Welcome to the very small Opus Owners Group! (OOG). There's a few of us here on C&V, very few. Mine's an '84, yours looks like a very nice frame for $50. I'm pretty sure you'll find the seat post to be a 26.8. Did you post the serial number on the Fuji Serial Number Database?
Any ideas how you'll build it up?
Last edited by ScottRyder; 02-10-09 at 09:44 AM.
Reason: seat post should be 26.8, not 26.6
For now I think I want to make it my singlespeed ride but ideally get parts that when I want to build back up, I can re-use the parts. No fancy Deep Vs. Just a good old fashioned, classy ss ride.
This frame was perfect because it was gorgeous, fast, light, and a frameset waiting to be rescued from being butchered by a college kid. At least I didn't have to "break down" a working bike.
Anyway, I"ll be looking for wheels (rim and flip flop hub), crank, brakes and maybe seat post. Probably a nice nitto stem too. I'd like to keep the understated, elegance of the frame and not bling it all up like some old lady trying to look 30.
I hardly ever post, but any mention of an Opus III catches my attention.
I have an 84' repainted Opus (60cm). I haven't respaced the rear but rather run a 7 speed shimano with Campy Athena 8 speed shifters. Mavic GL 330 rims with Panaracer tubulars, Sugino mighty crank, Superbe Pro fr der, DiaCompe brakes.
Having a Cannondale CAAD 7, 2003 Raleigh Team edition, allows me to make a pretty fair comparison between vintage steel and modern alum/carbon. The Opus is just so darn comfortable to ride. My CAAD7 is definetly lighter by 3lbs, stiffer, faster in some situations, has 3 more cogs, and better brakes.
These Opus frames seem to be something really special. I can't imagine a new Waterford riding much better. Can anyone comment on how these old frames compare to new tubesets?