Leopard Cycles L1 Road Bike

5/5 (10 Reviews)
MSRP : $2100.00


Product Description

Leopard L1 Carbon Frame and Fork


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Gezza a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 28, 2011

Strengths:    Comfort/Compliance while still being incredibly responsive. Great looking frame - so distinctive when compared to other spaceship style frames out there these days.

Weaknesses:    Frame was delivered without proper headset or matching cable guide...but nothing that couldn't be sorted (fault of seller not Leopard I believe).

Bottom Line:   
excellent frame with fantastic styling. Uber cool bike. Matched it with my own components (Ritchey WCS bars, stem etc, Fulcrum racing 3 wheels and SRAM Force drivetrain) and did not expect it to work this well together. really pleased and much easier & comfortable than other bikes I've ridden (especially for the price)

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Favorite Ride:   Sydney Harbour to Northern Beaches

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   Westernbikeworks

Similar Products Used:   Scott CR1



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben VanWye a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2007

Strengths:    Fit, handling, road feel, nice paint job.

Weaknesses:    The carbon handlebars have nice ergonomic flat grips in between the brake hoods, but in the drops my (large) hands were a little cramped and got numb during criterium turning

Bottom Line:   
The Leopard L1 is light, responsive, and sharp looking. Based on advice from the tech guys at the shop in San Francisco I opted for Easton Tempest II wheels to go with both a triathlon/TT set-up and a swap out road set-up as well. It's an excellent combination. To save money I spec'ed Ultegra since the bike comes standard with a carbon crank. I chose a compact crank coupled with a cluster with an 11 tooth small cog - which I recommend. At 6'3" and 200 lbs I need a frame with a 62 cm seat tube and something longer than the standard 59 cm top tube found on other bikes. The Leopard geometry is exactly on target for me, with a 61 cm top tube and a choice of stem lengths. I've had four road bikes, and this is the best yet.

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Favorite Ride:   Leopard L1

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   Leopard website

Similar Products Used:   Trek 1200, EPX 303, Airborne Zepplin, Cervelo P2k

Bike Setup:   Ultegra derailleurs and brakes, Leopard (FSA?) compact carbon crank, Leopard (FSA?) bar and stem, Fis'ik Airione saddle, Thompson Masterpiece seatpost, Easton Tempest II wheels, Michelin Pro Race tires


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Skog a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    Price and components. The wheelset is bulletproof! After 3000 miles, still haven't had to true them.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Within 15 minutes of delivery, I had my new CL1 assembled, adjusted and ready to ride. After a 5 mile warm-up, I began a century ride that was just awesome. The bike performed extremely well and was admired by many!

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Favorite Ride:   Leopard

Price Paid:    $2500.00

Purchased At:   Leopard Cycles

Similar Products Used:   A quantum leap above my Specialized Allez.

Bike Setup:   Piece of cake


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by justridekp a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: November 3, 2007

Strengths:    Unsurpassed customer service, customized component package, price, geometry fits me like a glove, amazing paint job, smooth ride, solid handling on descents

Weaknesses:    None to date

Bottom Line:   
Whenever I'm in the market for a new anything, I research my options to death. My search for a new ride kept bringing me back to the Leopard website. Yeah, it was the gallery of amazing paint jobs that first drew me in...but I eventually went with the Leopard based on geometry, components, price and money-back guarantee. I have not been disappointed! First of all, they guys were happy to work with me on some adjustments to my order. They ordered in some Ascent II wheels for me and also a Terry seat that they didn't usually carry. Although I did have to wait a week or so while they sent back the fork to the paint shop because they weren't happy with the match to the frame (and hey, I'm impressed with that kind of QC), the bike arrived ready to roll and just as sweet-looking as the gallery frames. Rode it a few times and realized the stem was a little long for me so the guys swapped it out for me. I had also opted to go with a compact crankset and realized after a month that it just wasn't working for me. This, of course, was my mistake but Leopard readily swapped out the compact for a traditional. I can't think of anywhere else you'd get this kind of customer service! I love the semi-compact geometry, comfortable ride, responsive handling, everything already mentioned in previous reviews. The Leopard ergo carbon handlebars are extremely comfortable and I have a hard time riding my old bike with standard bars now.

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Price Paid:    $3399.00

Purchased At:   Leopard Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Kestrel 200EMS
Trek 5200


Bike Setup:   Small (50cm) frame, blue with silver fade paint, DuraAce groupo, Easton Velomax Ascent II wheels, Leopard carbon seatpost/bars/crankset, Terry Butterfly seat


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by fruitguy a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2007

Strengths:    The bike has out performed me for quite a while

Bottom Line:   
I was new to cycling and looking for a bike I could grow into over the coming years. I found the Leopard cycles web site and started asking a bunch of questions. The owners were quick to respond and helped get my initial measurements. I am now racing competitively as a CAT 3 thanks to the support of the Leopard crew.

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Favorite Ride:   Leopard

Purchased At:   Leopard Cycles.com




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