Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Serotta Hors Categorie

Oops forgot to rotate this picture;)

Few shots from my POS, POS and damned if not a single shot without some camera shake. Very amateurish. Other camera, the batteries were dead. First real ride this morning on the bike. Quick ride before work. Left the house before the sun came up. Easy ride, as a recovery from yesterday's speedwork.

This bike has been described as the best descending bike ever made. Don't know about that, I've only ridden a few bikes and nothing that has been made in the last 10 years. My first bike was a Peugot back in the 70's when I was a kid. Didn't get another bike until I bought a Vitus 979. That bike is aluminum with Shimano 600 components, equivalent to Ultegra. It's from the late 80's. It's worked well for me for the last 7 years or so.

This frame is titanium, with a F1 carbon fork and a Campagnolo carbon seat post. All of the components are Campagnolo Record, 10 speed. I've never ridden Campy stuff, much less even a bike without downtube shifters. I put aerobars on the Vitus and moved the gear shifts to the ends of the bars. Having the brakes and gears in the same place is nice, but almost makes you want to shift continually. The crank is a 53/39, guess that's considered a compact crank. I just keep it in the big ring anyway. The ride is plush. I haven't been on any real hills, but it did climb well up the little hill I rode this morning, 3 times. The bike just seems to want to go fast. The ride was great. Heard the buzz of the "angry bees" that's how the rear cassette noise has been described. Just seems make you want to stay on the pedals and keep pushing.

From the Serotta forum:
"size of frame is 55.8 cm and it was the 275 th made", "they were produced from about 1998 to 2002", "about 600 produced in all", "C in the serial number is for custom", mine is serial number CHC 55.8 275.


Rick Collar said...

i have one bought it in '98 and i love it. serial # hc 57 074 don't know what the 57 stands for. always wondered how many were made. I'm sure i have the only one on the Island. (Whidbey Island WA.)Rick

Anonymous said...

53/39 is not a compact crank. It replaced the old 52/42 as the standard. 50/34 is a compact crank.