My Custom Steel Serotta CSI aka Sarah with Shimano Dura-Ace 7800
Yes it’s true an old flame has come back into the picture. Sarah, my custom steel Serotta CSI, has recently piqued my interest again. Earlier in the week I made the decision to sell Sasha, my Cervelo Soloist SL. I wondered which bike I would ride if I sold Sasha. After only a little thinking I decided to get Sarah back on the road. I took my SRM 7900 wireless power meter crankset along with the Power Control 7 head unit off of Sasha and installed it on Sarah. Sarah is equipped with a full 7800 Dura-Ace group. And honestly, I am a bigger fan of 7800 than I am of 7900. I wasn’t all that impressed with the mechanical 7900 Dura-Ace offering from Shimano. Hence, I just skipped mechanical 7900 Dura-Ace and went right to the electronic Dura-Ace Di2 group which was on Felicia then Sasha and is now on hold waiting for a new bike.
I’ve done two rides on Sarah and I’m in love again Her “steel is real” ride has no comparison. I was even thinking today as I was riding that I might sell Rebecca, a Cervelo R3-SL. Wednesday I rode through Santiago Canyon. Thursday I was in San Diego. I rode from Encinitas to Ramona and back through Rancho Santa Fe. I chose to climb through Highland Valley Rd on the way out to Ramona because I wanted the challenge of the steep ramps along with scarce traffic. I was curious how Sarah, a steel frame, would compare to my super uber carbon frames on the 10-14% pitches found on Highland Valley Rd. By the way, it is one of San Diego’s best kept secret roads 😉 Weather was almost perfect- just a little headwind to whine about 😉 Sarah performed beautifully! So now I am spending more time with Sarah and enjoy the “steel is real experience”.