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Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:14 pm
by tarmackev
I just purchased this S2 at a good price.
It was pretty much the standard build but u usually it’s missing the downtime and seat tube decals.
All the other decals are lacquered over.
I have the serial number.
Any ideas? ImageImage


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Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:14 pm
by Weenie

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:04 pm
by Alpine318is
Are you worried its not legit or are you trying to get the original decals?

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:22 am
by tarmackev
More that’s it’s legit, there seem to be lots of decals around.


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Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:24 am
by silvalis
any sign of repair on that downtube?

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:40 am
by NiFTY
My no. 1 guess is that it has been crashed and repaired and the owner opted for no decals on downtube.

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:07 pm
by tarmackev
No sign of a repair at all, I’ve checked the serial number with Cervelo and they have no record but have said it could be a “keystroke error”.
I purchased the bike from eBay and the seller had listed “decals removed for the stealth look”.
It’s only when I got the bike home the next day I realised that the decals were actually lacquered and couldn’t be removed.
I’ve contacted the seller and I’m hoping to return the bike.
I do actually think it’s a legit S2, the little details match, bearings and covers, cable guides etc.
I just don’t want a repaired bike. It cost me £650 plus £40 fuel to collect.
Trouble is I’ve now switched every thing to R8000 and Dura Ace so I’ll have to switch it all back.
Lesson learned, I could kick myself.


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Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:12 pm
by Kumppa
650£ for complete bike would be pretty cheap so there could be something wrong. Just saw one 2011 model white S2 frameset auction and it went over 400£. Plus if there is something wrong with serial number I would return it. It don't proof anything as those fake frames have on.

There is too many fakes on ebay so pretty hard to buy anything if seller don't have papers or don't want to co-operate to identify it's real.

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:11 pm
by tarmackev
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After lots of digging it is a real S2.
The original owner decided he wanted a unique look so used carbolift the strip the bottom half of the bike, he then lacquered it with no sanding or primer.
It looked okay when I got it, I decided to put decals on the down tube and they peeled the lacquer off. I had no choice but to strip it and repaint it myself.
After sanding, lots of coats of primer, black paint, new decals and then primer I’m happy with it.
New crank, wheels, bars, stem, shifters, derailleurs and calipers I’m happy.
Currently 7.4kg. Won’t take much to go sub 7 and I can live with that.
First ride tomorrow.
A bit of a nightmare eBay purchase has turned out okay so far, after sanding the frame back to bare carbon I’m also sure there’s no damage to the frame.
Fingers crossed it rides as well as it looks.


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Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 8:28 pm
by Karvalo
Um. You've kinda made it look fake now!

But if you like the look that's the main thing :thumbup:

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 10:19 pm
by tarmackev
Karvalo wrote:Um. You've kinda made it look fake now!

But if you like the look that's the main thing :thumbup:
Very true... I do like the look though so it’s a win.


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Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:41 am
by F45
No mistaking it for a Trek now.

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:44 pm
by tarmackev
So I ride it for a few months, preferred my Cannondale. Stripped the Cervelo and sold the frame.
The new owner stripped the paint off (obviously did a far better job then me) Image ImageImage
Lucky it didn’t fall to bits on me! I’m out £650, obviously full refund to the guy who bought it from me.
Lesson learned. No more eBay bikes.


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Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:51 pm
by Karvalo
Full marks to Silvalis and Nifty. Did that thing get run over by a freakin' bus or what?

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:59 pm
by silvalis
wow. damage through 3 sections
There was no sign of the repairs before? No telltale bumps?

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:59 pm
by Weenie

Re: Confused about my Cervelo S2

Posted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:33 am
by tarmackev
Nothing, silky smooth.
I sanded it back and there were signs of some filler but nothing major.
I built it up and it rode fine, I sold the frame on as I have too many bikes.
The new owner stripped way better than I did and saw this, accused me of trying to rip him off.
I was as stunned as him to see it, gave him a full refund.
I cannot believe damage like this could even be repaired. Pretty disgusted that somebody has repaired this and put it back in to the market. Total scum.
No wonder my Hi-Mod Supersix rode better.
I’m lucky it didn’t fall to bits when I was riding it I guess. I’m down £650 which isn’t great.
Not sure if I have any cone back on eBay after 6 months and after paying cash.


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