Leopard Cycles CL1 Carbon Road Bike

5/5 (2 Reviews)

Product Description

The Leopard CL1 uses advanced carbon fiber technology and manufacturing techniques to create a bicycle that is both stiff enough for advanced racing and smooth enough for long-distance cycling. This seeming contradiction is possible through the use of sophisticated shaped carbon tubing that employs ribs to make the tubes extremely resistant to twisting while still allowing them to be longitudinally compliant enough to absorb road shock. The end result is a ride that feels snappy and responsiv...

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jesse Zarate a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2013

Strengths:    Climbing, lightweight construction, power transfer, cornering, durable frame, exceptional customer service that comes with buying from Leopard Cycles

Weaknesses:    Nothing that comes to mind.

Bottom Line:   
Got a size XS (46cm) CL1 back in early 2012. Built it up with SRAM Rival from another bike and other random components. With the frame weight of 1050g for a small, my bike is approaching the 1000/sub 1000g range for frame, which is extremely light. Fully built, this frame can be as light as other contenders out there at a fraction of the price. But how does it ride? The bike feels extremely powerful because with every pedal stroke comes forth movement. Jump on the pedals for a breakaway and it responds. Sprint the last lap of a crit race and it will deliver. However, I found my favorite part of riding the Leopard CL1 in the hills. Climbing with the frame is a delight and I have set many new personal records on this steed. Climbing is super efficient and comfortable. The frame allows for the best power transfer when the grade gets really nasty. Also, descending is very fun and the frame allows for a geometry that can suit a rider who wants to go downhill and cut corners fast. I have also noticed that on leveled terrain the bike can really accelerate and even with big power bursts the bike does not flex a bit. One thing that I love about the bike is its comfort factor. I have ridden numerous 100+ milers and 5 and 6+ hour rides with this bike and I have been more comfortable than ever on top the CL1. The ride gives you power transfer that is fantastic, but nonetheless gives fantastic comfort.

Last but certainly not least is the outstanding customer service provided by Leopard Cycles. It is hands-down the best from a bike company I have ever come across. In depth back and forth emails allowed me to really ensure proper sizing and satisfaction. Tell them what you are looking for and they will give the right recommendations. **A bike or frame will not be thrown upon you to make a sale or anything of the sort, Leopard wants you to enjoy what you are buying. The great thing is that they will literally take the time to talk to you in order to ensure your happiness. This, along with very fine, quality carbon bicycles is a great combo. Keep it up, Leopard!

This bike can help you on the flats, against headwinds, up hills, down hills, and around corners. I find that with a 46cm seat tube (C-T), I have a fair amount of seat post showing, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a little different than previous bikes; (a carbon seat post will even dampen the ride even more than the frame already provides). OVERALL this bike is: light, stiff, and comfortable! Backed by the finest customer service I have ever encountered in the bike industry, the CL1 or any Leopard bike in the lineup will be a for sure win.

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Purchased At:   Leopard Cycles

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justbob

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2012

Strengths:    Very comfortable for a race bike, even though I don't race.

Weaknesses:    not the lightest bike out there anymore

Bottom Line:   
When I first demoed the bike I just jumped on it and felt at home immediately. Since I got this in April 2006 I have put about 21K miles on it. No issues at all with the frame. My normal rides include 50-60 mile club rides with some longer ones thrown in here and there. With carbon frames having gone up in price so much this was and is a killer deal.

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Favorite Ride:   Palo Alto Noon Ride

Price Paid:    $3600.00

Purchased At:   direct from Leopard

Bike Setup:   Dura-Ace with shifters, derailleurs, brakes, Leopard house brand crank, stem, handlbars, seatpost, Easton Ascent II wheels

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