Cervelo S3 Disc review

The Cervélo S3 Disc is claimed to be better than the rim-brake version in pretty much every way. Most importantly, the loss of the rim brake calipers has resulted in a claimed saving of two watts over the standard model

Cervelo S3 Disc
Cycling Weekly Verdict

As the smaller sibling to the Cervélo S5, the Cervélo S3 is designed to keep all the ride characteristics of its GC contending older stable mate and pair them with a more forgiving geometry. However, the geometry changes haven't made the S3 feel slow or cumbersome, and it's exceptional fast and seriously stiff. But this itself is an acquired taste, and there's a rigidity to the frame that would be tough to live with day in, day out. 

Reasons to buy
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    Speed and stiffness

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    Enve wheels

Reasons to avoid
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    Struggles on value

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    Areas of the spec feel skimped on

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    Rigidity in the frame

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The aero road bike market is being flooded with disc brake models, and on the Cervélo S3 Disc the more powerful stoppers compliment the frame excellently.

While some might argue they're less aerodynamic, they certainly don't make the bike feel any less fast but all that speed comes at a cost for comfort.

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