First Impressions - Azzurri Primo
I was asked to testride a new bike
On Wednesday the local Learsport/Azzurri rep came along to the LBS and showed us some bikes. I was asked to testride the Primo, a carbon frame/Ultegra (SL?). So today I took it for a spin.
First up I swapped off my pedals and the Powertap from my trusty '05 Trek Madone 5.2, set the saddle height and setback and off I went from the shop towards the V-Train's house to drop off a book Stu needed. I decided to go via the Eastern Fwy path as it would make the ride a bit longer and give me a chance to see how the bike handled on some rough patches and sharp hills and corners. First up the seatpost slipped, not a good start, but mainly my error when I set the height initially.
The bike handled the trail well enough, no twitchyness or uncertainty, the Mavic Aksium on the front didn't really impress me much, but Mavic's wheels sell well, someone must like them! It didn't feel very lively, but it was competent and stable. Under full torque up the little sharp rises it tracked true and the front end stayed put nicely. It was a bit slow to respond, but not dramatically so, and certainly it rode a lot better than many other frames of the same or greater cost.
Overall, it looks reasonably good, the graphics are a bit overbearing for my taste, not as over the top as a Scott, for example, but quite loud. But it rides above its cost, and the frame feels solid and secure.