At your request here are a few more photos of the new R3. The SRAM RED midcage derailleur came in this afternoon so I was able to get it installed along with the 11-32 cassette. I've ridden about 150 miles on the bike since Thursday and I think it's going to be a nice setup. The jury is still out on the saddle though. I've been using a different style for quite a while. In fact I had already bought a new one earlier this year so it might just go on soon.
The bike is a very nice ride. I had the cassette that came on the bike until the 11-32 came in today. I did a number of hills this weekend thinking it was a 12-28 cassette. It turned out to be a 12-25 but I didn't know it until we took it off today. Even with the 25 I was able to ease up most of the hills. That tells me that this bike will climb pretty well.
All it needs right now is a water bottle and it's ready to ride. That happened right after the photos.
Fairly clean with cables under the bar tape.
Durable but lightweight DuraAce C24 wheels. These can be ridden everyday.
A taller head tube than my other bikes but that seems to be the trend these days. Note the Squoval Down Tube and Top Tube.
This is what I see. I really like the bars. Notice how the drops flare out slightly. These are 42's-I think 44's came on it. I lean towards the more narrow bars.
Fizik Arione Saddle and view from the rear.
Funky new brake mechanism but seems to work very well.
The SRAM S900 Crank-175's. SRAM RED doesn't make one in the BB Bright bottom bracket. I really like the Look Carbon Keo Pedals. Much improved over my older ones and over 1/2 the weight.
The SRAM RED Mid Cage RD plus the SRAM XX 11-32 cassette
I use those bars and have liked them too. Can't say enough good things about the DA 24cl wheels. They roll so well, are comfortable, light and durable. Can't ask for more. Maybe cheaper? Never could get used to the Arione saddle but some people love it. I'm liking the SRAM Red group too. I'd say your bike is pretty close to perfect. If you would swap the frame for a Tarmac SWorks it would be! lol
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Favorite rides in the stable: Indy Fab CJ Ti - Colnago MXL - S-Works Roubaix - Habanero Team Issue - Jamis Eclipse carbon/831