Using the world's most advanced T800H carbon fibre tube sections with an advanced 3K carbon weave, Double Stay 2 carbon rear triangle, and full-carbon fork. Cyfac's CADENCE is 100% hand-made in La Fuye, France.
Strengths: Custom paint options, handling, and very responsive.
Weaknesses: Very poor support from VeloEuropa's Eric Sakalowsky when issues came up after delivery of the frame. Poor customer service.
Cyfac indeed produces a beautiful product. The frame handles well and is very responsive. I have ridden more compliant and better frames; however, the Cyfac is unique. The issue I have with Cyfac is the support or lack of support of the product. Mainly the US importer VeloEuropa's Eric Sakaowsky. Having the opportunity to meet Eric, I have to say he is not a man of his word and lacks ethical character when he has the opportunity to do the right thing. I had three issues with the frame, and with each issue, Eric was very resistant to provide any sort of assistance. The first issue had to do with the seat clamp which failed during an the initial installation of the seat post [Note-the seat tube had paint build up and it had to be removed before the seat post would fit]; the second issue was with the lack luster stock Cyfac headset; and the third issue had to do with the clear coat paint separating from the carbon near all of the joint areas. The first issue was taken care of. The second issue was not taken care of by Eric. The frame at that time was less than a year and I ended up buying a new headset. The third issue is the most concerning. The paint was lifting away from the carbon at all the joints. Eric immediately stated this was caused by environmental issues. How he came to that conclusion is beyond me as he had not even seen the frame. Since Cyfac at the time had a lifetime warranty, I requested the frame be repaired since the paint separation was clearly not a wear issue but a manufacturing issue. He refused to warranty the issue. Bottom line, to spend a nice amount of money on a frame and get poor customer service is not good business. I do not ever plan on purchasing a Cyfac again.
Strengths: Handmade and custom with an honest ride.
Unmatched quality and great communication with the manufacturer or owner of the company. Stiff, light and dynamic with a ride that is lost on most bikes made today.
I was on a Scott CR1 Pro with Campy 10 and DT/King wheels. The ride was fine, light and stiff....to stiff. Fine for high % climbs or hard sprints but wow did it beat you up after 80 miles. Also the high speed chatter, if you do know about it, try doing crits or high speed turns with some rough road, your rear wheel “chatters” across the road. No flex. That is what almost every frame manufacturer is removing from there builds, dynamic flex. Too much stiffness in a frame and then you get poorer handling. Note I didn’t say poor. Some will speak volumes of how great Scotts are and they are fully entitled to it. I was ridding a Lemond Zurich, Moser M50, Carrera Karma, before the Scott. After saving up I was able to buy any frame on the market. I have always liked Cyfac and after looking at many frames I decided on the Cyfac Cadence. One of my main concerns was a lifetime warranty which they have. Cyfacs are beautiful frames that are 100% hand made in France. No photo will do it justice. I really love the down tube cable stops, they are molded carbon that are very smooth and integrated. Also, the rear brake cable is internal which I like but really has no impact on the ride, just aesthetics. I had mine ordered with a custom paint job for another $350, which I think is very reasonable; you can design your own scheme and colors.
only took 4 weeks to deliver! Even had photos emailed with progress of my frame being prepped and painted. I built up with the new Super Record 11 Speed and DT Mon Chasseral wheels, Thompson post, SMP evolution saddle, FSA K-wing Pro compact and CSI stem. Over all I have to say this is the best bike I have ridden or test ridden. The frame is stiff but not so stiff in the rear that you bounce all around when climbing hard and fast out of the saddle. The bottom bracket is stiff enough that under heavy loads or sprints you don’t get any flex. VERY comfortable over long rides over any and all road conditions. Virtually no road buzz but, not a disconnected feeling to the road at all. Very good on the turns high speed or slow. High speed descents above 45 mph are extremely smooth with solid handling. Basically the frame will give you all the stiffness and handling you need with a bike that is comfortable over the long haul. Ride hard and the bike responds, century ride on a weekend club ride and you have a smooth ridding machine. I explain it to people like this. The Scott was like a VW GTI or a Lancer EVO great handling and performance but a hard driving car that isn’t too smooth. The Cyfac is like a M5 BMW, incredible performance but in a package that will give you comfort as well. If you are a person that loves to read and believe the hype and all the marketing from every manufacturer, this might not be your ride. There aren’t too many names or acronyms for the chain stay or head tube…….just a solid and honest stage racer that will give you years of return. I would love people to test ride blindfolded so they can pick a ride that is best for them based on fit and comfort, not marketing. I would see a lot more Moots and Cyfacs on the road but then again……. I like being the only one on any ride anywhere on a Cyfac. Oh yes, for the weight weenies. The Scott was 17 lbs with pedals and cages. Cyfac 16.1 lbs with pedals and cages. If you like people standing around and like people talking about your ride and basing your ridding skill on how much you spent, this isn’t it. No one knows Cyfac, so that could be a weakness for you. But when you are ridding something that isn’t as comfortable as this you probably stop a lot and have time for this kind of thing :)
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