The R3 has long been at the centre of Cervélo's road race lineup, designed as a classic "do everything" road bike. As tastes and expectations evolve, so do bikes, and this latest R3 brings disc brakes and a stiffer frameset to the table, along with slightly more relaxed geometry compared to the flat-out R5.
This Ultegra Di2 build makes for an exceptionally clean bike, and the neat internal cable routing is easily adaptable to different systems. The frameset is classic Cervélo, with the efficient stiffness of the drivetrain making climbing a pleasure, but complimented by a surprising amount of comfort (aided by their own-brand carbon seatpost).
Make no mistake, this is not an 'endurance' style bike, it's a pure race bike (with clearance for up to 28mm tyres) but with a focus on maximum versatility in all conditions.
photos by Bence Bujaki