My son will be returning to PACTour this summer after a great cross country ride last summer. Last year he rode my (entry level) Specialized Roubaix Triple. I want my bike back so we need to get him a new ride.
We are considering a $2,200 Cervelo S1 (Ultegra) and looking for some opinions. The S1 is a more aggressive bike than the relaxed geometry Roubaix. It is also a stiffer bike. Will these two contribute to a less comfortable ride while doing daily centuries?
Due to it's stiffness, the bike seems very fast, but is that an important aspect for century rides? Will the Cervelo aluminum frame be a lot less comfortable than a similarly priced carbon frame?
He'll still have his Brooks saddle, which he loves. He will probably go with 25c Gatorskins. What else can we do to 'soften' the ride?
Thanks in advance.