My Madone is a PJ1 build, all Ultegra Di2 R8000, Garmin Vector 3 pedals, Enve 4.5AR rims on King R45 Ceramic hubs, and Vittoria Corsa 2.0 28mm tires (tubeless), Bontrager RXL bottle cages, and a Bontrager Montrose Carbon saddle. It's an amazing bike, super-fast, and I love it.). Light weight, it is CLEARLY not. It’s not built with the lightest parts (going to Dura-Ace would shave about 200g), Enve 5.6’s though would only shave a few grams. It’s much heavier than the Cervelo S3 Disk that preceded it, and the S5 that preceded that. It’s even heavier than my 61CM Cannondale SuperX (Ultegra Di2), when that bike was wearing the same wheels and Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless. What gives?!
Bikes I have had and their weights
- 2012 Trek Speed Concept PJ Spartacus (L), Di2, Bontrager Aeolus 9 tubies, Quarq/SRAM crank (17lbs)
2017 Cervelo S3D (58), SRAM Etap, Quarq Power Meeter, Enve 5.6/King R45 Ceramic (18.2lbs)
2017 Cannondale SuperX (61cm), Ultegra 8k Di2 Disk, Enve 4.5AR/King R45 Ceramic, Schwalbe Pro 1 28mm, Cannondale Si Quarq Crank, Carbon cages, 45mm Deda Drop Bars (Carbon) & Alu Stem, XTR MTB Pedals (18.6lbs)
2014 Seven SLX Custom, Campy Super Record EPS Rim Brake, Zipp 303 Tubies w/R45 Ceramics, Fizik Kurve Saddle, Cannondale Si Quarq Zipp Carbon bars/stem, Zipp carbon cages (16.2lbs)
2012 Cannondale Evo Ultimate (60cm), RAM Red 10 spd (remember that lovely groupo), Cannondale Si Crank with a Quarq power meter, Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubbies with Chris King R45 Ceramic hubs, King Ceramic BB, Look Keo pedals, Zipp Carbon bottle cages, and a Fizik Antares Carbon Saddle.
It just amazes me that “everyone” in the bike media calls many of the new bikes, the Madone included, “light weight,” as do the OEM’s. Yes aero bikes are never going to be as light as bikes that are not pure aero bikes. The new Evo though seems to be about 10 watts slower in the wind than the SystemSix (on the same wheels) and my Madone, yet it builds up to more than 3lbs lighter with similar equipment. 1,361g lighter for a cost of 10 watts? Ouch.
Well that’s my rant. Love the bike, don’t mind the weight in Florida, but DAM! If I still lived in Nor Cal I would not be on an aero bike….I don’t think.