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Customer reviews for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike

Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike

Overall rating:
4.667 / 5
4.7
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5
(6 reviews) 6
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Rating breakdown 6 reviews
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6 out of 6(100%)reviewers recommend this product.
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Customer reviews for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Review 1 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
RichLondon
from London
Age:35-44
Style:Commuting
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Retro style beauty

Posted21 November 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
Let's be honest.........a bike is a bike no matter which you look at it.
But it's so nice to ride one that is so simple and so pleasing to the eye.
I have the Green one.........it has been over 2 months now and so far so good.........solid steel frame but only 9.8kg or thereabouts. Fast even on freewheel........on fixed its even faster.
Original handle bar now in Brooks leather..........nice.
If you are looking for a change this might be what your looking for.....no gears.....no fuss.........low maintenance.
+1point
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Review 2 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Rollo
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Really nice little design features & finish

Posted16 September 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Looks great
What you can't see in the pictures is the real quality of the paint. I've got the green and it has a slight metallic fleck to it and a good clear coat on top. The wheels are nice with interesting looking hubs. The stem is striking and elegant and the gear ratio is fast enough and good for climbing most hills. It comes with chrome toeclips and leather straps and chrome cable guides which go along the top tube. Looks great.
The chain line is good, the ride is fast and still comfortable and the whole feeling is one of quality.
The bad bits: The saddle looks like a fat FIZIK arione and isn't nice to look at or sit on. I'd prefer a wider bar, but that's a matter of preference.
+5points
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Review 3 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
medium
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Basic fixie

Posted08 September 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Looks great
Cons: Heavy
A good, basic fixie for short distances. Terrible brakes and handelbar grips (cheap to replace)
+2points
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Review 4 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
waltsey1984
from London
Age:35-44
Style:Commuting
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male

Bargain Beauty

Posted22 August 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
Cons: pointless handlebar grips, freewheel not included
Normally I’d never review something until I’d owned it for at least a month. But as some people may want to benefit from the current (very good) sale price at Evans, and there isn’t a huge amount of information available on this bike online, I’m posting a review after owning one for only a week. So bear in mind this review is based on only about 80-100km of ride.
If you’re used to riding racing-geometry, steel-framed bikes, you’re probably not going to notice anything different between this and, say, a Langster or a Plug. Basically it’s a good, solid, smooth ride – very similar to the aforementioned other-brand similar models. I’m not purporting to be an expert here – I tried my friends’ before I settled on this one. They felt pretty much the same as the Pista 1 – sturdy, well-balanced, sluggish compared to an actual racing bike, but nippy enough for urban cycling.
All the components seem to be of good quality – difficult to tell after such a short time. I got a puncture through the puncture-resistant Schwalbe tyres, though I’m blaming London street detritus rather than the kit. I just can’t ride fixed – I’ve almost killed myself trying. The Pista is sold fixed (i.e. without a freewheel), so if you are similarly fixie-limited, you’ll need to pick one of these up as well. If it’s a 16 tooth freewheel, it has the added effect of slightly increasing the gear ratio (from 46/18 to 46/16), which I wanted, as I prefer speed to initial acceleration, though not entirely convinced I notice all that much difference between this and the other bikes I keep mentioning, which are 42/16 chainring/cassette. Ask nicely and Evans may cut you a deal on the freewheel and throw in a free set of lights.
Looks-wise, it really is a beautiful beast (mine is green and it’s much better in the flesh than online), though I’ve already seen a couple of tired-looking Pistas, so it’s a paint job you will want to keep clean. Get rid of the awful and useless rubber covers on the drops and invest £10 in some (white, if you’re keeping the saddle) handlebar tape – plenty of vids on YouTube to show you how to put it on, though it really is simple and seriously improves the appearance and ride-ability of the bike. Permanently move the bell and light fitting closer to the centre of the handlebars, so you can dress each side easily. If you are new to drops, be warned they kill your hands if they’re bare metal, even if you have the saddle adjusted so you’re not really leaning on the bars. It’s not so much the shock of the road going straight into your hands - it’s also trying to hold on to slidey metal, so gloves won’t necessarily help. If you’re going to change the saddle for something else and you want to keep the Pista looking pretty, I’d go for a brown leather Brooks and get leather-effect tape, though by doing that you’re starting to move the expense of this bike up to Plug and Langster territory, which come with own-brand decent saddles anyway. It’s a pretty comfortable saddle – just white synth leather might not be your thing.
I really love my new bike already, and because it’s not yet a big brand here in the UK, it’s nice to have something you don’t see tied up on every street corner. I find it an absolute pleasure to ride and would recommend you give a Pista a go if you’re considering an urban single-speed alternative to its other, better-known relatives.
+7points
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Review 5 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Gonzolinchen
from Germany : Leverkusen near to Cologne

Viva Pista

Posted24 July 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Looks great
Great Bike, came with two breaks although only one was shown on the webside. Full points!
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Review 6 for Viva Pista 1 Single Speed Road Bike
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Anonymous
from Copenhagen
Age:25-34
Style:Road Cyclist
Experience:Regular
Gender:Male
It was bought:Online

Viva pista

Posted20 July 2011
Yes, I recommend this product.
Pros: Good value, Good quality, Comfortable, Lightweight, Looks great
I have now finist my first 200 km. On my Viva pista bike and i must say it's the best single speed ride i have ever had!
0points
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