A few weeks ago, I pulled the trigger on a Cervelo R3. After test riding a few other bikes in the same class, I decided on the R3. I have ~ 500 miles on the bike and I have competed in three sanctioned races: the Mount Diablo Hill Climb 10K ITT and two 44 mile road races.
It is equipped with D/A except for the rear cassette which is SRAM red 11/26. The carbon cranks are a demo set of IRD while I determine which power meter I am going to get. It is between the Quarq and the Ergomo. It has carbon handlebars and an aluminum stem with carbon overlay. The pedals are the new D/A SPD-SL. The wheels are Bontrager Race XXX Lite OLCV Carbon Clinchers with Conti GP 4000s tires. For now, I have a wired Cateye electronics with cadence. The weight as pictured is ~15.9 pounds for a 58 cm frame.
I have the compact double 50/34 with the SRAM Red 11/26 10 speed cassette.
Having a bike fit the way it should makes all the difference in the world. Today I only got in 18 miles but I did 63+ yesterday on the 1600 so this was just a day after ride for me. Over the next few days I'll try to get out and really run it but my first impressions are very satisfactory.
I have since changed bike shops and with the help of their great staff I finally got my dream ride put together. Been a long time since I had such a good fitting bike.
Frame is a Look 585 Optimum with all D/A except for the FSA SL-K Carbon Crank and Mega Expo Ceramic Bottom Bracket. Ritchey Matrix Carbon Stem and Evolution Bars, Easton EC90 Carbon Seat Post, my Red Sella Italia SLR Gel Flow from my previous ride, a Mavic WinTech ES Computer, Mavic Ksyrium ES Wheels, Conti GP 4000 Tires, BBB Carbon Bottle Brackets and Keo Sprint Pedals
After my first short ride all I can say is what a dream. I was in such a rush to ride it after I got home that I forgot my gloves. Since we used some Fizik gel under the Red Fizik tape together with this superb carbon frame and full carbon fork I hardly missed my gloves.
Thanks to everyone on this forum for their help with some of my more inane questions as I performed my due diligence the second time around. The questions may have seemed weird but there is a method to my madness.
By the way, One of the things I learned is that there is a vast difference in release force between the Ultegra SPD-SL pedal and the Look Keo Sprint. If you have knees like mine that have seen a dislocation or two in the past, you will appreciate the ease of exiting out of the Keo. Regardless of how the Shimano's were adjusted, they were much harder to get out of.
I stopped at the LBS today and picked up the new bike...Trek 520. I love it! Of course it's black
It's currently resting in the family room since it's cold in the garage I still have a few things to do before I take it for a ride. I need to add the water cages, tool kit, trunk bag and adjust the seat. I'll give the Bontrager saddle a chance but I have a Brooks in the garage that I think will look good on this one.
I've decided to sell the 1800C as I've only put 50 miles on it in the last two years. No sense in letting a good bike sit in the garage. Besides it's just a tad too big for me
Got a KHS 4 inch travel bike and stuck a 5 inch fork on it, (misguided upgrade). Still have to dial in the fit, seatpost, stem, and the suspension setings. As it is, it is so fast over rocks and washboard that it makes me worry that I might not be able to control myself. Took it out today after work on some local fire roads and a little singletrack.
Velodiva and I have been working on this dream TT bike for many months. This week we took delivery of a 2008 Orbea Ordu Time Trial bike for Velodiva. It is totally wicked and everyone who has seen it in person is blown away (including us) by the technology and frame design. Demitriy, Velodiva’s cycling coach said, “this is a bike to set records with”. The frame and fork are carbon and the build was designed to use carbon to the max. It has Easton carbon TT aerobars that match the weave of the carbon frame with carbon brake levers and a carbon saddle with titanium rails. The crankset 53/39, brakes and derailleur are Dura Ace and the rear cassette is an 11/23 10 speed. The wheels are Easton carbons tubulars with Swiss Stop brake pads. The pedals are the newly designed Dura Ace SPD SL. To assist Velodiva in modulating speed in team time trials, there is a third brake lever by HED that controls the front brake via a splitter.
So what weighs 59 lbs., has a 91 inch wheelbase and is
human powered? Well we bought one, used. It's a 2004
model without a scratch on it. It seems mechanically
excellent and comes with a rear rack, trunk, computer,
mirror and a couple bottle cages. Below is a stock photo
of one the same color as ours. We expect to take delivery
on it on Friday evening.
I was restless last night... the nerves were tight... did I really know what I was doing?
I jumped out of bed this morning and looked out the window. Yes!
A more beautiful Spring morning could not be...
Ate, drank some coffee.
Went out to the garage and pulled the Brooks off of the LeMond. Goodbye my friend.
Drove into the City in a dream. Did I really know what I was doing? Wait! I said that already.
The set the Giant up for me, threw on my Brooks. Everything was exactly as I wanted it.
She said, "You want to take it out for a bit and see if it's right?"
I asked if she wanted my credit card. "No, I trust you"
I took it out, it was right. I went back and paid for it. Ohmygawd... it's mine
And off I went.
Pretty much the same loop I did on Saturday only this time I crossed the bridge when I same to it.
It was a bit breezy and chilly when I started but as I got rolling, I didn't even notice anymore.
I was afraid that it would feel different -somehow wrong- after I paid. No. It felt right. Really, really right.
I went back to the shop to get my stuff they were holding for me and I sort of felt like I was supposed to give the bike back to them. I mean, that's how it went the last two times I rode it. But not this time.
That's my story, I'm sticking to it.
Here are some shots from the day.
The search is over. Today we pulled the trigger on two Roubaix Expert Triples. Mine is the same one I rode week before last (brand new, I'm the only rider), and Hubby's will arrive at the shop mid-week.
I rode mine again today when we returned the C'dales. The owner put on a different stem which put my hands about an inch closer to me. He and I went for a ride and I immediately felt the difference. Aaaaaahhhhhhh, we're getting there! I was also happy to notice that I am over the initial way-too-stretched-out feeling I had on the first ride 2 weeks ago. Our ride last weekend was cut short only due to my shoe being WAY too tight even after lacing it looser (I've since exchanged them for the non-WSD version).... otherwise, I could have ridden longer, and I had no pain or stiffness later that day or the next day.
Hubby tested a 61cm Allez with a different stem angled higher, and came back smiling. With the taller head tube that comes on the Roubaix and narrower bars (recommended by the fitter), he now knows that with the proper adjustments, he'll be happy on the 61cm Roubaix. He has studied the numbers and his instincts about feeling better on the next size bike have been right all along (he's all legs).
The bikes should arrive next week and we may have them by next Saturday. The fitter will do a quick fitting on the trainer before we take them home. Then, he recommends that we ride 200-300 miles to get acclimated on these bikes before he does the full computerized fitting, since I am moving from a hybrid. I completely agree with that philosophy. Later, I'll consider clipless and they said I could learn on the trainer in the shop.
I can't say enough about how great this shop has been. The owner has been out front the whole time and very actively involved in setting up the bikes, changing bars and stems, getting us fitted as best as possible on a trainer before sending us home with them, loaning them to us for free, and even making a stop at our house after work to make a small adjustment on one of them. They offer free lifetime maintenance on the bikes and even offered to take them to the shop himself when they need it. He said fit is primary (I already knew that, but it's great to hear that's the owner's philosophy as well), and promised that they will get us fitted so that the bikes fit us like a glove.
My new steed........ On mine, the tires have red side walls... not sure if I want to keep those or change out to all black. I'd hate to detract from the beautiful frame, the beauty of which is not captured by the photo.
They said it couldn't be done.
They said the universe would collapse onto itself.
They said there would be a warm day in Wisconsin in January.
They said DG would turn over in his grave.
Yet it still happened. I couldn't hold out any longer. Between the enjoyment I had in test riding on the bike, combined with its dwindling availability and yet another price drop on it, I had to pull the trigger.
It's the 2006 Fuji Absolute 1.0 (V2) that I've posted about before. A largely road-oriented flat bar hybrid. They were down to the last 2 in my size and the prices were dropped for a clearance sale this week. I'm having them swap some of the parts, it should be available to be picked up in a couple of days.
Aluminum frame with carbon fork & carbon seat stays
Swapped out aluminum seat post for carbon post
10-speed Shimano 105 drivetrain w/105 derailleurs, 12-27 cassette, and Shimano SL-R770 rapid fire shifters (which normally sell for $150-$180)
FSA Giga X-pipe 52/39/30 crankset with 170mm crank arms (being swapped onto bike from a smaller frame Fuji)
Conti Contact 700x32 tires (swapped out the stock Vittoria 700x28s)
Weight: 20.5 pounds
Color: "Quicksilver" which is a very light silver - not my favorite but okay.
Lifetime warranty on bike (except for tires, saddle, grips).
Two free tuneups, no expiration date
Lifetime free adjustments and installations of accessories.
Final price, including all swaps: $794. Original list in 2006 was $1210, before dollar devaluation and, obviously, not including the upgrades.
No pics, here's what Fuji had on their web page in 2006.
I was stuck wavering between this bike and a modded Specialized Globe Pro. Liked both bikes a lot. The Globe is a more rugged bike. The Globe has mountain bike components and lower gearing, but weighed a whopping 5 pounds more, even with carbon fork, stays, and seat post.
In the end I decided to go with the bike that was more fun riding on asphalt than the one that was more all-purpose. I already have two all-purpose bikes & the Fuji is decent on rough surfaces.
I will be swapping out the stem and handlebars after I get it home - for a stem that is a bit shorter and higher and for bars with a bit of rise (37.5 mm).
It seems a lot of 50+'ers are getting new bikes these days. I'll add myself to the list. I had to find something to replace my old steel two-ton bike. Found a Specialized Allez Elite Compact that came in under budget, including pedals, seat bag, bottle cages and bottles. Wanted to go with a Roubaix, but it was just too pricey. The lightness of the new bike compared to the old is mind blowing.
Pictures when I pick it up in two weeks. (The picture I posted is a double that I snagged from the Web.)
Thanks, everybody!!!! You have been so helpful and supportive.
That's two new bikes this week.
Geez, all three of these put together cost less than my saddle!
DGs Fuji Thrill
This is number two this year.
Ain't she pretty!!!!
After I put some miles on these wheels they'll probably be replaced; looking at getting a pair of Mavic ES wheels down the road. I wouldn’t mind having a FSA K-wing handlebar (or something similar) eventually either. I have some red/white splash bar tape that I think will spruce her up just a bit after the white gets worn. Other than that I like her the way she is.
My wife and I bought new bikes at the LBS today. We settled on Specialized Tricross Comps. We ride unpaved rail trails as well as roads and are more interested in efficiency than racing so we like the cross bikes. We have them fitted out with racks and light weight packs so we can carry a pile of sh** along. The Comp model has carbon forks and seat post and Shimano 105 gears. Felt great on the test rides compared to our old Specialized Crossroads.
Until we get used to the bikes we will not be using clips but I welcome suggestions on what would be a good clipless system to start out on. Neither of us has used clips. I think we would prefer shoes we can walk in.
The Boreas Ignis is sold as a Frame and fork Package and contrary to current trends, this is an Aluminium frame. A very light Aluminium frame. The geometry is set as a race bike so is not the ideal bike for a newbie. It is made in Holland by a very small manufacturer that has also used some very innovative engineering techniques in the production so this is not a cheap frame and fork. Good point for the poseurs- this is not a bike that stands out with its looks. But on the ride quality it is superb.
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I had it built up using a mixture of Shimano 105 and Ultegra parts but with an eye to keeping the weight down within economic restraints. The final weight was 15lbs and ½ oz as a bare bike so it is lightweight. The wheels do give a harsh ride- Ultegra fitted with Vrederstein Fortezzia tyres at 140 psi, but all road shock is taken away with the Lightweight carbon forks and seatpost. Crankset is a Truvativ Elita Compact and although it does not offer low enough gearing in comparison to a triple is still suitable for the hills in the area I currently ride. Whether it will be low enough for the European Mountains next year is still to be found so a Change to a Triple may still be on the cards. The finish on the bike by the way, is hard anodising and has proved to be scratch resistant.
Now as to the ride- Comfort is good. The C.F. Fork and seat post do their job well. Handling- well it depends on what you want but for general road use this is good. This is the smallest frame made at 51 Cms. And I have had to Flip the stem to raise the bars an inch or so. Still leaves the bars well below the saddle but is comfortable. As to whether it works- It has raised my average speed by around 2 mph for a ride and it still goes up hills. What more do I want? Even comfort after a 60-mile ride is there so an improvement over the Sports geometry Giant I was using before. All I have to find now is the time to get the extra rides in that this bike deserves.
2006 Co-Motion custom built Roadster ridden less than 100 miles in a year, Wound up carbon fiber fork, Avid rear disc brake, Thudbuster stoker post, Rolf Vigor tandem wheelset, custom fade paint job.