The same frame which can be found on all of their road bikes, the 6061 aluminum frame is both sturdy and lightweight. For those out there who pay attention to aesthetics, you’ll notice the tapered top tube adds a bit of flair as well.
Rack is not included, but can be installed on La Forma frame.
Tommaso has done a great job on the geometry and it employs modern design philosophies in terms of optimizing performance, weight, and comfort. Under stress tests it offers minimal flexion, an important aspect to consider if you’re into sprints or pushing the limits a bit.
Putting to use the Tommaso HCT carbon fork, the La Forma offers great handling feedback and vibration reduction while in motion. This translates to less vibration sent to the handlebars while riding, which is especially appreciated if you’re going off-pavement for any amount of time.
Especially a thing to mention, a carbon fiber fork is significantly lighter than the steel found on some of their other models, helping reduce overall curb weight a considerable sum.
A complete Shimano Acera component and drivetrain set, you can know for sure that the parts were made to work seamlessly with each other. No mismatched parts and potential reliability issues to worry about further down the road, it’s a nice break from the strange configurations becoming increasingly popular on budget bikes.
A wide range of 27 gears to choose from thanks to the 3 by 9 gearing configuration, you’ll have a lot of wiggle room to play with, no matter if you’re climbing dirt paths or sending it down steep slopes.
Shimano drivetrain on La Forma.
Shimano Acera rear derailleur.
There is something to be said about the Shimano Acera groupset itself. It’s designed ultimately for MTB and offroad use, and they put more emphasis on reliability and wider tolerances than their groupsets dedicated for road bikes. This makes them a great choice for hybrids and fitness bicycles, which La Forma is.
This means that shifting won’t be quite as crisp and power delivery won’t be quite as sharp as some of their other more precise component sets, however, it’s a fine tradeoff to make if you’re going to be less than gentle with your ride.
Another advantage the Shimano Acera drivetrain has is familiarity – bike shops all around the world are very familiar with servicing Shimano parts and they likely have a good stock of replacement components lying around, in case something does go wrong. This is a really underappreciated virtue to take note of!
The Mingda DA-16 alloy wheels use 28 spokes in the rear and 24 upfront which can safely bear ~230lbs of mass and improved resistance to shock from curbs and bumps, according to manufacturer specs.
They come in at 2,500 grams (5.51lbs) for a set which is heavier than most wheels found on road and fitness bikes, but they can stand up to a significant amount of abuse which may be a tradeoff that’s worth it for you.
32mm width Kenda K193 tires offer quite low resistance and are a capable all-around tire. The tread works reasonably well with wet and off-road surfaces. However, you can’t expect handling like you would with chunky MTB tires.
They’ll do well with commuting and light off-road using and will last fairly long, though we always recommend getting the best tires possible when you do end up changing them out. The included tubes measure in at 700 x 32c and use the same standard Presta valve found on other Tommaso bikes.
Ergonomic flat handlebar.
Shimano Acera shifters.
The saddle they’ve chosen to use is a WTB Speed V – Street Smart Comfort. Offering far more cushion and comfort than the standard road bike seat, you’ll be glad when you’re out on the road for any amount of time or if you haven’t got a set of cushioned undershorts.
Tommaso chose to use their light aluminum frame and pair it with a carbon front fork on the La Forma, which does reduce the overall weight however doesn’t quite put the bike entirely in the lightweight category. This is mostly due to the heavier wheels, seat, and handlebars they’ve put on this ride.
Still, it’s quite light overall and the difference between 1-2lbs on these bikes is marginal. In our eyes, the improved comfort and ergonomics are well worth the tradeoff in weight. Of course, parts can be upgraded and the fact this bike has a great foundation – a high-quality aluminum frame and carbon fork to build off of gives it a lot of versatility in the future.