Can Kuota's Korsa Lite really offer a Champagne finish on a lemonade budget
Kuota, on the other hand, reckons value for money should still buy you a whole lot of choice - and there's a unique set of speccing options that lets you achieve that.
The Korsa may be Kuota's entry-level road bike, but it certainly carries the same passion and style as bikes further up the Kuota food chain.
The Korsa Lite is a good all-rounder. The frame's geometry allowed me to achieve my preferred punchy and low racing position, and being triple butted it felt plenty willing when pressing on the pedals. However, a few minor tweaks using the provided spacers meant I was also able to achieve a more upright and relaxed ride if needed.
Teaming the 7005 aluminium alloy frame with a carbon fork keeps road buzz to a minimum, and the weight for a size small frame and fork totals 1,760g - it's not the lightest, but certainly not the heaviest ever tested.
There's a lot to like about the good-looking Korsa; generally, the handling felt stable and predictable, inspiring confidence on the Peak District descents where we gave the bike its first outing. We did get a bit blown about in a forceful sidewind, but couldn't tell whether this was due to the Shimano R500 wheels, blade-like forks or tube construction, or (most likely) a combination of them all.
What really stands out is the champagne finish on what is effectively a lemonade budget. Options include groupset make, cassette size, bar width and tape, and, for a slight price increase, even wheels and tyres. But it's the smallest things that really did it for us - choosing the colour of the cable outer and, best of all, for the full pro feel and look, your name on your top tube. All of that for less than a grand, a mighty fine purchase in our opinion.
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