Cannondale R1000 vs. Cervelo Soloist?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by isdsms, Sep 21, 2003.

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Which bike would be better for a roadie/triathlete?

  1. Cervelo Soloist

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  2. Cannondale R1000

    69 vote(s)
    56.6%
  3. Trek 2200

    47 vote(s)
    38.5%
  4. Other

    6 vote(s)
    4.9%
  1. mrwillows

    mrwillows New Member

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    Great link ... Useful and unbiased reviews.

    The Cervelo provides that classic steel ride and is certainly not seen as much.

    Finally posting after "watching" for awhile.

    MrWillows
     


  2. patch70

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    Except that it is an aluminium frame with carbon forks...
     
  3. mrwillows

    mrwillows New Member

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    Patch -

    You are right. I was thinking of another Cervelo that I test rode a little while back ... the SuperProdigy. It uses a custom thermacrom steel tubeset made by Columbus.

    MrWillows
     
  4. mcclaskey

    mcclaskey New Member

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    hmmm...6 feet, 195...wouldn't be a little on the fat side, now would we?
     
  5. gus351

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    i have owned a Soloist for 2 years now and can thoroughly reccomend it. i must admit it does have quite a hard ride, but it is stiff and is quick as well. So, i guess there will always be compromises, but for me i choose to go as fast as i can, even if that means being a bit sore after a long ride.
     
  6. shokhead12

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    Cervelo,better warr. Better bike too.
     
  7. su22

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    Did you end up getting a bike? if so, please let us know what you got, why you got it, and how everything's going.

    a bike shop owner blatantly said my Avanti Giro 2003 is heavy and crap. im pretty happy with it, cuz it's my first road bike (MTBs used for commuting don't count; neither do bikes with floral seats, streamers and training wheels) and cycling has become my best leg in triathlon. Just the triple chainring on my Giro is quite useless-- i never use the 1st or 3rd rings.

    Ride: Cycling Review magazine (it's in Australia, dont know if it's sold worldwide) reviewed Cervelo Soloist. Good points:
    - aero frame. lotsa engineering has gone into it.
    - aero carbon seatpost makes for a smoother ride (used to be Al seatpost)
    - Velomax Circuit wheels are mid-range wheels, but are surprisingly good
    - internal brake cabling
    - convertible from from road to tri position (but others in this forum have debated the value of this)
    - comfortable seat

    bad points
    - if you're gonna be aero and have your bidons hiding behind your body on the seat post, fitting the bidon holders to the aero seatpost is a little problematic
    - Cervelo brand brakes-- the brake pads are noisy. get your own.
    - reviews on previous models of all Cervelos report dodgy paint jobs-- paint chipping. not sure about 2004 model
    - wheels could be better-- Ride mag suggested Mavic Ksyriums

    i might wait for 2005 model, just because i'd probably gain more from training cuz like lance says, "it's not about the bike". either that or you're a sour-grape with a heavy Avanti Giro.
     
  8. isdsms

    isdsms New Member

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    I actually just got a 2004 Cdale R2000 this spring. I got an amazing deal on it at $1900. So far my impression of the bike is that there's no better for the price. True, perhaps it isn't as compatible with Tri's as the Cervelo, however I probably a little bit more road-riding anyway. Aerobars will do for now. Maybe we'll see a tri-specific bike in the future?

    isdsms
     
  9. boyRacer

    boyRacer New Member

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    there were 3 2003 Cannondale R1000s for $1099 at Supergo Huntington Beach last week... pretty good buy... all Ultegra except for calipers and bottom bracket.
     
  10. donhix1

    donhix1 New Member

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    Let keep this a little more civil please.

    Don (an old fat bald Poser)
     
  11. dennis dee

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    Cervelo Soloist is an excellent tri or TT bike. A friend uses one and we're both same height and weight. I didn't felt it rides harshly vis-a-vis my regular ride (a Giant TCR). But for all intents & purposes, I cannot say how it compares w/ the Canondale since I haven't ridden one.
     
  12. boudreaux

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    It musta got left out in the rain and shrunk?
     
  13. fushman

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    lol damn you said it first thats a tiny bike
     
  14. cdawggy14

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    Now that is not very nice - I'm 5'9" and weigh 195 and want a new bike to help me get in shape - picking on people for something like that is not very nice to do
     
  15. JTE83

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    Definitely the Cervelo is better than the Cannondale -- simply because of the aerodynamics. Since both are aluminum I think both bikes should ride the same. I have 2 AL bikes -- a 2003 Cervelo Soloist Team & a 2002 Giant TCR Aero 2 -- both would be good for triathlons also. I don't feel any difference in the ride of both my bikes, and a ride of 52 miles doesn't make my body sore (either bike). I wrote a review of both my bikes at Roadbikereview.com (under JTE83)

    I have also crashed in both of my bikes and the forks never broke. I crashed into a car at 18 mph on my Giant and into a curb at 20.9 mph on my Cervelo. I even use the recalled Cervelo fork -- it survived a 20.9 mph crash into a curb during a criterium race.

    You might also want to look into a 2003 Giant TCR Aero 2 or 2004 Giant TCR Aero 1. The 2004 version is uglier than the 2003 version. Getting a 2003 version might save you a lot of money.

    Custom building a Cervelo Soloist is the way to go. My bike shown below cost me $3033 -- got the frame and crank from ebay, and other parts from sales. The bike weighs 17 lbs...

    During my race I noticed that i was one of only 3 people who had a Cervelo -- so you certainly will stand out among other bikes. And people may notice your bike.

    For me, my Cervelo is a dream to ride. Since I have never rode a carbon fiber bike -- I do not not know how such a bike would "absorb vibrations."
    Riding the Cervelo over really rough rocky cement will feel rough, and smooth roads will feel smooth.

    I have had no paint problems with my Cervelo.
     
  16. cdawggy14

    cdawggy14 New Member

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    :)
    Totally agree with the Cervelo Soloist call - I've been looking for a bike for a long time to start road riding and getting into Triathlon and have read great stuff regarding the Soloist.

    I actually went out and purchased the Soloist 105 yesterday (will upgrade parts as I get more involved in the sport and become aware of my wants/needs).

    I'm moving to Bermuda on Saturday for a few years and hope to get alot of use out of the bike there and will be able to update over time how it performs.

    Cheers,


    Cdawggy14
     
  17. Jaguar27

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    FYI, Supergo have Talons on sale for $2045.00, I saw a few there today...

     
  18. TommyGunn

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    Cannondale works for me...........awesome bike, and being a bigger lad, stiffness doesn't bother me. Though you are right saying they are a dime a dozen......next i want something different...
     
  19. zerokoo0l

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    Don't most Cat 1 Legends geet bikes from a sponsor or team sponsor?
     
  20. bobbyl1966

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    Hello how are you. I try make century and setup my bike for that. What size crank i need. For now i have 53/39 and 52/42 or i can replace the 42 with 40. Wich crank is go be better for that ride. i try do the century the faster i can. Cassete on the bike i have 12-25 9 speeds is be okay or general what crank size and cassete size i need for fast rides. that is my bike what you think of that bike is okay? Is cannondale R300 aluminum frame and fork[​IMG]
     
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