That front end
When we were first told about the upcoming S5D our Cervelo rep
mentioned the stem and said people would either love or hate it -
and thus before I saw the pictures I was expecting something
incredibly marmite. I have to say I dont really see all the fuss -
I actually like it. The fact it's a two-piece is a godsend, and you
can angle the bars with 2.5 and 5 degree shims to ensure it fits
Riding a smallER bike
One of the changes on this bike is its a 56cm and I normally
ride a 58. I also have a 820mm saddle height and this bike was
built slammed with no spacers, so it has a huge drop.
Initially I felt the position was way too low, but a week in and
I am used to it - 2-3 hr rides are no bother, and even on a longer
4hr ride there's no discomfort.
Being lower on the bike makes descending more fun, as you have
lowered your centre of gravity. It also makes you super-low on the
bike for general riding, and it's partly this point which makes me
think my speeds have gone up. You as the rider are responsible for
70% of all drag and getting more aero presents many more gains than
deeper wheels, aero bikes etc.
I guarantee you if you bought a Tarmac and were optimised on it,
you would be more aero than if you rode a Venge with 30mm too many
spacers etc... it's the rider and not the bike that have the
So get your position dialled on an
aero bike and you will fly.
But it's worth noting that all my rides have been done solo,
where my low position will be of more benefit as I'm constantly
exposed to the wind. On a group ride with a big chain-gang it'll
obviously have a less pronounced effect.
How does it compare to the Venge and the
It's hard to say; I need to test them all at the same time, side
I honestly think there is very little in it; they are all so
good that unless they were all set up to the millimetre the one
that fit best on the test ride would "win".
I do love fact the
S-Works Venge comes with a built in Power Meter (in both AXS
and Di2 versions) - making it ready to go out the box. If you want
to maximise the return from your aero road bike a power meter is
pretty much essential. Also, the Venge comes in at £9750 with a
Power Meter, the Cervelo is £9700 without (but has those expensive
Enve wheels - Specialized's Roval hoops are brilliant performers
but for some the brand name will swing the deal).
looks expensive in comparison at £10,000 without a Power Meter -
but it's the most technically advanced in the category with the
shock-absorbing Isospeed rear end.
Basically buy the one that fits you best and you like the look
of. It's that simple! There are no losers here...