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 Magazine - - Contents - by Gary Smith

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.

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