- Good frame
- Shimano 105
- Own-brand finishing kit is functional rather than flash
- One of the heavier bikes on test
Price as reviewed:
The Forme brand is about good honest service from Derbyshire, England, where the bikes are designed.
The Longcliffe 1.0, with a triple-butted, 7005 alloy frame was one of the pleasant surprises in this test. On the road, it takes everything in its stride.
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As with the Raleigh, Forme should perhaps have stuck to Tiagra throughout, preserving budget for finishing kit and wheels, but in this instance the wheelset proved quite good, with a traditional spoking pattern and Mavic Open Sport rims. The package worked well, but we’d recommend keeping an eye on the hubs for bearing longevity. Schwalbe’s Lugano tyres are a great choice.
Forme’s own finishing kit cheapened the overall look of this otherwise-attractive bike, although, with the exception of a nasty seat bolt/clamp arrangement on the seatpost, it all was up to task.
Part of the planted solidity you experience on the Longcliffe comes down to weight; it's one of the heaviest here. It's not like you're towing an anchor, but, as on the Bianchi, you do notice the speed dropping off on the drags and climbs, demanding a bit of extra effort behind the pedals.
Group Set: Shimano 105 with Shimano R600 deep drop brakes. FSA Gossamer chainset
Frame: 7005 SL triple-butted alloy
Tyres: Schwalbe Lugano
Weight: 9.43kg (20.13lb)
Wheels: Formula hubs, Mavic Open Sport rims