Cervelo for years has been known for their aerodynamics and going fast. The R-Series takes things to the next level with its all-round ability. While 6K is no small chunk of change, what you get with the R3 rivals that of any top end offering. Sure you can find a stiffer or lighter bike but you'll be hard pressed to find a bike that gives you a measurable advantage over the R3 for under 10K. Or even over 10K for that matter.
Riding out here in Salt Lake, I had the opportunity to test this bike out on all sorts of terrain, and I must say, I was impressed every time. Climbing steep canyons while never easy for me, the R3 handled great both in and out of the saddle. The 8070 drivetrain shifts under load without issue. Descending the Cottonwoods is always exciting and you can do it with confidence on board the R3. The Hydraulic disc brakes allow you to scrub speed as needed as well as enter corners without fear. Strong crosswinds can be terrifying and while they did move me around a little, I never found myself out of control.
When it comes time to put some power down you will be impressed by how quickly it responds. Whether you are trying to catch the breakaway or simply trying to pass another rider in the bike lane you will have no trouble accelerating.
At 6' with a 32 inseam I fit perfectly on the 56
The R3 will also look great at your local Cafe Stop!