TI­FOSI CAVAZZO

Urban Cyclist - - Bike Grouptest -

£1,349.00

The Cavazzo is a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion to the com­pe­ti­tion it’s up against thanks to its low weight (over half a kilo lighter than the near­est ri­val), its car­bon frame and it’ll take up to a 35c tyre whereas that’s close to the min­i­mum on the com­pe­ti­tion. This makes the Cavazzo the most at home on the road, high­lighted by the wheel­base that’s min­i­mally longer than a stan­dard Ti­fosi road ma­chine, while the front end’s only 10mm taller and the reach short­ened by just 5mm. Th­ese num­bers equate to a bike that re­ally hus­tles along on the tar­mac. The Ti­a­gra driv­e­train is set with road gear­ing, and this good-look­ing 10-speed num­ber is just as smooth shift­ing and re­li­able as its more ex­pen­sive 105 and Ul­te­gra cousins. The Shi­mano ca­ble discs are sadly less im­pres­sive. The bulky size of the calipers we can live with, but the way the power is de­liv­ered feels spongy next to the TRP Spyres and Avids, and in a much lower league than the Poly­gon’s hy­draulics. We like that Ti­fosi have specced a shal­low-flared bar – even shal­lower than the Gi­ant – which en­joys road-bike fa­mil­iar­ity but with plenty of wrist clear­ance when you’re shift­ing around through twisty off-road ter­rain. The tyres oc­cupy the mid­dle ground be­tween dirt and tar­mac, Sch­walbe’s S-One a hy­brid be­tween the slick One and the ag­gres­sive G-One. On the road the S-One’s dim­pled tread grips and sticks through cor­ners, and off road they of­fer enough com­pli­ance to avoid pinch punc­tures. With Sch­walbe’s mi­croskin re­in­force­ment they avoid cuts and wear well, too. Ul­ti­mately, on tar­mac the Cavazzo proves it­self a quick, slick and re­spon­sive bike, but when you hit the dirt that stiff­ness and lack of vol­ume in the tyres means that you end up back­ing off sooner than you’d like. You find that bumpy de­scents and any­thing ap­proach­ing rocky has to be han­dled with far more care than the mon­ster bump-eat­ing Gi­ant or the silky-smooth steel of The Light Blue. But that could be horses for cour­ses. If you’re less in­clined to take on moun­tain bike trails and just want a bike that’ll han­dle the oc­ca­sional by­way, tow­path or trail short­cut on your ur­ban and sub­ur­ban rides, then the Cavazzo is a con­sid­ered choice. It’ll speed you across town as well as any road bike, and we’d have no ap­pre­hen­sions tak­ing the Ti­fosi on chal­leng­ing sportives or long all-day road rides. Just leave it aside for real tough ef­forts in the mud.

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