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    New Cervelo R3 Road Bike

    A few weeks ago, I pulled the trigger on a Cervelo R3. After test riding a few other bikes in the same class, I decided on the R3. I have ~ 500 miles on the bike and I have competed in three sanctioned races: the Mount Diablo Hill Climb 10K ITT and two 44 mile road races.

    It is equipped with D/A except for the rear cassette which is SRAM red 11/26. The carbon cranks are a demo set of IRD while I determine which power meter I am going to get. It is between the Quarq and the Ergomo. It has carbon handlebars and an aluminum stem with carbon overlay. The pedals are the new D/A SPD-SL. The wheels are Bontrager Race XXX Lite OLCV Carbon Clinchers with Conti GP 4000s tires. For now, I have a wired Cateye electronics with cadence. The weight as pictured is ~15.9 pounds for a 58 cm frame.

    I have the compact double 50/34 with the SRAM Red 11/26 10 speed cassette.

    Here are some pics.









    Mount Diablo Hill Climb Race



    Cruising along.


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    Its white with black trim............nough said.......



    And naturally.............just a splash of red............for accent.

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    Wow, and it's my size too. So if you really don't like it. I really couldn't imagine having one of those, beautiful bike congratulations
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    Cool bike - just looks fast.
    Did you consider a powertap as a power meter system?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    Cool bike - just looks fast.
    Did you consider a powertap as a power meter system?
    Of course, however, I want a crank based system so that I can swap wheelsets. I talked with Quarq www.quarq.us today and they will start shipping compact crank sensors in September. They are shipping 53/39 sensors today.

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    I've seen this bike in person and it's a beaut. And Hermes is fast on it.

    Yes, a very pretty bike, and color-coordinated with Wicked. I like.
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    Very nice! I really liked my demo of the R3. The 58 looks like the right size for you. It worked for me with a 120 stem just fine. I really learned something about the bike when my first ride on it went for 91 miles in comfort. Good luck with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    Of course, however, I want a crank based system so that I can swap wheelsets. I talked with Quarq www.quarq.us today and they will start shipping compact crank sensors in September. They are shipping 53/39 sensors today.
    I was not familiar with the quarq - that looks like an intersting design but doesn't it assume your power output is the same for each leg? I have been thinking about the power tap but at this point I can't justify the costs - I am getting a lot out of the simple HRM, speed and cadence. I can see if you are at the upper end of the training scale - this could be a real valuable tool.
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    A beautiful bike. Looks fast in the pictures.

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    great looking ride.
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    I am soooo envious. There are not enough "o"s in "so" to describe how so envious I am. And of course it was a Cervelo that just won the Tour de France. Just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    .....and color-coordinated with Wicked. I like.
    I think side by side pics would be outstanding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Brown View Post
    I am soooo envious. There are not enough "o"s in "so" to describe how so envious I am. And of course it was a Cervelo that just won the Tour de France. Just perfect.
    I thought Carlos Sastre won the TdF?

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    It looks like it could get you a speeding ticket while it is parked. I like it!

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    FYI, there's a nice article about the history of Cervelo in the August issue of Procycling. It sounds like they really know their stuff and strive for perfection. For a racing bike, it would be hard to find any better as this year's TdF proved.

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    Looks one bad mammerjammer. Have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    I was not familiar with the quarq - that looks like an intersting design but doesn't it assume your power output is the same for each leg? I have been thinking about the power tap but at this point I can't justify the costs - I am getting a lot out of the simple HRM, speed and cadence. I can see if you are at the upper end of the training scale - this could be a real valuable tool.
    As I understand the Quarq technology, it sums the power being produced by each leg using the same technique as the SRM. The Ergomo measures the twist in the bottom bracket and only captures the left leg and multiplies its power by 2. In theory, the Quarq technology is more accurate and may be more reliable. The PowerTap measures the twist in the hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    I think side by side pics would be outstanding.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
    I think side by side pics would be outstanding.
    Okay...I have them. However, Red Rider is sort of comparing apples to oranges but here is the Cevelo compared to Ms Wicked.



    This is Ms Wicked...


    This is the real Ms Wicked, who looks like a tour pro that just stepped out of a wind tunnel, on her wicked TT bike .


    Here is my TT bike...


    Here I am, who needs a lot of work on my TT position, on my TT bike with borrowed wheels so that my wife could have the fast wheelset in that race.


    Here is my wife's Orbea Orca road bike.
    Last edited by Hermes; 07-30-08 at 12:12 PM.

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    Wow! I'm in total awe of these machines. Gorgeous!
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    That's a beautiful bike. You look as if you're really enjoying it in the "cruising along" photo
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    I would be afraid to drop one of them. They sure are beautiful bikes.
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    Incredible. Incredible machines and incredible people on them.
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    Whoa, props to you! And I was thinking my Roubaix Expert would be good for 4 more years. I want/need a Cevelo R3 too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegheny Jet View Post
    Whoa, props to you! And I was thinking my Roubaix Expert would be good for 4 more years. I want/need a Cevelo R3 too
    They sure get me thinking too.
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