So in August 2009 I had an itch to get an exotic road bike. I have ridden my 2006 Cervelo Solost Team for 3 years, and have about 10,000 kms on her. Back then I lusted for a SLC SL. The soloist team was my 1st road bike. Not knowing if I liked road biking I decided to get the fastest bike under 2000 CDN dollars at the time. Aerodynamic aluminum frame. Ultegra everything. Worked out well. Till I transferred my upgrad-itis habits from mountain bikes over to the road bike.
By the time I was done with the soloist team, I had made her into a 14.99 lbs aluminum bike with carbon clinchers. http://fairwheelbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4903
So what did I do? 2009 Cervelo introduced their S3 to replace their SLC-SL. I thought the paint job sucked and there was rampant complains that the cable routing sucked causing the drivetrain to shift poorly. Much like cars when they changed generations, I thought bikes would be fire sold. I went to Cervelo.com looked up every single USA dealer and started calling. I picked ones that seemed to have a decent inter-web presence. Cross referenced to see if anyone had any complaints about them on MTBR or RoadBikeReview.
I finally found a 54cm SLC-SL frame from http://artscyclery.com/
They had it listed for 3899 on closeout. Knowing that Excel Sports fire sold their frames for 2899 when they had them I called. "Hi, I'm interested in your 54CM Cervelo SLC-SL frame, you have on your website as closeout sale. Do you still haven it?" they did. So then I said... "Can you guys do better on your pricing? I see it going for 3899 USD on closeout. It's now August 2009 and you guys are probably selling S3s now. What's the best price you can do? I have my wallet in my hand and have 4 credit cards I can choose from."
"2499 sir, free shipping"
"I'll TAKE IT!"
gave them my amex number. Had it shipped to a postal outlet in Buffalo New York. Drove from Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Buffalo to pick it up and bring it back over (saves on customs fees, and brokerage fees)
I broke down my 2006 Soloist Team. Washed all the parts. Then rehung the new frame with the old parts following NASA procedures on torquing fasteners, cleaning threads, application of thread-locking compounds, and lubes. After all I'm an aerospace engineer by vocation.
I present to you my dream bike. 13.7 lbs of bliss.
I don't have the latest picture. But one of the Tune Bottle cages cracked. So I replaced them with Planet Bike carbon cages (22g each), sanded off the logos. I also got some fibrelyte chainrings that I have not mounted yet.