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What’s up with Cervelo?

Old 05-01-20, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by guadzilla View Post
BB creak is an issue with many Cervelo's BBs (although by no means limited to just them) - and paying $90 for a 1-piece BB is the solution.

Unlike Hambini's nonsense where everything QC-related about a bike begins and ends with BB specs, that BB, along with the tubing of the bike, contributes to the most amazing stiffness and responsiveness of any bike i have ridden. It's like pushing off a wall. So I'll happily pay $90 if if occurs and enjoy the other benefits of that bike's tubing and design.

I plan to buy an Aspero soon: even though my preference would be for a different brand, just for variety, the amazing ride quality of the R5 has me hooked.
They're also great if you want to dodge the wind. Hopefully I get to play with my favorite bike again one of these years:



As long as we're showing off awesome Cervelos.
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Old 05-01-20, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
They're also great if you want to dodge the wind. Hopefully I get to play with my favorite bike again one of these years:



As long as we're showing off awesome Cervelos.
Which model is that.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
Which model is that.
It's a P2, rebuilt with Di2, a Quarq, Rotor aero rings, Hed Jets, and just lots of goodness all around. I was fit on it by one of the best tri fitters in the country, and in aero with room to run it is outstanding. More comfortable than any road bike I've ever ridden. Still don't love it in town or with twisties though.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
It's a P2, rebuilt with Di2, a Quarq, Rotor aero rings, Hed Jets, and just lots of goodness all around. I was fit on it by one of the best tri fitters in the country, and in aero with room to run it is outstanding. More comfortable than any road bike I've ever ridden. Still don't love it in town or with twisties though.
me likely.
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Originally Posted by wthensler View Post
they did recommend other brands.......

At this point, I don’t know what to think. Wouldn’t mind hearing from other satisfied owners.
I freaking love my C3. I've ridden it places a road bike has no business being, like ski trails. The handling is sharp but stable. It's comfortable over long rides. Feels great in a sprint.

I don't know what "quality issues" they had in mind, if it's not more specific than that I'd consider it BS personally. There are a lot of reasons that shop might not sell Cervelos anymore, and they want your money, they don't want you to go spend it at another shop that has a C3 for you.
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I was a bit surprised, as I tend to see a fair number of Cervelo bikes in FL. I should have asked specifically what the quality issues were, but will look into other bike shops that will sell and service.

My Domane has the infamous BB90 bracket, which finally needed replacement after 10,000 miles. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t expensive to have replaced ( though I do know of more severe issues with the Madone).

I’m going to keep Cervelo on my list, and take several models for a ride. Perhaps the C3 is too close to the Domane, and maybe I need something a little tighter for the mountains of VA.

Too many choices - I really need to cull the herd......
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Although slightly older, I do love both my 2008 P2 and my 2015 S5.

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Although slightly older, I do love both my 2008 P2 and my 2015 S5.

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thats a sweet looking ride as well
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Originally Posted by wthensler View Post
I was a bit surprised, as I tend to see a fair number of Cervelo bikes in FL. I should have asked specifically what the quality issues were, but will look into other bike shops that will sell and service.

My Domane has the infamous BB90 bracket, which finally needed replacement after 10,000 miles. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t expensive to have replaced ( though I do know of more severe issues with the Madone).

I’m going to keep Cervelo on my list, and take several models for a ride. Perhaps the C3 is too close to the Domane, and maybe I need something a little tighter for the mountains of VA.

Too many choices - I really need to cull the herd......
​​​​​​I've had my C3 all over the Cascades, and a bit in the Olympics and Kettles. I'll dig up some pictures later. It's a fine bike for mountains.

Given that you have a similar bike, I'd be more interested in an R5 Disc. But it really depends what you want to do with it. There are a lot of fantastic bikes out there from a lot of great companies. I like Cervelos personally because of how they handle.
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R3

I’m very happy with my R3 and it’s Hambini racing BB.
During my installation, Hambini’s customer service was second to none!

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I'd be pretty wary of any mob owned by a private equity firm.
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I'd be pretty wary of any mob owned by a private equity firm.
What a totally ignorant statement. As someone has been in senior management at a company owned by the “evil” Bain, I can state with authority that the best thing that ever happened to our company was being majority owned by them. We were made more efficient, offered better quality products and increased our market value, all without massive cuts in staff.

I’d take private equity over publicly traded any day. With PE, you can execute on a long term strategy rather than having your CEO change directions based on the “market” and shareholder whims.

OP- buy an R3, you won’t regret it
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I worked for a CF framebuilder for almost 6 years(I did mainly CF repair work) and only saw one Cervelo that needed a repair that wasn't the result of a wreck.

Luescher is a tool that looks for problems, in order to boost his business(and ego). Talk to a few CF framebuilders, and ask what they think of the guy.
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Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
What a totally ignorant statement. As someone has been in senior management at a company owned by the “evil” Bain, I can state with authority that the best thing that ever happened to our company was being majority owned by them. We were made more efficient, offered better quality products and increased our market value, all without massive cuts in staff.

I’d take private equity over publicly traded any day. With PE, you can execute on a long term strategy rather than having your CEO change directions based on the “market” and shareholder whims.

OP- buy an R3, you won’t regret it
I’m trying! The shop that sent the notice is Conti Bikes in DC. There are not a lot of others close by. I’m currently at my residence in FL and may go to Ocala this week.

High on my list are Giant Defy 0 (essentially an upgrade cause I have one), Bianchi Infinito, or Cervelo for VA. I like the R3.....

Domane or S Works for FL.....
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Originally Posted by wthensler View Post
I’m trying! The shop that sent the notice is Conti Bikes in DC. There are not a lot of others close by. I’m currently at my residence in FL and may go to Ocala this week.

High on my list are Giant Defy 0 (essentially an upgrade cause I have one), Bianchi Infinito, or Cervelo for VA. I like the R3.....

Domane or S Works for FL.....
order it from Excel in Boulder. My rim brake w/ Di2 was under $3K shipped and came set up perfectly, just had to throw the seat post in and put the stem, bars and wheels on.
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order it from Excel in Boulder. My rim brake w/ Di2 was under $3K shipped and came set up perfectly, just had to throw the seat post in and put the stem, bars and wheels on.
Or R&A, where my R2 came from.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I worked for a CF framebuilder for almost 6 years(I did mainly CF repair work) and only saw one Cervelo that needed a repair that wasn't the result of a wreck.

Luescher is a tool that looks for problems, in order to boost his business(and ego). Talk to a few CF framebuilders, and ask what they think of the guy.
I assume this is a reference I'm missing...
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Youtube
Luescher Cervelo

you'll find it.
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i ordered my C2 from competitive cyclist, and it came set up perfectly as well. I live in the Hampton roads area and when I was first interested in Cervélo, I contacted them for a dealer and they pointed me to Contes. They didn’t have any in stock at the time and usually don’t keep them in stock. Just thought I would share.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06 View Post
i ordered my C2 from competitive cyclist, and it came set up perfectly as well. I live in the Hampton roads area and when I was first interested in Cervélo, I contacted them for a dealer and they pointed me to Contes. They didn’t have any in stock at the time and usually don’t keep them in stock. Just thought I would share.
I believe they’ve removed Cervelo from their website, so no reason to even go.
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That's funny - I, the Minnesotan, was looking at Conte's for Cervelo, too, just to see one in the flesh. I was in Williamsburg in December when I was pondering the purchase. A quick online search of their inventory showed that they didn't have anything in stock at any of the stores within reasonable driving distance.
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I'd be pretty wary of any mob owned by a private equity firm.
I'd be a lot more worried about a private equity firm that was owned by the mob.
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Originally Posted by Barry2 View Post
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Luescher Cervelo

you'll find it.
That guy is a tool. He’s a knowledgeable man, but he acts like he’s the only one that knows anything about CF.
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I am no where near as experienced with the myriad of bikes out there like some others may be, but I really enjoy my C3. It's a few years old and although I don't have as many kms on it as I would like it rides great and I have never had any issues with it. For what its worth the shop I purchased it from also sells Trek, Specialized, Cannondale among many other brands and would claim Cervelo is of higher quality than the offerings from a lot of other brands.
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