Sensa Umbria Sora Special review

The Umbria Sora Special sits near the bottom of Sensa’s expansive road line-up, but don’t let that put you off — this is still very much a proper drop-bar sports bike

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Sensa Umbria Sora Special might be a bit heavier and a little less refined than other sports bikes, but it has no qualms dealing with speed and with some judicious upgrading, it’s a winter bike that could become an all-year favourite.

Reasons to buy
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    Smooth-running Shimano Sora drivetrain and brakes

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    Discount from retailer means its great value

Reasons to avoid
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    Aluminium forks let you feel every bump on the road

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Brought into this country by Chorley’s Merlin Cycles, Sensa can almost match brands such as Giant and Cube when it comes to range size. From mountain bikes, to road bikes, to commuters — all tinged with a typically Continental flavour — the options are simply huge.

This Umbria model isn’t even the cheapest Sensa road bike available, that distinction goes to the £424.99 Prima Special. However, let’s have a quick word about pricing. The official RRP is £599.99 although, as we publish this, the bike is being sold for a lot less.

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