Cervélo R-Series Road Bikes
The R-Series is built for superior performance during the biggest road races in the world. Featuring the stiffest frame Cervélo makes, R-Series road bikes excel in power transfer and stable, responsive handling. You can expect powerful acceleration and climbing prowess, as well as predictable, confident cornering on speedy descents. Innovative, drag-reducing frame designs and the highest quality components really set these bikes apart from the competition. If you're looking to upgrade to one of the lightest, best performing race bikes on the market, the R-Series is where you should look.
The 2019 - 2020 Cervélo R-Series
The R5 is a race machine through and through, designed to bring out the best in everyone from professional cyclists to weekend warriors. It's perfect for stage races and hill climbs thanks to one of the lightest and stiffest frames on the market. With the R5 you can expect stable handling, lightning-fast acceleration, incredible pedaling efficiency, and predictability at speed.
The frame features Squoval Max tubing that combines square and oval shapes to create a superior balance of stiffness, weight, and incredible aerodynamics that create less drag than conventional tubing designs. You'll also get Cervélo's special BBright oversized bottom bracket for better power transfer and Pro Road Fit for the lowest stack height possible for increased aerodynamics. The frame can clear up to 28mm tires and comes with a chain stay protector and an integrated computer mount that keeps the handlebars uncluttered.
The R5 comes in 6 different configurations so you can choose the best possible bike for your goals. Choose disc brakes or rim brakes, then select your drivetrain.
If you select the new R5 with rim brakes, you'll enjoy 21% more head tube stiffness and 13% more bottom bracket stiffness than the previous model. On the disc version, the new R5 received 18% more head tube stiffness and 26% more bottom bracket stiffness than the previous model as well as the all-weather stopping power of disc brakes.
R5 rim brake models come with 3 drivetrain options: Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Sram Red eTap AXS, and Shimano Ultregra. For R5 disc brake models, you can choose between Shimano Dura Ace Di2, Sram Red eTap AXS, and Shimano Ultregra Di2. If you want help deciding between drivetrains, head to the FAQs section on this page for more information.
R5 Rim/Dura Ace Di2
R5 Rim/Red eTap AXS
The R3 is perfect for attacking climbs and letting loose on the descents, it's a perfect all around performance bike. Like the R5, this bike incredibly light and responsive so handling is kept lively, while still stiff and stable for predictable cornering at speed. It's compliant where it counts so you stay comfortable on long all-day rides. The R3 is perfect for anyone looking for more speed, control, and comfort at any level.
The R3 frame features Squoval Max, a unique tube shape that blends the attributes of square and oval shapes that greatly reduces drag and provides a perfect balance of weight and stiffness. A BBright oversized bottom bracket combines with larger tubing to increase pedaling efficiency and add to the frame's stiffness while reducing it's overall weight. Elite Road Fit offers different riding positions without affecting handling. Thanks to improvements in all these areas, the new R3 is 16% lighter than the previous generation, and benefits from a 4% stiffer head tube and a 4% stiffer bottom bracket.
The R3 comes in 4 different configurations so you can choose the best possible bike for your goals. Choose disc brakes or rim brakes, then select your drivetrain.
R3 models come with 2 drivetrain options: Shimano Ultregra and Shimano Ultegra Di2. If you want help deciding between drivetrains, head to the FAQs section on this page for more information.
The R2 rounds out the R-Series with the same aggressively capable performance you'd expect from Cervelo at a more affordable price point. It begs to conquer hills and fly down them, and with a $10,000 look, you'll be showing up to the weekend ride ready to leave the group behind.
The R2 features some of the same design elements that make the R3 and R5 so effective. You'll still get lightweight Squoval Max tubing for better aero and stiffness, an oversized BBright bottom bracket for added power transfer, and Elite Road Fit for different position options. In comparison to the previous model, the new R2 benefits from a 12% stiffer head tube, 10% increase in fork lateral stiffness, and a 5% stiffer bottom bracket.
The R2 comes only comes in 1 configuration: rim brakes and a Shimano 105 groupset.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of electronic shifting?
Electronic shifting is slightly faster and more precise than mechanical shifting. After initial setup, electronic shifting requires little-to-no maintenance, and the physical operation of the buttons and levers require less force. Instead of pushing the shift lever further in to change multiple gears, with electronic shifting you only need to hold down the button. By programming the front and rear derailleurs during setup, the front derailleur shifts slightly differently depending on which cog you're in so there is never any chain rub. Electronic shifting is also customizable, and there are more options for shifting positions.
What are the differences in Cervélo's drivetrain options?
For Shimano, the highest level groupset is Dura-Ace, followed by Ultegra and 105 respectively. Dura-Ace and Ultegra provide the same levels of performance and durability, but the means and materials of production are slightly different, which makes Ultegra slightly heavier and allows for lower price points. Both are available for rim and disc brakes, and both are available in electronic form, or Di2. As you go down the Shimano hierarchy from there, performance and durability is affected, weight increases, and price drops.
Red eTap AXS is Sram's chief groupset, and it's the only Sram model found on Cervélo bikes. Red eTap AXS is compatible with rim and disc brakes.
The biggest difference from Shimano's Dura-Ace is that Red eTap AXS is completely wireless, where as Shimano's electronic shifting is currently accomplished via wires. Performance between the two top groupsets is largely believed to be very similar, although the act of engaging the shifting is accomplished differently. Shimano allows for a high degree of customization in shifting behavior, while Sram keeps it simple and allows for easy setup. Many are split on the two, so the best advice is often to test ride both if you can.
How is frame stiffness measured, and why does it matter?
Stiffness leads to efficient power transfer, responsive handling, and a predictable and stable feel when cornering at speed. Though extensive real-world testing, Cervélo has concluded that there are 3 kinds of stiffness that matter most to a rider: torsional stiffness, bottom bracket stiffness, and vertical stiffness. Through these tests, Cervélo is able to stiffen certain areas of the frame that encounter the most force and lighten areas where stiffness and strength won't be affected. Cervélo also puts their frames through much more rigorous strength testing that industry standards so you can enjoy top quality performance and the peace of mind you need to focus on your riding.
How does Cervélo measure a bike's weight?
The weight specs on a Cervélo describe that bike in its complete form. No unpainted frames and no missing hardware or components. With frameset or "module" weights becoming more common, it's nice to see a company be so straightforward and open. The weight of a Cervélo bike is simply how much the whole thing weighs, in its ready to ride form.
What kind of carbon does Cervélo use, and is it better?
While all bike manufacturers have access to the same carbon fiber, what's more important is how and where it's used. Terms like "super high-modulus" (the engineering term for a material's stiffness) can be deceptive because there isn't a universal modulus scale. Cervélo's analogy goes like this: a rubber band can be thought of as low-modulus and uncooked spaghetti is high-modulus. Uncooked spaghetti is very stiff, but breaks under less pressure than a rubber band, which is much stronger. Cervélo takes a methodical, scientific approach to its design, and uses results from the lab and real life testing to determine where and how to use its carbon fiber. When you buy a Cervélo, know that your frame is constructed to provide optimum stiffness, strength, and compliance where they matter most so every aspect of your ride is improved.
What kind of warranty does Cervélo offer?
All Cervélo frames come with a lifetime limited warranty for the original owner.