|Does anyone know Opera Bike?||Joel_T|
Apr 14, 2003 3:35 PM
Looking for a new bike,I've come across an unfamiliar (to me that is...) Italian brand named Opera Bike.
Has anyone encountered them before? they seem like top-on-the-line bikes, but I'd appreciate an honest opinion.
|Brought to you by the fine folks at Pinarello!(nm)||merckx56|
Apr 14, 2003 3:39 PM
|Can you hum a few bars? nm||firstrax|
Apr 14, 2003 4:41 PM
|Pinarello Opera - a fine machine. Visit their web site (nm)||Kerry|
Apr 14, 2003 4:48 PM
|re: Not Pinarello Opera...||Joel_T|
Apr 14, 2003 5:56 PM
Thanks for the replies. I know of the Pinarello Opera model,but that's not the bike I'm talking about - Opera Bike seems to be a company on its own (affiliated with Pinarello maybe).
Does anyone know how good their bikes are?
Apr 14, 2003 6:47 PM
|Joel, the Opera Brand is a Pinarello spinoff line. I have no idea why they would put out bikes under a new line, but they are built in the same factory to the same specs as the Pinarellos and seem to run about the same price. But they are very nice... they are Pinarellos.
I can only think it's to get bikes to dealers who want to carry Pinarellos but have another Pinarello dealer nearby...
|Go to www.pinarello.com||merckxman|
Apr 14, 2003 6:52 PM
|and on the home page click on the OPERA box. This will take you to an all italian language web site. Click on PRODUTTI, followed by BICICLETTE and then you can click through the 9 different bikes. I've seen OPERAs in Italian cycling stores. I'm not sure, but they seem produced by Pinarello mainly for the Italian market???|
|re: Does anyone know Opera Bike?||ParticleMan|
Apr 15, 2003 12:56 AM
OPERA is an off shoot of Pinarello, with its own factory and design and production teams. It is also managed by Fausto Pinarello himself. The emphasis is on high quality bikes with superb workmanship and exlusiveness. Its not easy to get hold of them, as many of the frames are being back ordered and supply is limited. However, I belive that wrenchscience.com has it in USA. Geometry and handling should be very similar to Pinarello. They come in 3 models -Carbon, Titanium and Scandium. Euro pro Team, Fakta uses them for this season, and they must obviously be really reliable. However, they are not cheap, and comes to the price of a Pinarello Prince SL. All the best!
|re: Does anyone know Opera Bike?||nelson|
Apr 15, 2003 8:06 AM
|The above is pretty accurate about Opera frames. They differ significantly from Pinarello in |
the materials used. Opera, as mentioned earlier, uses titanium, carbon tubes and scandium,
which are not available in the Pinarello line. Production is just now beginning to reach the US
and the Giorgione (Easton Scandium and carbon) is just now hitting dealers. At this point
there are not a lot of US dealers but they can be found at the importer's website - www.gitabike.com.
Team Fakta is indeed riding Opera bikes and, for 2003, they are a Division I team that will be
competing in the upcoming Giro d'Italia.
|re: Does anyone know Opera Bike?||Joel_T|
Apr 15, 2003 5:13 PM
|Thanks for everyone who has replied to my post!