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Tommaso Monza Review

Jeff Balton

Tommaso Monza is a road bike coming from the popular Italian manufacturer, offering premium performance and excellent components for a very tempting price.

If you’re planning to take your cycling practice a step further, and increase distance and speed, you should be looking at Tommaso Monza. It will give you an edge over your competition if you decide to take to a local race, or at least make you faster compared to your cycling buddies.

It is an aluminum road bike with a carbon fork. It’s lightweight and fitted with a full Shimano Tiagra component groupset. The Monza is available in two colors: black and blue. We honestly cannot choose our favorite because both look really fast and tempting to ride even when they’re at rest.

Tommaso Monza is a great bike for beginner riders who are serious about their hobby and want to experience all of its sides.

Full Tiagra components and a carbon fork on Tommaso Monza are high points that you cannot find on many road bikes for less than $1,000!


 

Tommaso Monza Main Specs

The Tommaso Monza is not a budget bike, but it certainly isn’t too expensive either. For under $1000 dollars, you get great components that will serve you well and that will be able to support you for a long time as you develop as a road cyclist.

  • Frame: Tommaso 6061 SLA Aluminum Compact road frame
  • Fork: Tommaso HCT Carbon Fiber Fork
  • Shifters: Shimano Tiagra 4700
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 4700 2-speed
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tiagra 4700 10-speed
  • Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 4700 11-32T
  • Crankset: Shimano Tiagra 4700 50/34T
  • Brakes: Shimano Tiagra Brake Calipers
  • Wheels: Tommaso Corsa TC-40, 40mm rim
  • Tires: Kenda K191 700x25c
  • Saddle: WTB Volt – Tommaso Logo
  • Pedals: Composite Flat

 

 

Frame and Fork

Tommaso Monza bicycle shimano tiagra

Decent Shimano Tiagra 4700 Derailleurs

The frame and fork are very similar to some other Tommaso road bikes, like Tommaso Forcella for example. The frame is made of 6061 alloy which is durable, has good racing geometry, and performs well on the road. It’s available in two colors, black and blue, so there is not much choice, but both colors look really good.

The fork on the Tommaso Monza is made of carbon fibers and it is the only part made of carbon on the bike. It reduces the weight quite a bit and improves the performance as well, by transferring more power to the front wheel.

 

Great Tiagra Components

Shimano Tiagra components are something that really stands out on Tommaso Monza. The Monza is fitted with full Tiagra components, including the derailleurs, drivetrain, brakes, as well as brake levers, and shifters.

Shimano Tiagra derailleurs are known as a very reliable solution that gives the rider a smooth shifting experience.  On top of that, Tiagra is much more than you would get from some other bike brands for this money.

Shimano Tiagra Brakes, Levers, Tommaso TRS Ultralight Sport Series stem and handlebars

The drivetrain is a combination of a 2-speed crankset and a 10-speed cassette in the back. The 20 gears offer more than enough speed on any terrain. Moreover, it is an improvement compared to some cheaper Tommaso models which have a 3×8 combination, since it saves additional weight. Therefore, that’s another thing that you are getting for your money.

The Shimano Tiagra groupset on Tommaso Monza has one of the best ratios between weight, performance, and value compared to all other Shimano groupsets.

The brakes are also a part of the Tiagra package so you can lay your trust on them even when you’re descending hard. The brakes on Tommaso Monza are brake calipers, so some weight is saved there as well.

When you receive your bike, it’s a good idea to see a professional technician. They can help you adjust all of the components and prepare the bike for long rides.

Tommaso offers the “ready to ride” shipment option where your bike is 99% assembled, but some customers report that the shifter and brakes were out of tune when they received their Tommaso Monza. This is a pretty standard occurrence, so it is better to make sure before you head out for a longer ride.

 

The Wheelset

The rims on the Tommaso Monza are the lightweight Tommaso Corsa TC-40. They are 40mm aluminum rims with 20 spokes on the front wheel and 24 spokes on the rear wheel. These rims are designed to be aero-friendly and strong at the same time. Apart from being more aero than TC-30, it also looks better, so it will give you a more pro look when you’re riding.

The tires that the Tommaso Monza is rolling on are Kenda’s 700x25c. Compared to some cheaper Tommaso bikes, these are thinner, so they will add to the aerodynamics of the bike and make it faster because of the reduced road resistance as well.

 

Saddle and Handlebar

Tommaso bicyle tc40 review

Tommaso TC40 Wheelset – 40mm Rim – 20 Front/24 Rear Bladed Spokes, Presta tubes

The Tommaso Monza comes equipped with a handlebar that Tommaso has named UltraCompact. They call it their exclusive handlebar because it allows the rider to have an ideal riding position when riding in the drops and maximizing their aerodynamics and speed.

Tommaso Monza is an excellent entry-level road bike for beginners aiming to go on long rides and push through their endurance limits.

The saddle is the child of a partnership between WTB and Tommaso. It adds to the overall mean and fast look of Tommaso Monza and people who rode the bike do not report any problems with it. It looks comfortable enough for long rides and durable enough to last a long time.

 

Tommaso Monza Considerations

When it comes to the Tommaso Monza, you will not find many road bikes for $1,000. The Monza offers a perfect combination of Italian design, carbon fork, and a full Tiagra groupset. We can easily say that it does not get much better than this.

If you have a tight budget but you want to purchase a quality road bike without many second thoughts, Tommaso Monza is a foolproof choice.

Tommaso also offers a “Ready to Ride Build” when you order their bikes, which means that the bike will be almost fully assembled. All you need to do is put the front wheel on and the handlebar and go for a ride. However, during shipping, some parts might go out of tune, so you should still readjust them or let someone with more expertise do it before you set out to give it a spin.

Therefore, if you are looking for a mid-range road bike that will make you a part of the serious riders on the road, then Tommaso Monza is definitely for you. We can’t really find any downsides to it, so all that we can say is enjoy it when you buy it!

 

Other Tommaso Bikes:

Tommaso Monza

$$$
8.6

Quality

8.5/10

Price

9.0/10

Groupset

9.0/10

Geometry

8.5/10

Weight

8.0/10

Pros

  • Full Tiagra Groupset
  • Carbon Fork
  • Premium craftmanship
  • Nice electric-blue color

Cons

  • Slow final gear