unknown Windsor Knight Road Bike

4/5 (5 Reviews)

Product Description

The Windsor Knight is a mail-order road bicycle equipped with Shimano Ultegra derailleurs and shifters, often priced at almost half MSRP.

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

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2016

Strengths:    Ultegra shifters/derailleurs, carbon fork, carbon seat post, decent aluminum frame, relatively inexpensive.

Weaknesses:    If you are brand conscious, it will bother you. Michelin Dynamic Pro 23mm tires are low end and the bike may be a little heavier than other entry level counterparts (Specialized Allez, etc.).

Bottom Line:   
My first real road bike. I bought it used in winter 2016 for $425 - I think it is a 2014 model. The LBS said the components on the bike were worth more than that and it had only light use (maybe 100 miles?). I have put about 1,100 miles on it since March. It has a triple chain ring, which is helpful, but I never use the small one any more since I am in much better shape now. I am currently riding about 100 miles/week. I flipped the stem to gain more height and comfort - the bars probably could be a little higher, but I have it maxed out. So, here is the maintenance rundown: new derailleur (now a 105) after I fell, bent the hanger and didn't know it, then shifted the poor Ultegra derailleur into the spokes (grrr). I wore out the chain at 600 miles. Not sure if it was completely due to my poor maintenance or not. but I learned my lesson. Two new rear spokes. Broke one, got it fixed, broke another two weeks later. I hope that is it. I replaced the Michelin Dynamic Pro 23mm tires at about 1,000 miles due to an ever expanding cut in the tire and new cuts appearing. I bought Michelin Pro 4 Endurance 25mm tires, which are relatively puncture resistant and can currently be bought at Backcountry.com for $26.95 each. The difference in the ride on the new tires is incredible. Much smoother, less bone rattling (I keep my tires at 100 psi+). I ride in groups where people have all sorts of brand name carbon bikes - I can tell you that while the carbon certainly helps, it is the engine (you) that matters most. So, if you are looking at an entry level brand name bike, consider the Windsor Knight. You will get far more for your money. The only downside may be the resale value - but you get an Ultegra groupset bike for way less than you could touch on a brand name.

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Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff

Date Reviewed: April 10, 2013

Strengths:    Price Paid $799, durable frame, carbon fork and seat post, ULTEGRA GROUPSET. free pedals, good looking black and silver bike in my opinion.

Weaknesses:    Tektro brakes (move around about and occasionally found them rubbing after hitting pot holes on longer rides, ended up adjusting them with a big gap to avoid the rubbing. Heavy bike but not overly so for an aluminum frame 3X10. Seat is ok, certainly comfy enough but not great overall if speed is a concern of yours (I opted for an Adamo Prologue. Pedals are cheap one sided speed pedals which can be a pain to get into in stop and go traffic.

Bottom Line:   
Upon installation I had to have 1 wheel trued, set the derailleurs up properly, adjust brakes and a few other small normal things. I am 5'8ish with a 31" inseam and the 54cm bike fits me pretty well. I did swap out the 100mm steering stem for a 110mm. Other than that the bike has been pretty much flawless. I had 1 instance where the chain got caught between the biggest and middle ring on the crank which was sketchy, but that happened on my first 20 mile ride and never again since then in 400+miles of riding (I think I dropped a sprocket without pedaling coming up to a stop) so it was my fault. I give this bike a 4/5 because it is my first road bike other than a POS 10 speed that didn't fit me well. I cant find much wrong with the bike other than weight and slightly less than desirable brakes. If you are looking for a good deal this bike is for you. If you are looking to impress your buddies with your new top of the line road bike, this isnt your bike.

I plan on keeping this bike even when I buy my next bike (Cervelo r3) I will keep this bike as a century/trek bike and save the lighter bike for triathlons and sprints with my fast riding buddies.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JARRED a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2012

Strengths:    great wheels, price, Ultegra drive train.

Weaknesses:    tires, a bit heavy.

Bottom Line:   
I bought this bike after I ran over my other road bike with my own car.....I needed a bike quick. I ordered this one and it came to my house in less than 2 days. It took me about 15 min to get it fully assembled. I opted to to turn the stem over to get a less agressive posture when riding. I had some issues with the front deraillure being out of adjustment, but nothing major. I have put about 900 miles on the bike since purchasing it with no problems. I wore out the rear tire at about 600 miles, but I blame some of that on having it on a trainer (they really burn up tires) I also changed the seat to my trusty Brooks B17. The seat is heavy but I'll take comfort over 100 grams of weight any day. The wheels are true right out of the box, and I often look at my back wheel while riding 30 mph and can't see even a hint of that rear wheel being slightly out of true. You really can't beat the price on this bike. I have noticed the only negative reviews (that I have found) are from people who do not even own the bike. I think they are ticked because they paid $1700 for a lesser bike with a better brand name on the tubes. I can always paint my frame and put a Trek sticker on it.....

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Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   bikesdirect.com

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John in California a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2012

Strengths:    Ultegra shifters, carbon fork, rugged bike that is great value for money

Weaknesses:    Brakes overheat the wheel rims on steep grades - might be just my weight!

Bottom Line:   
I got this bike second hand for $500 a year ago (April 2011) and have put 2,500 miles on it since with no issues. The bike is a great value - under $1k new from bikesdirect with carbon fork and ultegra shifters/cassets. The bike rides great and climbs well (I need the 3rd "granny-gear" on the steeper grades as i'm 200lbs). The only negative is the brakes which stop me ok but heat the wheels a lot on steep decents. I'd much prefer disc brakes. This would be a great bike for someone who wants to ride a lot but does not want to pay top dollar for a carbon frame or a brandname.

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Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   2nd hand

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Spencer.mad a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2010

Strengths:    -Price
-Ultegra Shifting

Weaknesses:    -Weight (21lbs at 54cm)
-Harsh aluminum frame with serious welds.

Bottom Line:   
I bought the Knight hesitantly off bikesdirect.com and I can say with 100% certainty that this is the best cycling purchase I've ever made. The ultegra drivetrain provides extremely smooth shifting, the carbon seat post/fork lessens the harshness of the aluminum ride, the geometry is very comfortable for both upright and drop positions, and the bike itself is strikingly attractive.

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Favorite Ride:   Central Park

Price Paid:    $799.00

Purchased At:   www.bikesdirect.com

Similar Products Used:   Giant OCR3, Fuji Aloha

Bike Setup:   
Bottom Bracket TruVativ GXP integrated external bearing
Pedals/Cleats Bonus Clipless pedals (compatible with most two-bolt sole pattern shoes)
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6600, clamp-on, 31.8mm for triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra 6600, 10-speed
Shifters Shimano Ultegra 6600, 10-speed, Flight Deck compatible
Cassette/Freewheel Shimano CSHG5600, 10-speed, 12-25T (30 gears total)
Chain Shimano CN5600, 10-speed
Front Hub Vuelta Pro Precision sealed bearing Road, Black
Rear Hub Vuelta Pro Precision sealed bearing Road, Blac
Rims handbuilt VUELTA XRP (as shown)
Black W/CNC Sidewalls
Tires Michelin Dynamic high pressure road, 700 x 23c, presta valve tubes
Brake Set Tektro Aluminum calipers dual pivot (black finish)
Brake Levers Shimano Ultegra 6600 STI (integrated with shift levers)
Headset Threadless Ritchey Sealed Bearing 1.125 inch threadless
Handlebar Ritchey Ergo Road, 6061 Aluminum 26.0 or 31.8 clamp (no choice)
Stem Ritchey Logic Comp Road 1.125 inch for threadless steerer
Tape/Grip Windsor CustomCork wrap Black
Saddle Windsor Racing with Cro-Moly rails
Seat Post FSA FR-270 Carbon wrap, Black Carbon Weave 27.2
Seat Clamp Windsor Ultralite alloy, 31.8mm, Lazer etched

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