Cervelo S5 'old' seat post options

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Karvalo
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by Karvalo

IchDien wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:12 am
TiCass wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:32 am
The "new" seat post was release in 2017. These photos are from 2016 or older.
Karvalo said that after 2014 no-one used the old post...
No, I said it wasn't produced on bikes after 2014.
I was saying that before the newest one...there still were a lot on the old one...did you read what I said before?
In the context of the thread the obvious way to read your post was that a lot of pros were using the oldest seatpost version this year, instead of the new one.

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diegogarcia
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by diegogarcia

jih wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 10:19 am
On even the harshest and stiffest bike, a 40-50 mile ride (about 75km) shouldn’t be an issue for an experienced cyclist. I’ve done 340km rides on my 2015 s5 with the old post (the one with just one mounting option but otherwise the same) and it was ok.

Know this is an obvious question but have you tried wider tyres or lower pressure in the tyres?
True dat. But stiff and harsh are two different things. All gravy as they say.

HenHarrier
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by HenHarrier

Out of interest, has anyone played around with different saddles and noticed improved comfort? I really want to throw some hard-earned at a padded Berk saddle - not for weight (I'm deluded sometimes but not to the extent of thinking I'll suddenly have an ultegra equipped S5 any weenie would be proud of) but because they look good and would surely be more forgiving than the stock Antares R7 on there now. Or is it all down to wheels and tyres (which I'm happy with anyway) and I may as well save the cash?

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by diegogarcia

HenHarrier wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:28 am
Out of interest, has anyone played around with different saddles and noticed improved comfort? I really want to throw some hard-earned at a padded Berk saddle - not for weight (I'm deluded sometimes but not to the extent of thinking I'll suddenly have an ultegra equipped S5 any weenie would be proud of) but because they look good and would surely be more forgiving than the stock Antares R7 on there now. Or is it all down to wheels and tyres (which I'm happy with anyway) and I may as well save the cash?

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Good question. It seems the S5 polarizes opinion like most machines. One mans stiff is another ones harsh and most of the opinions I have canvassed say harsh bike despite trying tyre combo/wheel/saddle/bibs etc. Silk purse pigs ear effect. BUT there is no doubt that they S5 is indeed an absolute rocket ship and the perfect chase / breakaway / solo bike if your arse can take it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

jih
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by jih

HenHarrier wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:28 am
Out of interest, has anyone played around with different saddles and noticed improved comfort? I really want to throw some hard-earned at a padded Berk saddle - not for weight (I'm deluded sometimes but not to the extent of thinking I'll suddenly have an ultegra equipped S5 any weenie would be proud of) but because they look good and would surely be more forgiving than the stock Antares R7 on there now. Or is it all down to wheels and tyres (which I'm happy with anyway) and I may as well save the cash?

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Saddles make a huge difference but it is very personal. For me I’m ok with an unpadded saddle up to about 150km and past that some padding is better. Tyres also make a huge difference but in a less personal way, and wheels make a much smaller difference than tyres.

HenHarrier
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by HenHarrier

I agree. I've tried four or five different makes now but not any really expensive ones - but hopefully there's a Christmas bonus on the way and I'd like to support Berk while their saddle supports me etc etc...

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by IchDien

HenHarrier wrote:
Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:28 am
Out of interest, has anyone played around with different saddles and noticed improved comfort? I really want to throw some hard-earned at a padded Berk saddle - not for weight (I'm deluded sometimes but not to the extent of thinking I'll suddenly have an ultegra equipped S5 any weenie would be proud of) but because they look good and would surely be more forgiving than the stock Antares R7 on there now. Or is it all down to wheels and tyres (which I'm happy with anyway) and I may as well save the cash?

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Carbon railed / hulled saddles definitely take out a lot of road buzz on the rear.

I've steadily changed a lot of components on my S5 and the most notable improvements in ride quality were the following:
  • Aluminium bars / stem --> Carbon bars / stem
  • Metal railed saddle with plastic hull --> Carbon railed saddle with carbon hull
  • Clincher wheels / tires --> tubular wheels / tires

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