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Readers’ Rigs: Alumni Returns

When the Readers’ Rigs column first came to life back in 2012 it was PEZ fan, Todd from California who first applied with his then favorite Parlee bike. Since then we’ve published more than 60 bikes from PEZ fans all around the world and Todd has managed to buy almost 20 different bikes in that time too! In his current stable he has a Cervélo S5, an R5 and a BMC SLR01. Let’s check in with Todd for his thoughts on his current rigs.

Name: Todd Murray
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Age:  Forty-mumble…ok fine, 43

As an owner of a rig in the very first Readers’ Rigs it’s great to have you back Todd. What are you riding today a little more than four years on?
Thanks for having me back – it has been a while! I currently have two Cervelos (S5 and R5), along with a BMC SLR01.

Why settle for one rig when you could have three? Here’s Todd’s S5….

…..his R5….

…..and his BMC SLR01.

Why so many bikes?? And why these ones in particular?
Each bike excels in different attributes. The Cervelo S5 is the aero/fast/stiff option, the Cervelo R5 delivers great ride quality with some aero benefit, and the BMC SLR01 makes a great all-rounder.

Now I believe that you’ve also had a few other bikes during the last four years…

I’ve been keeping busy…
Three Cannondale Super Six Hi-Mods (2013, 2015, 2016)
Cervelo R3 (the inspiration for the current R5)
Cervelo S3 (which led to the current S5)
Two Francos (Balcom and Decker)
Two Specialized Tarmac SL4s
S-Works Tarmac SL4
S-Works Tarmac (2015)
Trek Emonda SLR

Just one of the many rigs that has passed through Todd’s hands in the last 3 years….

…and another one!

What modifications/additions have you done on your current machines?
I bought each of them with a Shimano Ultegra 6800 mechanical group, stripped each down to the frameset, and built them back up from there.



What components are you running?
Cervelo S5: Shimano Dura-Ace 9070 Di2, Ritchey Superlogic cockpit, Stages power meter, Knight Composites 35 wheels (some of the best wheels on the market and vastly underrated)
Cervelo R5: Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2/Dura-Ace, Ritchey Superlogic cockpit, Quarq power meter, Mavic Ksyrium Pro C wheels
BMC SLR01: Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2/Dura-Ace, Ritchey Superlogic cockpit, Stages power meter, Mavic Cosmic Pro C wheels

How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
About 3,800mi this past year – I took an unexpected ‘break’ during summer.


What do you love about each bike?
Cervelos are very well-engineered and thought out. The S5 looks fast, is fast, and has given me more PRs than I can count. I appreciate not having integrated brakes, cockpit, etc. so I can choose the parts I want to use. It may not be quite as aero as some of the heavily integrated options out there, but it certainly isn’t far off.

Ever heard the cliché “the bike just disappeared beneath me”? The R5 does that – it’s fast, comfortable, and fits me perfectly.

The BMC provides near-telepathic handling, is the lightest, and is the raciest in terms of BB stiffness.

Favorite riding area?
I’m lucky enough to live by the Santa Monica Mountains – need I say more? Pros come here for their off-season training camps to ride the canyons. I’ve actually had the opportunity to do more climbing since I last checked in, so now I hate it…less. Actually, I did a century in May, which contained a loop through Palos Verdes. I’d have to list that as my favorite riding area – right by the coast, absolutely gorgeous, and minimal traffic.

Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Riding the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure in May – my first century, riding great roads (well, the first half), with a great chain gang of friends.

Future upgrades? or future bikes?
I might try SRAM eTap on one of the bikes. I’ve also considered custom paint on the R5 (I’m not a big fan of the color red), but I have a feeling that a disc brake version is coming – and I’m chomping at the bit for a disc brake bike. Also, a Sarto caught my eye recently, and had me thinking about doing a ground-up custom rig…something with discs, clearance for at least 28c tires, and a custom paint job to match!

Last words?
Thanks for reading – if you’re interested, you can follow my adventures (or lack thereof) on Instagram (@tamtech1126) or at https://tamtechworldwide.blogspot.com Also…maybe I’m letting the cat out of the bag a little, but one of my close riding buddies is working on a mind-blowing rig…stay tuned…

Thanks to Todd for sharing his current stable of bikes with us and for making me very jealous of all of the steeds that have been through his garage these past 4 years. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Contact us via the Comment box below, or send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.

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