Till The End.

The Cervélo R-Series Classic Road Bikes

Pain. Pleasure. Defeat. Glory.

The Cervélo R-Series Classic Road Bikes

We live on a strict diet of road. Like two sides of the same coin, there’s pleasure and pain, defeat and glory, and all of it makes us stronger and keeps us going. Till the end.

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Our Inspiration

Human

It is more than just riding. It is our passion, our purpose. It is who we are.

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Pain

Rain soaks our jerseys, sweat stings our eyes. Around the next switchback there’s another switchback. And through it all, we smile. The pain makes us stronger and frees us from stress and anxiety. As Eddy Merckx said, “Cyclists live with pain. If you can't handle it, you will win nothing.”

Pleasure

The wind whispers in our ears, the crisp air fills our lungs, the misty mountainside succumbs to our churning legs — we savour every moment. Then there’s the anticipation: What goes up must come down, and we know we’ve almost reached the thrilling descent.

Defeat

Even in defeat we earn victory. We win by relentlessly pursuing our passion and by learning from our setbacks. This makes us better riders, but it also makes us better people. As Robert Ingersoll said, “The greatest test of courage on Earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.”

Glory

It comes in many forms: Claiming a leader’s jersey, earning a Strava KOM, pushing our limits while training for challenges yet to come. Beyond these mortal trials, there’s something more: The glory of oneness with the elements, with the road, and now, more than ever, with the bike.

Human

Machine

The bike is more than a machine. It fuels our passion and empowers our purpose. Together, we are one.

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Purity

Nature is often perceived as pure and elemental — simple, even — but a closer look reveals incredible intricacy. The new R Series mirrors this duality: There is no curve where no curve is needed, no feature for the sake of the feature. Pure function, pure form, pure performance.

Complexity

The poetry and complexity of motion are woven into the R Series. Instead of metaphors, it was built using advanced topology technology. Instead of analogies, there were instrumented ride tests. With poetry comes beauty, and the R Series’ is laid bare when charging down chicanes and climbing into the clouds.

Punishment

The R Series proved itself in the punishing Spring Classics and the Giro d’Italia. After saving his legs on Stage 10 of the 100th Giro, Team Dimension Data’s Omar Fraile unleashed the R5 to earn his first World Tour triumph. The R Series thrives on punishment, yet won’t punish riders.

Freedom

As poet Paulo Coelho said: “Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose, and commit myself to, what is best for me.” Now, finally, R Series riders are free to choose the fit and features that perfectly suit their riding style.

Machine

Features

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Comfort

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Comfort

Further, faster.

Road riders no longer equate comfort with soft, slow bikes. Extra vertical compliance can reduce fatigue and boost power output, which is why Cervelo has widened tire clearance for the new R Series and developed a compliant aero seatpost.

Wider ClearanceUnique Aero Seatpost
Wider Clearance
Details

Wheel clearance for the new R Series has been widened by 4.5mm to allow for a maximum tire width of 28mm.

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Unique Aero Seatpost
Details

The R5 and R5 Disc’s D-shaped seatpost promotes compliance, and performance-enhancing comfort, without changing the distance between the saddle and the pedals.

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Fit

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Fit

A perfect fit for everyone.

Data-driven fitting protocols and TT-like positions are fuelling a new emphasis on fit. One of the triumphs of the new R Series: Providing the ideal fit for every high-performance rider, from the pro fit developed for Team Dimension Data to Cervélo’s renowned race fit.

Rider-first Geometry
Rider-first Geometry
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DDD pros and other more aggressive riders favour a lower front end, which is why Cervélo developed a new pro fit for the R5. At the same time, Cervélo’s renowned race fit has been maintained for the new R3.

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Handling & Stability

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Handling &
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Handling &
Stability

Confidence is everything.

A new handling geometry enhances stability and, in turn, rider confidence, while disc brake technology delivers superior braking performance, extra lateral fork stiffness, and improved alignment, ease-of-use and safety.

Fine-tuned GeometryDisc-brake Technology
Fine-tuned Geometry
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Responsive handling and confidence-inspiring stability are perfectly balanced thanks to a lower, stiffer bottom-bracket, extended wheelbase, and consistent trail.

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Disc-brake Technology
Details

Designing the R5 Disc and R3 Disc around the latest technology delivered benefits beyond superior braking and stiffness. Thru-axles and a new fork insert improve alignment, ease-of-use and safety, while clever graphics help make installation quick and easy.

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Stiffness & Weight

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Stiffness & Weight

Bye-bye benchmarks.

Our stiffest-ever road frames are tuned to a range of riding styles. The R5 is 21% stiffer at the headtube and 13% stiffer at the BB, and the R5 Disc is 18% and 26% stiffer. As climbing weapons, the R3 and R3 Disc are 10% and 16% lighter.

Squoval.Max Tube Shapes
Squoval.Max Tube Shapes
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New ultra-lightweight shapes deliver a 14-gram aero improvement while fortifying cross-sections to improve stiffness.

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Aerodynamics

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Aerodynamics

More aero than ever.

We are Cervélo, after all, and as we like to say, “Aero is always on.” The new R5 boasts a 44-gram aero improvement thanks to an end-to-end enhancement package. With a different fork, seatpost and cockpit, the R3 delivers a 17-gram improvement.

Cervelo-engineered bar and stem
Cervélo-engineered bar and stem
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The R5 and R5 Disc’s sleekly integrated bar and stem delivers a 30-gram aero improvement while allowing for internal electronic routing and easy computer mounting.

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The Machines

R5

R3

Brake Type

Disc

Rim

Colour

Black/Fluoro

Black/Green

Navy/White

Fluoro/Black

Ultimate Speed

The R5 makes no compromises as a race machine first and foremost. World Tour riders praise its new pro fit, stable and responsive handling, and unrivalled stiffness and lightweight design. Bernie Eisel calls it “the perfect bike for stage racing,” and Omar Fraile demonstrated as much by winning Stage 11 of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Available with either disc or rim brakes, the R5 sets new benchmarks for performance, usability and confidence-boosting control.

Ultimate Speed

The new R3 combines pro pedigree and elite performance to thrilling effect. Lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic than ever, the top-shelf specs, versatile race fit and stable, responsive handling of disc- and rim-brake models will help riders crush hard hills and devour cobblestones with complete confidence.

Compared to R3
  • New pro fit
  • Cervélo-engineered all-carbon aero stem and bar
  • Aero seatpost with integrated clamp and cover
  • Lighter, stiffer and more aerodynamic
Compared to R5
  • Established Cervélo race fit
  • Ultralight alloy stem and bar
  • Classic seatpost

The Lineup

R5 Rim

Sets new benchmarks for performance and ride quality thanks to a new pro fit, unrivalled stiffness, and extremely stable and responsive handling.

R5 Disc

Sets new benchmarks for performance and ride quality thanks to a new pro fit, unrivalled stiffness, integrated disc-brake technology, and extremely stable and responsive handling.

R3 Rim

New Squoval Max tube shapes have improved stiffness, handling and aerodynamics while making the bike lighter than ever before.

R3 Disc

Integrated disc-brake technology and new Squoval Max tube shapes have improved stiffness, handling and aerodynamics while making the bike lighter than ever before.

The Team

Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka, Cervélo’s World Tour team, provided essential feedback for the development of the R Series. Between a Mallorca training camp in early 2016 and the R5’s first Grand Tour victory on stage 11 of the 2017 Giro d’Italia, Cervélo’s engineers conducted hundreds of interviews and tests with DiData riders, coaches, mechanics and sport scientists.

Your Love Letter

Love Hurts

Share your passion for riding — the pleasure and the pain, the defeat and the glory, the love and the hate — using the #DearCervelo hashtag on Instagram. Check back here to view these love letters to the road, to the mountains, to the elements and to your bike. We’ll be giving away prizes, so be sure to follow @CerveloCycles for updates.