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CerveloR-SeriesR3 Disc Brake Road Frameset
Item # CVL000J
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November 24, 2020
Not the poor man's R5
- I've put it through the wringer
- Size Bought
- 5` 8"
- 145 lbs
There's a lot of confusion about this bike, but it really is a different beast than the R5. The molds are different, which is enough to tell you it's not an R5 made with cheaper materials. The weight difference is tiny. And the R5 has a brand new geometry, "pro", which I took Cervelo to mean, that bike is not for me. So the R3 really is a different beast, a road bike that is not for racers in the sense that it prioritizes comfort. Of course you could race it, but that's precisely not the point. The R3 is also more practical, with an old school seat clamp and a non- proprietary post. In short, it is the Cervelo for the rest of us.
September 12, 2019
- I've used it several times
I have had the Cervelo R3 disc to ride for the last week. Reasonably light (for a disc bike) smooth, clearance for 28c tires which are my jam and if you arenât on 28âs then you are missing out on life, and stable. Handling is agile, quick without being nervous. I hit 59.9 mph which is 96.4 kph which sounds even more impressive and it never felt even remotely unstable. I was super impressed, especially because this was a 51cm frame, slightly smaller than my normal pick. Cerveloâs focus on geometry with equal and excellent handling across all sizes was evident, typically your smaller and larger sizes suffer, but not with Cervelo.
March 1, 2020
Do you think there is enough room for 30c tires?
October 17, 2020
On my R3D a 28mm Schwalbe Pro 1 tubeless tire on a 25mm rim fits with about 5mm clearance on the rear. That is as close I would run on my bike.
June 20, 2019
If Goldilocks rode a bike, it'd be an R3
- I've used it several times
Cervelo makes bikes for people who know what they're doing. They're known for making the lightest, stiffest, most aero, etc. offerings on the market, and for taking a no-compromise approach to design. Cervelos of yesteryear were undeniably quick, but you had to be willing to endure a mercilessly stiff ride. This R3 was incredibly stiff and lively, but it was also one of the smoothest race bikes I have ever ridden. Witchcraft? Probably. Cervelo seems to have cracked the code to the code to the laterally stiff/vertically compliant riddle. Without an engineering degree, I can't aptly explain why, but as a rider, I can tell you that they nailed it. If you're reading this, there is an excellent chance that you're cross-shopping this with the R5. If you want one of the lightest, best handling race bikes in the galaxy, and you're willing to pay for it, it's the bike for you. If you want to be slightly more upright, and land a sweet deal, the R3 is the ticket! All in all, I'm extremely impressed. At $3k for the frameset, I'd buy this over almost anything else. As far as sizing goes, I'm 5'11, and while the 56 that I rode felt almost perfect, I could have gone down to a 54. Feel free to reach out to me directly at email@example.com if you have any questions!