Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes: cannondale six13, Fuji Opus, CAAD2 T, Astrix Rook
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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?