Strengths: The bike is light weight, nimble and responsive without being "twitchy" or feeling like it will snap when I take a bump at speed. The gearing is perfect, and the fit is excellent for me. Once I got her together and put my own seat on her and got everything adjusted, I took her out and earned myself some sore muscles because I just kept riding and riding, but not sore joints!
Weaknesses: Most major issue: the rear rack eyelet on the 47cm model is obstructed by the rear brake. I bought a seat collar with eyelets in order to mount the rack I bought for her and all was well. All the same, outside eyelets was a bad design choice here - my 51cm Bianchi Eros got around this by putting them INSIDE the seat stays. As noted in another review, the front derailleur was way off, but that's something you just have to check for with any new bike that you set up yourself - and 100 miles after you first adjust things.
The Gigi is a sweet ride and a great value if you have the basic assembly skills and a little patience. The instructions were nearly useless and the manual was not for this bike. The bike has some pretty nice and very appropriate Shimano components on it, and comes with pedals set up with toe clips.
Similar Products Used: The bike ride a lot like my former road bike, a Bianchi Eros, which makes me very happy. As I got older, that bike being a slight bit big became an issue and is now the beloved road ride of my 15 year old son.
Bike Setup: Main Frame Custom 7005 Series Aluminum Alloy with Aero Downtube, Double water bottle mounts.
Rear Triangle Tapered 7005 Series Aluminum rear stays forged road dropout with replaceable derailleur hanger.
Fork Aero Integrated Carbon Fiber Advanced 3K Weave
Crankset TruVativ Touro 3.2 Forged Aluminum Triple 30/39/50T
165mm on 44 to 50cm, 170mm on 53cm
Bottom Bracket Truvativ Sealed Cartridge Power Spline
Pedals WellGo Alloy road with clips and straps
Front Derailleur Shimano Tiagra FD4503 for Triple, clamp-on, 31.8mm
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra RD6600 for 10-speed Long Cage for Triple
Shifters Shimano Tiagra ST4500 9-speed, Flight Deck compatible
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano Tiagra CSHG50 9-speed, 12-25T
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 27, 2010
Strengths: Unbeatable price for entry level components with 8 spd brifters, equal to $550-plus shop bike.
Proportional sizing fits my 4'10" 11 year old son extremely well.
"Adult" components and style.
Quality aluminum frame with decent welds, all braze-ons, gorgeous paint.
8 speed Shimano brifters, Sora rear der.
165mm cranks w/removeable chainrings.
Cool inline brake levers easily operated from top of handlebars, great for beginners to transition to drop bars.
Three day shipping from seller.
Made in Taiwan, much better quality than typical POS Chinese junk.
Weaknesses: 1" fork difficult/expensive to upgrade to carbon.
Seat is crap.
"Easy assembly" is BS, needs intervention of LBS.
Tall gearing (cranks are 52-42-30).
Goofy rubber seals on hubs can squeak.
Brake calipers need to be bent the old-fashioned way to get toe-in.
First off, this review is for a 2010 MIRAGE SPORT. The website software didn't list that model nor any year after 2007, someone needs to update....
We just purchased a 44cm, the only size they had in stock. It's a great "proportional" size for kids or shorter women, with 650c wheels, 165mm cranks, 8cm stem.
GREAT EXTRA SMALL BEGINNERS BIKE FOR THE BUCKS!!!
Similar Products Used: Many bikes in my 9 years in da bikin' bidness from '81 to '90.
Bike Setup: "Easy assembly" is BS, take it straight to LBS. I was a pro mechanic for 9 years and this was a slightly worse than average out-of-the-box new bike buildup. Rear wheel well out of true, front der. way off, too much chain wrap from rear der. Both hubs too tight, pedals rough.
Otherwise pretty good, component quality well above those at equivalent price range.
Strengths: Light in weight for the price. Good equipement for the price, rear ultegra derailers and STI shifters.
Great looking bike with a solid frame and a carbon fork and seatpost to lessen road buzz.
Weaknesses: Need to have bike mechanic skills to adjust and set-up the bike. I got it fairly well tuned in and had a LBS tune the derailers.
I bought this for my wife who is new to road riding. This was her first road bike and has been a great overall fit for her. She is 5'3" and we went with the 50cm frame. The WSD geometry is a better fit than a mens 50cm frame.
Solid aluminum frame with an aero downtube. The red is a great color. I rode it a few times while adjusting everything and the frame is solid and handles very well, even with my 220 pounds on it. Shopped around local shops and to buy a similar bike it would have been an additional $4-500.
Bike Setup: Have not changed anything from what was purchased from Bikes Direct. Well equipped for the price and performs great.
a Road Racer
Date Reviewed: July 30, 2009
Strengths: fantastic price, attractive bike, very light, nice parts, 30 day warranty went without issue
Weaknesses: setup time is longer than stated to really get it right, handled unstable while standing and was jittery on the road, bikesdirect wont reply until Tuesday for an email sent on Friday night and there's no phone # to call for customer service
bought the 2009 version for my wife because of the perceived value. bike delivered as stated. no way does this take 30' to assemble. most of the cables and housing needed to be cut and just getting everything out of the box and accounted for took some time. I think 60' at a minimum if you know what you're doing. I checked ALL the bolts because I didnt' know what to expect. Beautiful bike. nice parts. handled jittery, especially when standing. i didn't measure the frame to assess whether it was as stated. i ended up returning it, which cost $70 to ship, but the bikesdirect people handled things nicely.