Product Comparison: Vilano Shadow 3.0 vs Vilano FORZA 4.0

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General Specifications
About the Product
The Vilano SHADOW 3.0 is the newest offering in our extremely popular SHADOW line. It's an affordable entry level road bike well suited for commuting, exercise / fitness, or club rides.
The Vilano FORZA 4.0 TRI is the lowest priced triathlon bicycle equipped with integrated brake lever shifters. This is an excellent choice for an anyone getting started with triathlons.
Shadow 3.0
Key Specs
Number Of Gears
Road Bike
Triathlon Bike
Frame Material
6061 Double Butted Aluminum
6061 Double Butted Aluminum
Suitable For
From 5'7" to 5'10"
From 5'7" to 5'10"
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Vilano Shadow 3.0 Road Bike Shimano STI Integrated Shifters Tektro Disc Brakes, 2018
  • The bike felt light-weight despite its aluminum frame has actually average weight.
  • The bike is pretty impressive. The frame is very well made.
  • I use this as my commute bike, mainly for taking on the train. Great for a daily ride.
  • This road bike is great! It rides wonderfully and is a really sharp looking bike!
  • I find the efficiency and low weight of this bike very impressive.
Vilano FORZA 4.0 Aluminum Integrated Shifters Road Bike
  • The frame is light enough and the equipment that comes with it is great for any level rider.
  • Since receiving the bike I have to say I am impressed with the construction from top to bottom.
  • This bike and it's very good for the money, other brands sell the same quality bikes for hundreds more.
  • The ride is super smooth, changing gears is seamless, the frame is lightweight and very durable.
  • It's fast and easy to handle. Lightweight also for carting to a bike trail or park.
Size & Weight
40 in.
44 in.
32 lbs.
32.6 lbs.
68 in.
71 in.
20 in.
17 in.
Platform w/ Toe Strap
Platform w/ Toe Strap
Wheel Size
28 in.
28 in.
28" x 1.125"
28" x 0.875"
Front Derailleur: Shimano Tourney / Rear Derailleur: Shimano Tourney
Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris 3-Speed / Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora 8-Speed
Shimano STI Integrated Brake Lever
Microshift SB-R083 Integrated Shifter/Brake Lever STI
Mechanical Dual Disc
Promax Caliper
What customers say about "Components"
Vilano Shadow 3.0 Road Bike Shimano STI Integrated Shifters Tektro Disc Brakes, 2018
  • Great shifters. Good quality parts. The bike is phenomenal and is well worth the pain of assembling it.
  • The advantages of the bike is obvious. You get disk brakes, 2x7 gears and integrated shifters.
  • Shimano Tourneys is a pretty cheap groupset, but its perfect for a person who hasn't ridden a bike in a few yrs.
  • Light weight, with easy to use shifters.
  • The bike has very little rolling resistance if you are able to adjust the brakes correctly.
Vilano FORZA 4.0 Aluminum Integrated Shifters Road Bike
  • The integrated shifters are great. You don't have to remove your hands from the brake handles to shift making it safer when riding.
  • It has the coolest Integrated Brakes and Gear shifters on the same handles so both are always at your hands reach.
  • Rides smooth and fast. The bike shifts smoothly and flawlessly after you get the derailleurs adjusted.
  • The integrated shifter is really comfortable and intuitive to use and the bike is fast enough for any casual/fitness/recreational rider.
  • The wheels are thin and the handle bars are turned under, so you can ride like a pro if you want.
Aero Frame w/ Integrated Headset & Internal Cable
700c Steel Racing 1 1/8" threadless fork
Alloy 6061 Bore: 26.0mm Width: 42cm w/ Clip-On Tri Bars
Foldable Design
Assembly Required
What customers say about "Features"
Vilano Shadow 3.0 Road Bike Shimano STI Integrated Shifters Tektro Disc Brakes, 2018
  • The paved hilly trail I usually rode on had bumps sometimes but at least for now no deterioration is found on spokes, stems, saddles or so. Those make the bike very cost-effective.
  • The bike took me about 2 hrs to set up. That's putting the bike together and indexing the gears.
  • So far the weight and design is nice, shifters and handlebars are ok.
  • Great looking bike very easy to assemble.
  • The assembly is quick and easy. The shifters did not need any tuning and performed fast and accurately right out of the box.
Vilano FORZA 4.0 Aluminum Integrated Shifters Road Bike
  • I got this one and the 3.0 for my wife and I. It took me less than an hour on each to assemble, and both rode fairly well right away.
  • Bike came 90% assembled and your left with just attaching the seat, handle bars and pedals which is very easy.
  • The gears change easily and the seat is adjustable. Good deal.
  • I can shift with my hands on top of levers or while down on the drop bar - very nice.
  • The bike is great. It's fast, light and comfortable.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
1 year(s)
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