So I recently acquired this "module" off of craigslist. It was an apparent barn find from an estate sale. It had no wheels, pedals, or chain. I robbed those parts off of my other bikes, as well as changed to my original S2 post for the original two position was way too short, and weighed twice as much. I swapped the stem off of my Schwinn, and it was able to be ridden. I now had my first TT bike. First impressions: "My is it ever fast, and wow this handlebar setup is absolute rubbish!" Someone cut those Syntace aerobars real short. I literally held onto the shifters only not the bars. I envision the previous owner was a 4'9" tall build with 29" quadriceps spinning the big 56t. Anyway, it was super fast on flats in the aerobars, and I admit I was a bit terrified of them at first. Also, I've never really had a big problem about brakes, but the Cervelo branded Tektros were garbage. Everything else seemed to work fine, even using Dura Ace 7700 9sp crap with a 10sp chain, and cassette. Weight as it sat with my 404 tubulars, heavy Speedplays, and bottle cage and all 17.3lbs
So I rode it for about a week, then I took all the parts back off of it, and returned them to the rightful bikes they belonged to. I began purchasing parts to better suit my needs. First thing was the aerobars, I went for a Zipp carbon Vuka Bull/Vuka Aero combination. I also changed out the brake levers for SRAM TT 900. I bought another set of heavy Speedplays, and put the other ones back on the Trek. If I get crazy, I may swap in Ti spindles. I bought a new X10SL for my S2, and just kept the old one on the P3. I didn't weigh it yet, but it is definitely close to a pound lighter just from changing the frontend up. Obviously a lot more aero too. The cables are so nice and neat now. I'm using a Specialized adjustable stem. I will probably change it out for a Zipp Service Course SL at some point. I just had this one sitting around from some other project, which I of course needed with the new 31.6mm base bar.
The improvements were astonishing. I initially planned on just using this frame for awhile, and eventually upgrading to a carbon P3 later if I liked a TT bike, and if I started to do more Tris. Now I am thinking this aluminum one is just fine. I'm even thinking of stripping the paint, and having the frame polished. I didn't weigh it yet, but it's definitely lighter. Might even be close to a pound lighter since I removed the bottle cage too. I'd like to reduce some mass in the crank area, but the damn thing spins so smooth, I hate to replace it. When the BB goes out, I'd like to change it out for something lighter. I might change out the chainrings sooner, because 56/44 is just ridiculous.
As it sits though, it still isn't to my liking, and all the Shimano stuff must go eventually. I have a SRAM Force rear derailleur going on as soon as it arrives. I sold the Dura Ace 7700 one to a friend. I figure it should still work okay in friction mode until I get SRAM shifters. I have a old Ti cage Red FD sitting around I could put on, but the Dura Ace one is doing a good job right now. I want to eventually procure a pair of TriRig brakes in the future to replace the Ultegra 6500 brakes I swapped on for the last week of riding. The braking was improved substantially. Eventually, I'll get the TriRig brakes, and a disc rear wheel. I'm going to work out the details first, and then those will come. Yesterday I was going through my old bike parts bin, and I found a S2/S3 SLC-SL seat post collar. I forgot I purchased one of these for my old SLC, and then it was warrantied, and the S2 that replaced it came with one anyway so I just happened to fall into -17g on the P3 now, as it is a perfect fit.
Cervelo SLC, P3 post collar:
Cervelo SLC-SL S2/S3 collar: