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The Cervélo R3 is a classic in a few senses, but don’t let the sobriquet get in the way. It is as cutting edge as any the Canadian company creates. The R3 is a classic in the sense that it has a long, storied history, both in the Cervélo lineup and on the road. It’s also a classic in the sense that it features a classic road racing geometry, and a classic in that the tubing shapes seem the most rounded of what can be found on Cervélo these days. At the same time, this bike has evolved and evolved and remains high-tech.

You can see it in the new Squoval Max tube set. As with earlier iterations of Squoval, the initial impression might be that the tubes are mostly round. They’re not. Squoval is SQUare-OVAL, and the shapes have been further tweaked and tugged out of round to make the bike lighter and laterally stiffer as well as more aero. The bike has gotten stiffer where it matters, four percent stiffer at the bottom bracket for better power transfer, four percent stiffer at the head tube for more precise steering. The frame is also 10% lighter than the previous R3, which is a plus every time the wheels move. 850g for a 54, and that includes all the hardware, for those who are gram counters. The frame isn’t aero like an S-series frame, but it still has some aero shaping built into the tubes. The difference here is that the focus is on the ride quality first, aero second. Even with their focus on ride, they still managed to reduce aero drag by seventeen grams.

They’ve also adjusted the geometry. The previous R3 shared a geometry with all other Cervélo road bikes. That limited options. Now, each model has it’s own geometry. They’re all close, but the differences make them interesting. This new R3 has the same geometry as the old R5 and shares many dimensions with the new R5. Those include: head and seat angles with the R5, as well as bottom bracket drop, and chainstay length. Trail remains 57mm. Where they differ is in stack and reach. The R3 has less reach and more stack compared to the identically-sized R5. The benefit to this is that you can more easily achieve a more upright position with the R3, keeping the stack spacers to a minimum, which has a benefit for steering and weight.

There are a few more changes in store, still. The R3 is designed to accept up to 28mm wide tires, with 4mm of clearance on either side of the tire. The stays, btw, are 410mm long. If you ride rough roads or just prefer the ride of wide, you’re set. The steerer tube’s lower diameter has been pushed out from the 1 3/8” of the previous R3, to 1 ½” making it a 1 1/8” to 1 ½” taper. Stronger, lighter, stiffer, all good. They’ve also designed a new proprietary seatpost for the frame, which has an aero leading edge and a squared-off trailing edge. The shape is very much a “D” and it is to help with speed and compliance. The smallest two frame sizes come with a zero-setback post and the rest 25mm setback. The post length is 350mm. It fits into a new integrated clamp in the frame that is then protected by a rubber cover, for both keeping debris and grit out of the frame and providing a marker for when you pull the post.

The bike still comes with Cervélo’s BBRight standard, though there are now many more options in terms of what cranks go with. It still comes with internal cable runs and Cervélo’s Future-Proof routing system, which allows for mechanical and both wired and wireless electronic shifting.

We haven’t mentioned braking yet. That’s because the R3 and the R3D, the disc-brake version, are virtually identical, even down to the weight. The difference is the brake mounting method and the axle dimensions. Rotor disc calipers are mounted via flat mounting, the rotor sizes recommended are 160mm front and rear. The R3D also comes with thru-axles that have a quick ratchet mechanism that speeds and eases both installation and removal.

The Cervélo R3 is a classic road racing bike that combines the stability and comfort of a traditional machine, while updating the materials and construction to make the bike stiffer and lighter than ever.


  • Bottom Bracket Type PF30 Required
  • Fork Cervélo All-Carbon, Tapered
  • Frame Material High Modulus Carbon
  • Front Derailleur Type Braze-On Required
  • Headset FSA IS2 1 1/8" X 1-1/2"
  • Seatpost Cervelo Carbon SP19
*Specifications are subject to change.

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