I'm liking the R3 more and more. I was on it for almost 6 hours today so that was an excellent test.
I replaced the stock saddle with the type I've been using the last 7-8 years and I noticed some increased ride comfort. I like the shifters rotated in a little so I need to adjust those. It might just be me but they feel like they curve outward a little. I like the SRAM Red the more I use it.
Crazy thing happened today on the gears. I was leading a group down a hill and crossed a bridge. The leading joint at the bridge was a little higher than I thought and the tires hit pretty hard. Immediately the gears on the rear cassette were slightly out of adjustment when I started pedaling--noisy--trying to jump to another gear. I stopped and adjusted the thumbwheel and it was better but still not exactly right. I also checked the rear wheel position and skewer but all that appeared okay. What's with that????
The overall setup is a little stiffer than I've been accustomed to. It's nice for climbing as there is excellent energy transfer to the pedals. I'm one of those that tends to run a higher tire pressure but today I dropped it down quite a bit. That helped the ride quality immensely. I think it reduced the "bouncy" feel on rougher roads as well.
Got spend a lot of time working on that dang motor though.....