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Tommaso Sentiero Review

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Tommaso Sentier in Black

PROS

  • Steel Fork
  • Comfortable
  • BB5 Disk Brake
  • Durable
  • Stylish

CONS

  • Weight
  • Assembly Required
  • 700x40c
  • Color: Matte Black/Red

Review Summary

Tommaso is a bike manufacturer with twenty-five years of experience. They have issued a couple of models of road bicycles that have become famous all over the US. Nowadays, Tomaso is renowned for manufacturing rides recognizable for their light, aluminum and Toray carbon frames.

Well, the Sentiero Compact Gravel road bike might not be their lightest unit, but it is still a ride that stands out. Its marvelous design ensures excellent performance on any kind of terrain and cyclocross courses. The bike’s frame is made of sturdy aluminum and comes with an SST steel fork that’s manufactured to ensure max durability.

The ride features a 30/29/50 T Claris crankset and a 3 x 8 Shimano Claris groupset. The ride performs exceptionally on both harsh and flat terrain thanks to the 12 x 25 T Claris cassette. The variety of gears makes your options numerous.

There’s also the all-terrain 28 spoke and the 32c tires. They ensure extra grip and control over the machine during off-road rides. But, more importantly, they do not slow down the bicycle on the streets.

Specifications

  • FRAME – Tomasso 6061 SLA

  • WEIGHT – 25.9 lbs

  • FORK – Tommaso SST Steel with Aluminium Steer Tube

  • SIZES – XS (5’2″-5’6″) to XL (5’2″-5’6″)

  • TIRES – CST Tirent All Terrian
Man Driving Tommaso Sentiero

Tommaso Sentiero – Features

Frame and Front Fork

The machine is a typical example of a ride manufactured by Tommaso. The matte black and red colors set it apart from other models in its price range. One wouldn’t expect less from a bike designed in Italy.

 The aluminum frame is quite minimalistic and compact. Even though it’s one of the most affordable models the manufacturer has to offer, they still haven’t made sacrifices when it comes to the material. The robust frame is paired with an SST front fork, giving it a great overall feel.

One of the best things about the frame is the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s a pleasant surprise considering how budget-friendly the bike is. It’s well equipped for commute and all sorts of adventures as it comes with a variety of racks and fenders.

Speed and Performance

The machine is equipped with a 3x8 Shimano Claris groupset. There are also the 30/39/50 T Claris crankset as well as the 12 X 25 T Claris cassette.

All of the components allows the rider to take on any type of terrain in various circumstances. The bike performs great when climbing large hills, but also bodes well on flat surfaces. This is a swift and comfy ride by any means.

It’s TC-20D 28 spoke wheelset makes the bike great for more stout riders. The wheelset is also suitable for all types of terrain and quite durable.

The bicycle is fitted with Avid BB5 Disc Brakes. Their superb performance makes one question their “entry-level” label. They are quite easy to service and ensure sufficient stop power come rain or shine, literally.

The pads on the brakes can be replaced without any tools. They also feature an inboard pad adjustment knob.

Comfort

Typically, an entry-level bike such as this one comes with a generic saddle. Luckily, that’s not the case here. The saddle offers extra comfort and will nicely cushion your ride during prolonged rides.

The premium compact handlebars balance out the elegant geometry of the ride. They are as sleek as they get and ensure maximum control.

Tommaso Sentiero Specifications

Downsides

 

Weight

Even though almost every component on this bike can be described as lightweight, somehow, all together, they amount to a bicycle of above average weight for a cyclocross bike. However, the additional comfort the ride offers somewhat justifies the extra weight.

Assembly Required

The bike requires assembly, and preferably by the end-user. Professionally assembly is required for the warranty to be validated.

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Verdict

The Tomasso Sentiero is an entry-level CX bike in every right. All of its components are high-quality and perform well, but no single component particularly excels at its job, except for the brakes perhaps.

However, the bike undoubtedly excels when it comes to comfort and looks. The Italian manufacturer did make sure to incorporate the famous Italian style in the machine and has not disappointed with that regard.