Moda Tempo 2 review

Moda Tempo
Cycling Weekly Verdict

When built well, frames of this ilk rode superbly, and the Tempo had those instantly likeable tendencies: stiff and flighty off the mark, nimble through turns with precise handling and lots of feedback. Don't expect a flying carpet ride though. What it boils down to is it was fun to ride, and with the spec, it's a safe bet for the price.

Reasons to buy
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    Good value

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    Ultegra groupset

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    Good quality wheels

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    'Classic' frame feel

Reasons to avoid
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    Harsher ride than carbon fibre

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UK brand Moda is a collaboration between a premium Far-Eastern frame manufacturer and a small group of Derbyshire-based riders. Value without compromise is the company's ethos, and the Tempo is the starting point - Moda's entry-level road bike costs £1,599.99.

A complete Ultegra 6700 groupset, and an American Classic wheelset are signs Moda is preparing to stand up and be counted. That's certainly good value, and kit that won't let you down. Bareli finishing kit may not look quite as posh as bigger brand names, but performance on a budget is what Moda needs, and it delivers.

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