Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike

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Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike
There's no better means to take the plunge into the wonderful world of disc brake road bikes than the Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike. It's quite a package deal replete with an aluminum frame, carbon fiber fork, Shimano 105 11-speed components, Mavic Aksium One wheels, plus, of course, a set of mechanical disc brakes to keep your speed properly in check.

The Cavalo Gara disc road bike sports a custom-butted aluminum frame with sculpted tubes and a tapered 1 ⅛" to 1 ½" headtube that's light, stiff, and rides like a dream. There's a full carbon fork with the corresponding tapered steerer tube fork that inspires confidence courtesy of its rock solid and utterly predictable handling.

Shimano's superb 105 5800 groupset delivers a perfect 10 for value, craftsmanship, and performance as it makes the leap to 11-speed. You'll be blown away by how well this stuff works as so much functionality, precision, and reliability has trickled down from big brothers Dura-Ace and Ultegra. The shifter/brake levers, front derailleur, rear derailleur, crankset, and cassette all fly the 105 11-speed flag and if these parts were logo-free you'd be hard pressed to distinguish their performance from its much higher-priced Shimano siblings.

If you've ever had issues with the functionality of caliper rim brakes, you'll certainly be impressed by how well the Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes perform. Once you try out disc brakes, no matter if it's wet or dry out, you'll be a convert for life. Weather won't be an issue for reliable, consistent stopping power and even in dry, pristine conditions they're truly a game-changer.

The perfect complement to the Cavalo Gara's Aries disc brakes is a set of Mavic Aksium One wheels. These disc brake-specific road wheels feature a litany of Mavic's technical know-how applied to disc brake-equipped bikes. The S6000 aluminum rim features a profile optimized for disc brakes while the spoke geometry and lacing pattern is also configured to best accommodate the demands disc brakes place on wheels. The wheel's straight pull spokes are stronger than conventional J-bend versions while the serviceable cartridge bearings keep everything rolling super-smoothly. Vittoria Zaffiro tires, in a 700x25 size for a nice balance between speed and comfort, perfectly fits the Cavalo Gara's motif of being completely dependable and durable while still providing noteworthy ride quality.
  • Aluminum frame is stiff, light, and strong
  • Full carbon fork with tapered steerer ensures superb steering response
  • 11-speed Shimano 105 shifters, derailleurs, crankset, and cassette deliver smooth shifting and renowned reliability
  • Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes provide superb, all-weather stopping power
  • Mavic Aksium One wheels are solid all-around wheels built specifically for the demands of disc brakes
  • Alloy stem, bars, seatpost, and brakes perform at a high level and keep weight way down
Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike
  • FRAME Aluminum, tapered head tube, English thread bottom bracket
  • FORK Carbon fiber, 1-1/8" to 1.5" taper steerer tube, post mount disc brake
  • HEADSET FSA, NO.42/ACB-A, alloy
  • CRANKSET Shimano 105 5800, 50/34T
  • BOTTOM BRACKET Shimano BBR60
  • SHIFTERS Shimano 105 5800 2x11-speed
  • FRONT DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800, 34.9mm clamp
  • REAR DERAILLEUR Shimano 105 5800-SS, 11-speed
  • HANDLEBAR Kalloy alloy, 31.8mm diameter, 131mm drop, 84mm reach, Widths: 49cm=40cm; 52cm/54cm=42cm; 57cm/59cm=44cm
  • BRAKES Tektro Aries mechanical disc, 140mm front rotor/160mm rear rotor
  • LEVERS Shimano 105 5800
  • STEM Kalloy alloy, +/- 7 degree rise, 31.8mm clamp, 1-1/8" steerer, stainless steel bolts, Lengths: 49cm=90mm; 52cm=100mm; 54cm/57cm=110mm; 59cm=120mm
  • TIRES Vittoria Zaffiro, 700x25, wire bead
  • WHEELSET Mavic Aksium One disc
  • CASSETTE Shimano 105 5800 11-speed, 11-28T (11-12-13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28)
  • SEATPOST Kalloy alloy, 27.2x350mm
  • SADDLE Velo
  • PEDALS Not included
  • CHAIN KMC X11
  • GRIPS/BAR TAPE Velo cork
  • RACK MOUNTS None
  • Rating 4

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Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Handles well (8)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Good geometry (6)
  • Responsive (6)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

  • Heavy (4)
  • Brakes could be better (3)

Best Uses

  • Casual riding (7)
  • Exercising (6)
  • Commuting (5)
  • Serious training (5)
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4.0

Excellent Value

By Bubba

from Cincinnati

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Fast
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better
  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting
  • Serious Training

Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

I looked at a lot of 105 equipped bikes. I bought this one because of the 105 crankset (most others had a non-Shimano crank like FSA) and the Mavic wheelset.

When I received the bike, the wheels were true but the shifting and brakes needed some minor adjustment. I weighed the bike w/o pedals and it was something like 21.5 lbs for the 54 cm frame - not exactly ready for the Tour de France but not too bad.

The ride is very responsive, the frame is stiff, the shifting is wonderful - snappy with excellent positive feedback.

The braking is just OK. When riding in the rain, the brakes "squeal like a pig".

I do have a minor beef about the frame geometry. With the disc brake the rear chainstay is very wide and it gets very close to the outside of the bike shoes when pedaling. I have about a 1 to 2 cm clearance under normal pedaling with a neutral shoe position. So sometimes if my shoe position gets a bit awkward, my shoe can hit the chainstay which is annoying.

Overall, the bike with the 25% discount represents an excellent value. Very good components - except for the brakes, high quality frame and build quality.

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5.0

Awesome Road bike

By eDan

from Albuquerque, NM

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Brakes Could Be Better

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding
  • Commuting
  • Exercising
  • Racing

Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

Great bike and quality, I have multiple mountain bikes and this is the first road bike that I have purchased. I enjoy it a lot when pushing for time and speed on the trails and on the roads. The one thing that I would personally upgrade would be the saddle and seat post they do have a bit of weight but not much bike is about 20 pounds and really great intro bike with the Shimano 105 group set really nice.

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4.0

Great Bike

By James

from Bellevue, WA

About Me Commuter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Good Geometry
  • Handles Well
  • Lightweight
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Riding
    • Commuting
    • Exercising

    Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

    I've ridden 1,500 miles on this bike in the 7 months I've owned it. Most of those are on a 10 mile round trip daily commute. It's working great. At this point it's time to replace the chain (has some stretch and clunking) and rear tire (it's getting squared off across the center of the tread).

    I also needed to tension and true the rear wheel which had some very loose spokes. Rather than dropping my wheels off at a shop, I bought a Park Tool Spoke Tension meter and it was amazing how much easier it made truing up the wheel. It took me an hour or two but I was really happy with the results.

    When I first got the bike, I disassembled some parts and put it back together with extra grease on the bolt threads. I also adjusted the brakes and deraileurs since they were not quite right. In retrospect, I wish I'd also checked the spoke tension on the wheels and trued them up at that time.

    Things I love about the bike are the good components (full Shimano 105 eleven speed drive train including crankset which many '105' bikes don't include). I really like having disc brakes on this commuter bike as I ride in the rain a lot. I've only adjusted them a few times and they still work great. It also has two sets of threaded bolt holes (bosses) on the frame near the rear axle. This made attaching rear fender easy. And made a rack easier to install(not totally easy).

    Things I don't like are the lack of threaded bolt holes on the fork. The only fenders I saw on Nashbar all mount with bolts, so I bought those (later I saw on other bikes fender mounts that don't require bosses, wish I had those). I ended up buying some electrical conduit brackets from the hardware store to rig up a connection on the front axle. There is no through hole at the top of the fork to mount a fender or light on so I ended up using a zip tie to secure that part of the fender. On cross piece between the rear seat stays, there is a hole that could be used to bolt through the fender clip but the hole is pointing the wrong way so it's useless. That's not too big a deal. Also, there are no bosses on the seat stay for your rack. Again I got some electrical brackets and this time put them around the seat stay tubes and put bolts through these for the rack. This setup has worked out well but is not ideal.

    One thing I'm unsure about is the loud disc brakes. I don't know if this is typical of disc brakes or just cheap brakes or the ones on this bike. I've never had disc brakes before.

    For an inexpensive bike, that is probably not intended as a commuter bike, I give them a pass on all the complaints above. I had been looking into building my own bike, but the cost to buy a full Shimano 105 drivetrain and levers, along with basic wheels, disc brakes and then throw in even a cheap frame ended up being well over the cost of this full kit bike.

    I would buy this bike again, for sure.

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    4.0

    Love it

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    By jokertat

    from buffalo ny

    About Me Avid Cyclist

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    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Fast
    • Good Geometry
    • Handles Well

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Commuting

      Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

      Bought it for ride to work. I ride no matter weather. It works great. Took a minute to adjust shoes to fit. Heels kept hitting frame. But now I have it feeling good. No problems so far, occasional brake chirping that easily remedied. Not the most beautiful bike. Who ever wielded this didn't own a grinder. Can't complain because of price. Got it with additional sale.

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      4.0

      A Better Tradeoff

      By Teuthis

      from Grand Junction, CO

      About Me Avid Cyclist

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      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Handles Well
      • Responsive

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

        The Cavalo Gara makes the better tradeoff versus other bikes at this pricepoint: while other manufacturers downspec the groupo to pay for their names on the downtubes and "advanced frame design," the Gara sports full Shimano 105 5800 spec and Mavic Aksium wheels, downspec'ing instead the finishing kit (no name bars, stem, and seatpost) and frame (uncontoured weld joints and heavy) to keep the price down.

        Though heavy and maybe not as stiff as some would like, the Gara is smooth, comfortable, and confident, and I'd recommend it as a sturdy, reliable trainer.

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        4.0

        Good horse for the money

        By Snowman

        from Oxford NY

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Disk brakes
        • Heavy Duty Wheels
        • Shimano 105 Components
        • Well Built Frame

        Cons

        • Cheap Seat Stem And Bars
        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Bad Weather Riding
        • Casual Riding
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

        I bought this bike because I wanted a road bike with disk brakes, that was well built and for a decent price. My first ride out of the box was a 30 mile ride with some large climbs. I was pleased with the over all performance, shifted smooth and brakes worked well. Due to the beefy hubs and disk brakes, I did notice the bike was heaver and had a lower center of gravity than my other road bikes. I was prepared for the trade off in weight to get a bike that I could ride in bad weather and on questionable roads. I will be swapping out the seat, seat post, stem and bars with some higher quality carbon parts but that is about all I need to do to this ride.

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        3.0

        Fair deal for the price

        By bike fanatic

        from Nevada

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Handles Well

        Cons

        • Brakes Could Be Better
        • Heavy
        • Uncomfortable Seat

        Best Uses

        • Casual Riding
        • Commuting
        • Exercising
        • Serious Training

        Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

        I was intrigued by the affordability of a bike with disk brakes. When it's on sale for $1k, and if you buy it during a 20% or more discount you get a fair deal; however, you get what you pay for:

        Th Cons:
        - The frame is really heavy, so not ideal for road races
        - I doubt it can accept tires larger than 700x28
        - The disk brakes are not as powerful as expected
        - It's very difficult to adjust the brakes to prevent rubbing on the rotors
        - The Effective top-tube is off by 5mm (shorter than the indication on the website)
        - I chose size 51cm, but it came with 44cm handlebar. It's supposed to have 42cm
        - No place for touring or commuter rigs
        - Cheap saddle, but again you get what you pay for
        - Ugly paint scheme. Although, this is more of one's taste, the paint and graphic design is... really ugly. I tend to like dark color schemes.
        - Handlebar is not the contemporary compact style.

        The Pros:
        - It's durable and heavy making it a good training bike
        - The all 105 components are a good value if you buy the bike during a sale and discount
        - It's a good bike to ride in the rain
        - Most of the cabling is internal if you like internal cabling
        - If you crash this in a Crit, no worries since it's affordability.

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        5.0

        best value ever

        By romey

        from clermont, fl

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Good Geometry
        • Handles Well
        • Responsive

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Exercising
          • Racing
          • Serious Training

          Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

          Got this bike yesterday. Didn't need to adjust anything except the brakes which only took 5 minutes. Paint job is amazing.I really like having disk brakes. I do a lot of training on wet roads and in the rain and got this bike as a bad weather bike. The new 105 group shifts prefect out of the box without any adjustments. The wheel are on the heavy side but roll really nice. Between the tires and the fork the ride was amazingly smooth.

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          5.0

          Great Bike

          By JonBoy

          from NJ

          About Me Avid Cyclist

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Fast
          • Good Geometry
          • Great In The Rain
          • Handles Well
          • Lightweight
          • Really Pretty
          • Responsive
          • Stops on a dime

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Riding
            • Exercising
            • Serious Training

            Comments about Cavalo Gara Disc Road Bike:

            My second Nashbar bike. I could not be happier with both. I can't wait until this afternoon when I am riding again. It is amazing how much better disk brakes work, both wet and dry. The great cost is only icing on the cake.

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