First look: Serotta HSG Carbon

Stiff looking road frameset

Serotta might not be the first name to come up when most consumers think of race bikes these days but the company's background is well-rooted in the sport (remember Davis Phinney?). 

While much of the range's premium pricing still limits the audience to well-heeled baby boomers, Serotta is making a concerted effort to remind folks of its racing heritage, and the fact that its bikes aren't just showpieces.

Our HSG Carbon tester is good evidence of that with its lugged full-carbon construction and Torsion Core 2 tubing that includes Serotta's now-trademark Colorado Concept shaping. According to Serotta, the HSG Carbon is the stiffest and most race-worthy frame in its catalogue but the relatively small-diameter tube and arced seat stays suggest it's still quite comfortable. The frameset weight is also highly competitive at a claimed 1500g. More importantly, though, build quality and detailing is absolutely superb at first inspection and we have high hopes indeed for the ride characteristics.

Our tester comes equipped with Serotta's SRAM Force build kit, which includes a full SRAM Force groupset (save for a Shimano chain), Zipp Team CSC aluminum clinchers, an FSA bar, stem and seatpost, a fi'zi:k Arione saddle and a timeless Chris King NoThreadset.

Total weight is a race-worthy 7.21kg (15.89lb) without pedals. How will it perform? You'll have to wait and see.

Price: US$6825 (as tested); US$4275 (frame and S-Fork only)

James Huang

Technical Editor, US
James started as a roadie in 1990 with his high school team but switched to dirt in 1994 and has enjoyed both ever since. Anything that comes through his hands is bound to be taken apart, and those hands still sometimes smell like fork oil even though he retired from shop life in 2007. He prefers manual over automatic, fizzy over still, and the right way over the easy way.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road, cyclocross
  • Preferred Terrain: Up in the Colorado high-country where the singletrack is still single, the dirt is still brown, and the aspens are in full bloom. Also, those perfect stretches of pavement where the road snakes across the mountainside like an artist's paintbrush.
  • Beer of Choice: Mexican Coke
  • Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA

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