Buying a new chorus 11 bike, HED ardennes for wheels, but totally undecided on frame.
Im a norma-ishl 5'9.5", thinking Cervelo S2 or even S1 (both 54cm), or a Cannondale supersix 54.
I can't sprint but I can punch and cut up shortish power climbs, good at threshold.
My current ride is a large Kuota, would be ok except the head tube is 20, 30mm too long for me. my bar to shifter drop is uncomfortable (deda shalow bars and campy levers).
Anyone else on a Cervelo 54cm S2 out there to give an opinion (no threads AFAICS),
think my suggestions will fit me??
I needed to edit you title. You may get a little better feedback this way. JMT
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Unless the STA on both frames is the same, having the same 54.5cm TT length does not mean the frames need the stem length. In this case there is only a .5 degree difference, but it does make the reach on the C'dale 4-5mm longer than the Cervelo.
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/09/cusa ... SS00C.html
FWIW, most people of the OP's height have shorter legs than I do, being 3 inches shorter. I owned a 52cm Cervelo to fit properly. The 140mm head tube would be too tall for my 73cm saddle height. I assume that the OP realizes that both frames will have a headset top section that adds 10-20mm to the head tube length.
Im probabble going to bu some 3t ergosums as I think they will give me a good transition and high-ish drops height.
Looking at cannondale, a 535mm (size 52) TT seems a bit short for someone my height, no?
The 52cm C'dale only has about a 5mm shorter reach than the 54cm.
You need to know how much saddle to bar drop you want. With your saddle height, a 155mm total length of head tube, headset and spacer would place the bars 9cm below the saddle, with an 84 degree stem. If you want less drop, the the taller 140mm head is the better choice. You can get 2cm more drop with a 73 degree stem.
I own a 2009 54cm Cervelo, 1092 gram frame with water boss screws and seat post collar only. The ride is very stiff. You better know the road you are going to ride on, since the frame can be very unforgiving on bad roads. On the other hand power transmission is complete and this implies instant acceleration (i.e. it is a sprinters bike). This is not an explorer’s bike it is a race bike. I suggest you know your route. I am not knocking the stiffness. It is the reason I bought the bike. I question any bike that claims aero. For example, Cervelo tells you that 25 percent of drag is caused by the bike, but does not tell you the size or position of the rider, nor does it tell you the percentage of reduced drag relative to a non-aero bike. When they provide information on their bikes in vector fields where you can input wind speed and direction, bike speed and direction. In other words vectors I will pay heed. Yeh. I am a physicist. You need a 6 hour test ride on the S2 before making a decision. The S2 would not be my only bike, but since you looking at it as a second or so, test it out.
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