Who says road biking needs to be expensive! In this review, we’ll be looking at an affordable road bike intended for entry-level riders, commuters, and outdoors enthusiasts—Vilano Tuono 2.0!
This is a cheap and attractive bicycle that has a lot to offer to its future owners for the price asked for it. If you’re looking for a two-wheeler to ride recreationally and see whether the hype regarding road biking is justified, Vilano Tuono 2.0 is for you.
In this review, we’ll check out the best and the not so good features of this bike, so stick around and let’s have a good ride!
Even though Vilano Tuono 2.0 is a bike intended for beginners, there are some nice surprises it hides when it comes to the components fitted on it.
This attractive bicycle costs just $499 (Discounted at $249 right now), which is a bargain considering it has disc brakes and a number of Shimano components.
Let’s take a look at the key features of the Tuono 2.0, so you know exactly what you’re getting in the box.
Vilano Tuono 2.0 is built around a lightweight 6061 double-butted aluminum frame with an integrated headset. That means this frame is sturdy and durable and will take some beating on the rough urban roads.
The tubing is quite slim, which is why Vilano dubbed this frame “Aero”. Even though it does not have many of the properties real aero frames have, it will still reduce some of the wind resistance as you ride.
A more upright geometry is perfect for beginner riders, as it ensures a great deal of comfort and better visibility on the roads.
As a beginner road cyclist, you are probably not too concerned with developing high speeds and breaking records in races. That’s why it’s good news that Vilano Tuono 2.0 comes with a comfortable 3×7 drivetrain that puts 21 wide-range gears at your disposal. You’ll easily find a gear to ride fast flats and climb steep hills.
Moreover, the drivetrain has a Shimano tag on it, so it guarantees reliability and decent performance. We need to be realistic and keep in mind that this is a beginner bicycle, so the components are also intended for beginners. Yet, if you don’t abuse the derailleurs and maintain them properly, you’ll easily get thousands of miles out of them.
The gears are operated by SIS shifters which are mounted on the handlebars.
The absolute biggest surprise on Vilano Tuono 2.0 and one of its biggest selling points are the disc brakes. They’re a real treat in this price range as they are usually offered with a higher price tag.
You might be for or against disc brakes on road bikes, but there’s no doubt that they are much more powerful and reliable than caliper brakes.
Tuono 2.0 comes with a pair of mechanical disc brakes, which makes it great for city commutes, hilly terrain, and less than ideal weather.
Last but not least, Vilano Tuono 2.0 is a modern-looking road bicycle that might attract some attention on the roads thanks to its paintwork.
The paint job on this bike is one of its highlights. Black base paint with turquoise and gray details and decals make it stand out wherever you take it for a ride.
The aluminum rims also have attractive blue/gray Vilano decals and the thin 700c tires fit this bike like a glove!
All of this sounds good, but you might be wondering whether Vilano Tuono 2.0 is the right bike for you. Well, it all depends on what your main reasons for buying a bike are. If you want to practice road biking competitively, break records and chase KOMs, then you should move on.
However, if you are buying a bike to commute from home to work, get to class on time, or go on a relaxing ride down some bike paths with your friends, then Vilano 2.0 will put a smile on your face.
If you keep your expectations of this bicycle realistic and use it for what it’s meant to be used, you’ll certainly find it fun, practical, and useful.
An affordable bike like Vilano Tuono 2.0 must have some drawbacks. But that does not mean it comes without any highlights.
To start with the good things, this is one of the rare entry-level road bikes equipped with disc brakes. It also comes with a sturdy double-butted aluminum frame, which is a good compromise between weight and strength. Let’s not forget about the looks, which would satisfy even the picky riders out there.
One of the things that could be better on this Vilano model are the derailleurs. The rear derailleur is a Shimano Tourney, whereas the front one is a generic Shimano derailleur. Altus or Acera would be a better choice, but that would increase the price a little bit as well.
Though, they will serve you well if you keep them clean and use them for recreational purposes.
From the point of view of a cycling beginner, Vilano Tuono 2.0 is the perfect entry-level road bike. It has everything someone just starting out with road biking could ask for—good looks, aluminum frame, disc brakes, Shimano components, and an attractive price tag.
Even though this bicycle will not break any world or Guinness records, we’re sure it will make a lot of people happy and healthy, make their daily commutes faster, and their everyday life a bit more fun.
Cycling has come a long way from riding on heavy steel contraptions and penny-farthing bikes to sophisticated aluminum and carbon machines.
Many of the super-bikes we are riding today look as if they were stolen from a sci-fi movie set. However, if we use our imagination, the bicycles of the future will look even more impressive and even more technologically advanced.
Many cycling enthusiasts claim that there is no room for improvement of something that is already perfect. As fellow bicycle lovers, we agree up to a part, but we still welcome the technological advancements.
If you share our opinion, here are some predictions of what the future of bicycles will most probably look like. They’ll certainly make your feet itchy for a ride.
Carbon frames are slowly becoming the industry standard for mid-range and high-mid-range bikes. They offer plenty of stiffness when we need it the most and are incredibly lightweight.
Just a decade ago, the average cyclist was dreaming about being able to afford a carbon frame. Now that we have it, we’d like to have more. Things are all of a sudden not stiff and not light enough for the insatiable thirst for performance.
Luckily, the cycling industry is once again teaming up with science to meet our desires. This time, their solution is called graphene. This magical material has the thickness of just one carbon atom and performs much better in all spheres.
The industry started talking about it a few years ago and some prototypes of bikes with frames made from it are already here. One of these is the Dassi Interceptor, which has a frame that weighs just 800g.
That’s impressive, but not groundbreaking. However, the Dassi CEO, Stuart Abbott claims that they will be able to manufacture a frame that weighs just 500g in the near future. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!
Modern technology has brought us numerous advantages and made things easier and faster when it comes to cycling. However, it also brought along a thing that everybody hates – Cables. Lot’s of them!
In the future, it’s highly likely that we will be able to get rid of all of them. We tried hiding the cables on our bikes with internal routing to make our bicycles more sleek and minimalistic, which worked only partially.
Wireless controls are already here, even though they are still not affordable for everyone’s pocket. Shimano’s Dura-Ace Di2 and SRAM’s Red eTap are ground-breaking technologies, showing us what’s possible with a little bit of vision and technology.
In the near futures, wireless controls are most likely going to become the industry’s standard. Dropper posts are likely to be controlled wirelessly as well. That would make bicycles both look better and perform better.
ABS brakes have made our cars a lot safer than they were before. Skidding is much less likely to happen and braking distances have become shorter quite a bit. Could we achieve the same improvements in cycling? And do we actually need it?
Several companies have already started fidgeting with this idea, but there are none commercial solutions yet. Some examples include Outbreaker and Brake Force One, which perform well and are not too bulky.
These braking systems use sophisticated speed sensors which detect when the wheel has completely stopped moving after the brakes have been activated. Once that happens, it quickly releases the brakes to allow the wheel to move slightly and prevent skidding.
It’s doubtful whether professional cyclists and cycling enthusiasts actually want anti-lock brakes. But when it comes to city riding, anti-lock braking systems for bicycles would absolutely revolutionize the safety standards.
What does the average cyclist hate most about their hobby? We can bet most of them would answer cleaning and replacing their chains and drivetrains every so often.
Compared to cars and motorcycles, bicycles endure a lot more wear and tear because of the nature of their mechanics. However, that could be solved by replacing the metal chain with a carbon belt and the exposed drivetrain with integrated shifting.
Carbon belts and enclosed gearboxes are already a reality in cycling. One example is Pinion Bikes which use the Pinion Drive Technology. They require no cleaning and no lubricating, as well as no additional adjusting. The average carbon belt will last much longer than the average chain.
However, they are still much more expensive than the average bike. In the future, we will certainly see a lot more folks zooming around the cities riding on bikes that sport this clever solution.
The stigma surrounding e-bikes is still here, but it is slowly lifting with every day on the road and on the trails.
When e-bikes first came around, most people thought they are not worthy of carrying the name “bicycle” and people who rode them should not be allowed to carry the esteemed title of being a “cyclist.” Some still think that way, but the majority have realized how many benefits e-bikes have and how much fun they can bring into the sport.
E-bikes have already infiltrated every field of cycling, including road, mountain, and city. In the near future, we are bound to see their prices going down and their numbers going up both on the road and on the trails.
The electric motors and the batteries are likely to become smaller and lighter. Therefore, e-bikes of the future will probably look the same as “real” bicycles.
This is quite important because, consequently, the future roads will see many more bicycles than cars as people who thought cycling was too hard would start commuting on two wheels more often.
Safety in cycling will be taken to another level in the future. We have already mentioned ABS brakes, but there are many other spheres where improvements can be made.
Some of the first ones that come to mind are helmets, lights, and clothing. Even though there are many ways in which cyclists can make themselves more visible when riding at night or on a gloomy day, many of these solutions are clunky and uncouth.
In the future, helmets, lights, and clothing are expected to merge with smart technologies to create a result that cyclists would be willing to use regularly.
For example, smart lights that can detect acceleration and deceleration and act as brake lights as well are already here. In a couple of years, they will probably become the standard.
Moreover, the cycling world might soon see smart cycling garments that integrate technologies which will make cyclists safer and more visible on the road. Cyclists are most visible when they are wearing moving lights, so one of the solutions is to merge them with the clothing itself.
Indoor training systems like Zwift have made cycling indoors fun, challenging, and desireable. Some cyclists even prefer staying inside out of the elements like sun, rain, cold, or snow, and away from the dangerous traffic.
How likely is it that we will have a virtual Grand Tour in the near future? We’d say very! Real-world cycling races and championships are never going to get old and unattractive. However, as more and more people turn to Zwift and other indoor virtual trainers, the need for a racing spectacle is going to increase more and more.
Moreover, VR technology will make things even more realistic and more entertaining. Imagine being able to wear your VR goggles on a gloomy winter day and be transported to a sunny road in a forest or on a mountain for a refreshing session. That’s already possible, but more realism and sophistication is definitely needed.
We can’t wait to see more of that!
Removing one sprocket from chainsets was a bold move by bike manufacturers. But it turned out that the results were pretty good. We got drivetrains with higher gear ratios and lower weight.
So far, 1x drivetrains with 1×10, 1×11, and 1×12 combinations have been reserved for more expensive mountain bikes. As time goes by, they are becoming cheaper and cheaper and available on more affordable bikes as well.
In the very near future, probably all trail and mountain bikes will sport 1x drivetrains, sending the second and third sprocket into oblivion.
However, 1x systems just don’t cut it when it comes to road biking. They don’t provide a high enough gear-ratio necessary for all terrains and situations we might encounter on the roads.
Do you think something that’s already deemed perfect could become even better in the future? We’re talking about frame designs and the abolishment of the beloved double-diamond frame.
Even though nobody’s complaining about the shape of today’s frame, numerous bike manufacturers are literally breaking their moulds and experimenting with new shapes. Most of these are non-double-diamond designs.
Frankly, many of these sci-fi cycling prototypes look nothing like bicycles, except that they still roll on two wheels.
Even though many cyclists don’t want it, that’s exactly what they are going to get in the near future. However, they’ll probably complain less when they start riding bikes that are more aerodynamic, much lighter, faster, and more durable.
Some modern Triathlon and TT bikes are already experimenting with these principles, but we will be seeing the same trends in road biking as well. It’s less probable that the same will happen in mountain biking, but the suspension will surely get a revamp soon as well.
One of the best things you can do for your training regimen and cycling performance is investing in a power meter. However, that means spending hundreds of dollars on top of investing thousands in a high-end bike.
That makes it not worth the effort and the price tag to purchase a power meter for a mid-range bike. Most often, a power meter (along with a bike computer) will require spending half the money (or more) that you have already spent on your bike.
One of the future trends that will become more frequent is stock power meters. Manufacturing them and installing them on bikes will become cheaper than today, which means they will become standard equipment even on mid-range bikes intended for fitness riders.
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