I have a feeling like bringing new life to this thread! I know you loved it!
I am the OP of this thread. When I bought the R5 VWD, I was quite dissapointed about the lack of stiffness at the front end (that is why I started the thread).
At first thank You for the inputs and tips how to improve the situation.I would like to report the current situation.
I have always been a Cervelo fan (I have had 3 Cervelos), so I was trying to find a solution.
Also, after 9500km on the R5 I lost approx 9kg...(read more later). Now I am going to make a list of actions taken and their impacts on the R5 behaviour:- changed and re-set the headset bearings:
no affect- bought 3T ARX stem:
helped the stiffness and handling- bought 3 Ergonova PRO handebars (Aluminium):
helped the stiffness and handling. The FSA handlebars previously used were like springs, which made the ride more comfy, but under load/cornering it was making the handling unprecise and creating feeling of unstability. 3T changed teh situation quite a bit. (on the other hand, the FSA was better ergonomically)- set my saddle differently:
not levelled, the nose of the saddle is like 2mm lower than the rear part of the saddle. The S-works saddle is really stiff at the nose, so I was trying push back on the saddle.....moving my weight back. It probably resulted in less weight at the front end of the bike. This change in setting made HUGE impact on the handling! I was amazed about the change! - lost 9kg:
my lower weight has a HUGE impact on the handling! The bike got so much better just because of my lower weight! So, it looks like Cervelo designs its bikes for racers, lightweight guys
Not people like me (winter weight 96kg, height 186cm), Now, being 87kg, the bike feels just OK!
All of this changed the situation and my feellings from the bike.
I would not say the R5 is noodle at this moment.
At this moment, it is a stiff bike.... stiff one, but still the Dogma is at a different level. Situation changed:
R5 noodle vs. Dogma stiff
R5 stiff vs. Dogma superstiff.
Which is something I can live with.
Important is that now I enjoy the ride. At the beggining of the year, I was suffering, it was painful to have a high rated top frame which felt like a noodle.
So, finally I am happy with the R5
It took its time