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In 2008 I was approaching my 40th birthday, and I wanted to celebrate it with something special. So I ordered a custom built Maxima, after reading Marcel Wust’s excellent Review. (In fact anyone contemplating buying a Maxima should read his Pro Cycling test ride report). 6 weeks later after my first ride I was hooked on Viner’s! Many enjoyable miles have been shared with the Maxima, including some bumpy ones at the 2009 Ronde van Vlaanderen Sportive, where she handled the pave no problem. 2011 saw her debut in the alps and she didn’t disappoint. She helped me up the climbs and carved up the long descents, I had so much fun I’m already planning another alpine trip.

In 2010 I added a Kronus K1 TT bike to the shed. A real speed machine, this year she’s propelled me to my best racing season ever, smashing pb’s on all courses, including a sub 21 minute 10, and a few top ten placings.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Kbr permalink
    December 23, 2011 9:40 pm

    A quick summary of what Marcel was talking about.
    He explains that he previously tested the maxima. Then he enthuses about the customizing possibilities offered by Viner. (that’s the point when he points to the headset and the various sections of the frame. )
    And finishes it off with an indication of the price and a little joke about buying a used car for the same amount.
    He definitely likes the bike.

  2. jeremy g permalink
    January 24, 2012 4:53 pm

    Really interested to have found this website. As owner of a Viner Magister which is a standard Deda carbon frame assembled and branded by Viner, I am interested in an upgrade. What is difficult to discover is what each road frame provides differently as you climb through the pricelist. or is it just ‘buy the best you can afford’
    Riding hilly south devon, usually 15-40 miles plus some long sportives and trips to alps, any thoughts or ideas would be welcome ?
    many thanks

    • January 24, 2012 6:02 pm

      Hi Jeremy – glad you like the site. Frame choice is obviously dependent on budget and if you have a specific frame material in mind. As you’ve probably gathered most Viner frames are made-to-measure and built to order, so if you ordered through one of the Viner dealers, I would suggest you get a full fitting service so the bike would fit like a glove and as a result would be very comfortable, especially if you’re riding Sportives.

      The Aeternum is a stainless steel frame, steel usually has a more comfortable, compliant ride, but will still have stiffness in the right areas to help climbing. The made-to-measure carbon frames start with the Gladium, as you move up the range, they are made from better quality Toray carbon, which will result in lighter, stiffer and more responsive frames. The Mitus frame has usually been pitched as a ‘sportive’ frame (many of the Italian Gran Fondo teams use this frame, and is very popular in Italy as a Gran Fondo bike). The top of the range Maxima is fully custom, so that the carbon tubes are hand drawn, enabling Viner to build certain ride qualities in the frame. So this could be made to be more compliant for Sportives, or stiffer for crit racing etc.

      My brother’s Perfecta 2.11 should be built very soon – he will have a test ride report for me very soon.

      • jeremy g permalink
        January 30, 2012 7:58 pm

        thanks for taking the time to reply
        probably a better carbon frame is in my sights – i really need to take some onto the road to try them.
        my inclination is towards the perfecta due to budget so i will be very interested to hear how your brother gets on

  3. evanr permalink
    February 22, 2012 11:05 pm

    I have the 2012 Perfecta and it is magical. It climbs like a beast, yet is comfortable enough for all day riding. i have had many bikes, and this is the best frame i have ever owned.

  4. Laurie bridges permalink
    June 13, 2012 6:09 am

    I enjoy a custom Perfecta (58.5) Horizontal top tube 2010 with Wave Fork, Record Revolution Compact 11 speed 172.5mm 11-25, Shamal Ultra Wheels, Fortezza Quatro Tyres, Sella Turbomatic Team seat, 3T LTD Carbon Ergonova Bars and Stem, 3T Team Carbon seat post, Dura Ace Carbon pedals, Titanium Cages. I got it to ride the circuit at the Geelong Worlds, awesome. Every other bike brand moved at speed, Im 95kgs, so I went for the heavy duty/sprinter rear end with a slower geometry, wow it motors and is solid and smooth at 75kph. I think its about 7.2kgs which is cool for such a large bike (with cages and pedals). One day I would like to get a Maxima RS, but I cant see how it can get any better, yeah I love my Viner.

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