Cervelo Team Soloist

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Dave80, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Fignon le Grand

    Fignon le Grand New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2005
    Messages:
    55
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have a soloist carbon which quite frankly is the best bike ive ever ridden it is awesome, great handling, great climbing, great power transfer, great looks. The only but is the finishing quality around the lugs but that probably wont be an issue on an ali version. I dont know what the difference of the Ali would be except for the road damping of carbon. Why would you be put off a carbon with your size Voigt is no shorty and he seems to do quite well on one. Also for a larger guy the handling is really suited my freind swaps with me sometimes and he a bit shorter and lighter and he finds it a little twitchy whereas for me is just nice and sharp.
     


  2. sideshow_bob

    sideshow_bob New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2005
    Messages:
    506
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've only just built one (the Al version) and only have about 200km, including two crits so I might not have enough time on it. But my initial observations are the opposite. I've raced a CAAD7 the last couple of seasons and in terms of the handling I feel like I've gone from a sports car to an SUV. The Cannondale was always very twitchy, handled very tightly and I was able to sit it up early out of the corners and get the power down.

    The Cervelo is much more relaxed and the cornering requires more effort and I couldn't sit it up quite as fast on the exit. Out of the corners I found myself really having to work hard not to lose the wheel in front, the acceleration just isn't like the CAAD7.

    Having said that I also did a 120km training ride and the Cervelo was very very comfortable. It'll be interesting to get it out in road events next season. Clearly it horses for courses, the Cervelo probably isn't really built to ride crits.

    btw I'm 6'2" and mid 70kg's.

    --brett
     
  3. Scooby Snax

    Scooby Snax New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2003
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    Mine too, and all I had to do to get one was be rear ended by an accord...

    two weeks later she's all mine.

    That aside,

    I bought it because it doesnt ride like an aluminium bike, it does have a lot more compliance than my cannondale did, and it climbs a bit better, may be fit & the fact that it is compact geometry, where the cannondale was traditional.

    Me, I love it!!
     
  4. redbeach6506

    redbeach6506 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2005
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  5. bobbyOCR

    bobbyOCR New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2005
    Messages:
    1,357
    Likes Received:
    0
     
  6. KellyT

    KellyT New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2006
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    6' 4"? Trek, or Cannondale 63 cm frames would be preferable. You are right, in as much as compact frames are awkward for taller people. I am quite tall (just over 6' 1") and I loathe compacts, they feel entirely wrong, and I can't get any power into them. I am sure other people may have found differently but for me compact frames are best left to compact people.
     
  7. azdroptop

    azdroptop New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2005
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have one with Carbon Record and have been using mavic cosmos wheels until I save up more cash for a nice set. The bike is very stiff, fast and comfortable. A buddy from my LBS rode it a couple of times and said it was faster and stiffer than his Giant TCR. My only complaints are the seat adjustment, 2 bolt set up is horrible, and the noise transmission due to the oversized Aluminum tubes. For 1200 bucks the frame was a bargin IMO. Add the 1570 Record groupo and the bike is sick. The bike is great on climbs, centuries, and can be used for TT's due to the adjustable seat position.
     
  8. jrstevens

    jrstevens New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2004
    Messages:
    303
    Likes Received:
    0
    I owned one for 2 months this summer. I agree on the saddle adjustment. Excel Sports advised me to cut the front bolt by about 1/2 an inch otherwise it bottoms out and it can be difficult to get the nose horizontal. This seemed to work well. Having a cut out saddle assisted in the tightening process. The frame is very stiff with very little flex in the bottom bracket. I do however think the rear triangle may have been too stiff. On several occasions I would experience what I thought was a rear flat tire only to discover it was indeed not flat but just the back end bouncing around on rough surfaces. All in all though it was a great bike that I raced on several times and also rode 130 miles with 10,000 ft of climbing in one day very comfortably.

    JS
     
  9. dm69

    dm69 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Messages:
    533
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have also been looking at buying either the cervelo soloist centaur, scott cr1 with centaur or Orbea Onix with SRAM Rival.

    The scott and cervelo's stand out at this price range!!!
     
  10. azdroptop

    azdroptop New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2005
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    0
    Excellent idea on cutting the bolt. I'll give that a try. I hate changing out saddles because it's such a pain to get the nose down.
     
  11. xtrainer

    xtrainer New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2006
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Cervelo uses two types of seatpost head aduster bolts in their bikes. One of them is longer/higher and with bigger head to grab when adjusting it. The other one is so called reduced clearance seatpost head adjuster bolt, with smaller head.

    Take a look at the pictures of these products in the estore on the Cervelo website: reduced clearance bolt is sold separately, the other bolt can be seen in the picture of the replacement seatpost head.

    I know that at least some new Cervelo Soloist frames come with the reduced clearance bolt.
     
  12. azdroptop

    azdroptop New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2005
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks. I'll check it out and then head over to ace and get a smaller one. Trying to level the seat is a pain with the stock set up.
     
  13. El Loto

    El Loto New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Messages:
    561
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm 6'3" and wondering what the best size of Soloist would be for me? There aren't any shops in the area that have it set up as a bike, only one place sells it as a frameset, and even then it's sold form the website.
     
  14. DesFlurane

    DesFlurane New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm 6'2" and ride a 58, the R3 has the same geometry.

    Jens Voight is taller than you, 6'4", I think, and rides a 58, though he may be a little more flexible;)

    For an online fit analysis the best is probably the one on CompetitiveCyclist.com.
     
  15. El Loto

    El Loto New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Messages:
    561
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well my current Specialized Allez is a 58 and my old Specialized MTB was 17". The geometry is similar. Thank you.

    P.S. I'm only 80 kilos :)
     
  16. tanggoman

    tanggoman New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2003
    Messages:
    469
    Likes Received:
    0
    Here's my speed machine...
     
  17. Thom_y

    Thom_y New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2006
    Messages:
    125
    Likes Received:
    0
    Be careful, as I found the R3 and soloist are a little more stretched out than comparable frames from other manufacturers (i.e. longer top tubes). Ideally, you should consider traveling somewhere you can sit on one to be sure. Alternatively, I found the online fit calculator on www.competitivecyclist.com to be very helpful when I was deciding between the 53 and 54cm. I had the luxury of being able to test ride the 54cm and realized the TT and the DuraAce hoods had me a little to stretched out and I ordered the 51 hoping it was a better fit. Luckily, it was just right !!! BTW I love the R3 and I'm real happy with my choice.
     
  18. El Loto

    El Loto New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2004
    Messages:
    561
    Likes Received:
    0
    I used the calculator and indeed the 58 would be the right size for me. 61 is far too big.
     
  19. DesFlurane

    DesFlurane New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2005
    Messages:
    145
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nice ride Tanggoman.
     
  20. azdroptop

    azdroptop New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2005
    Messages:
    871
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would love to put those wheels on my soloist. Sweet.
     
Loading...
Loading...