2015 Reid Falco Elite Review
11 February, 2020
This review has been provided by Reid Rider, Brian Black.
Reid’s top end roadie, the Falco Elite, gets a face lift and here’s the first look. When it comes to aluminium framed road bikes, you don't need to look past Reid Cycles for performance and value, but the new 2015 range is solidifying their position at the top of this market segment. The most obvious difference is the new colour scheme, stylish in matte-black with subtle Reid branding. However, it’s the less obvious improvements which are ultimately the smartest.
Super smooth aluminium welds make this bike look more carbon than aluminium. And why not? Choosing to go aluminium doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Aluminium is a lifestyle choice, more reliable and sturdy than carbon and heaps lighter on the wallet compared to titanium. Aluminium will always have a place in the market, light enough to be competitive (this XXL 60cm Falco weighs in at 10.4kg, M to L frames would be less) and tough enough to take a knocks if doubling up as a commuter.
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The facelift has not merely been cosmetic. The new Falco Elite is rocking the new Shimano 105 22-speed groupset. There is a wide variety of opinions on groupset, but it is undeniable that Shimano’s 105 model fits perfectly on budget and performance in this price bracket. It’s the first model in the Shimano range which ergonomically combine the brake and gear shifting into the levers, a system which is repeated right through the professional Dura Ace platform. A highly reliable and smooth shifting groupset, now with the addition of the two extra gears.
The icing on the cake is the Alex Rim R450 with Shimano 105 hubs. Wheelsets make a huge difference to performance, so it’s impressive that Reid Cycles have stepped in front of the competition and provide a high quality sealed bearing wheelsets which will have a low friction revolution and seal out moisture improving the lifecycle.
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Finally, the finishing touches. The tactile points, namely the saddle and handlebars can’t be overlooked. Reid’s own brand components certainly don’t disappoint. The Velo Racing saddle offers comfort and support, whilst the bar tape is durable and expertly wrapped by the Reid professionals. The use of quality FSA components for stem and handlebar compliments the overall look and feel of what is a superb road bike.
Take a look at the 2015 Falco Elite for yourself, I'm sure you'll be impressed.
Tune in for the next blog where I’ll be putting the Reid Falco Elite through it’s paces. I’ll be disturbing the tranquility of the Northern Beaches’ Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, pitting Reid against Reid, challenging my own PRs and taking on some local Strava legends at Akuna Bay.