Moda Nocturne review

For those who ride fast all year

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £2,299.00 RRP

Our review

A fast, four-seasons machine, but we’d make some minor changes before winter
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Moda’s titanium audax bike has been designed with winter riding in mind, but the beautifully finished frame and racy wheels and tyres deserve some summer outings too. There’s nothing sleepy about the Nocturne when it comes to speed, and the spec sheet is tempting, too.

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  • Highs: The Moda climbs well and corners hard. To our eyes the frame is a beauty, too. We love the polished finish and etched graphics.
  • Lows: Stiff wheels and skinny tyres mean the Nocturne isn’t as comfortable as some rivals. Curved mudguards would offer better protection from spray than the Nocturne’s flat ones.
  • Buy if: You want one bike for summer sportives, winter training and even the odd race.

The Nocturne is titanium wearing its Sunday best. The highly polished frame and etched graphics look fabulous, while butted tubes keep the frame’s weight down. Get up close and the neat, precise welds only add to the impression of quality.

It’s willing to play when the road gets twisty, needing little persuasion to change direction quickly or hold a tight line. That said, it’s also stable enough to be a relaxed ride after many hours of pedalling. The Moda’s tall head tube will suit riders whose backs give out long before their legs, which is great for sportives or audax riding.

But that’s not to say the Nocturne isn’t made to go fast. The American Classic Victory wheels are light and stiff, helping the Moda fly up hills. Skinny Kenda tyres also keep the rotating mass down and the average speed up. In fact, with the mudguards left in the shed we’d happily race on the Nocturne.

Those same wheels and tyres are less forgiving than you’d expect of a bike designed for four-seasons riding, though. In isolation the Nocturne is comfortable enough, but you feel more shaken by rough roads than on some other titanium bikes.

We’d consider trading a little speed for more comfort by fitting wider tyres. Heavier-duty mudguards are another possible upgrade before winter rolls around. Blade style guards might have a certain minimalist cool, but ’guards which curve around the tyre do a better job of protecting you and the bike from spray.

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This style of bike often earns its keep as a fast commuter during the week. The Moda has mounting points for a rack on the seatstays, but the luggage carrier would have to share the mudguard eyelets down at the rear axle. That’s not the end of the world, but if you do plan to carry loads, separate mounting points can be a better bet.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Nocturne (11)
Brand Moda

Description Sizes: 44, 48, 52, 56cm , kenda kaliente L3R pro 700x23 tyres
Rear Wheel Weight 1515
Top Tube (cm) 58.5
Standover Height (cm) 82
Seat Tube (cm) 51
Chainstays (cm) 42.5
Bottom Bracket Height (cm) 27
Weight (lb) 19
Weight (kg) 8.63
Stem Barelli carbon wrap alloy 11cm, 11/8in x oversized
Shifters SRAM Apex Double Tap
Seatpost Barelli carbon wrap alloy, 31.6x350mm, twin-bolt clamp
Seat Angle 72
Saddle Barelli, padded vinyl, chromoly rails
Rims American Classic Victory, 24 spokes radial front, 28 3-cross rear
Rear Derailleur SRAM Apex short cage
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXp external alloy cups, sealed cartridges
Headset Type Integrated 11/8in aheadset, sealed cartridges
Head Angle 72
Handlebar Barelli alloy shallow anatomic, 44cm c-c oversized
Front Wheel Weight 1045
Front Derailleur SRAM Apex
Frame Weight 1624
Frame Material LDT butted titanium, replaceable gear hange
Fork Weight 520
Fork Carbon blades, alloy 1 1/8in steerer
Cranks SRAM Apex alloy 50/34 compact, 172.5mm arms
Chain SRAM pC 1051
Cassette SRAM pG1050 11-26 10spd
Brakes Tektro R538 forged alloy dual pivot
Wheelbase (cm) 103