Hi Everyone. I am just starting out and have the opportunity to buy 1 of 2 really great bikes. They are at the same price point, so it really comes down to bike feel and quality I guess.
1st bike is a 2008 Opera. The owner says he thinks it has about 3000 miles on it. It has full Campy Record 10 Gruppo and the cassette has just been replaced with a Campagnolo Veloce Ultra Drive 10 speed cassette. The Frame has quite a few rubbed off paint areas from the rack the current owner has. The wear pattern and location are pretty compelling to believe this. This bike rides like the wind to be honest. Going up hill I found that it was going faster than I could pedal sometimes before I even realized it.
2nd bike is a 2005 Trek Madone 5.9. It has full Dura Ace and is basically in show room shape. Never been ridden in the rain, looks like it hasn't even been sneezed on. I haven't had the opportunity to ride this bike, and if I do go ride it I miss out on the Opera.
I hear a lot about Trek from the guys I work with, but I've never heard of Opera. I am just looking for some honest opinions on the quality/longevity of these 2 bikes when compared with each other. Thanks in advance!