The expansion of the bicycle market in the country has lead to the entrance of many international brands, offering top-notch bicycles at competitive price points. Java is one such brand that has gained popularity in the market. The Java Fuoco 2 (2018) is a road bicycle with a complete Shimano 105 drivetrain. We had the opportunity to review this bicycle, read on to find out more.
The Java Fuoco 2 is made using aluminium alloy, which is perfect to achieve an excellent propulsion-to-comfort ratio. The design of the tubes ensures supreme performance on all kinds of terrain. The bicycle was tested on cobblestones, rough urban roads and smooth city roads. The performance across all terrains was impeccable. The neat integrated cabling points to the fact that this bicycle has been designed to be aerodynamic. Furthermore, this bicycle weighs a mere 9.5 kgs.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Carbon T800 fork. The combination of a Carbon fork and aluminium frame offers ideal collaboration between the frame and fork. The fork absorbs shock felt from riding on cobblestones, and/or bumpy, rough terrain efficiently.
The Java Fuoco 2 is a well-designed bicycle. The smooth welding on the frame joints and the internal cabling add to the overall aesthetics of this bicycle. The bicycle we test rode came in a primary colour of bright yellow with blue and black decals. The branding on the frame of the bike is significant while not being overpowering. This bicycle is sure to make heads turn.
The Java Fuoco 2 comes equipped with a complete Shimano 105 drivetrain. The 22-Speed bicycle is a mean machine when on the road, tackling climbs and flat roads with ease. The compact chainset offers for crisp, seamless shifting which is pleasing when you are looking for that immediate push in power. The shifting was lag-free, it should be considering it is after all Shimano 105 enabled – which at this price point is impressive. The 22-Speed shifting is controlled by Shimano Shifters which require the slightest click to shift.
The Java Fuoco 2 comes equipped with Tektro R325 Caliper Brakes. When tested, both feathered and abrupt braking was powerful while remaining stable and in control. The braking was as effective on both dry and wet terrain on the test ride.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Deca Alloy handlebar. The compact shape of the handlebar enables the rider to place their hands on the drop bar without being in an overly aggressive, strained riding position. I found the riding position extremely comfortable when I tested this bicycle out. Additionally, the steering has a gentle but precise feedback, which does not throw you off balance if you tend to oversteer.
The Java Fuoco 2 comes equipped with fast rolling and sleek Continental 700x23C tires which are attached to Deca Alloy Rims. The tires offered a smooth and fast ride. Cornering felt stable, allowing for crisp sharp turns while being stable.
This bicycle comes equipped with a Deca Saddle. The saddle offered a level of support and cushioning that is well suited to a rider on faster, short-distance rides just as much as those riding a century. A wider saddle would have helped, especially for longer-distance rides, however, this does not affect the overall performance of this bicycle.
If you are in the market for a versatile high-end road bicycle for intensive training, fast-paced cycling that can handle both long distance and short distance riding well; the Java Fuoco 2 should be a front runner.
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