Maybe there is something wrong with your particular frame, or hopefully just in the set-up as mentioned by other responders, but the R5 as a design and execution is most certainly not a noodle... in fact, it might be the best descending frame made.
I have a new Cervelo R5 VWD, size 56. I am 185cm high, 92kg (winter weight).
From the very begining I feel a lack of head tube stiffness. It really surprised me.
Today I rode Pinarello DOGMA and I definatelly had to admit that R5 is a REAL NOODLE.
Didn't you test ride before you purchased?
Permon wrote:R5 behaves very very nervous.
Even drinking while riding by one hand is an artistic performance...
I really hate the way it rides.My previous R3 (2007) behaved more stable.
Nervousness, that is the way I would describe my R5 as well.
Previously I was on Canyon slx.
Geometry wise, head tube and reach in these two frames are almost identical, 1mm difference. So my position is almost the same as it was on the SLX.
There were 2 significant things which struck me when I swap the frames.
First, exceptional power transfer, due to the R5's gigantic bb shell. Second one, SLX rode more smoothly, it was more stable up front.
R5 is nervous there indeed. It is not a big deal, I can still drink riding one handed
It just requires more attention, imo.
Having read other comments, for the sake of peace of mind I will re-assembly the fork and headset.
js wrote:The performance improvement versus other frames is enough that I took almost 1min out of what was a 7.5min Strava KOM decent versus last year's S-Works SL4 - sure other factors likely contributed too, but 1min??
How often did you do that descent?
Just wondering, because I allegedly broke the 400m WR the other day when I was out running, and tracking with Strava. The GPS was just very inaccurate that evening.
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