So I got my S5 and Zipp Firecrest 404's with a SRAM Red build back in December. I parked it in the garage until just this week, waiting for the British winter to pass before braving it out on the open roads. Monday morning brought some blue skies and sunshine...and a total disaster:
My Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clincher with Continenal GP4000s 700x23c tyre picked up grit off the slightly wet road surface from the weekend rain. This grit stuck to the tyre, and effectively sanded down a part of the frame, very near the rear brake, removing the paintwork. To further damage the frame, a few dips and bumps along the country roads caused me to apply a natural downwards force into the bike, which in turn caused larger bits of road grit to puncture through the carbon frame.
I'm speaking to the retailer I purchased the frame and wheels from tomorrow, but I'd love to hear Cervelo's perspective on this. I have read on several forum threads that Cervelo have designed the S5 frame to fit all wheel types including more modern, wider wheels such as the Firecrest shape. If there is a limitation to only use 21mm tyres or less, I would imagine this would be widely advertised, and retailers should be informed of this? With whom would such a warranty issue fall: Zipp or Cervelo? Or is this at my loss...though I cannot fathom how I should be penalised for putting quality cycle components together, and a compatibility issue potentially writing off the frame entirely!!
I've compared the clearance between my Mavic Aksium w/ Conti turbo trainer tyre 700x23c and my Zipp 404 w/ Conti GP4000s 700x23c, and the difference is noticeable. I'm afraid I haven't figured out how to upload photos, but would love to show some to assist in my explanation. ARE ZIPP 404 FIRECREST CARBON CLINCHERS COMPATIBLE WITH THE CERVELO S5 FRAMESET?
Cervelo, please answer this call for help.
The number of bikes you require is derived from the equation: N+1. Where N is the number of bikes you currently own.