I did a little shopping around and narrowed it down to a Cervelo P5 or a Trek Speed Concept. Although the Cervelo is technically a faster bike (slightly) I decided to go with the Trek. The brakes on the Cervelo aren't compatible with Di2 so I wouldn't be able to have shifters on the horns, and I figured if I'm going to go with Di2 I want the shifters on the horns. I also really like the knob that allows you to make micro adjustments on the tilt of the saddle on the Trek. That's pretty cool. Sometimes it's the little things.
I've had some frustrating moments in the past dealing with bike shops, so I wasn't sure where I wanted to go to buy the bike. A friend of mine recommended Machinery Row, and that's where Courtney bought her bike last year and she was happy with them, so I went to Machinery Row. They were great to work with. We worked out a good deal on a Project One Speed Concept and a Retul bike fit. I'm very happy I decided to go with them.
For those that don't know what Project One is, it's Trek's custom bike option. You get to pick all the components and customize the paint. Project One is pretty cool, but there are almost too many options. I designed and redesigned my bike many times. In the end, I went with this:
A friend of mine is a Project One painter, and I contacted him and he was able to find my order and paint my bike for me. We grew up together and went to the same school all the way through high school. It's pretty cool that all these years later I got to have my new bike painted by him. He's a great painter and did a fantastic job. He posted this pic on Facebook when he was prepping my frame:
I got my bike a few weeks ago and had the Retul fit done at Machinery Row. After the fit, I got some video and compared it to my old fit and everything is almost exactly the same. I'm really happy about that because I had a good fit on my Slice and spent a ton of time working on it.
I haven't spent much time on my bike yet, and the few rides I have done have been on the trainer (because winter is never going to end) so it's hard to comment on it, but I think I'm going to like it. Here's a picture of the final bike:
If the weather holds up, my first race of the year will be the Cherry Valley 20K Time Trial on April 13.