At Interbike 2014, we spotted a few models from Opus’s 2015 cyclocross lineup, including their top performance model, the Stelle 1.0, and their budget-oriented cyclocross bike, the Spark 3.0. By many standards, Opus is a relatively new company, starting in Canada in 2000 with road bikes. Expanding to meet the needs of commuters, and sharing their love for mountain bikes, Opus quickly grew to explore more niches of the bike industry, including cyclocross.
The Opus Stelle 1.0’s seat stays arc to the rear dropouts in a way that reminds us of the Niner’s BSB rear triangle, but here the comparison stops. The arc extends through the top tube in an elegant, more road bike like design, far different than the beefy mountain bike top tube of the BSB. The Stelle 1.0’s frame is crafted from T700 carbon fiber, and the build comes with Ultegra Di2 with hydraulic disc brakes.
While the Di2 wires are internally routed, the rear hydraulic line is attached on the bottom of the downtube, which is an interesting choice that might complicate the cleaning job or interfere with those who like to shoulder the bike with their hand below the downtube rather than in front of the head tube.
The Stelle 1.0 is priced at $5034.99, and also comes with Easton wheels, stem, seatpost and handlebars, along with Schwalbe Racing Ralphs for tires.
The claimed weight of the Stelle 1.0 is a touch above 19lbs, and will come in five different sizes: 51, 53, 55, 57, and 59.
The Opus Spark 3.0, priced at $1179, is their entry-level cyclocross bike with an aluminum frame and fork, with a claimed weight just above 22lbs. The Spark 3.0 is more commuter friendly, and comes with cantilevers rather than disc brakes, along with many built-in-house components for the stem, seat post, and handlebars.
The Spark 3.0 comes fully built with Shimano wheels and a Shimano Sora drivetrain. They will come in six sizes, even rather than odd for the aluminum models: 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60.
For more information: opusbike.com