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Cervelo test ride that never was

Old 01-17-06, 03:07 PM
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Cervelo test ride that never was

So I took myself up to Boston, weekend before last, to test ride a soloist. I am upgrading before spring and a cf soloist is on the shortlist(the other option is a six13). I have a 30 inch inseam so the 54 is going to be too big, but after driving up there I've discovered that they haven't even started making the 51 yet!

The guys at the shop were great and I got a bit of an education on Cervelo and Soloists in particular so it was not a wasted trip by any stretch (they even have the Dave Zabriskie time trial bike that he stacked on the tour on display, crack in the chain stay and all)

Does anyone have any info regarding manufacture and/or shipping dates for the different Cervelo CF Soloist sizes? Posts from months ago address the inability to meet demand, I am surprised these guys haven't sorted themselves out already.
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if you're in CT, have you thought about checking out R&A cylcles in Brooklyn? That's what i did (for a good deal on a Giant). You can check out Jens Voigt's TdF bike there, and add another notch on your CSC pro bike spotting belt

Originally Posted by poopypants
So I took myself up to Boston, weekend before last, to test ride a soloist. I am upgrading before spring and a cf soloist is on the shortlist(the other option is a six13). I have a 30 inch inseam so the 54 is going to be too big, but after driving up there I've discovered that they haven't even started making the 51 yet!

The guys at the shop were great and I got a bit of an education on Cervelo and Soloists in particular so it was not a wasted trip by any stretch (they even have the Dave Zabriskie time trial bike that he stacked on the tour on display, crack in the chain stay and all)

Does anyone have any info regarding manufacture and/or shipping dates for the different Cervelo CF Soloist sizes? Posts from months ago address the inability to meet demand, I am surprised these guys haven't sorted themselves out already.
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Old 01-17-06, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by botto
You can check out Jens Voigt's TdF bike there, and add another notch on your CSC pro bike spotting belt
LOL

I might just have to head on down there, do you know if they have soloists in stock?
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can't say for sure, but they seemed to have a large inventory of cervelos there.

the guys who i dealt with - especially Felix, the guy who fitted me - were super nice and helpful.

give 'em a call and check.

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Originally Posted by poopypants
... I have a 30 inch inseam so the 54 is going to be too big,...
The soloist carbon has a standover height of 29.37in for the 54cm frame. How tall are you?
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I would think a 54 would be perfect for you? Maybe not. Anyways I would definately hold out for the Soloist Carbon, best frame on the market in my opinion.
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Cycling news has a wonderful review on the Carbon Soloist

www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?
id=tech/2006/reviews/cervelo_soloist_carbon
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Originally Posted by alxra
The soloist carbon has a standover height of 29.37in for the 54cm frame. How tall are you?
I'm 5'7" ... long torso short legs, 30" inseam ... do you think I could ride a 54? The guys in BOston seemed to think 51 would be a safer bet with a longer stem...

I'd like to try a 54 to be sure but test rides are not available it seems

... this is what I wrote to R&A in Brooklyn:

Hi,
I am in the market for a new bike, am in Connecticut and haven't been
able to find a soloist to ride between here and Boston.
Do you have a 51 in the soloist carbon? If not do you have an idea of
when you're expecting stock?

I would like to test ride a 54 and a 51, is the geometry similar enough
to the al soloist to get an idea of fit?

Thanks
Damian Smith


And their response:
Well, no 51 sizes yet!
We do have 54 available. But, the hardest thing for you would be to try and test ride this bike.
Each one is almost sold before they arrive. And we have back orders for 51 and the customers who want this bike isn’t worried about test riding the bike. They just want it.
Your body measurements will determine which size is correct for you – not a test ride.
We are expecting to get some within two week, you can see it but not test ride it. Sorry, as each bike has the be sold / delivered NEW!!!
You are welcomed to stop by and take a look at the bike – 54 and 56 on display as of today.
Phil
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What bike shop in Boston?
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Tough on the lack of ability to test ride but if they can sell the bikes new I don't blame them.

Could you ride the regular Soloist in a 51 to see if the frame fits. I don't know if the geometry is the same or not.
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You have the same inseam as me. I am a 78cm inseam approx 30.5" and 5'6". I was just fitted for a aluminum soloist and 51cm is the right size. In fact according to Cervelos fitting chart 32" is the borderline frame size change between 51 and 54.
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I'm 5'9" with 30" inseam and I ride a 51 on most bikes. They fit me great, with my short legs.

Personally, (barring a full custom build) I'd rather have a frame a touch on the small side versus one that's even a little too big. You can always make up a cm or two with the post and stem, but you can't make a big bike any smaller.

That said, everyone's 51 is a little different. Go ride one and see what feels (fits) best.

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Originally Posted by ettsn
Go ride one and see what feels (fits) best.
I'd LOVE to!


I ride a 52 on a 99 specialized allez, and I feel comfortable on a 51 and a 52 on a Cannondale so I was pretty sure I was going to be a 51 on a Soloist.

In Boston it was the International Bike Center,(https://internationalbike.com/site/intro.cfm) they're really nice guys, very informative. If I have to put a downpayment and just order the bike I will go with them I think.
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R&A was the ONLY bike shop out of 60 that i contacted last year for a 56cm Soliost. The price was decent and the shop has a real nice display of bikes.
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Originally Posted by djbowen1
R&A was the ONLY bike shop out of 60 that i contacted last year for a 56cm Soliost. The price was decent and the shop has a real nice display of bikes.
You contacted 60 and they were the only shop with one?

So did you buy one through them? What were they like to deal with? I want a shop that has a good fitter. They are pretty responsive via email so I may head to Brooklyn and check them out.
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Do a search on R&A cycles and you will find that some think they are great and others can't stand them. They seem to be real tough to get a test ride on any of their bikes.
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Originally Posted by TassR700
Do a search on R&A cycles and you will find that some think they are great and others can't stand them. They seem to be real tough to get a test ride on any of their bikes.
Good call...very educational. The guys in Boston have been great to me, so all things being equal I will go there.
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I've read all of those comments. If truth be told, after 15 years of riding (and 7 years in NYC, although i'm on the other side of the atlantic these days), i had never been to R&A until last summer. their rep had kept me away. most of the complaints is that there's no service, you're simply ignored. sounds like most bike shops on a summer weekend to me

anyway, i went there last summer to buy a clear lense for my oakleys, and had people falling all over me to help.

when i got my bike (the day before New Years, so it was quiet) i once again had no probs with the service. I had already done a test ride at a LBS - where i wanted to buy the bike, but there was a 700$ price diffrence - so i didn't ask them for one.

Like i mentioned in my first post, Felix the guy who fit me, was great. He took his time, listened to what i had to say, made some good suggestions, etc.

Maybe i caught them on a good day?

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Good call...very educational. The guys in Boston have been great to me, so all things being equal I will go there.
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