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Question on my Cervelo Soloist Team

Old 08-10-08, 08:03 PM
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Question on my Cervelo Soloist Team

Hey, i'm new to cycling. Just got my first real road bike. I got a Soloist team. When I test drove the bike, I didn't really think to play around with the gears. I tried a steep climb today near my house, and found that the highest gear was still pretty low (i.e., it required more significant work than I'm used to with my old Trek 7.3 FX). This is standard right? Is the Soloist not a good bike for climbs?
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What kind of crank do you have? 53-39....compact.....triple?? The bike is fine. The crank or cassete may need replacing.
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Terrible climbing bike, send it to me and i'll dispose of it properly.
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Terrible climbing bike, send it to me and i'll dispose of it properly.
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I'm assuming you have a compact on the soloist, since i doubt a triple would fit. Anyways,
the 7.3 was a performance hybrid, so you should expect that the gearing will be "harder". How hard IS this climb?
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Tell you what, get back on your Trek and I'll take that Cervélo off your hands for 50 bucks. You're completely right, that POS sucks at climbing; in fact it can't do anything right really.
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Originally Posted by Ben FR
Hey, i'm new to cycling. Just got my first real road bike. I got a Soloist team. When I test drove the bike, I didn't really think to play around with the gears. I tried a steep climb today near my house, and found that the highest gear was still pretty low (i.e., it required more significant work than I'm used to with my old Trek 7.3 FX). This is standard right? Is the Soloist not a good bike for climbs?
Your trek was probably a triple which allowed you to use an extra low gear from the front.
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Swap cassette and chain from the trek and call it a day
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Old 08-10-08, 08:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Wested
Tell you what, get back on your Trek and I'll take that Cervélo off your hands for 50 bucks. You're completely right, that POS sucks at climbing; in fact it can't do anything right really.
dude i never said it was a POS....
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Originally Posted by Wested
Tell you what, get back on your Trek and I'll take that Cervélo off your hands for 50 bucks. You're completely right, that POS sucks at climbing; in fact it can't do anything right really.
Yah somone in another thread even just said a SLT isn't even really a Cervelo!
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Originally Posted by photonick
Yah somone in another thread even just said a SLT isn't even really a Cervelo!
I agree w/ him.
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Originally Posted by SoreFeet
Swap cassette and chain from the trek and call it a day
um, no, please don't. Unless you want a chain flopping around. And don't just swap the cassette unless you want to break your derailler. Besides, I'm guessing you don't yet have the tools (and shouldn't) to do either of those operations.

Take it back to the shop and talk to them about it. a 12-27 cassette will probably help, but it's going to take a little more motor than the hybrid to go up the hills. The upside is that you have the potential to climb much faster on the soloist.
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Originally Posted by SoreFeet
Swap cassette and chain from the trek and call it a day
I'm not sure you could fit a triple onto a soloist, the chainstays are really fat and the angle that they come out of the BB is too shallow to accommodate.
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Originally Posted by Percist
um, no, please don't. Unless you want a chain flopping around. And don't just swap the cassette unless you want to break your derailler. Besides, I'm guessing you don't yet have the tools (and shouldn't) to do either of those operations.
Explain.
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The climbs near me are anywhere from 5% to 10% with peak grade of 20% (Santa Monica mountains).... Do you guys think that over time I should be able to do these climbs easily with the stock cassette?

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Originally Posted by MadeInItaly
I agree w/ him.
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I don't mean to be a dick, but try and HTFU and deal with the double unless you have some serious physical handicap.
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger
Explain.
What I said was " saing a Team Soloist is a Cervelo is like saying an Arte is a Colonago. If you don't get it or agree thats fine. I have no intrest in one of your pissing contests.
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Originally Posted by MadeInItaly
What I said was " saing a Team Soloist is a Cervelo is like saying an Arte is a Colonago. If you don't get it or agree thats fine. I have no intrest in one of your pissing contests.
Providing material and taking interest are the same thing.

Explain yourself, because the Soloist Team is about as Cervelo as a bike gets.
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Originally Posted by photonick
I don't mean to be a dick, but try and HTFU and deal with the double unless you have some serious physical handicap.
That's expecting a little too much. You don't know if he has to ride over 15% grade.
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Originally Posted by mrbubbles
That's expecting a little too much. You don't know if he has to ride over 15% grade.
That's a good point i just assumed he was doing an average amount of climbing.
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Originally Posted by Ben FR
The climbs near me are anywhere from 5% to 10%+.... Do you guys think that over time I should be able to do these climbs easily with the stock cassette?
A 12-27 cassette in the back may be a good option. Much larger gear and you rear derailleur might not work properly. Between that and a compact crank up front, you should be able to get up those hills. That's a respectable grade, so it may take some work, but you will get used to it. If you want to keep the stock cassette (what is it?) then I have another suggestion. Keep at it regularly for a couple of weeks. Pick a hill, and time yourself going up it. After a couple weeks, it'll probably feel just as hard, but I suspect you'll discover that you are going faster. If you're happy with it then, leave it. If you're still unhappy, consider the 12-27 rear. Something to also remember, if your pedaling cadence gets too slow, you'll bog down and stall. Sometimes its actually easier to push harder to keep yourself spinning when you run out of low gearing. Enjoy your new bike, it's actually much better than your hybrid for climbing hills quickly.
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The biggest cog on that Trek is a 32. The biggest cog on your soloist is likely a 25. Ask for a 12-27 or a compact (34-50 on the front) crank if you have a standard.
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Originally Posted by jccaclimber
If you want to keep the stock cassette (what is it?) then I have another suggestion. .
12-25
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Originally Posted by jccaclimber
A 12-27 cassette in the back may be a good option. Much larger gear and you rear derailleur might not work properly. Between that and a compact crank up front, you should be able to get up those hills. That's a respectable grade, so it may take some work, but you will get used to it. If you want to keep the stock cassette (what is it?) then I have another suggestion. Keep at it regularly for a couple of weeks. Pick a hill, and time yourself going up it. After a couple weeks, it'll probably feel just as hard, but I suspect you'll discover that you are going faster. If you're happy with it then, leave it. If you're still unhappy, consider the 12-27 rear. Something to also remember, if your pedaling cadence gets too slow, you'll bog down and stall. Sometimes its actually easier to push harder to keep yourself spinning when you run out of low gearing. Enjoy your new bike, it's actually much better than your hybrid for climbing hills quickly.
how noticeable is the difference between 12-25 and 12-27?
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