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Cervelo launch new R5, R3 and introduce R3 Dark Edition…

New Cervelo R5

Fridays are already great. But when Cervelo announces a new bike, the day can only get better.

Using lessons learned whilst developing the already legendary Project Californa (Cervelo’s 700g super frame), the Canadian company has announced a new R5 for 2014. Using aero-tuned Squoval 3 tubing (Cervelo’s proprietary square/oval tubing), a brand new fork design, internal cable routing, guides for mechanical or electronic wiring and hydraulic hoses, and a 27.2mm seatpost, the new R5 represents is a major step forward. Frame weight is a claimed 808g with the fork tipping the scales at 315g. To keep costs down, some technology is obviously missing from the uber expensive RCA, such as the 3Mbs nano-tech Powerlux resin and the Nanovate coating used on the RCAbs fork steerer – primarily as this technology is either too expensive, or can only be applied in Canada (the R5 is made in the Far East).

Cervelo claim the new R5 has a 9.5% stiffer bottom bracket, offers a 15% increase in torsional head tube stiffness, and due to the Squoval 3 tubes it represents a 7.4 watt aero advantage. Whilst we at Cycle Art don’t doubt these figures, all we really care about is how it looks and rides. At first glance, it’s a stunner and rest assured as soon as they become available we will be ordering them in to test ride.

The new R5 should be available in October.

New R3

Also available in October will be a revamped R3. It too inherits the Squoval 3 tubes, but with a different fork to the R5. Frame weight is a claimed 980g, and the geometry will be the same as the R5. It will be available as a frameset or built with Ultegra or Ultegra Di2 – but Cycle Art will be able to build whatever you want.

Cervelo R3 DarkR3 Dark Edition

If you can’t wait that long (or fancy a bargain), available immediately is the rather pretty Cervelo R3 Dark Edition. Available with SRAM Force 22 (or anything else you fancy if we do a custom build for you), the R3 Dark Edition is essentially a 2013 R5 frame in a custom colour way with an R3 sticker on. Bare in the mind the R5 frameset alone cost B#3500 last year, you can now pick up at Force 22 equipped R3 for B#2999.

A word of warning – the R3 Dark is a limited edition bicycle and Cervelo have already sold out of the B#2000 105 version, so if you fancy a Canadian wolf in sheep’s clothing we would suggest you get your order in quickly. With the new R5 and R3 hitting the shores in October, the R3 Dark will only be around for a short time.