I have this Soloist as well as the Soloist Team. The new Soloist Carbons do not have flippable heads (whcih I never really flipped anyway since I have a Arione and so many saddle positions due to the length.
The new seatpost comes in 2 main finishes, a dull carbon (which I don't really care for since it looks unfinished) and a carbon weave - which I elected for.
Wow, that is a pretty sharp looking bike. It looks like you did everything right on the spec (although I must say I really don't love the feel/weight of the FSA bar). Really, there are very few things I would change on it, and that says a lot because I am pretty particular about specs. However, I do have a question for all those Cervelo owners. How is that fork? It is supposed to be sub-300, but I was looking on Alpha Q website and that was for a 1" steerer. How much does it weigh and how does it ride? I have an Easton SLX on my bike and it is 272 cut and rides as well as anything I have been on. Granted, I really have never descended on a Colnago Star and my perception would be skewed because I am pretty light (135lbs.)
Anyway, congratulations, that is a bike that really made me say wow.
I took a look at the braided carbon (held it in my hand and compared it side by side), however I found the braided carbon Arione less preferable to the Arione Carbon for two reasons: the "tape wrap" over the carbon rails is very limited in length and thus I did not have the adjustment length of the Arione Carbon. Secondly, the braided carbon just did not convince me it was going to hold up as well as the Ti on the Arione Carbon - just my $0.02
As for the R3, it really wasn't a consideration for me since I fell in love with the siffness, comfort and aerodynamics of this bike that I did not feel the same for in the R3 but again this is personal preference and a serious buyer should try both b4 buying.
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