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 Post subject: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:23 pm 
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This is my S5 VWD. It was an impluse buy - right time right place. I had not built my R5CA yet - was waiting on the frame to come from Cervelo - and my Colnago developed a crack on its front derailleur bracket. I was at the bike shop discussing the fact that I would not have a bike to ride until we settled up with Colnago on the warranty.

By chance I asked if they has an S5 VWD to look at at they told me they only had one - not built - that had been pre-ordered by someone who never came back to pay for it. The bike was a full DI2 S5 VWD kit from Cervelo in my size.

I am not really a Shimano person - and was alittle weary of electronic grupos - but I asked them to build it. I came back the following morning and liked what I saw so I bought the bike and immediately started upgrading the factory build.

I havent changed that much yet - since the kit from Cervelo is pretty good.

Current specs on the bike are as follows:

Frame: Cervelo S5VWD (Size 54)
Fork: Cervelo FK26 UL
Headset: FSA IS-3
Seatpost: Cervelo SP12
Grupo: Shimano Dura-Ace DI2
Crankset: Rotor 3D+ (53/39)
Chain: Silver KMC X10SL
Bottom Brack: SRAM BBright Press Fit
Bar: 3T Ergonova Ltd (Size 42)
Stem: 3T Arx Ltd (Size 90)
Grip: Black Lizard Skins 2.5
Saddle: Black Sella Italia SLR Max
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 11-25
Wheels: Lightweight Furnweg
Tires: Continental Competition Tubular
Water Bottle Holder: Tune Carbon
Computer Mount: K-Edge Gramin Mount

Current weight is 15lbs, 8 ounces.

I still have the following upgrades / changes that need to be installed:

Bar: 3T Zefiro Ltd (Size 42)
Stem: 3T Integra - On Backorder
Computer Mount: Garmin Integrated for 3T Intergra
Chain: Black KMC X10SL Diamond Finish
Bottom Bracket: Rotor BBright Zero Ceramic Press Fit

I had never ridden an aero bike before this one - or an electronic grupo - so I was a little worried on the first ride. Although not a full convert to Shimano, or electronic, I have to say this bike is really slick. It is very fast when riding solo - maybe the fastest I have ever ridden alone - shifting is unreal, almost too good - and it is very comfortable to ride.

I only have 3 negative comments on the bike. The first one has nothing to do with the bike, but is a problem for me. Since this is my only Shimano bike, I cannot swap the wheels from this bike to another or vice versa (without swapping hubs and cassettes). At some point I will end up buying lower profile aero wheels on the days when it is super windy. The Ferwegs are no fun in a cross-wind.

Two, since shifting requires so little effort, and never requires any though or adjustment of the front derailleur, it kinda makes the ride a little less interesting / more boring. I miss the extra little effort and adjusting we all are used to when riding a mechnical grupo. Strange but true.

And three, I just think that the top-of-the-line Shimano grupo is ugly. When I put this bike next to a Super Record bike, there is no comparison. The look of Campagnolo is just so much better. Both companies make great, light weight, reliable components, and we can argue about which kit is better for the next 48 hours. However, Shimano has no sense of style. The stuff looks generic and cold. Just put a pair of Shimano cranks down next to a pair of Super Record Ultra Troque.

Here are some pictures, what do you guys think?


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 Post subject: My other Cervelo
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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:50 pm 
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Only its mother could love it. You obviously appreciate / get it hence the Campag / Shimano thing but its not a S3 is it in terms of beauty?


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:03 pm 
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Just seen your R5Ca, which apart from minor dont like the gold LW's is absolutely stunning.Also makes the S5 look more like a functional weapon which can be a good thing. :thumbup:


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:04 pm 
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you have very nice cervelo but why not taking more compact handlebar ( new mcfk is great) in order your shifter to be closer (sorry for my bad english) and to put bigger stem
it is only Aesthetics but will match better with size of your bike


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:11 pm 
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IMO, Shimano just works, and there's beauty in the functionality of how Di2 works. It's great in that it's plug-and-play, you set it up once and no more worries. If you're concerned about aesthetics and Campy compatibility, why not consider a swap to EPS? That I hear has the best of both worlds with the mechanical feel.

The S5 goes well with deep rims, and I would say to go no less than 40mm in depth to maintain its aesthetics. Those Fernwegs are beautiful and a great match. I'd swap the crank for a THM M3 like on your R5ca, and that'll make an awesome ride even better.

Hope you enjoy it! :thumbup: That's a dream pair of bikes to own.

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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
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One day I'll buy myself a second Cervelo as well, one day... Great bike, those LWs look just stunning with this frame. As for the drivetrain, I'm not a fan of Shimano or Sram as well, but this di2 looks amazingly well with this frame. Take care and have fun with those great bikes!

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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Gosh 15lbs 8 ounces sounds a lot for one of these, dunno but I expected something lighter, especially with Lightweights, looks nice though .....


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
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Looks great but you really really should try to do anything to be able to run without spacers. Almost have no drop


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 Post subject: My other Cervelo
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Yeah....talking about the aesthetics of Shimano? Your stem is the flipped the wrong direction and you have a 10' stack of spacers.......how about that for crappy aesthetics! Sounds like you should work on some flexibility and core strength....and buy a hacksaw.

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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
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As sexy as slamming the stem is (I'm a big fan of this), it's not right for everyone and it's kind of annoying watching people make comments through the internet without knowing the rider's physiology or body. I found in a fitting session that having my bars way too low was robbing me of power output.

I'm guessing there's a reason for the 90mm stem, hopefully after a proper fitting since IIRC 54 Cervelo's don't come with a 90mm stem.

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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
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Ok, that's nice. Those wheels rock. They have me thinking, for sure.

I get the comments about position, but we are looking at a bike alone, not a bike and rider. Accordingly, I have to agree that with all the aero gear the position should reflect that...


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:54 am 
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btompkins0112 wrote:
Yeah....talking about the aesthetics of Shimano? Your stem is the flipped the wrong direction and you have a 10' stack of spacers.......how about that for crappy aesthetics! Sounds like you should work on some flexibility and core strength....and buy a hacksaw.


Wow, really nice of you to make a comment on my riding position without knowing anything about me. You may have noticed that many bike manufactures, including Cervelo, Colnago, BMC and TREK have now designed their high end frames with longer head tubes (or optional longer head tubes). The difference between a Trek H1 and H2 in a size 54 is 2.5CM, more than the amount of spacer that I am using on my S5.

I ride with a few retired pros, and most of them would opt for the higher head tube once they reach the age of 40. In my case its a pinched nerve in my neck that I have been dealing with for the past few months. Once corrected, I will eliminate the spacers, but there could be plenty of reasons for them and you may want to ask before you rip into someone like that.
It is also why I have not installed the aero bars on the bike yet.

And, based on your not so subtle comment, you obviously ride Shimano.


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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:03 am 
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The thing is, the S5 has a pretty tall head tube to begin with in comparison other bikes in its class. So the questions/comments about the fit do not come as much of a surprise to me, especially given the aero nature of the frame. But I hope you heal quickly and can get into a lower position on the bike soon.

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 Post subject: Re: My other Cervelo
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Do you intend on doing TTs with it considering you're going to be installing aerobars? In which case, you probably should add the climbing shifters to the extensions since you have Di2 - I seem to recall a member here doing so but I can't find it.

I'm curious since it wouldn't be the first "hybrid" TT/Road S5 I've seen, but those who have done it were all triathletes.

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Solo bike for days without hills or bridges - and tri bike.


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