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Cervelo???(15 posts)

Cervelo???spokehead
Aug 27, 2002 11:59 AM
Does anyone have experience with Cervelo, particularly the Prodigy? It looks like a nice bike, especially for the $$, but I haven't heard much about them. Also, the fact they sell them at Supergo worries me a bit, although it appears to be a much better product than the Scat-talian Weyless things they are pushing.
re: Cervelo???HBPat
Aug 27, 2002 12:45 PM
They are a Canadian brand and are pretty big with the Tri crowd. Don't group them in with the Scattante brand because they are an actual manufacturer not just Supergo's own line of bikes. I haven't ridden the Prodigy but it looks like a pretty solid bike.
They are terrific bikessn69
Aug 27, 2002 1:24 PM
Yes, they are huge with the tri crowd, particularly for two reasons. First, the P2K and P3 are true aero bikes, and tri geeks tend to gravitate towards those (speaking as a tri geek). Second, they represent terrific value for their quality.

Additionally, their customer service is first rate and Gerard, their primary owner, frequents the Slowtwitch.com forum. If you have questions, I'd recommend either posting them there or emailing him directly. I've done both, and he always answers expeditiously.

As far as their road bikes go, I've ridden both the Soloist and the Prodigy. They are different bikes, although the former was a fantastic ride and went far to erase my spine-crushing memories of aluminum thanks to an old 'Dale 2.8 I once owned. The Prodigy is a smooth, refined steel bike with a foco main traingle and a zona rear. Their spec'ed comp package is frugal (off brand brakes, fork, headset and Ritchey wheels) but nice, although two local riders near me bought only the frame fork combo and spec'ed their Prodigies with Record. Between the two, I really liked the Prodigy more. Unfortunatley, I have neither seen nor ridden the Rennaisance, but I've read rave reviews about it. Again, I'd recommend contacting Gerard with your questions.

Don't judge them on the basis of Supergo, who has also sold Litespeed, Yaqui and Bianchi.
re: Cervelo???Roadfrog
Aug 27, 2002 1:44 PM
I have a P2K (Tri-geek), and it is a solid bike. HOP
It is what jaja was riding in the prologe, TTT & ITT nmPhatMatt
Aug 27, 2002 3:00 PM
re: Cervelo???PMC
Aug 27, 2002 4:07 PM
The Prodigy is a great bike but like the other poster mentioned some of the parts are not great. The Cervelo house brand brakes are the worst road brakes I've ever used.

The frame is great. It is light with great handling traits and is really comfortable.

For the cash I really don't think you could go wrong.
scat-talian? they happen to be good bikes... ya poser..Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 27, 2002 5:01 PM
scat-talian? they happen to be good bikes... ya poser..Carbon fiber fanatik
Aug 27, 2002 5:03 PM
Oh yeah... their forks? are made by martec... wrap that around ur mavics and spin around the block..
Neither Italian nor...Uncle Tim
Aug 27, 2002 6:55 PM
Canadian. The company may be based in Canada or have a mailing address in Canada, but the Cervelos are made in Taiwan, I believe.

Another case of putting an Italian-sounding name on a bike that never gets anywhere near Italy. Very deceptive.
About this Tiawan thing.....joekm
Aug 28, 2002 4:47 AM
Seems that an awful lot of frames are made in Taiwan and always have been. My old bike (Centurion Accordo) was a steel frame from Taiwan and my current bike (Ironhorse Victory) is the same thing. I see "made in Taiwan" on a lot of road frames in bike shops.

I would not be surprised if Scattante (sp?) is made there as well. Ultimately, it does not really matter though. If it's a good frame then who cares where it comes from?
re: Cervelo???Akirasho
Aug 27, 2002 7:29 PM
... consider joining or at least viewing...

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cervelo/

Board is not offically part of Cervelo but is frequented by Gerard Vroomen as well as others.

I've got a P2K and it's rock solid (save for a small problem with paint chipping)... It's aluminium with finished welds which I find aesthetically pleasing. I'd always have a Cervelo (steel or aluminium) on my short list for a new ride.



As for selling at Supergo... there was an explanation given on the Yahoo site... but I don't remember the specifics... so rather than missquote... you could pose the question again (probably clearing overstock (which is one of the main reasons of how Supergo got started)).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: Jaja's bikeCharlesTT
Aug 27, 2002 10:13 PM
Jaja and all of CSC were riding LOOK bikes for the ITT and TTT. I guess is that they were riding modified versions of the LOOK track frame painted black. There were certainly not cervelo frames. They use Fir Killing System rear discs, with either Fir Razze 3 or Fir Razze 4 front wheels.
Not quite all of CSC. There was one P3 in the mix. nmSoultrain
Aug 27, 2002 11:41 PM
JaJa rode a Cervelo in the PrologueNJRoad
Aug 28, 2002 7:56 AM
Jalabert rode Hamilton's Cervelo which had arrived shortly before the Prologue. Since Tyler hadn't spent much time on the bike (and he fall's enough as it is) he didn't want to use the Cervelo. Jalabert took a spin on the Cervelo and loved it so he rode the Prologue on it. Unfortunately for him the mechanics hadn't spent enough time around the bike either and flubbed the tire change when Jalabert flatted.
Link to photo of bikeDMoore
Aug 28, 2002 10:25 AM
Here's picture of the Hamilton/JaJa bike - and that ain't no Look!

http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2002/tech/?id=tourbikes/TMtyler