Great bike. Im new to cycling and this is my first road bike. I compared it to other so called name brand bikes. They are all made in the same place and the forza is half the cost. And Im well satisfied beyond expectations. I was planning on upgrading later on but this bike is so well put together and works perfectly im going to stay with it a while. great for all inclines and fast on the straights. I liked it so much I just ordered a second for my wife.
The short and sweet of this bike: the frame and fork are good. For a bike of this price, that's all that really matters. What about the components? Well if you're expecting good components at this price, you have no idea what you're doing and need to have your local bike shop (hereafter referred to as lbs) educate you.
The bike comes partially assembled, and though I was able to assemble it the rest of the way without an issue, I ended up taking it to my lbs to do the final tune and throw slime tubes in the tires so as to avoid flats (living in NM, goatheads are prevalent). I also put a new seat on the bike, as the one that comes with it sucks. But to be fair, the seat that came on my $4k Gary Fisher mountain bike sucked too. Bike manufacturers almost never give you a good seat. So, after taking it to my lbs for the final tune and buying the seat, I'm in $600. I would say that for what you get, this bike is comparable to a lot of bikes that are in the $900 range (and you'll still have to put a new seat on those as well), so it's a decent little deal. It's a very nice looking bike, with the logo very understated. The bike is very fast, very smooth to ride.
The wheels came relatively true, and my lbs said I needed to ride it for a while and then bring it back to get them completely trued.
One particular issue? The crank kinda sucks, and the large gear ring on my particular crank came bent. Not much, but you can see it, and it's just an example of the poor build quality of the crank. But to be fair, at this level, the crank you'll get on any bike is going to be basically crap. And even though the crank is bent, it's not bent enough that it really affects anything as far as the ride, and my lbs was able to dial things in so nothing rubs with relative ease. So not a big deal, but that's why it gets 4 stars, in addition to the fact that it's just really impossible for a bike of this price to be 5 star, IMO.
Overall, a good deal, and a great starter road bike. I really enjoy riding it, it's comfortable, and the fit is good (and I just looked at their height sizing chart). If you can afford it, I'd go with the Forza 1.0, as you get a few better components, including the crank, for only about $100 more. I just literally didn't have the money to spend any more than I did.