I do the odd road race at Cat B level and my local rides are 60-100k in length and usually > 1,000m of vertical.
I am not tied to the idea of an aero bike and rate ride quality and handling ahead saving a couple of watts.
Current contenders for replacing the S5 are the Canyon Ultimate SLX (or maybe the Aero if the ride is smooth), Focus Izalco Max or Tarmac SL5 (or whatever the current frameset is). I did look at the Basso Diamante SV (I think it looks great) but they are hard to find locally and priced around the same mark as Pinarello F8 framesets. Prior to the SL3 I had a Cannondale Super Six which was a great crit bike but unless the frame layups have changed likely to be on the harsh side on country roads.
I am going to run Dura Ace mechanical and get a set of 45mm+ carbon hoops for go fast days. Welcome some input on any of those I am looking at compared to the S5 - particularly if you have owned an S5
From what I've read, the Izalco Max is probably not what you're looking for as it's supposedly on the very harsh side. Granted, the tight seat post and 28mm rubber can alter that significantly.
brycerider wrote:Prior to the SL3 I had a Cannondale Super Six which was a great crit bike but unless the frame layups have changed likely to be on the harsh side on country roads.
The Supersix was replaced by the Supersix Evo which was waaaaay more comfortable than the Supersix, and has in turn been replaced by the new Evo which is smoother riding again. It's a fantastic bike for riding around the country lanes down here in the westcountry. It's definitely significantly better in that respect than your old gen S5, and it'd be noticeably stiffer in the HT for cornering as well.
Otherwise if you like the other aspects of the S5 aside from the harsh ride the R5 would be much smoother riding too.
Anyway, I've got the newer S5 and run 25's on it. Really comfortable actually. Just as good as my endurance bike, Infinito CV. Running around 90psi front, 95psi back. Hoping to go a bit lower though, dieting at the moment
Going to try 28s on the Infinito when I rebuild it. Must be like riding on pillows
Wondering if it's the carbon rims, stem and bars that are helping too come to think of it. Never really bought into that whole carbon deflection thing, but it is surprising how comfortable the S5 is in its current kit.
Definitely mostly about the PSI though. I had some horrible rides on the Infinito CV when I had 25's on but with 100PSI. Was getting beat up something shocking.
Be warned even the later model S5 which can take 25mm rubber won't take high 25mm rubber on certain rims, it rubs
I run a set of enve 4.5 on 25cc, which are reasonably comfortable. my c24's on 23's make a marked improvement in comfort from there.
I have an S3 which I don't mind, probably not as harsh as the S5 but equally as capable when it comes to racing / flatter roads I am running 25mm rubber front and rear with decent clearance. It really seems to be a jack of all trades bike, yet isn't really a master of anything. I also have a BH Ultralight which is a fantastic which is a good mix of compliant, and stomp on the pedals and she goes; a great climbing bike with clearance for 27mm tubs.
Of the two I probably prefer the BH Ultralight; it just seems to suit my position better (Saddle slammed over the BB) and the ride quality is a little less dead feeling (its a snappier bike). If anything I am wishing I got the S5 and convinced the wife I should keep the BH as well.
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