NOW SOLD This is my Opera Canova 2010 49cm Red (Bottom Left in Image) which I bought for £1,549.99 in September 2010 (18 months old) The list price then was ~£2250 – from memory I got 30% list price. I bought it for three reasons: firstly it had the Pinarello heritage and looks; secondly, for the price you get the stronger frame at 30NM rather than 20NM; and lastly the reviews were all good with comments including Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Lightweight, Good Fit, Versatile; Unique. The only negatives given were: lack of components options, Limited Color Choices, Poor Fit and poor setup.
With such amazing reviews you might wonder why I’m selling. I have another cheaper road bike and bought this to do Sportives on but in 18 months I only entered one and did that a day early to avoid taking the Opera out in the rain! Yes, you did read that right its never got dirty let alone wet – I’ve only taken it out on dry days. I’m also a kitesurfer and sailor who would really like to buy a new boat – this is basically funding that. Time is so limited I have to realise that I cannot do everything and there is no point keeping such a lovely bike if I’m not going to use it – rode it maybe twice last year as I had shoulder operation in Feb which kept me off it for 6 months.
The is what Wiggle said about the bike….
A big success of last season, Canova has a 30HM12K monocoque carbon fibre frame and is equipped with state of the art components and OPUS carbon fibre rear triangle and fork derived from Pinarello. Opera bikes are part of the Pinarello family and share all of the innovation and design-led focus which has seen Pinarello become a celebrated brand the world over. Like any Italian road bike, Opera bikes are a thing of beauty.
Frame: Carbon 30HM12K
Fork: Opus Carbon 30HM12K 1 1/8″ – 1 1/4″ integral system designed and engineered by Pinarello
Frame Weight: 1250g (Size 54)
Bottom Bracket: MOST Croxover
Groupset: Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed
Chainset: MOST Lynx C3
Brakes: MOST B-Max Force
Seat Post: MOST Tail C Alu
Handlebar: MOST TigerMax
Stem: MOST TigerMax carbon
Saddle: MOST Leopard
Tyres: Continental UltraSport
Wheels: MOST WildCat F3 Road
I bought Look Keo 2 Max Pedals in White to match the bike.