Each bike on test in RIDE Cycling Review is subjected to a range of protocols so that we can publish as much information as possible for readers to make an informed decision about any possible purchase.
Part of the process is the ‘Build Report’ which is now part of the five-page review given to every test bike.
Jack Lynch pulls every bike apart, examines the frame and components – and weighs every item (rather than accepting published weights from manufacturers). He also photographs the process and, for the online extras, we’ll present a Workshop Gallery for each bike in the magazine.
Below is an excerpt from Jack’s ‘Build Report’ of the Cervélo C5 in RIDE #71. You’ll also see 30 images from the workshop…
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“It seems as though thru-axles will become the convention for disc brake bikes in the future but the sizing of these axles needs to be standardised soon.
“Comparing the Focus Izalco Max Disc with this Cervélo C5 shows just how close the industry is to finding a ‘standard’ set-up but unfortunately it falls short. Forget the disparate fastening systems (Focus’ R.A.T is cool but it will never be taken up by all brands), the widths of the thru-axles on each of these bikes are different and the method of measuring axle lengths varies from brand to brand.”
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“There was not a skerrick of carbon out of place anywhere on the bike and the paint finish was perfect. The most impressive finish comes on areas that often let road bike manufacturers down. The carbon entry and exit of the thru-axle is wonderful and the brake caliper mount is flush without errant paint, allowing a flat bed for the brakes.”