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The RS is Complete


By Rob - Posted on 25 September 2010

Ta daaaaaa.... Smiling

Well, it's been a while coming, but now ready to ride. Not sure I'll keep the bar tape like this, but seemed a shame to cover all those nice graphics. Had this stuff lying around and didn't mind binning a good section of it - so let's see how this feels.

Sadly I'm still suffering a bit but physio said I could go for a very short ride this weekend so perhaps tomorrow will be the day.

In case you didn't notice, this is a Cervelo RS. It's a 2008 model, but as far as I know nothing but the paint has changed (for the worse - I reckon this colour scheme is nicer than more recent attempts).

One of the beautiful things about cycling is that if you are a bit lucky you can own and ride bikes very similar to those the pros use. Imagine being able to take a spin on a MotoGP bike or in an F1 car... not a hope! Eye-wink

So case in point: this frame is identical (aside from colour) to the one Cancellara won the 2006 and O'Grady won the 2007 Paris-Roubaix on, and rode again in '08...

http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/photos/2006/apr06...
http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech/2007/probike...
http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/tech/2008/probike...

Yes, yes, the bikes in these articles are badged as 'R3', but are clearly RS models, "the frame's rear end was extended by 1cm... virtually nothing on O'Grady's bike was new relative to 2007" Sticking out tongue

So perhaps it's a 4 year old design, but come on... they are still making it so much be a goodie Eye-wink

By complete randomness, I have even fitted the same cages as O'Grady used, as they were bought for another project that ended up needing side entry cages. So these were saved from the parts bin Smiling

Should I mention this is also the same frame that Thor Hushovd smashed into the ground in the 2009 Paris-Roubaix... perhaps not Eye-wink

Anyhow - point is perhaps this tiny bit of history will serve as an inspiration when out riding? We can but hope! Smiling

P.S. Someone is bound to ask... 6902 grams (plus a little tape & frame film).

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That looks like 3T Ergonova Team bar? and seat Antares?

Since you have written so much about the bike's history and built it nearly light enough to make it illegal for racing, expectations are high Rob!

Tien.

Looks good. Did you get out on it today?

@Brian... yeah - rode a very slow 6 kays this morning as per physio instructions. OK, the first 3km were slow, but then found a nice 35-40km/h pace along the highway home.

First impression is that it's super smooth and effortless to pedal. Advice is this feeling won't last so I should make the most of it Eye-wink

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