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2007 Opus Triton - product review

Old 10-22-07, 01:58 PM
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2007 Opus Triton - product review

Hi all.

There isn't a lot of information on Opus bikes here in the forums, so I thought I'd put together a little ride report/product review for my new Triton to help anyone checking out this brand. In shopping around, I had compared the Trek 1500 and 1600, the Specialized Allez Elite, and the Opus Triton. Mainly due to a late season sale price, I opted to buy the Triton.

My overall impression is positive. Though my fitness level isn't what it could be, and I probably didn't really put it through it's paces, I am really enjoying the Triton. A bike that retails for less than 1500$ (and became much cheaper by the end of the season) and comes equiped with carbon fork, a 105 10sp group and an Ultegra rear derailleur is pretty good value in my book. The fit was good right off the bat, so once I'd replaced the cheap pedals that came with it I was off.

My ride started in the city, with my ultimate destination the Gatineau Parc just across the provincial border for a run at some of the hills. I'd like to blame the bike for the slow climbing I did, but in reality I just don't have the lungs these days. (A month of persistant phlemy coughing will take the punch out of your climb!) The 10 speed compact double was great, and I felt a big improvement from the 8sp triple I used to ride. Somewhat embarassingly, I had trouble remembering how to shift with the two paddle system. A number of times I caught myself either looking for the Sora thumb lever, or reaching for the downtube! That's muscle memory for you. I'm sure I'll adjust, since the new system was generally very easy to use.

On decents the bike felt pretty stable, with lots of top end gearing to push the speed higher. There was at times a bit of shakiness, but I think this was due to a combination of the windy day and the wider blades on the time-trial variety fork. At one point, a dog appeared out of the woods at the side of the trail, and the braking seemed adequate in the Tektro r350 brakes. When the pads wear out, I'll put on something better there. I'm also happy with the Vittoria Zaffiro tires, which kept me solidly on the road.

The seat and bars are by Ora, the Opus house brand. The bar was unremarkable, though I would have preferred a slightly narrower one, and the seat pretty comfortable. This actually surprised me, since I thought I wouldn't like the seat. I guess it's true: you can't always judge a book by it's cover.

The only area where I'd say this bike is weak is in the aestetics of the frame; specifically, pretty ugly mass production welding. I would say that the other bikes I looked at suffer similarly, so maybe it's inevidible at this price point. My other complaint is with the trim function in the front shifter. It seemed very inconsistent and somewhat clunky at times. I am still trying to figure out if it's the product, or just the adjustment. Either way, with 10 in the back I'm not using the front nearly as much as I was, so it's not a huge issue. Finally, the Triton comes fitted with an RX 2.0 top mounted lever set. I thought these were superfluous, so I had them removed. (I stashed them away to use on a single-speed or fixie project).

That's about all I've got to say on this for now, but if anyone has specific questions that I haven't covered here, I can try to give you some feedback.

If you want to see a pic, check out this link: https://www.opusbike.com/pdf/Triton07.jpg

Cheers,
Neil
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Have an Opus Allegro myself - which seems to be fairly similar, but with a full carbon frame.

Tis nice.
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Originally Posted by Treefox
... a full carbon frame.

Tis nice.
Ah yes, no ugly welds in carbon! Perhaps one day....
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Got it for $1800 Canadian - down from $2800.

(as an 06 model former shop demo)
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I also own the Opus Triton, I have been quite impressed with it so far, it is somewhat light, handles well and also somewhat aero.
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Looking at buying my first road bike. One of the local shops has an Opus Allegro for sale. Carbon frame with 105/Ultegra drivetrain. Asking $1800 for the bike. Seems like good value. If you're still riding your Opus, what has your experience been like? How long is a typical warranty on a bike frame?
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