Moda Vivo road bike review

Moda, which is born and bred in the UK, brings the new Vivo to replace the Prima model.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

For a pound shy of £1,500 we tried the ‘Factory Build’ option that included Moda’s own Barelli-branded brakes and finishing kit. Both proved to be as pleasing in performance as they are aesthetically and not — as is so often the case — a compromise to the chosen groupset, in the Vivo’s case Shimano’s third-tier 10-speed 105. Forget about aluminium being the cheap option. Now, particularly at this price point, it’s simply another perfectly acceptable alternative.

Reasons to buy
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    Very low in weight

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    Responsive wheelset

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    Stylish own brand Barelli kit

Reasons to avoid
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    Riders with big feet may catch heels on the bulbous chainstays

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    Band-on front mech looks cheap

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While both manufacturer and model name could conjure up images of a Tuscan assembly line full of Italian passione, the truth is that five-year-old firm Moda is born and bred in the UK, a fact proudly declared on the head tube for all to see.

The Derbyshire-built Vivo  — meaning ‘lively’ in Italian — replaces the very similarly styled Prima in Moda’s 11-bike road range. Unusually, the Prima used a blend of butted aluminium and carbon-fibre, the latter material being used for the seat stays as well as the fork to improve comfort and to rid the bike of some of the ‘buzz’ often associated with aluminium road bikes.

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