Cervelo R3SL Product Review

I know I have been teasing you with hints about my new bike, and it seems that the thing is more of a myth than reality. However, I finally got off of the thing long enough to snap some photos that will do it justice…Here is the write-up.

When I decided to try and get into LOTOJA with some friends of mine, I decided it was time to get a road bike. I know I put in a ton of miles each year, but all of then have either been on a tri bike or mountain bike. I have never owned a roadie as surprising as it sounds. I have never seen the need for a roadie since I have focused on triathlons now since 2000. With the completion of my Ironman and the possibility of riding a couple of races this summer, it was time.

I like to research big decisions like this instead of just running into them blindly. I set up some criteria before I began researching, and I set my budget. To make a long story short, I wanted a light frame that is super stiff so I could channel all of the amazing power in my quads onto the road. After reading a ton of reviews, asking a lot of questions on forums, and educating myself on which frames would fit me best, I settled on the Cervelo R3SL. The frame has lived up to the hype. It is super fast when you want it to be and even a little forgiving when the pavement is less than smooth.

I decided to have it built up instead of just buying a stock version off of the sales floor. I am 6’00” tall with about a 34″ inseam. I bought the 56 cm frame FYI. I put Dura-Ace components on it unless it is otherwise noted. The Crankset is the Zipp Vuma Quad with ceramic Bottom Bracket Cups. My bars are the Zipp SLC2 Carbon. The pedals are Speedplay Zero Titanium in black of course. I put my Mavic Ksyrium SL on the front and the Open Pro with my PowerTap on the back. I can trade the rear wheel out for the Ksyrium SL that hangs on my wall. I had Canyon Cycles of Salt Lake City build it up for me. I added John Deere stickers just for a little character. Really, they are a shoutout to my redneck roots. My people know what I am talking about there…

Overall I am super happy with the bike. It recently developed a little tick in the right crank when I cross 11 and 5 o’clock and nobody can seem to figure out what it is. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know — it is driving me batty. Here are the photos:

Yes, that is my garden in the back. It has been a good year for horticulture in our house this year.

I have this thing for naming my bikes. The R3SL is called Chuck after by Granddad who passed on. He was tough. The rest of the photos are of some of the components. Some of you bike geeks out there may like to see how they actually look on the bike, so I am including closeups of some. If you would like to know about the performance of individual components, please email me and I will give you the best description that I know how.

Man I love my new ride. I may not be the fastest, but I sure make this ride look good…

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I have been participating in running and triathlons for 10 years and love the feeling that training provides. You may not agree with me, but you know you just can't look away...