Second, I want a nice custom paint job. Thinking "superman" look for the bike. Not because I think I am superman, but I am a big fan of the idea of superman. Have always been since I was a kid.
Third, i like the idea of a custom bike project for the next couple of months. Enjoy doing the research on the build.
That all said, when I stopped riding most top tubes were straight, now most are sloped. My thinking was "why?". Even the cost is no object R5CA has a sloped top tube. They changed everything else, but kept the slope. So, I was wondering if there was a compelling reason, or just an industry shift. I haven't asked cervelo the question, and am curious why they kept the slope. I may ask them next time I speak with them just to get their reason. It's pretty clear to me that on this bike they could have done anything they wanted. That said, maybe they kept it because all of their other stuff is sloped.
But, all, thanks for all the great feedback.
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Get a Z1, it'll be a bit different and you can use your bikes in different scenarios. Z1 for the rollers, R5 CA for the climbs, and S5 for the flats (I know you're in Florida, but whenever you travel to Italy or something ). Perfect trifecta.
The sad thing is that the R5 CA (and other light bikes) ride very differently when using heavier components. Ironic.
One could mentally masturbate for hours over why each manufacturer did it to start with, but now there are loads of reasons models keep doing it... Size runs are one, that it's become a standard look (ala the OP's first thought) is another, taller head tube models made by several manufacturers now are pushing slope too so that bikes dont look funny with a head tube that sticks way up over the top tube... [Custom builders have been visually hiding taller head tubes by using slope for years...]
There are lots of things dictating frame design...
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JWolf wrote:Plus, my first high end bike
JWolf wrote:Not happy with Impec. Built it - took it aprt - dealer taking frame back.
JWolf wrote:OP has an R5CA.
R5CA = high end bike
Impec = high end bike
Heck, any of the bikes mentioned in this thread are high end bikes.
Even more: nearly ALL of the bikes on this forum are high end bikes compared to what the overwhelming majority of people in the world ride.
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