Opus Vivace 2.0
The 2017 Vivace line is a wild departure from everything Opus has done up until now. The company’s top-end models have paved the way for the development of its Road bikes, and this year heralds a new image for the line. The Vivace bikes look super-sharp b
Pedal was super-excited to test the Vivace 2.0. With its clean, crisp lines and angular tubing, it is a clean departure from the round shapes of the past, creating a new innovative look and feel. Also aesthetically pleasing is the robotic-looking red-and-black colour scheme that is a stunning combination as the bike rolls down the road. The sharp lines on the frame accentuate the finely machined look of the TRP disc brakes, which together with the paint scheme create an extraordinary visual effect.
Opus claims it has redesigned the Vivace series for cyclists seeking a purpose-built performance machine that can excel in all conditions. Weekend warriors and fondo riders looking for a flashy new rig are the target audience that Opus hopes to excite.
The Vivace 2.0 rides with predictable precision, providing one with a feeling of reassurance and calm, as the initial tracking is solid and straight. The Shimano 105 11-speed gruppo is a reliable companion, and despite the feeling of steadiness, the bike reacts quite quickly on downhill switchbacks, which only increases one’s confidence.
Opus touts the Vivace as a bike designed for pure speed and performance, one that will be up to the task of anything you have planned for it. Performance was tested in a series of sprinting exercises, with little to no lateral sensations and an even transfer of power straight ahead. This bike has the ability to appeal to a broad spectrum of riders, from novice to very experienced.
There is no denying that disc-brake innovation and engineering are here to stay despite Union Cycliste Internationale’s inability to integrate its use into the Pro peloton in a smooth transition. The brakes’ obvious stopping power aside, they have the ability to transform a ride, as they change the entire build.
The Vivace 2.0 comes dressed with an amazing pair of Mavic Ksyrium wheels, which have more than proven their ability to provide a strong, smooth ride under any bike. Although the Vivace 2.0 was designed with plenty of room to fit a nice, cushy pair of 28mm tires in the frame, I couldn’t help but wish
The Vivace bikes look super-sharp because Opus has certainly spent some time on aesthetics.
there was more room. I’d love to take advantage of the disc brakes and thruaxle and have enough clearance for a big fat tire to shred some gravel on.
The best thing to do with a bike such as this is enjoy the heck out of it with your buddies for weekend excursions and any fondo you fancy because the Vivace 2.0 handles incredibly well and rides smoother than suede. This bike offers great value with a stable, dependable feel and a look that will make your riding partners envious every time they lay their eyes on it.