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Moda Bolero and Rubato cycles 2011
Coming in at £999.99, these two machines are the right side of the psychological barrier, but unlike many other similar bikes, they have been designed and specced by people who have thought about the real world, rather than a spreadsheet.
Moda wanted to produce both a summer and winter bike that rode well and was accessible to more people, as well as being acceptable to serious riders after a second bike.
To begin the process, they sat down and began writing their wish list: decent wheels, a stiff and comfy carbon fork and a lightweight frame with decent geometry. From there, they filled the gaps in order of their viewed importance.
The cool-coloured winter Rubato and the bright, sunny Bolero both use American Classic Victory wheels shod with decent Kenda tyres. High-modulus carbon forks should keep the front end on the straight and narrow and these two - with the double-butted framesets - go a long way to keeping the weight to a very respectable claimed 18lb.
Microshift and SRAM combos provide the go stuff, with Barelli-branded calipers taking care of the stopping.
While less well known, the Microshift shifters and mechs proved more reliable and match the high-end look according to Moda's test pilots. We'll be putting a Rubato through some serious neglect in the coming months, so we'll see if the claim stands up, but if first looks are anything to go by - Moda are onto a winner with this pair.
Moda Rubato (left) and Bolero (right)
Unfamiliar micro-shift gears
Micro-shift mixes it with SRAM
Nice and long head tube