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Aleoca Vento X full Carbon Aero Road Bike

Malcolm Goh - 15th Feb 2017
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Aleoca. Sounds familiar? Yes they do actually make high end carbon road bikes. For a local company indeed we should be proud on how far it has come from its humble beginnings. The Aleoca Vento X full carbon Aero road bike. This bike is packed with all the tech other major brands are possessing. Techs such as teardrop shaped aero seat post, aero ergonomic cockpit Shimano Di2 compatible cable routing and beefed up bottom bracket shell area to ensure maximum efficiency in power transfer. What's more, kit that comes with the bike such as seatpost, handlebar, stem and wheelset are all house brand. Indeed it is very impressive for what Aleoca has come to today. It has also proved itself in multiple trials across the globe and locally. The bike has been put through Ironman France, Australia, 1000km Century rides Malaysia to Singapore, Taiwan King of the mountain challenge and of course in our local cycling community scene. With those to back its capabilities, this bike is sure something to be looked out for.

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With a unique bike for sure the owners want a unique personality on it. During a purchase of the Aleoca Vento X, the design of the bike’s livery is fully customisable. Things such as custom decals, personalized name, color scheme and paint finishing can be up to one's taste. Making the bike one and only to the owner. As for bike specifications, it can also be catered to owners needs and wants. Be it wheelset or groupset, it can be made to cater to anyone's needs.

 

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As for the specifications that comes with this bike as seen, it comes with in house Vento X carbon wheelset and a Microshift Arsis 11 speed groupset. Microshift Arsis 11 is the highest end groupset Microshift has to offer. As for shifting performance, it works really well. What impresses me is how it performs during shifting under pressure which may feel clunky on some groupsets but not on this one. As for weight, the shifter and construction of some derailleur parts are made out of carbon fiber, hence you can expect them to be very lightweight. However, this groupset isn't a full groupset as Microshift do not make full groupsets. Components such as cranksets and brake sets are from other brands. As for crankset, it a Prowheel Ounce road race series crankset and brakes are by tektro. As for the tektro brakes, they provide substantial stopping power however, after prolonged braking through descends, they tend to squeak a lot. To sum the spec sheet up, these components that comes with this bike, will definitely suffice usage up to racing level, hence this bike is no slouch in this department.

 

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When it comes to Aero road bikes, many may associate it as being uncomfortable. With this bike that may not be the case with its ergonomic cockpit. With the flat tops, riders are able to rest their palm in a comfortable position on it through long flat roads to prevent body fatigue further. However, parts like stem may need a change depending on rider's body proportion. As for me, this bike is the right size. However, due to the stem being slightly too long for me, it causes discomfort after riding for sometime at my shoulder blades. Hence stem may be swapped for something for one's own comfort.

 

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Due to the Aero profile of the bike and the wheels, the bike was able to maintain a relatively healthy speed with minimal effort during flats. With its beefed up bottom bracket shell, power transfer was also very direct due to its stiffness. As for climbing, the bike is equipped with a very modern ratio to get the bike climbing. With 53-39 teeth up front and 11-28 teeth at the back, the bike was able to get up hills with relative ease.

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With Singapore’s hectic traffic, we may find agility of the bike really important. This is where the bike really surprises me. Though being an aero road bike, the bike was pretty nimble. Able to meet my commuting needs around town and weaving traffic when needed. Just a small thing to look out for is that it has toe overlap due to aero profile. However, with the use of our body to corner, one would be able to overcome that issue without much problem.

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Summing it up, this bike was indeed a surprise to me as in my mind, this isn’t the Aleoca that i used to know. Aleoca has indeed put lots of effort in making a bike worthy of competing with other major bike brands. With all these modern techs that comes with many customization options, they have indeed made a really competitive package themselves. Of course, we should not forget that this is a local Singapore brand which we should be proud of where it has come, making its flagship model an impressive one.

 

 

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