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Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 14:09 pm

My Viking Giro D'Italia (2011) 59cm

Very cheap, basic components, but (in my opinion) still a pretty decent bike! Certainly for the price (£200).

Non-Standard components - San Marco SPID saddle, Poly bottle cages.

Weight - around 13KG but not sure (haven't properly weighed it yet).

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What do you guys think?

Hope I kept to the OCP rules! :)

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby Rolf F » Tue Jul 31, 2012 15:36 pm

declan1 wrote:Hope I kept to the OCP rules! :)


Lordy no! Drive side pedal needs to be down, reflectors and cassette 'dork' disc off the wheels and the valves should be at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock. But on this one as they line up unhelpfully with the stickers maybe just aving the stickers aligned to top dead centre would be OK!

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby Russyh » Tue Jul 31, 2012 19:00 pm

Saddle looks ALONG way forward, but for te money looks like a nice bike! If your out on the road that's what's important

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 19:49 pm

Russyh wrote:Saddle looks ALONG way forward, but for te money looks like a nice bike! If your out on the road that's what's important


Yeah the saddle is as far forward as it can be. I don't know whether the frame is too big, but I feel like I'm stretching too much when I put it back. I'm really impressed with this bike for £200. I mean, you can barely get a cheapish MTB from Halfords for that price. I have tried various mid-range bikes like a Cube Aerial and a Giant Defy 2 and apart from weight and brake performance I can't really notice any differences....

And as you said, being out on it and enjoying every minute is what it's all about!
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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby Rolf F » Tue Jul 31, 2012 20:09 pm

If you are stretched out you'd do better to get a shorter stem than moving the saddle forward. A cheap and easy switch.
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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby tim wand » Tue Jul 31, 2012 20:58 pm

We are, all missing the point here. £200 bike, nice one enjoy, looks great.

Did you see the Vikings (Which used to belong to Sir Jimmy Saville, that Planet X won at auction this week/)

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby k-dog » Tue Jul 31, 2012 22:04 pm

The stem doesn't look too bad but the bars look really long - the brakes are a long way out.

I agree that you shouldn't mess with the saddle to fix a reach problem - you only move the saddle to get your knee position right.
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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Tue Jul 31, 2012 23:06 pm

k-dog wrote:The stem doesn't look too bad but the bars look really long - the brakes are a long way out.

I agree that you shouldn't mess with the saddle to fix a reach problem - you only move the saddle to get your knee position right.


I really want to change the bars to the shallower curved ones that you find on most bikes today, like the ones on this lovely bike:

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They look really comfy and not as far to reach. I also agree that the brakes are too far away. I might get some new levers with bigger hoods sometimes aswell.

My knee position feels perfect at the current saddle position. I like the feeling of 'pushing' on the pedals rather than 'pulling'. Hard to describe but think of the difference between a MTB and a road bike.

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby NapoleonD » Wed Aug 01, 2012 00:18 am

Thry unwrapping the tape, rotating the bars down then moving the shifters up.

The bars look really long.
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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby PeteMadoc » Fri Aug 03, 2012 13:47 pm

NapoleonD wrote:Thry unwrapping the tape, rotating the bars down then moving the shifters up.

The bars look really long.


+1 to this

bars need rotating down, move the shifters up

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 07:58 am

PeteMadoc wrote:
NapoleonD wrote:Thry unwrapping the tape, rotating the bars down then moving the shifters up.

The bars look really long.


+1 to this

bars need rotating down, move the shifters up


How much? Do you reckon until the bottom of the bars is level?

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby Paul 8v » Sat Aug 04, 2012 08:37 am

tim wand wrote:We are, all missing the point here. £200 bike, nice one enjoy, looks great.

Did you see the Vikings (Which used to belong to Sir Jimmy Saville, that Planet X won at auction this week/)


Never knew he rode in the tour of Britain! Bike looks like a bargain, should be loads of bars and stems for sale om here to sort you out with :wink:

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Sun Aug 05, 2012 19:56 pm

Just ordered a pair of Shimano 520 SPD pedals and a pair of cheap shoes, so can't wait to try them out! I do intend to upgrade the shoes in the far future, if you're wondering :)

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby Paul 8v » Tue Aug 07, 2012 19:07 pm

I'm running 520's, very good for the money, you can't go wrong with them

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Thu Aug 09, 2012 15:07 pm

Just went out for my first ride with pedals + shoes and my average speed increased by 1MPH! I'm very impressed with them. Clipping in and out is so easy compared with the toe cages, and I can feel the connection with my bike now!

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby NapoleonD » Thu Aug 09, 2012 15:11 pm

declan1 wrote:
PeteMadoc wrote:
NapoleonD wrote:Thry unwrapping the tape, rotating the bars down then moving the shifters up.

The bars look really long.


+1 to this

bars need rotating down, move the shifters up


How much? Do you reckon until the bottom of the bars is level?


Loosen the bars, sit on the bike (preferably with someone holding it up) hold the bars in the drops and rotate them until you are comfortable. Tighten the bars back up. Then you adjust the shifters so they are comfortable...
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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby lawrences » Thu Aug 09, 2012 15:17 pm

I saw someone on one of these today. First time I've ever seen someone else on a Viking bike. Their Viking was loads quieter than mine. You can hear the £10 groupset crunching a mile off normally.

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 20:54 pm

I swapped the stem for my mountain bike one today; it's much better (shorter) - I don't have to reach quite as much!

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby imsimon » Tue Aug 21, 2012 07:15 am

for £200 you appear to of grabbed a bargin! very nice and good luck with the upgrades to make it your own!

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Re: Viking Giro D'Italia

Postby declan1 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 08:01 am

imsimon wrote:for £200 you appear to of grabbed a bargin! very nice and good luck with the upgrades to make it your own!


Thanks!

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