Opera Palladio Frames

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Palladio

  • Built from oversized titanium tubes
  • The beefy cross-section of the Palladio's tubes ensure that it will have adequate stiffness
  • It has a carbon fiber seatstay monostay

User Reviews (3)

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Jesper Falk   Recreational Rider [Mar 26, 2008]
Strength:

Wonderful finish
Very comfy and highly stable geometry
Made of last-forever- 3/2.5 titanium (not crispy 6/4).
Classic horisontal geometry - when it fits, you can't beat the feeling.
Italian sense of fine details.
Rare, you'll be the only one the hood to ride one.

Weakness:

Price. It's - frankly - extremely expensive.
Not overly well suited for climbing

Absolutely fantastic bike! Originally I build it for hot summerdays, but it's now my winterbike. Yes, I know it's a scandal, but the bike is just awesome when it comes to comfort and longdistance riding. It has a kind of welcomming feel to it that you don't find anywhere else. It's surprisingly stable at high speed, tracks very well on descents, so you have a relaxed handling in all cases. Finish is absolutely stunning, I have the rare blue/white clear coated frame. Craftmanship is unmistakeably italian, with love and attention for detail. Great bike.

Similar Products Used: many! I have owned 10 bikes - and tried even more over the years
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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Circles   Road Racer [Feb 24, 2006]
Strength:

smooth handling descends well

Weakness:

none.

this bike is awesome! My previous ride was a trek 5200 so the balance, stiffness, and overall smoothness of the ride was very noticeable. The welds are a work of art as well as the paint job. Definitely a bike I can hold on to for years to come.

Similar Products Used: Trek 5200 Specialized Allez
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
jsevil   Recreational Rider [Aug 09, 2005]
Strength:

Comfort, stiffness, versatility, and quality of build.

Weakness:

- Price (It's up to $2700 since the euro strengthened) but its still cheaper than the CT-2 and other comparable high end Ti -3/2.5 Ti instead of 6/4 although I don't consider this a weakness unless you're a beefy rider.

This is one great bike. Yes, the Ti is a bit heavier than its carbon or alu peers, but the ride is just amazing. It's stiff enough for sprints and climbing out of the saddle and comfortable enough to go all day. The geometry is similar to the Pinarello Prince, but a bit more laid back and less twitchy. It hugs curves with ease, descends with confidence, and responds when you want to lay down the hammer. I've piled on over 15,000 miles on this bike on club rides, centuries, crits, and in hills, flats, crappy roads, etc. Its a great all around bike. After riding steel for 20 years, I wanted something that would provide the same comfort without sacrificing performance. The Palladio delivers and it's damn sexy! It is unmistakably Italian. The finish is gorgeous. My understanding is that the Palladios haven't sold very well. I don't know why. If you are looking for Ti, in my opinion, the only frame in its class is the CT-2. Litespeed, Moots, Merlin, et al pale in comparison. Even the high end models. The quality of the build is evident, unmistakably high end Pinarello. This is definitely a closely held secret.

Similar Products Used: Various Colombus SL steel frames from 80-90s, Litespeed, various Alu frames, Trek 5200, Colnago CT-1
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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