Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pros:

  • Built to order
  • Light
  • Good ride quality

Cons:

  • Basic, but functional, wheels

Product:

Kuota Korsa Lite

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£999.00
This product is featured in: £1000 bike test 2012.

Kuota bikes are built to order; you can spec the correct crank length, bar width, stem length, even your preferred gear ratios.

The Korsa Lite is the lightest of the aluminium bikes here. It’s the only SRAM-equipped machine, and the Apex kit delivers crisp, reliable shifting.

A sleek-looking carbon fork is in slight contrast to what is quite an agricultural-looking oversized aluminium frameset, with some hefty welds, but the combination is hard to fault out on the road. It’s an inspiring ride, at this price, both sprightly and lively but never nervous.

Initial concerns about ‘own branded’ brake calipers were soon quashed; they actually providing a better performance than many branded alternatives.

Verdict

Deda Elementi finishing kit along with a San Marco saddle all add further desirability. If anything has been compromised, it’s the wheels. R500s are basic, but we didn’t notice a lack of performance from them, so it’s hard to dish out too severe a punishment for skimping, even though it’s usually not somewhere we’d recommend cutting corners.

Full Specification

Frame:
Alloy
Group Set:
SRAM Apex/own brand brakes

Tyres:
Continental
Ultra Sport
Weight:
8.72kg, (19.04lb)

Wheels:
Shimano R500
Supplier:
www.dhwagencies.com