Our friends from Commute by Bike lend me an Ibex Corrida LT from www.ibexbikes.com to ride and review. My first thought was to ride it to work. It seemed like a perfect commuter bike. As I was running a little late to work, I decided to give this bike a workout. I rode this bike at 19-20 mph most of my way to work. I even broke my personal best by 8 minutes. The bike felt stiff and responsive. I was pretty impressed by the road feel. Not as comfy as a mtb not as harsh as my Giant TCR.
When I got to work I was asked a few questions about the bike by my fellow commuters. Questions like is it comfortable? Why a flat Bar? How are the shifters? The answers were, yes, less strain on your neck, and cool.
What I liked about the bike: I liked the feel of a road bike, the aerodynamics, the comfortable position, the component group, the carbon fiber fork.
What I didn’t like about the bike: The only thing that I didn’t like about the bike was the saddle. It was uncomfortable.
Bottom Line:If you are a roadie geek like I am, love to ride fast, like the feel of a road bike, this bike is a great buy for the money. Ibex bikes also offers 2 other models of the Corrida, the more inexpensive Corrida CT and the top of the line Corrida Ultimate. Check out www.ibexbikes.com for more information on the Corrida Line.
For the future: I want to give this bike a try on some uphills, I want to see how it will climb and descend. I also want to give this bike a try on a 50 mile fun ride. I have a feeling that it will be perfect for them. Maybe a century?