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post #1426 of 1827
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Originally Posted by ianGP View Post

Decisions, decisions..... I'm torn! Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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S5 Team with an Ultegra Di2 build vs. R5 VWD limited edition with SRAM Reds
Most people think the S5 is OOGLAY but I find it gorgeous...like F1 gorgeous... My LBS is giving me a great deal on an R5 VWD LTD and if I do get it, I'll be swapping out the Red's for the Shimano Di2 - reminds me of the paddle shifts on my Formula Mazda smile.gif
I drove both today for a good 15min. and funny enough, while the R5 is spectacular on white paper with all the upgraded parts - I still feel faster and at home with the S5. I felt it as soon as I took off on the parking lot and same feeling coming back to the dealership. Only difference between the 2 when I tested were the chainring sizes. 53/39 on S5 and 50/34 on R5. I'm used to pushing bigger gears on my track bike (49t going up 8% gradients) so that might be a big part of the 'feel'
I've already put a 20% transferrable down payment and will be doing another test ride with each on 5%-8% gradients to see how each climbs and descends.
As for now my gut goes with the S5. I do not think I can go wrong with either as I'm not at a high level of cycling to be able to tell such minute differences but the offer they are giving me on the R5 is superb....not to mention limited edition paint.... just not my type of color.
Aesthetics and feel go to the S5
Prestige and price over product goes to the R5

What kind of terrain do you normally ride on? I'd def go for the R5 if you have the steeps and twisties.
post #1427 of 1827
I like a little overkill wink.gif

I'll give thoughts after a longer ride either Sunday or Monday.
One thing is for sure though - as far as groupsets go, I'll be getting the Ultegra Di2 - slight bit heavier but I love the feel of it.
post #1428 of 1827
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

What kind of terrain do you normally ride on? I'd def go for the R5 if you have the steeps and twisties.

I've got some great mountain routes nearby that I go on for recreational rides/training.

But most of my rides are just going to be small rolling hills(less than 5% grade) and flats....with alot of wind frown.gif . Where I live are fairly new development and wide open roads.

If it helps paint a better picture - I'm planning on doing quite a few crits next year. And also a few centuries - you know, hang back with the noobs and show 'em my blingy ride wink.gif

I do love to climb alot but I have heard feedback from S5 owners/people that have ridden it that it actually behaves well for climbing less than 10% gradients - which is plenty enough for me. So the 'looks' department is what is edging me closer to the S5 and the initial feel when I first got on it.

Again though, what I hear from people can be very different from what I feel when I ride it. For example, from some reviews of the S5 that it is harsh and even so rougher than the R3/R5. Today I rode through brick roads, cracked, pothole ridden streets, and I felt no difference in comfort between the two bikes. Maybe I'm used to it? dunno... but both bikes behaved well and comfortable for me on rough terrains.
post #1429 of 1827
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Originally Posted by ianGP View Post

I've got some great mountain routes nearby that I go on for recreational rides/training.
But most of my rides are just going to be small rolling hills(less than 5% grade) and flats....with alot of wind frown.gif . Where I live are fairly new development and wide open roads.
If it helps paint a better picture - I'm planning on doing quite a few crits next year. And also a few centuries - you know, hang back with the noobs and show 'em my blingy ride wink.gif
I do love to climb alot but I have heard feedback from S5 owners/people that have ridden it that it actually behaves well for climbing less than 10% gradients - which is plenty enough for me. So the 'looks' department is what is edging me closer to the S5 and the initial feel when I first got on it.
Again though, what I hear from people can be very different from what I feel when I ride it. For example, from some reviews of the S5 that it is harsh and even so rougher than the R3/R5. Today I rode through brick roads, cracked, pothole ridden streets, and I felt no difference in comfort between the two bikes. Maybe I'm used to it? dunno... but both bikes behaved well and comfortable for me on rough terrains.

Buy what will make you happy biggrin.gif
post #1430 of 1827
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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Buy what will make you happy biggrin.gif

+1

It is a win-win situation, buy what you like and ride in good health, noob or no icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #1431 of 1827
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Originally Posted by ianGP View Post

I'm planning on doing quite a few crits next year.

Ride what you can afford to crash!

A lot of people switch down their bikes for criterium. CAAD10, for example, is still a favourite for crits.
post #1432 of 1827
Went for a nice mtn bike ride today. First time off-road in longer than I can remember. Had a blast and in hindsight probably should have stayed out another hour. And my friends let me try out their bikes, switching around between 26" FS and 29" hardtail.

Now I have to go out and get a 26 FS. Shit's expensive even for entry level.

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post #1433 of 1827
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post

Went for a nice mtn bike ride today. First time off-road in longer than I can remember. Had a blast and in hindsight probably should have stayed out another hour. And my friends let me try out their bikes, switching around between 26" FS and 29" hardtail.
Now I have to go out and get a 26 FS. Shit's expensive even for entry level.
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^ thats great! hope you had a blast.

so I finally got to build my new fs... well save for the headset- the one on this is a loaner from the shop. been itching to try it on the trails the past weekend, howling tropical storm or not, so I got to test this in the middle of a storm yesterday. note: I know its not a good idea to wash the bike like that, but damn mud caked everything and the guy knows what parts to avoid.

post #1434 of 1827
SOOOOoooo... quick thoughts on my longer test drives of both S5 and R5 with loooonnngg steep hills. R5 was ridiculously awesome going uphill - my legs were gone yet the bike kept wanting to slip forward from under me to climb some more! It's just a great climber and extremely light. Even in slightly heavier gears, the R5 felt effortless.

The S5 was just balls to the wall, masher's paradise! Flat rolling hills is where it's king. There were alot of headwinds yet it cut through it noticeably easier than the R5. Compared to the uphill climbs, the S5 felt a slight bit heavier than the R5 but doesn't add to any suffering. The descents are a different story! This thing is stupid fast! It feels like a brick being dropped from a tall building, yet it is still nimble and very manueverable - I had to quickly dodge a manhole cover at roughly 36mph and it felt stable.

Went through the same cracks/rough patches/holes and the R5 has marginal comfort but nothing to write home about.

I put my order in for the S5 soon after returning with it on my ride biggrin.gif The 48cm team frame orders are arriving at the shop sometime this August but the guys were going to search around for me as well.
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Originally Posted by Luddite View Post

Ride what you can afford to crash!
A lot of people switch down their bikes for criterium. CAAD10, for example, is still a favourite for crits.

This was a bonus! R5 frames start around $5k whereas S5's start at $3k, along with Cervelo's crash replacement discount for damaged frames, the S5 is much more affordable to replace.

Hopefully the fellas find me one sometime this week, otherwise I'd have to wait for their shipment to come in.
Edited by ianGP - 8/6/12 at 3:47pm
post #1435 of 1827
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Originally Posted by acidboy View Post

^ thats great! hope you had a blast.
so I finally got to build my new fs...


Yeah, I had a great time.

That's an Ibis isn't it? Beautiful. I'm thinking I'll try to spend around 1500. More than that and my wife will kill me. But that gives me some options.
post #1436 of 1827
^ yup ibis mojo sl-r... had been in the waiting list for more than a year, and very satisfied- for a fullsusser, its pretty stiff.
post #1437 of 1827
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Originally Posted by Johnny Boy View Post

Just got my first road bike. Went with a supersix 105. Very happy with it so far. 

Nice bike.
post #1438 of 1827
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Originally Posted by Johnny Boy View Post

Thanks man.

I'm curious, what is the best way to paint a bike. I hate the current color scheme. Or is this not recommended? 

Sorry, no idea about painting a carbon frame.
post #1439 of 1827
http://www.creativecycleworks.com/

that guy's done some good work according to bikeforum peeps.

I've had no such experiences though but I am under the assumption that any paint shop that has had experience with painting carbon fiber bits can do a bike frame.....keyword: assumption.

Great bike nonetheless! Do snap some pics when you get a chance!
post #1440 of 1827
Took this one out for a spin today. 60 miles with a few stops for photos smile.gif.








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