Sensa bikes

by Miles253   February 16, 2014  

I must say, before stumbling on the review of the Guila model on this site, I had never heard of Sensa. A quick google and a play with the custom options on Merlin Cycles, and I cannot understand why more people don't own one. The value is insane. Does anybody here ride one? Reviews are generally pretty good, not astounding but what are they actually like for a average joe to ride?

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I think they are great value but when I looked at one in the flesh I wasn't that keen. Thats just simple aesthetics - nothing more.

posted by dunnoh [145 posts]
16th February 2014 - 14:00

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What was wrong with the aesthetics may I ask?

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
16th February 2014 - 23:46

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Be quiet and dont tell anyone about sensa bikes,theyll put the prices up if people start to hear about them.they are the best bikes out there

posted by Shanefutcher [103 posts]
17th February 2014 - 0:15

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Shanefutcher wrote:
Be quiet and dont tell anyone about sensa bikes,theyll put the prices up if people start to hear about them.they are the best bikes out there

*whispering* so you own one? Give me details please, best kept secret...

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
17th February 2014 - 2:01

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I'll be on one soon, will report back! It is insanely cheap, I thought my madone was mega value at 2k with ultegra... if this performs as well I'll be superpleased Smile

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
17th February 2014 - 10:59

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I'm intrigued with dura ace for sub 3000 quid. The only value I've seen to rival canyon ! Let us know how it performs

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
17th February 2014 - 12:43

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Miles253 wrote:
What was wrong with the aesthetics may I ask?

It was last year and I popped in to have a look for a mate. Compared to my Bianchi the finish wasn't that great. I looked at the £900 one and the main components were really good. It was silly little things like the seat tube clamp looked cheap. He ended up getting a Mekk and that really blew me away. Great looking machine. Its each to his own, I'm sure a lot of people don't like Celeste!

posted by dunnoh [145 posts]
17th February 2014 - 18:18

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Sensa trentino sl comp.its shimano 105 and supra wheels.i put the supra wheels on my winter steed and fitted fulcrum 5's on the trentino with conti's gp4000s.the bike is amazing and accelerates like its got an engine

posted by Shanefutcher [103 posts]
17th February 2014 - 23:32

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Seem to draw mixed opinions, Mekk is another brand I know little about, what blew you away about it? As for the supra wheels, are they particularly bad or jus not favourable in comparison.

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
18th February 2014 - 8:37

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The Mekks frame was lovely - light and looked really well made. The crank wasn't a well known brand but looked great and worked fine. The Headset and BB are quality. Hes just replaced the wheels after a 18 months and uses it in all weathers.

posted by dunnoh [145 posts]
19th February 2014 - 22:03

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Update on Sensa! Mine's not arrived yet (hopefully this week maybe!) but saw some pics of my team-mate riding hers this weekend and, as a Madone owner my requirement for down-tube-girth is a great one, it looks like the Sensa will satisfy this requirement.

Impressive as normally I've found tubing on bikes at this price point a bit skimpy. My Kuota looks like a ragged prostitutes G-string in comparison - very much looking forward to trying a sprint on this!

Will let you know once arrived & ridden. Smile

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
24th February 2014 - 10:39

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Thanks for the update! I look forward to the next one

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
24th February 2014 - 23:51

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I don't see a way to specify handlebar width with their custom bikes. I assume they will fit standard width, e.g. 42cm for a medium sized frame. Is that something Merlin / Sensa are happy to change?

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posted by userfriendly [134 posts]
12th March 2014 - 15:10

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userfriendly wrote:
I don't see a way to specify handlebar width with their custom bikes. I assume they will fit standard width, e.g. 42cm for a medium sized frame. Is that something Merlin / Sensa are happy to change?

I'd say so, (I've got very narrow shoulders and will be getting 38's through when the bike arrives) - although I can't see the option on the site.. If you fire off an email to Merlin they're pretty speedy for getting back on stuff like that. It'd probably be a case of ordering and then just confirming the finer details. Smile

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
12th March 2014 - 15:39

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Brilliant, thanks. I was thinking of building a bike myself for the summer, getting to choose every single component being the main attraction of it, but that would be nowhere near the value for the monies. I'm kind of eyeing up the Toscana Custom now, as it looks both visually pretty and reasonably lightweight - for a price well below what my spec ended up with.

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posted by userfriendly [134 posts]
12th March 2014 - 15:53

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Totally unrelated to the topic (sorry everyone) but do some replies on various threads on here get spambotted or something in terms of being 'liked'? I don't mean to be rude but 97 likes for a relatively banal reply to a non-controversial question...?! Doesn't matter I suppose, just wondering!

Well spotted.

That does seem rather odd doesn't it.

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12th March 2014 - 17:15

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Totally unrelated to the topic (sorry everyone) but do some replies on various threads on here get spambotted or something in terms of being 'liked'? I don't mean to be rude but 97 likes for a relatively banal reply to a non-controversial question...?! Doesn't matter I suppose, just wondering!

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12th March 2014 - 17:15

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Haha I've just noticed that!! Seems a bit...er.....unrealistic that's for sure!

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
12th March 2014 - 17:35

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userfriendly wrote:
Brilliant, thanks. I was thinking of building a bike myself for the summer, getting to choose every single component being the main attraction of it, but that would be nowhere near the value for the monies. I'm kind of eyeing up the Toscana Custom now, as it looks both visually pretty and reasonably lightweight - for a price well below what my spec ended up with.

They are incredibly well priced considering what you get with them that's true. I was sort of wondering if they maybe had skimped on carbon quality/weight but that doesn't seem to be the case. Not too sure on the Toscana but certainly the Sensa apparently has fantastic tubing, nice big chunky bb area etc.

I think it's just a case of for once a well built bike hasn't been brandished with the pricetag of being from a well known manufacturer Which is really nice to see, prices be crazy these days! Smile

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
12th March 2014 - 17:39

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I am a road newbie and bought a Sensa bike after using a friends for a pretty tough ride around the Peak some months back. My budget wasn't grand (pardon the pun), so was made up when I found a bike with 105 group set and carbon forks for under 1k! Since taking ownership it's been a dream to ride, but I must qualify, apart from the odd go on a friends bike, my usual ride (commuting) is/was a hybrid. I'm still learning when it comes to things like upgrading components and I'm sure as time goes on I my want to change wheels etc, but for now I love taking my Sensa out for ride Wink

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12th March 2014 - 22:25

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I am a road newbie and bought a Sensa bike after using a friends for a pretty tough ride around the Peak some months back. My budget wasn't grand (pardon the pun), so was made up when I found a bike with 105 group set and carbon forks for under 1k! Since taking ownership it's been a dream to ride, but I must qualify, apart from the odd go on a friends bike, my usual ride (commuting) is/was a hybrid. I'm still learning when it comes to things like upgrading components and I'm sure as time goes on I my want to change wheels etc, but for now I love taking my Sensa out for ride Wink

Welcome to road riding! You will soon get into wanting to upgrade, almost as soon as you get comfortable on your bike. Which model Sensa did you go for?

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
13th March 2014 - 9:33

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Thanks Miles, I went for a Sensa Romagna Special... As mentioned its my first road bike so can't give a comparative review, but I love it! Agree with wanting to upgrade, already found myself making eyes at various wheel sets...

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posted by Thejaunce [3 posts]
13th March 2014 - 22:12

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Thejaunce wrote:
Thanks Miles, I went for a Sensa Romagna Special... As mentioned its my first road bike so can't give a comparative review, but I love it! Agree with wanting to upgrade, already found myself making eyes at various wheel sets...

It's very easy to do, but I think most people would suggest holding off until you have reached max ability on your current set. Then again...there's very few feelings as good as blowing money on something nice.

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
13th March 2014 - 22:52

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Sorry for re-opening the old thread but I did promise! She arrived last night and oh my days is she a beautiful bike.

The frame I think is the supremo edition with full ultegra mechanical, first impression when lifting her out of the box was that she's incredibly light for a bike at that price point (~1.5k).

The carbon feels/sounds like a higher quality than that of my madone 4.7, certainly a thinner tubing.

Finish on the frame is impressive.

Ultegra stands up on it's own really, brilliant groupset. The supra wheels, as others have mentioned, are a little on the heavy side but the stock set that came with it have a slightly deeper rim, I might test these on the TT bike just to see if I get a faster roll on the flat than my lightweight alloys.

I've not taken her outside yet, I'll be getting a fit on Wednesday and then racing her at the weekend so I'll do a full review then.

Bottom bracket is bb86 and impressively chunky, as is the downtube OH and the chainstays, oh my god the chainstays, they are beautiful - they're HUGE. This looks like it's going to be a quick bike on both flats and hills. They've got an impressive balance in geometry.

I've read that even this range of frames uses the same carbon as their more expensive range, with carbon/SL finishing kit I would absolutely put this on a par with my other halfs s-works tarmac sl4 weight-wise and even stiffness-wise.

So far - stunning bike, highly impressed, sort of wish I'd held off on buying the trek but I'm lucky to be able to get to use this for this season!

Will post review next week ^_^

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
8th April 2014 - 12:21

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Ahh brilliant, thanks for the update, any pics for us ?

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posted by Miles253 [113 posts]
8th April 2014 - 13:13

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I'll grab a couple tonight for ya! Smile I've some on instagram but I'm at work so can't post them up here

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
8th April 2014 - 13:44

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Pics +1, I want an action shot of you giving it the "Full Cav" over the finish line with everyone else trailing in your wake... maybe leave out the rude gestures though!

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8th April 2014 - 13:52

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Pics +1, I want an action shot of you giving it the "Full Cav" over the finish line with everyone else trailing in your wake... maybe leave out the rude gestures though!

Hahaha, here's hoping it's a sprint finish on Sunday then! (I'm hoping that anyway, I can't climb for love nor money!) - it'll be a good test of the bike if it is at least! Big Grin

Cav wishes he could swear as well as me Wink

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posted by mooleur [369 posts]
8th April 2014 - 13:58

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