New R3 rides great
The new 2011 R3 rides great and should be a great value as well.
Slender stays supported by huge chainstays
Cervelo's Bastie said the slender stays really don't contribute significantly to the structural strength of the R-series. Most of the strength and support comes from those huge chainstays.
BBright has locking collar for adjust preload
BBright crank spindles are 11mm longer than standard BB30 and easily adjust preload with a locking collar on the non-drive arm.
Cervelo's Squoval tubes
Cervelo's Squoval tube shapes have a race-bred heritage.
Here's another look at the large left chainstay and its taper down to the dropout.
Cervelo headtube size is limited for safety
Cervelo says that when the lower headset bearing gets too big, the front end actually becomes too rigid and more prone to actually failing in the face of hard impacts.
BBright has 11mm of additional BB shell
BBright incorporates an additional 11mm of BB shell width and a bearing set based on BB30 sizing.
R3 significantly stiffer than last year with same weight
The new R3 boasts significantly boosted stiffness without any weight gain.
R-Series has a 30mm aluminum crank spindle
Inside the massive BB shell hides a 30mm aluminum crank spindle.
R3 has 1-3/8th inch lower bearing
Bigger but not TOO big, the R3 uses a 1-3/8th inch lower bearing to boost stiffness without sacrificing strength.
R-series tapered head tube
New for Cervelo, the tapered head tube common among other bikes appears in the R-series.
R3's slim seat cluster
In contrast to many modern bikes, the R3 retains a slim seat cluster.
R3 is built in Asia
Built in Asia with internal differences invisible from the outside, the R3 packs most of the punch of the more expensive R5 bikes.
Asymmetric stays on the R-series frames
At the Outdoor Demo in Las Vegas, Cervelo's Chris Bastie shows asymmetry in the chainstays of the new R-series bikes.
The new Cervelo R3
Under the hot sun at Outdoor Demo, I got my grubby paws on a new R3.
Note how the chainstays are fat near the BB shell and slim down to meet the dropouts.
Cervelo's BBright bottom bracket boosts stiffness
Cervelo's BBright bottom bracket allows the frame to widen significantly, thereby boosting stiffness.
Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd race bikes
Sastre and Hushovd race bikes on show in Germany.
R3 adopts R5 designs at a lower price
The new R3 adopts the major designs of the R5 but at a more reasonable price.
Cervelo R3 bike
This R3 was displayed in Germany at the Eurobike show.
R3 frame gets some of the R5ca design
Impressively, the designs forged for the expensive R5ca trickle down to the R3 for 2011.
R5ca wins Eurobike award for design
Cervelo's R5ca won a Eurobike award for design.
Cervelo R5 bike
On show at Eurobike, the R5 marks one of several updated models for 2011.
R5ca's Squoval tube shapes
The new R5 relies on Cervelo's trademark Squoval tube shapes.
R5ca production is extremely limited
The R5ca is built in extremely limited numbers, too limited even for Tour riders.
Carlos Sastre actually rode an R5 and not R5ca
As it turns out, Carlos Sastre actually rode an R5 at the Tour de France, not an R5ca as Cervelo initially said.
R5ca forgoes painting
The R5ca forgoes paint to maximize weight savings.
On display at Eurobike, the flagship R5ca from Cervelo.