slower/easier - - - Right hand Small = up faster/harder
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Left hand Larger = up, faster/harder - - - Right hand Larger = down slower/easier
I am looking at getting my first road bike. I am on a tight budget, from all my digging and researching this seems to be a better option than something off the shelf at a big box. Dollar wise seems like it can;t be beat, hows it stack up??
The Tommaso Tiempo is a fabulous road bike with a strong and forgiving steel frame. Tommaso bikes come standard with a lifetime guarantee and its a great boutique company to purchase from if you dont want to pay a premium for owning the big box brands. Check out the Tommaso Facebook fan page too! http://www.facebook.com/Tommasobikes?ref=ts
Once you visit and see what other fans have to say about their experience with Tommaso you will most likely join the Tommaso Nation fan club and become a proud and loyal owner of a Tommaso Bike.
Dollar for dollar, Tommaso puts together some of the best bikes in the industry. Comparing the Tiempo to other bikes from Specialized and Trek, the Tiempo stacks up well, the only thing the Tiempo cannot meet with the other brands is price, its just not that high. The solid Shimano drivetrain, Tommaso components, and amazingly comfortable ride that steel provides is really the seller for this bike. Tommaso has really worked to keep the Tiempo at a reasonable price and yet it delivers a solid ride for new riders. If you are looking for something a bit lighter, take a look at the Tommaso Imola, just a little bit more and it drops some weight due to its aluminum frame.
We have had a lot of very happy Tiempo customers. Please chime in other owners!
I don;t see any other way to reply to the answers above so I'm putting this here.
I am a fan on the facebook page and have chatted with some people there. I really dig the comradery and excitement of the Tommaso nation! I work in the watch business and we sell big names and design and produce our own pieces as well. So I know what can be done by skipping through the big brand chain and delivering a quality product.
I also love the simplicity of the Tommaso designs clean lines great colors and simple graphics. I am excited to get my first road bike and after a lot of digging and research I am going to make it a Tommaso. Thanks for the input!
It's a solid bike, I've had mine for a few weeks now and really enjoy the ride, it's a comfortable fit but the bike feels very tight and agile. The components aren't $800 but they work quite well so far. There's not a lot of information on the sunrace shifters but I really like their design. I've ridden friends bikes with the classic 'push the brake lever to shift' style but I prefer these ones, especially when i'm up on the hood.
All in all, it's a solid bike, perfect for the price, and giantnerd does a pretty good job setting it up.
Here's a summary of the component used:
For me, the most important factor in deciding on which bike to purchase was the groupset/compoentry, as this stuff is basically nearly universal in its application. I wanted to get as much Shimano 105 or better components as possible. My theory was that I can always upgrade by selectively buying individual components of better quality in the Shimano product line and utilize the ones that I am replacing on my older (non carbon) bike. That way I would be upgrading both bikes at the same time.
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So when looking at the difference between any of the bikes listed on the Giantnerd site and the ones on the shelf at the big box store or anywhere else you should be comparing components. I would bet you that dollar for dollar the Giantnerd offerings will be the better deal hands down.
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