No, I'm not going to flip it.
This is basically the stock DA package for the RS. Except for:
1. A 12-27 cassette instead of the 12-25. Actually, I've ordered a SRAM 11-28 cassette because I need that extra half gear on both ends.
2. Neuvation R28 SL3 wheels from my old bike, less the 16 ugly decals
3. Speedplay Zeros
4. A 80 mm stem. I'm 5'9.5" with a short torso so the LBS guy recommended it.
5. Michelin Pro 3 Race tires in red. I was thinking of going black, but my wife and son (who normally doesn't say anything) convinced me to go red. I think that they were right.
So, why did I buy this bike?
1. Bling factor - not too many Cervelos around here
2. I like the more upright position (which is why the stem is flipped up and is staying that way)
3. I've always liked the CSC riders (Basso, Cancellara, Schlecks, Voight). Too bad that they won't be riding Cervelos next year.
4. I bought into Cervelo's technospeak.
5. I didn't buy it because I think it's pretty. It's OK, but I like the look of the Orbeas and Pinarellos better.
Some observations after ~130 miles of flats and hills in the East Bay Area.
1. Much stiffer and more responsive than my Giant OCR C2. I didn't think that I'd noticed, but I did.
2. Much to my surprise, it descends quite a bit better. It really tracks the turns well. I don't have to keep making adjustments like I did with the Giant.
3. I can't tell much difference in the rear shifting between the DA and my old Ultegra 10.
4. I really like the compact double. Compared to my old triple, I don't have to think as much (should I be in the small or middle or large?)
5. I think the LBS did a good selection in putting me in a 54. I'm not as stretched out as I was with my medium Giant. In retrospect, I should have had a shorter stem on that bike, too.
6. It's faster just coasting downhill in a straight line (in one stretch where I top out at 26 mph, I now top out at around 29-30). I can't figure that out (same wheels, basically the same position).
Anyway, I'm happy!!!