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I am swapping out the stem soon, and maybe getting some compact/shallow bars. It's fast...

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I wish they had offered a solid black like the Orca . I love the frame lines on that bike. Upgrade to 3T Ergonova (short shallow) you will love them. and that bottle cage, it simply must go! put some carbon cages on - the zipps are cheap on ebay... another suggestion, i'd dump the zeus post on ebay and get a thompson, those Zeus posts aren't great...

Awesome bike though, I almost built one up this spring, but supply issues made me impatient so I just went with an Orca... blue actually (white bar tape looks awesome on the blue frame, picture is in the larger post...)
 

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The problem with the blue is matching wheels and other parts as red/black combo is dominant right now. Look at your Bicycling mag and probably 75% of the bikes are red/black.

I am changing out all of my Zeus parts. Stem Deda, seat post 3T Doric LTD, bars 3T Ergonova (nice call). Yes, the bottle cage isn't the coolest, but it works and I have found that I can easily grab and replace bottles without looking, at high speeds.

The one complaint I have with the looks of the new Opal is the carbon weave, or lack there of...not very consistent. My previous bike was a Scott CR1, which I loved. My Opal is stiffer, stronger and feels faster. This may sound weird, but sometimes I think the bike wants to go faster than I can push it.:eek:ut: I am hooked on Orbea frames for life.
 

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MeLikeyBikey said:
The problem with the blue is matching wheels and other parts as red/black combo is dominant right now.
You are so right about red/black! So far, you're doing a great job of matching your blue/black scheme. Looks nice :thumbsup:
 

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Seriously looking at the '09 Opal myself; my local shop is working on his rep to get me a demo. How do you find the ride? What is your background?

I'm mostly a mountain bike racer, expert class, train on the rode in fast group rides, but rarely race on the road. I'm a bit concerned that the '09 Opal may be too stiff/punishing for my tastes, so I'm curious on your impressions. The looks are awesome, the price is right for my budget, and I'm hoping i enjoy my test ride...
 
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