Love seeing other Ridley’s on here!
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2014 Synapse Hi-Mod. Came with Ksyrium Equipe S Wheels, which felt like a downgrade from the Ksyrium SL I had on the previous bike. Got these HED Jet 5+ at Performance as it was going out of business. Sticker price: $999 - got out the door for $425!
This frame won’t fit a 28mm rear... hi-mod problem. Just swapping to a narrower handlebar and it’s ready for the season. (Also, I may have gotten new carbon bars at Performance marked down from $199 -> $39)
They match the bike really well too!
Hey Baltimore! Do you think this our official two weeks of spring? Seems awful early.
I get it! It's a CANNONdale
looks outside and still i see snow Yubb, thats spring in Iceland
get ready?? they've been going on for like a week+ already
It's finally supposed to be above 65F this weekend where I'm at. Can't wait.
Hello, fellow Hoosier! We're FINALLY starting to get some decent riding weather.
Man, I miss that place. The roads/paths are so smooth and the drivers are, for the most part, used to cyclists. Plus, year-round riding. The Back Bay was my go-to for a quick 25 miles. My favorites were Laguna Canyon, Shady Canyon, Santiago Canyon, Newport Coast, and all those amazing multi-use paths. PCH is also great but a bit more gnarly with the amount of cars. I guess the whole place was my favorite. Irvine/NPB is cycling heaven.
Name of trail/path?
That's either a really narrow road or a cool looking bike path
I live in Irvine and know the ride. Spring is an amazing time in the OC. Cheers
Where is this?
nice view while cycling! What bike are you using?
Nice dude! Enjoy and thanks for sharing
I just got a strava haven’t used it yet - you like?
I was at Huntington beach riding along the board walk on Saturday. Awesome weather we had
I rode this as well, opposite direction !
Beautiful shot, makes me miss riding in Irvine! My go-to route was Harvard/Deerfield to PCH/Dover and back.
This is awesome! I rode through Newport Saturday morning on PCH down to Laguna. Ride on!
Gods I wanna move out west. I just came across a job listing that I may apply to in Roswell. Anything away from Appalachia will make cycling much more enjoyable.
is spring the best time of year for cycling?
I rode through there yesterday too. The flower bloom this year is insane. Went up to spyglass hill and it’s covered in flowers there.
I dig that bar tape, reminds of the stuff I used to get at Nashbar before they went tits up. Where'd you get it?
Yah, we have it good. I'm on Peters twice a week ( commuting from work)
I like your bar tape ! Deets pls!
Haven't road in this path for a while. Glad to see such a beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing :)
I wish I had known about cycling when I worked right next to this trail!
You are owning a legend! One frame to rule them all. 🔥🔥🔥
Alright guys. Here’s the latest in the continuation of my weightweenie journey.
This is my freshly built Cervelo RCA. It’s been my dream frame for years, since the Ryder Hesjedal days. There’s just something so incredibly alluring about it to me. Years old and lighter than the current R5. Or most current flagship GC frames for that matter. Last bike from Project California. Boron filaments. Hollow dropouts. Blacked out logos on sexy naked carbon.
I’ve migrated all the parts over from my previous R5 build, viewable here. And some new stuff since that post was made
The goals for this bike
A few years ago I went to France and did some climbing. This year I’m going back with the goal of improving my time up Alpe d’Huez to sub 1 hr. Last time I did it was right when I first got my powermeter at around 80% of what I now understand my FTP to be on an 8kg bike with two bottles (because apparently I’m an idiot) and did it in 1 hr 10 minutes. So since this isn’t the kind of thing where I can go back every month and try again, I want to bring the bike that gives me the absolute best chance of beating that time.
I wanted to see how light of bike it’s possible for me to build without making concessions to practicality. I live in an apartment. I only have space for one bike. So anything I can’t ride every day I can’t do. So for me, that means a clincher wheelset that’s robust enough to be ridden regularly. It means tires with good puncture resistance. It means Di2. And it means having a powermeter.
The Build List
• Frame: 624g
• Fork: 266g
• Crank: SRM Origin Powermeter with rechargeable battery and Carbon Ti rings: 625g
• Pedals: Zeros with Ti spindles, bowties, and hardware: 145g
• Chain: YBN SLA 11 speed chain: 210g at 116l
• Cassette: Omni Racer 11s titanium cassette, 11-28: 118g
• Stem: Extralite Hyperstem in -6°, 120mm length: 86g
• Handlebars: Zipp SL 70 Aero: 225g
• Seatpost: Darimo Gloss 3k post in 27.2x280mm: 71.6g
• Saddle: Berk Matte UD Lupina with round rails in 132mm: 72g
• Cages: Tune Wasserträger cage (x2): 28g
• Shifters: Dura Ace 9150: 228g
• RD: Dura Ace 9150: 197g
• FD: Dura Ace 9150: 134g
• Di2 Wires: 80g
• Di2 Battery 69g
• Di2 battery holder: 6g
• Brakes: Cane Creek EE Brakes: 172g
• Wheels: Roval CLX 32s with Rox Ultralite rim strips: 1266g
• GP5000s: 221x2 439
• Tubes: Tubolito: 41g/tube
• Skewers: Titanium QR Skewers: 39g
• Computer: Wahoo Elemnt Bolt: 62g
• Wahoo Mount: Raceware mount: 20g
• Wahoo speed sensor: 16g
• Upper Headset bearings: Cane creek AER upper headset bearings and cover: 21g
• Lower headset bearings: Stock cervelo: 25g
• Carbon spacers: Unknown: 7g
• Top Cap: Absolute Black: 3g
• Seatpost collar: Stock Cervelo: 16g
• Derailleur hanger: 10g
The remaining parts I haven’t weighed, so here are my educated guesses
• Fizik Bartape: ~50g
• Star nut: Stock Cervelo: ~40g
• Bottom bracket: Stock Cervelo: ~144g (per stevec1975 on weightweenies)
• Brake Cables/housing: Alligator I Links: ~48g
TOTAL CURRENT MEASURED WEIGHT: 5645g
It should be lighter, but I made the crucial mistake of using the stock cervelo bottom bracket. Apparently the stock cervelo BBs are quite weighty, so that’s obviously unacceptable. I’m looking into some lighter weight options and should be able to save approximately 70 grams there.
And then the big outstanding item is the handlebar. I intend to replace the zipp bars with Darimo’s new bar once they make a 380mm version. I just haven’t gotten along with the bend in the zipps and it’ll be worth around 100g to make the switch.
I’d been looking for an RCA for around a year and a half. But they only made about 300 of each generation, and my size isn’t exactly the most common. And I wanted to buy from a shop so I’d be able to get the full warranty. So I’ve had a while to fantasize about what riding one would be like. And I’ll admit, I was concerned that I’d built it up in my mind to some kind of mythical level that it wouldn’t be able to live up to. I’m happy to say I was wrong. It’s noticeably better than my R5. By a considerable margin. For its weight it feels solid and planted. It’s lively without being twitchy. And it’s an absolute monster uphill. But the largest difference is the vertical compliance. I wouldn’t say the R5 is a harsh riding frame at all, but by comparison this thing is a magic carpet. It just soaks up the miles and the vibration from the road. It doesn’t feel muted. It just feels right. It's only been two rides so far, but I'm in love.
So yeah, feel free to ask me anything about the bike, any of the parts on it, choices I've made, my journey as a weightweenie so far, etc.
How are those new tires
So where did you go to dental school?
This really needs to be in /r/bikeporn
It's more badass to hang the motorbike off the wall.
I felt good while riding my felt last night.
Two nice rides.
Good bike, but those pedals have got to go.
Was trying to be a good boy and save for this over time. That didn’t happen. It’s spring, the trails are drying out, and the prices are “decent”. Can’t wait to get out on this. It’s been nearly 30 years since I’ve owned a MTB.
That looks to be a NM Flag on your chest. Are you a transplant?
Hopefully that was a bad as the injury got.
Where did you go? I found only clear trails and roads this weekend :-(
Badge of courage!
Can confirm, am Minnesotan.Roads are the only place that are safe without studs
Nice bike! Only problem is, the most important things in road cycling are a horizontal crank and the smallest cog in your lean picture. Forget training, enjoying the outdoors, or spending time with your mates. Those things are for chumps. The true road cyclist sweats the details, and that means a horizontal crank and the smallest cog. Seriously, you might as well go out with unshaven legs!
Congrats! I have an Intenso. Totally love it. Amazing ride quality.
Nice, I worked on one of these recently, surprisingly good.
Congratulations! These endurance frames have really nice handling. I've an impulso and love it.
Best road bike
Shifters aren't my favourite but love that Intenso disc.
Yes! See you out there fellow cyclist. Making me want to finish rebuilding my road bike. Can’t keep up on my 29+ or my touring frame ha!
Prospect Park! Nice bike ;)
I have the same Cygolite headlight, so worth spending a couple extra bucks.
Lovely machine. WWII Memorial?
My dad has an Infinito CV and loves it!
Made with Love in New York City, New Jersey & Monterrey, Mexico.