Serotta HSG Road IT

Nowadays, the guy on the Serotta likely lives in a multimillion-dollar home and works on Wall Street. But in 1987, a guy on a Serotta probably lived in a smelly apartment in Golden, Colorado, with three other pros and rode for Team 7-Eleven. Serotta, a Saratoga Springs, New York-based builder of custom steel, ti and carbon frames, has one of the most illustrious racing resumes in North America. Its gotta-have-it rep of the past has led to some backlash; Serottas have become associated more with recreation than racing. For the HSG Road IT, which comes in stock, not custom, sizes, the company has tapped into its roots to make a machine that young, fast riders will be using to cut up the crit.
Serotta starts with its HSG (High Speed Geometry) build, which includes a slightly shorter, stiffer head tube; a longer top tube; and shorter stays. The look says fast: Shapely RoadMax carbon seatstays, top and down tubes are precisely matched with polished, 3AI/2.5V ti head tubes, seat tubes and chainstays.

Riding the IT is like binging on caffeine–you’re quicker, more alert and maybe even more attractive. I just slid away from the pack; how’d that happen? The juice from my legs felt like it flowed straight to the back wheel. The ti and carbon forgive road flaws, soaking up chatter, but this is no cruising bike. Flick your wrists to cop the inside line in a turn, then jump for the leader’s rear wheel. Now go for the front in a dead sprint, where the IT feels both stiff and ready for every watt in your quads. Do we like this bike? Like is the wrong word. Lust is the right one.

HIT: Made to crush the field
MISS: Slightly heavy for the dough
PRICE: $2,895 (frame)
WEIGHT: 16.9 lb. (54cm, as tested)
SIZES: 48, 50, 52, 52S, 54, 54S, 56, 58, 60, 62cm
FRAME: 12K RoadMax carbon and 3AI/2.5V ti
FORK: Serotta F3 6.5 carbon
COMPONENT HIGHLIGHTS: (as tested) Shimano Dura-Ace shifters, brakes, crank (53/39), 11-23 cassette, front and rear derailleurs; Ritchey Pro stem and bar; Thomson Elite seatpost; Fi’zi:k Arione Wing Flex saddle; Zipp 404 Carbon clincher wheels; Hutchinson Fusion 2 23c tires
INFO: See the video review here: