Looking at the Cervelo S5 series there are two different models but the Cervelo page offers no mention of what differences are.. could someone enlighten me? Looking just at the framesets is there a difference?

  • Down voted why?
    – rg255
    Aug 23, 2014 at 8:01

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They are different frames, with the VWD being lighter than the normal one. It is claimed that other properties (stiffness, comfort, shape) are the same, though.

This thread, in particular the post by em3, point to the following links from Cervelo: a,b.

  • So, let me get this straight, they use less material, are are able to charge $2000 (57%) more? The frames are basically the same identical shape, so the work to create either one should be about the same. People sure will pay a lot for a little bit of weight savings.
    – Kibbee
    Aug 21, 2014 at 17:40
  • There isn't really logic to weight weenie-ing, now is there? I wouldn't say its just less material, but a different carbon fiber weave/layup or whatever to get the same shape at a lower weight while claiming the ride characteristics don't change.
    – Batman
    Aug 21, 2014 at 17:44
  • @Kibbee yep, you've only got to look at carbon pedals to see that. The bike manufacturers will charge whatever they can get away with in the marketplace. Sad but true. Cervelo in particular has a very good name.
    – PeteH
    Aug 21, 2014 at 19:21
  • @PeteH Personally, I think the $100 water bottle cage is the pinnacle of charging what they can get away with. Especially considering a $5 plastic bottle cage will probably weigh about the same, maybe with an additional 5-10 grams.
    – Kibbee
    Aug 21, 2014 at 20:05
  • @Kibbee in fairness, you do get a free bottle ;)
    – PeteH
    Aug 21, 2014 at 21:30

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