Buying a complete bike these days is a difficult choice. Lots of companies put together quality bikes for nearly every budget and skill level. Haro has been doing it for a long, long while and they sure have come a long way from the Blammo. The 2015 Haro Plaza is prime example of a quality mid/high end complete that'll make your decision for a new bike all that much more difficult…
I can only say this so many ways, so I might as well say this as direct as possible: the two most important words when looking for a complete bike are "chromoly" and "sealed." You want your bars, cranks (or aluminum), forks, and frame to be 100% chromoly if possible. Sometimes that's not an option when you're starting out and only spending a couple hundred bucks, but if you've been in the game for a year or so and are hard on a bike, spend the extra money. You'll notice that in the features list below that the Plaza is well-chromoly-equipped, even adding a butted top tube on the frame to keep the weight down. Sealed is slightly less crucial to your safety, but still something to look out for as it assures that anything that spins or rotates will last you a good while. Eagle eye those specs again and you'll find the Plaza has a sealed bottom bracket , headset, and most importantly, wheels.
With the main bits sorted and strong, glance through the list and find all the nuances are in order. Internal threaded steer tube. Tapered fork legs. CNC'd aluminum front load stem. 28/9 gearing. Double wall rims with female axle bolts. Big boy 2.4" tires. Tripod seat/seat post. Yeah, you're well set.
From there, we talk preference. Long top tube, big bars, big tires…we all know you guys like the same shit these days. But incase you're picky, Haro does offer the Plaza in two different sizes (20.5" top tube with 8.5" tall bars or 21" top tube with 8.75" bars) and two different color options (both are dope, in my opinion).With all the checkpoints in order, it's pretty damn easy to see that the Plaza is a hell of a bike for the $619.99 MSRP. But actually, I know a spot that you can pick it up for 512.95 and that's before you enter the promo code RIDE15 for 15% off…
Check out the 2015 Haro Complete Bike video…
- 100% chromoly frame with butted top tube, Mid BB shell, integrated head tube, welded seat clamp, 20.5″ or 21″ top tube length and removable brake and cable mounts
- 100% chromoly fork with one piece, internal threaded steer tube and tapered legs
- 100% chromoly bars 8.50″ (on 20.5″) or 8.75″ (on 21″) with Haro Lineage CNC alloy front load stem
- 2-piece chromoly 8-spline 175mm cranks with Haro Lineage 28T CNC alloy sprocket and sealed Mid BB
- 28/9 gearing
- Fully sealed wheels with Haro double-wall alloy rims and female front axle hub
- Haro La Mesa tires 2.4″ front and rear
- Haro padded Tri-pod seat with alloy Tri-pod post
- Haro “Recycled” plastic pedals
- Haro Team grips
- KMC K710SL super light chain
- Head Tube Angle: 75 degrees
- Seat Angle: 71.5 degrees
- Top Tube: 20.5" or 21"
- Seat Tube: 10.25"
- Chainstay: 13.75"
- BB Height: 11.5"
- Stand Over Height: 21.5"
- Colors: Matte Black, SG Dark Blue,
- Weight: 24 lbs.