Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous Incredible Bike
I have the 55cm (and I'm a girl, btw.) I changed the stem for a Cannondale one, as the one on it is absolutely huge, and I was struggling a little bit to reach properly. I also swapped the saddle for a padded one, as the one on it is quite uncomfortable - even my partner thought so.
So why am I giving 5 stars for this bike? The two items above are nothing to change in comparison to the rest of the bike. Make no mistake, this is a mid-range bike and the quality is exceptional for the price. True, it has Tiagra gears which make a kind of slight and hardly noticable 'ratchety' noise (sorry, that's the best I can describe it). I can easily block that noise out - it doesn't bother me at all. What is brilliant is the smoothness and fluidity of the gear changes. If you live in a hilly area, the 30 gears give you plenty of choice and NO EXCUSE not to get up those hills!
Also, I just LOVE that the handlebars are fully integrated (Brake and High and Low Shifters all next to each other), making it so you can keep your hands in the same position on the handlebars. ie, from either the drops or the hoods. Brilliant!
I've gotten over 38mph on this bike. True I was going downhill with the wind AGAINST me, so it could easily have been faster with the wind behind me.
This bike is very deceptive. You actually feel like you're going SLOWER than you really are, so it's always a nice surprise to find out what average and speed you've gotten at the end of the ride.
It's also exceptionally sturdy in very windy weather - as in it doesn't feel like the wind will take the bike from under you at any minute. Trust me, I don't weigh a very lot, and I'm not so strong in my arms, yet I easily manage this bike in high winds AND sudden gusty weather. It makes me feel safe.
Also, at least to me, the bike doesn't feel heavy at all. I know it is on the heavier side for a racing bike, but honestly, I don't notice any difference.
The bike stands out and looks a heck of a lot nicer 'in the flesh' as it were. The photograph doesn't do this bike justice, at all!
One other thing; the handlebar tape is white - and very easily dirtied. I've kept on the clear plastic wrap that came covering the handlebars, and used just a little bit of tape to hold it on. This will keep the handlebars clean for a long time to come. When eventually the plastic starts coming off, I’ll either cling film or plastic wrap them again.
All-in-all, I love this bike to pieces. I'm even thinking of getting a second one, just in case something bad happens to my original. (I've had a BeOne before, but it was written off due to someone pulling out in a car right on front of me.)
I will ALWAYS have BeOne as my preferred bike. And this bike would be ideal for someone looking to graduate up from the very cheap heavy racing bikes that they sell for a fortune in Halfords, and other places.
This is one EXCELLENT BIKE for the price. I mean, just look at it! They have heavier bikes in Halfords for over £800, with nowhere NEAR the gear range that this one has. There is absolutely NO COMPARISON.
24 May 2013