I recived my Velo News in the mail yesterday. Went to this test right away. I ride a Cervelo SLC so I have some intrest in these test results. I was happy to see the Cervelo S3 won the test. Although I would like to know the stiffness numbers on the non areo test bike. Does anyone know those numbers, or at least were I can look at other bikes that have been tested for stiffness ?
The torsional stiffness test will be a constant throughout all our tests this year (six rounds of four bikes total) so you will have plenty to compare to soon enough.
prendrefeu - As noted in the "results" section at the end of the review, we found a distinct correlation between perceived stiffness, as rated prior
to the lab testing, and the lab test results. We could feel it distinctly. Those did not correlate to ride quality, though. In other words, "ride quality" does not equal torsional stiffness.
We balanced the subjective ride quality scores and scientific scores for a reason. You need both. No lab can replicate the real world perfectly, and we can't possibly speak for every cyclist regarding the definition of good ride quality. We just know what we like.