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Upgrades for my Cervelo

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Old 07-11-07, 11:27 AM
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Upgrades for my Cervelo

So, before people talk about upgrading the engine, 'ride up grades', etc., etc. - there is money to burn and it's going towards the bike. I am working on the engine, I am riding up grades, etc. But this is the fun bit.

Here's what I have so far:

Cervelo Team Soloist

* FSA SLK compact crank with different chain rings (52/38, 50/36 and a 34)
* Time RXS pedals
* Dura Ace RD
* Dura Ace FD
* FSA 140 stem
* FSA Wing bars
* Michelin ProRace2 clinchers
- Cervelo name-brand brakes
- Ultegra STI 10spd levers
- Ultegra 10spd cassettes - 11-23 and a 12-27
- Ultegra chain
- Cervelo aluminum seatpost
- SLR saddle
- FSA IS headset
- Easton Vista w/Velomax hub wheels

The *'s are things I have upgraded to from the stock Cervelo parts.

I don't race any more, just fast centuries, a few cycling trips a year through the mountains in New Hampshire, lots of solo riding, etc.

So, if I have some $$$ to burn - let's say $500.... what would you do?

I know the wheels are lower end - but I'm afraid that $500 might not get me that big of an upgrade. Some people swear by the carbon Cervelo seatpost, some people thinks it's a waste of money. Cervelo name-brand brakes (I think they are Tektro rebranded) are pretty crap - maybe some new calipers?

I don't need any new clothing or tools, I'm well stocked in that dept. Any one care to chime in on what to upgrade next?

[Edit: I have bought the 140 FSA stem]

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Old 07-11-07, 11:30 AM
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How about some zero gravity brakes. Extremely light and a quick way to add a little bling factor. I love mine. The rest of the build looks really solid.

*edit - this is only if you can't find some wheels you like. But you might want to check with Mike Garcia and see what he can do.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:32 AM
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Carbon seat post or some new wheels.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:38 AM
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Zero Gravity brakes and call it a day. A bit under your $500 price point and good way to shed weight.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:40 AM
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Save up and get better wheels.
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Old 07-11-07, 11:56 AM
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Originally Posted by MONGO!
Carbon seat post or some new wheels.
+1, the carbon seat post is a nice addition.

don't bother with the brakes, the tetkro/Cervelos are excellent.

Wheels are the way to go.
 
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Anyone notice that the price of Cervelo seatposts went up by $50 over the last year? I remember last year I was going to get one and they were in the $100 range. Now everyone is selling them for $150. Hmph.
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The cervelo carbon seatpost for the soloist is definitely a worthy upgrade (last year they were $175 for the carbon post). Then wheels after that (save up for something worth your while though).
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Keep saving your money and consider eventually upgrading to an R3. Then you will get some real bang for your buck.
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Old 07-11-07, 03:07 PM
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I'd put Dura-Ace calipers on. There's nothing like a crappy brake and pads on a long, fast downhill. Even if the pads are smoking you may still need to stop! Other than that, wheels.
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+1 on the new wheels. the vistas are far and away the weak link in the chain. i swapped my cervelo branded brake calipers out for some campy skeleton brakes and honestly i think the cervelo/tektros had more overall stopping power. with some good pads they're very decent brakes.
i switched the vistas for some campy zondas and it was like riding a whole new bike. HUGE difference.
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Wheels. Find some 1500gr wheels and some Kool-Stop pads for the brakes and the bike will feel so good.
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I think from the poll the choice is clear. But wheels are definately the most expensive chice of the bunch
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I voted for the seatpost, not sure you can get better wheels unless you up the budget to 800 or so........
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If you shop around, you could build yourself up a pair of sub-1350g tubulars, maybe even clinchers, for around $500.

Rims: IRD Cadence (clincher) or Ambrosio F20 (tubular) @ 390 and 370ish a rim, respectively. $50-60 a pop.
Hubs: Am Classic Micro 58 , DA rear. 255g. If you hit ebay hard and often, you can get a DA rear for around $100, not sure about the front though.
Spokes: DT Swiss Revolutions, 168g for 36pcs @ 298mm. Doing the math, that's 4.6667g a spoke, and if you build the wheels up 28/28, thats 261g. More expensive than you'd think, but worth it.
Nipples: Whatever you want, but around 20g.
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I would usually say wheels for sure, but wait until you have more than $500 to spend on them.
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If you have to ask us, then you don't really need any of that stuff. Seriously. If you have a kid, put the money in a college fund; if you don't have a kid, put the money in your retirement account.
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Surprised so many people are saying the calipers. I figured the wheels would be the number one. Thought the seatpost would be a close 2nd with the way everyone talks about how fantastic carbon posts are.

Very interesting...
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Money to burn? Vegas!
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Get a single wheel expensive front wheel. Then make your own rear disk wheel. http://bikeforums.net/showthread.php...l%26%239830%3B
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The seat post and wheels are the very first things I upgraded myself. My advice, go with the seat post if you want a "cheaper" upgrade that will go a long long way to comfort. Then, keep saving up towards the wheels with what you have left. Or if you have enough for both, then do it at once =)
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
If you have to ask us, then you don't really need any of that stuff. Seriously. If you have a kid, put the money in a college fund; if you don't have a kid, put the money in your retirement account.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
If you have to ask us, then you don't really need any of that stuff. Seriously. If you have a kid, put the money in a college fund; if you don't have a kid, put the money in your retirement account.
Don't have to ask, was looking for advice on what other people would do in my situation.

Thanks for the investment advice, but that's taken care of already. This money is for the bike.
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Originally Posted by adam
Don't have to ask, was looking for advice on what other people would do in my situation.

Thanks for the investment advice, but that's taken care of already. This money is for the bike.
If you really needed parts upgrades, you -- not us -- would know which parts to purchase. You just want to blow money for the sake of blowing money. The curse of the affluent: having more money than legitimate needs.
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Originally Posted by Coyote2
If you really needed parts upgrades, you -- not us -- would know which parts to purchase. You just want to blow money for the sake of blowing money. The curse of the affluent: having more money than legitimate needs.
I wouldn't have posted the question if I knew which parts to upgrade. I know my wheels aren't that great. I've heard of some people loving their carbon posts. I know the brake calipers aren't of the best quality.

By coming to the forum, I can ask these questions and get advice from people who have either tried these upgrades and loved them, or tried them and think it's a waste of money. If I had all the money I'd want to spend, I wouldn't ask the question and would just do it all. Or buy a brand new custom bike with every component that I want on it.

That's not the case, so that's why I posted for people's advice on what to spend on the bike. The OP says it's going towards the bike, not to retirement, not to education savings, not to charity, etc.
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