Russell’s 2023 Cervélo Soloist

I was looking for a road bike with aggressive race oriented geometry, some aero features, and hidden cables (it looks so clean). Despite being road focused the build also needed to be capable of some light gravel riding on occasion. With room for tires up to 34c and an integrated cable system that allowed me to still play with stem length and bar width, the Cervélo checked all the boxes for what I was looking for.

Brakes + Shifters

Brakes: Shimano Ultegra
Shifters: Shimano Ultegra R8170 Di2


Pedals: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100


Crankset: Shimano Ultegra R8100 52/36T

Bottle Cage

Bottle Cage: Supacaz Fly Carbon


Front/Rear – 25c Vittoria Corsa Speed


Seatpost: Cervélo SP27 Carbon

Rear Derailleur + Cassette

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra R8150 Di2
Cassette: Shimano Ultegra R8100 11-34T

Featured Components


Saddle: SQ Labs 612

I always swap to SQ Labs saddles. They are hands down the comfiest saddle I have used.


I run fully waxed chains. It’s nice not have to touch the chain for 1000+ km’s and I’m always into #savingwatts.


I mostly ride rolling to flat roads so the aero benefits of the CR45 were an easy choice. The feel and quality of Chris King hubs is unmatched, and who doesn’t love that Chris King buzz? I went with the CX-Ray spokes, again for their aero benefits with the bladed profile, as well as being the lightest steel spokes in the lineup.


Wheelset: 700c CR45, 24h
Graphics: Stealth Full Letter, Gold Valve (Custom)
Nipples: Sapim Black Alloy

Hubs + Spokes

Hub: Chris King (Two Tone Black & Gold)
Hub Specs: Stanard, HG, Centerlock
Spokes: Sapim CX-Ray