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Replace/upgrade r3 ?

Last post 04-21-2018 10:06 AM by CLIMBR3. 7 replies.
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  • 04-12-2018 10:30 PM

    Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    Hi, I bought an r3 in 2014 (Blue/black ultegra version) and Im wondering if its time tu upgrade/change the bike. Is that bike still considered a good bike in 2018 ? I have already replaced the wheels a few years ago for dura-ace c24 9000 wheels. Also replaced the stupid cups for a bbinfinite module. Bike is in really good shape after more than 20000kms. Never fell to to the ground. Probably didnt see rain more than 5 times :-) I am looking to maybe change the Ultegra 6800 for Ultegra DI2 R8050. But im not sure if its worth it. Maybe I could buy a new bike already with disk brakes and di2 and better clearance. So, I would like your opinion on it., Thank you
  • 04-13-2018 12:01 AM In reply to

    • Kookie
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    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    Might as well get the new bike with disc brakes and Di2. Whole new riding experience. Upgrading just to Di2 is nice but you won't get the "stiffer" frame and feel of hydro brakes.
    2013 Cervelo R5 SRAM Red
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  • 04-14-2018 10:37 PM In reply to

    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    I have the exact same R3, but with no upgrades. I'm interested to see responses here as I'm also asking this question.
  • 04-15-2018 8:54 AM In reply to

    • Butch
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    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    Get a new one with disc brakes and help out the economy. Keep the old R3 for those rainy days, although the disc brakes are way better in the wet than rim brakes. I tend to keep my bikes a while and will upgrade here and there when there's a significant benefit. I'm still very happy with the lowly R2 orphan I bought 2+ years ago. It still helps me keep up with the youngsters on the local hills. Unless you're racing at high level, or your current R3 is coming to the end of its useful life, I'd keep it. The new R5 frame might actually present a more substantial performance upgrade.
    2015 R2 serious fun (climbing) bike will be upgraded some to become just a hair lighter
    Step 1: Lighter wheels... done! 1342g, down from 2000g
    Step 2: Fabric Line 142mm saddle w/titanium rails
  • 04-16-2018 1:08 AM In reply to

    • apwndwest
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    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    Take the new bike
    2014 R3 (Hills bike)
    2012 Roubaix SL3 (Endurance bike)
  • 04-17-2018 9:02 PM In reply to

    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    The problem with changing to a new bike is the ridiculous prices. A new one with di2/disk is really expensive. And Im not sure there will be a big improvement my R3. I dont really need disks as I rarely use my brakes :-) and I dont ride in the wet. Every year I get the upgrade bug. Maybe some new wheels ?
  • 04-21-2018 8:32 AM In reply to

    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    2014 R3 is a perfect bike. You do not need disk brakes/Di2. I received a new S3 to replace my S2 from 2007. Honestly the feeling/speed is the same. Better to invest in Swift, power meter, aero helmet, wheels,...
  • 04-21-2018 10:06 AM In reply to

    Re: Replace/upgrade r3 ?

    I have a 2012 R3 Team (upgraded with Dura Ace, K-Force Light Crankset, Zipp 202’s) I will ride this bike forever. But if I had unlimited funds, who knows how many more bikes I’d have...
    2012 Cervélo R3 Team
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    2014 Pivot Mach 5.7 Carbon
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