Cervélo R3 review

Can the Cervélo R3 match the aggressive R5 in raw performance? We it took to the roads to find out

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cervélo R3 is a performance bike that's different to the R5, making it better suited to those who enjoy some added comfort. The frame feels slightly more sluggish and is ultimately compromised by the budget wheels.

Reasons to buy
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    Good handling

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    Comfortable frame

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    Great groupset

Reasons to avoid
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    Compromised by its wheelset

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The Cervélo R3 doesn’t come with the same high-tier specification, the same racing credentials or the same top-end price tag as the Cervélo R5, but that doesn't limit it as an entry-level version of the brand's race bike, and Cervélo has always argued that there's a nuanced difference between the two.

For starters, both bikes were launched at exactly the same time, the R5 didn’t come first and the R3 didn’t come after; it was simultaneous launches for bikes of equal merit.

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