We've finally got our filthy mitts on a very tidy looking Cervelo S3 kitted out with Shimano's electronic groupset, Dura Ace Di2. We'll be putting it through its paces in due course, bit in the meantime we thought we'd share our thoughts from the time on the bike that we managed at Shimano's press day for the launch of Ultegra 6700.
It's too early to make full-blown conclusions but what is evident from our short time with Di2 is that it's an extremely well polished system. That shouldn't really be a surprise given that it's been used in anger in the Tour de France; Wiggo ran the electronic gears on both TT and road bikes on his way to fourth place. But what is surprising is how different it feels to its mechanical stablemate.
Look out for a full review of Di2 on road.cc in the coming weeks. We'll test that S3 frame too, while we're about it...
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.