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Who has ridden a 2018 R3 and an original R3SL?

Last post 01-03-2018 9:54 AM by jakes. 3 replies.
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  • 10-01-2017 5:30 PM

    Who has ridden a 2018 R3 and an original R3SL?

    And which did you prefer? My question about serial numbers followed on from the theft of my R3SL after precisely ten years and a day of my ownership. My replacement options boil down to these two. Much as I’d like a 2018 R5 in the mix, the insurance payout won’t fund that, and Chorus, and Boras, and a Quarq. So, anyone able to offer a view on these two frames?
  • 10-01-2017 5:36 PM In reply to

    Re: Who has ridden a 2018 R3 and an original R3SL?

    If you are comparing an original R3 or R3 SL with a modern R3, probably the most noticeable improvement will be the front end. The newer frame will descent much much much better than the original R3 SL which wasn't great in that regard.
    AF

    - Cervélo R5
    - Cervélo Soloist Team
  • 11-29-2017 3:52 AM In reply to

    Re: Who has ridden a 2018 R3 and an original R3SL?

    I do. And 2018 R3 is of course is better
  • 01-03-2018 9:54 AM In reply to

    • jakes
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    Re: Who has ridden a 2018 R3 and an original R3SL?

    Hi greg66, I'm obviously biased however, I have ridden both the R3SL and the new R3. The R3SL was far ahead of any frames at the time, super light (even by today's standard) and the then strange looking squoval tubes were very stiff. It was my favorite bike. But it's been 10 years since the R3SL and the current R3 is a much better bike. The weight is a little higher (R5 weight is comparable to R3SL), but the 2017 R3 is MUCH stiffer. The bottom bracket is a lot stiffer and as mentioned the front end stiffness makes descending way more confidence inspiring. If you rode them back to back you would noticeably feel the difference. Cheers,
    Jakub Macel
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