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Team CSC has continued its relationship with Canadian bike maker Cervelo for 2004 - and through into 2006. The extended deal was announced at CSC's recent training camp in Tuscany, and Cervelo co-founder Phil White says the relationship to date has been good for both parties, especially helping with Cervelo's development process.
"[Team CSC's riders] have also made us better bike designers," said White. "Their feedback was instrumental in the development of our new carbon frame. We listened to their comments, showed them our designs and several of the riders rode prototypes in the development phase. When three team members rode the final version to stage victories in the Tour, we knew we had succeeded. After the Tour the riders unanimously told us that they loved the new bike and not to make any changes to it. Of course, we will always continue to improve our bikes, but those statements clearly showed the collaboration is working."
As well as the new carbon frame, CSC feedback also went into the 2004 version of Cervelo's Soloist and according to Cervelo's other co-founder Gerard Vroomen, "riders now describe the Soloist as very similar in ride to the carbon frame."
Frame: 2004 Cervelo Soloist Team
Wheels: Zipp 404
Cranks: FSA Superlight carbon
Gears: DuraAce 10-speed shifters and deraillers
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Seatpost: Cervelo Aero Aluminum
Stem, bar & tape: FSA 115OS
Headset: FSA Orbit integrated
Tyres: Hutchinson tubulars
Pedals: Speedplay Zero
Water bottles and cages: Tacx