The expansion of the bicycle market in the country has led 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 Veloce 2 is a road bicycle with a Shimano Sora-Claris drivetrain. We had the opportunity to review this bicycle, read on to find out more.
Weight: 10 kgs
The Java Veloce 2 is made using an aluminium alloy, which is perfect to achieve an excellent propulsion-to-comfort ratio. The design of the tube ensures supreme performance on all kinds of terrain – tested on cobblestones, rough urban roads and smooth city roads. The performance across all terrains was impeccable. The invisible welding technology used on the frame of this bicycle adds to its lightweight.
This bicycle comes equipped with a carbon T800 fork. The combination of a carbon and aluminium offers ideal collaboration between the frame and fork. The fork absorbs shock felt from riding on cobblestones, and/or bumpy, rough terrain efficiently. This bicycle is available in three sizing options – 48cm, 50cm and 52cm.
The Java Veloce 2 is a well-designed bicycle. The smooth welding on the frame joints adds to the overall aesthetics of this bicycle. The bicycle we test rode came in a primary colour black with bright orange, blue and white decals. The branding on the frame of this bicycle is significant while not being overpowering. This bicycle is sure to make heads turn. This bicycle is available in four colour options – Purple/Black, White/Black, Black/Green and Blue.
The Java Veloce 2 comes equipped with a Shimano Sora Rear Derailleur and a Shimano Claris Front Derailleur. This 18-Speed bicycle is a mean machine when on the road, tackling climbs and flat roads with ease. The shifting was lag-free, it should be considering it is after all Shimano Sora enabled – which at this price point is impressive. The 18-Speed shifting is controlled by Shimano Sora Shifters which require the slightest click to shift.
The Java Veloce 2 comes equipped Radius V-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. Additionally, the steering has a gentle but precise feedback, which does not throw you off balance if you tend to oversteer.
The Java Veloce 2 comes equipped with fast rolling and sleek 700x23C tires which are attached to Deca Alloy Double Walled Rims. The tires offered a smooth and fast ride. Cornering felt stable, allowing for crisp sharp turns.
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, yet affordable road bicycle for intensive training, fast-paced cycling that can handle both long distance and short distance riding well; the Java Veloce 2 priced at Rs.48,490(as on 7th January 2019) should be a front runner.
Prices are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.