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New bike time: Pinarello vs Cervelo vs Specialized

Old 04-12-13, 05:38 AM
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New bike time: Pinarello vs Cervelo vs Specialized

Ok, here is my short list for a road bike that ill do mostly solo/small group rides on, averaging around 150km/ week. Terrain is a mix of rolling coast road and hilly hinterland. Im large (6'2") although reasonably fit. I know they're not that similar but they're on my list nevertheless.

Cervelo R3
Specialized Roubaix
Pinarello FPquattro

Ignoring group sets & wheels (all of which can be changed anyway), I'd appreciate thoughts from anyone who's owned one or more of these. I've trawled this and other forums, read what I could but thought I'd ask my own questions anyway.

All helpful advice appreciated.
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I love my R3. When I push down on the pedal, the thing leaps forward like a bat out of hell. Feels stable as a tank on a descent, climbs well, and it's very light and nimble. Not quite as comfortable as an RS, but more sporty.

Oh, and you steer it by looking where you want to go, it feels like the bike reads your mind.
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considered some others like Orbea or Willier or Bianchi? kinda nice to have the option of going off-the-mainstream a little. if they fit you, of course.

edit - not that I dislike either of the ones in your OP, just seems that if you're talking about what appears to be higher end stuff maybe there are others in your wheelhouse so to speak.

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Pinarello. But go for a Colnago.
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I would get either the Cervelo or the Specialized. I've heard nothing but good things on both. The Pinarello is okay but it's a tank by weight comparison and is close to a lb more than the Cervelo.
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Roubaix or R3

id say Roubaix for the warranty alone. Specialized rocks rhe best warranty hands down.

R3 wont be that common...
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Should I get an Audi, BMW or Mercedes?
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Pinarello. But go for a Colnago.
nice!
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I had an RS and loved it, had an issue with the seat tube and cervelo's warranty service was awesome! I opted to upgrade, for a small fee, to the R3 team and had the frame within a week. Very quick service so don't worry about any potential warranty headaches if you should happen to have an issue.

I will say I was concerned that going to the R3 I would lose the comfort that I enjoyed on the RS. I can say after logging almost 8k miles in about 10 months, including a few 100+ mile rides, it has the comfort of the RS but is so much better when climbing or sprinting, it's just waiting for you to attack and when you do it just goes! I noticed how much more responsive it was within about 30ft if riding it for the first time lol

If I had to do it again I'd go with Cervelo, no questions!
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1) Whichever fits you best.
2) Whichever shop gives the best service.
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what bikes are in your stable now? that would influence what I would buy.
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Originally Posted by echotraveler View Post
Roubaix or R3

id say Roubaix for the warranty alone. Specialized rocks rhe best warranty hands down.

R3 wont be that common...
Why? A small crack appeared in my Cervelo, they replaced the frame without questions, and let me choose which frame I wanted sent back to me. The cloud had a silver lining, I paid a small price to upgrade from an RS to an R3.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Why? A small crack appeared in my Cervelo, they replaced the frame without questions, and let me choose which frame I wanted sent back to me. The cloud had a silver lining, I paid a small price to upgrade from an RS to an R3.
That's basically exactly what happened to me lol
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Old 04-12-13, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
Pinarello. But go for a Colnago.
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The New Roubaix SL4 Frame Is unreal. Fast, Nimble, and Great great ride. Im a Fan of the R3, Infact own a Tarmac, Roubaix and R3. R3 Just got Handed down though to my Brother In Law.

So my Vote is Roubaix SL4 Sweet Bike, and perfect timing, Spring Classics Sale puts the Roubaix Expert at 3300! I pulled the trigger.
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Another vote for SL4 roubaix.
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Thanks guys. I'm still not sure what to do but this helps. I know the Pina is heavy-ish but I'm not that fussed about it if it fits & feels right. I actually don't have any other road bikes in the shed right now. Just sold a Cervelo S5, looking to go to a more trad road bike (the S5 was to cover for the occasional triathlon) and probably not invest quite so much. What ever I get will probably end up with some level of customising (seat, wheels, bars etc) so its really the frame and experience with that I'm looking for. Agree that working with a good shop is paramount and I have several to choose from who are good with each of these bike companies. I'll either be buying new from a shop or used via internet from private seller.

again - thanks.
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Originally Posted by 900aero View Post
Thanks guys. I'm still not sure what to do but this helps. I know the Pina is heavy-ish but I'm not that fussed about it if it fits & feels right. I actually don't have any other road bikes in the shed right now. Just sold a Cervelo S5, looking to go to a more trad road bike (the S5 was to cover for the occasional triathlon) and probably not invest quite so much. What ever I get will probably end up with some level of customising (seat, wheels, bars etc) so its really the frame and experience with that I'm looking for. Agree that working with a good shop is paramount and I have several to choose from who are good with each of these bike companies. I'll either be buying new from a shop or used via internet from private seller.

again - thanks.
I'd get a R3. The Pinarello is way heavier and IMO doesn't feel any better. The only other bike in the range that I'd consider is a Felt F series.
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Originally Posted by darb85 View Post
The New Roubaix SL4 Frame Is unreal. Fast, Nimble, and Great great ride. Im a Fan of the R3, Infact own a Tarmac, Roubaix and R3. R3 Just got Handed down though to my Brother In Law.

So my Vote is Roubaix SL4 Sweet Bike, and perfect timing, Spring Classics Sale puts the Roubaix Expert at 3300! I pulled the trigger.
My vote is the Roubaix SL4 also. Why? Because I have a Roubaix SL3 and its the best bike I have ever owned...amazing bike with perfect balance of uber stiffness and yet unusual muting of poor road conditions. The bike has no hashness and yet has great energy transfer...a hard balance to achieve.
Word is...the SL4 is even better and not sure how they did this.

I considered the R3 OP...and like it and could ride one. Roubaix has a slightly taller head tube. I am not much of a fan of Cervelo's constant sta throughout their frame sizing. I believe Cervelo discontinued the RS which was their version of the Roubaix. The R3 has a slightly higher mod lay up I believe. I just believe the Roubaix has a better ride and the same snappy accleration.

As to Pinarello. I am of the mind that the Italian heritage and cache do not transfer to carbon fiber bikes. This is only my opinion based up my riding experience. I don't believe the undeniable old world craftsmanship it takes to make a steel bike is the same as the tech it takes to make carbon fiber.
I believe companies like Look, Specialized, Cervelo, Trek, Giant and maybe even Cannondale have the best carbon fiber technology...Look was one of the innovators of CF and came forward with many of the advances today in varying lay up and differentiated section shape to create targeted flex throughout the frame. To me Specialized leads the field in overall R&D today.

All said, there are no losers in your choices OP. If I were you, I would partly base your decision on geometry. But before you decide, take a Roubaix SL4 down a rough road hammering at 25mph and then the others.

darb...you mention you are handing down your R3. Can you comment on your earlier observations of the R3 versus SL4?

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Easy question.
Whatever one yells "Come ride me" the loudest at you.
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I'd get a R3. The Pinarello is way heavier and IMO doesn't feel any better. The only other bike in the range that I'd consider is a Felt F series.
Yes on the Pinarello weight. I thought about one and was shocked at the actual frame weight. Pinarello published weight doesn't include paint, bottom bracket shell, bosses for water cages, etc. the actual weight gets close to 300 grams more. So when you compare to Cervello and Specaialized, there's almost a full pound difference. Add in their proprietary fork with extra weight, and the difference is huge.
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I'm sorta in the same problem, going from racing geometry bikes (4 of them) to a more relaxed geometry comfort bike. Choices are the Roubaix SL4 or the Giant Defy Advanced 1 maybe throw in a Felt Z3.
Will probably get the Roubaix due to so many + reviews.
Good Luck to you................I would go with the Specialized R SL4
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Just bought an R3 a couple months ago and absolutely love it. It rides like a dream and descends and corners like it's on rails.
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