Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike Review
Looking for a good entry level road bike for men? If so, a good cheap road bike is the Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike.
With this bike, you get high quality, a smooth price and an affordable price under $600. As a bonus, it has a better color frame than the women’s Giordano Libero 1.6 road bike, if that matters to you.
I have shared my love of this budget road bike in my list of the best value road bikes for the money, but I can give you a bit more information on it as well.
To head off any questions that you might have about it, I’ve answer some things about this affordable men’s road bike below. You’ll also see a list of the features that you get on this bike.
- More About The Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike
- Which size frame do I need to order?
- What is the weight of the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike?
- Does the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike come equipped with ‘quick release’ for the seat and wheels?
- Do the tires on the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike have presta or schrader valves?
- Can you put clipless pedals on this Giordano Libero bike?
- How difficult is it to put this bike together?
- How do you shift the gears on the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike?
More About The Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike
Which size frame do I need to order?
For those new to buying bikes by frame size, it can be a little confusing. The good news is that as long as you know how tall you are, then choosing the right size frame is a piece of cake. Bike manufacturers suggest the proper size bike frame according to your height. Here’s the sizes and recommendations for this bike frame:
Small is 50cm/20” fits riders 5’1″-5’8″ with a stand over of 28″-30″
Medium is 56cm/22” fits riders 5’8″-6’0″ with a stand over of 30″-32″
Large is 61cm/25infits riders 6’2″-6’5″ with a stand over of 33″-35″
What is the weight of the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike?
This lightweight bike come it at around 23 pounds. That definitely makes it a good choice for people who plan on conquering a lot of hills or having to repeatedly lift up the bike for public transportation.
Does the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike come equipped with ‘quick release’ for the seat and wheels?
The wheels on this bike are quick release, but the seat is not.
Do the tires on the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike have presta or schrader valves?
It comes with schrader valves, but you can change the tires to get presta valves if that is what you prefer.
Can you put clipless pedals on this Giordano Libero bike?
Yes, you can do that and it is a fairly simple process.
How difficult is it to put this bike together?
When the bike arrives, you’ll need about a half hour or so to get it all assembled. The process is fairly painless as you just need to put on the pedals, the seat, the handlebars and the front wheel. Once it is together, you can tune it up yourself or head over to a local bike shop to get the gears tuned before your first ride. Cost for this varies by location but is usually somewhere between $60 and $80.
How do you shift the gears on the Giordano Libero 1.6 men’s road bike?
This bike has the Shimano 2300 integrated shifters , which are sometimes called “brifters.” If you’re not used to riding a bike with these, then shifting the gears might not come easily to you. Fortunately, it is easy to do. If you look on both sides, then you will notice that you can move to a larger ring by pushing the brake levers towards each other. And if you want to move to a smaller ring, then you can just click the little switch on the inside of the brake hood. For most riders, this will be right next to your thumb.
Want to shift up? If so, this is how you to it on this bike: on the left side, push the brake lever to the right; on the right side, click the thumb switch.
Want to shift down? If so, this is how you do it on this bike: on the left side, click the thumb switch (probably twice); on the right side, push the brake lever to the left.
Complete Specifications for Giordano Libero 1.6 Men’s Road Bike :
Frame – 6061 Aluminum with replaceable derailleur hanger
Fork – High Tensile Steel
Headset – Steel Threadless 1 1/8”
Handlebar – Alloy 42cm c/c
Stem – Uno Alloy Threadless 1 1/8” 100mm x -10 deg
Shifters – Shimano ST2300 STI 16 Speed with integrated brake levers
Rear Derailleur – Shimano RD2300
Front Derailleur – Shimano FDAO50
Brakes – Alloy Side Pull Front and Rear
Crank – Prowheel Alloy Arms 170mm 42/52
Bottom Bracket– VP Cartridge Square Taper
Cassette – Shimano CS HG30 8 Speed 11-30
Rims – Vitesse Alloy 700c 32 hole High V-Profile Silver
Hubs – Alloy 32 hole front and rear with quick release
Tires – 700×25 Black Road Clincher
Saddle – Velo Road Steel Rails
Seat Post – 27.2 x 300mm Alloy Black
Pedals – VP Plastic Body with Alloy Cages
Seatpost Clam – Alloy Black
Weight – 24lbs