People of WW's , it is with great sadness for me to retire my S3 of its duties. The bike was crashed, repaired, taken out for a ride again and crashed on its very maiden ride. It is now beyond repair.
I have recently purchased a C59 when I sent my S3 for repair. The C59 is a very very nice bike to ride. However, I am looking for something different. I have read/haunted the WW threads and Internet day and night with alot of info on my hand, but am just damned down to choices.
I would really appreciate if any of WW members has had the chance/privilage to test ride these frames to give a very honest opinion about their feelings and thoughts. I am after a bike for the long flats where I can effortlessly just maintain high speeds, stiffness and responsiveness felt in every pedal stroke input. Harshness of the bike is not an issue. Coming from a S3, its pretty darn harsh ride
Every road gravel is translated onto the handlebars and you can feel very connected to the road.
Reasons I have come down to
S5 - reviews are that the front end of the bike is not stiff and very noodly ? Seemingly the team/vwd versions are the way to go.
Venge - Really not a marketing fan boy, but it seems like an improved s3 with a big "s" , hesistant to get a "S" and really common
Madone 7.9 - Interal brakes? I am not entirely convinced with internal brakings as of yet, the frame design itself is very nice but being a 83kg rider, I have heard from past reviewers of trek riders that the bikes feel very muted around 80kg++ range.
BMC TMR01 - again, internal brakes ? And the design doesnt appeal to me. Also, BMC warranty is very weird and poor from where I am. Had a huge article about the poor warranty issues at TDU 2013.
MCipollini RB1000 - lots of $$$ , coffee shop bike perhaps?
Limited sizes/availability .
TIME ZXRS ULTEAM - reviews that its too harsh a ride ? But yet everyone that owns one loves them to bits ?
At the moment, I may be able to test ride the Venge, 7.9 , ZXRS and S5. But it will all be with a different grouppo to my bike. I might try using same saddles on all bikes and stem to rule out differences , but opinions are always welcomed.
5"10, 83kgs , 54cm on a s3 with 120mm stem.
Thanks WW .