Cervélo R2 review

Cervélo's first budget offering takes a lot of inspiration from its pricier predecessors - but can it live up to the all-round quality we've come to expect from the Canadian brand?

Cervelo R2 road bike

Cervelo R2 road bike

Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you’re looking for a bike that can pull its weight in every situation, then it’s hard to look past the R2. While there are bikes with equivalent or better components out there for less cash, the carbon frame, with its trickle-down technology from the higher-end equivalents and proven race heritage, means you’re paying for a long-term investment with huge upgrade potential. Sure, there’s the odd thing we’d want to change on the R2 sooner rather than later, but it’s more than ready to ride straight off the shelf and excel in sportives, races or just day-to-day riding. It’s been a long time coming waiting for Cervélo to bring a more competitively priced model to market but with the R2, it definitely seems worth the wait.

Reasons to buy
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    Superb carbon frame

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    Massive upgrade potential

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    Comfortable geometry

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    Genuine all-rounder

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Reasons to avoid
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    Wheels reliable but sluggish

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These days there’s a bike built for almost every kind of riding. So it’s a real testament to the Cervélo R2 that you never feel out of place wherever you ride it. That’s mainly thanks to the tried and tested features of its higher-specced predecessors, the R3 and the R5, that have trickled down to make the Canadian company’s most affordable machine to date a real joy to ride.

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