Strengths: - A very light bike in 61 15.1 pounds with Enve 3.4
- Smooth, umfatiguing ride quality
- Stiff bottom bracket
- Great looking bike with Enve 3.4 smart system hoops
Weaknesses: - NOT torsionally stiff enough front-to-back in 61cm
- Slightly nervous handling, almost twitchy, but not quiet
- The stock Fulcrum wheels...what a huge disappointment at the price
This is a very nice bike first of all. Good organic feel...like it is a part of your body and the fit is great for me.
Climbs very good, does pretty well on flats, but downhill...whoa. I don't know about the other posts, but I just finished Ride the Rockies and the downhill manners of this bike were not confidence inspiring...especially butt-puckering over 40 mph.
I immediately replaced the Fulcrum wheels and ended up with Enve 3.4 Smart System. A massive and expensive upgrade, but they 'fit' the bike. I have been unable to sell the Fulcrums for even $200 after 3 months on Craigslist. What an insult to consumers to ask $5900 for a bike and try to spin it to make about customer choice. At least put some Easton EA90's or Mavic Ksyrium Elite...something. Thus the low value rating.
Bike Setup: SRAM Red, Enve 3.4 Smart System, Michelin Pro Race 4, Fizik Aliante, Easton EC90 bars
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2013
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a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: May 19, 2013
Strengths: Handling, Stiffness, Ride, Weight
Weaknesses: MSRP cost
Just purchased a 2012 R5 VWD on closeout. By far the best handling bike I've ever had. Allows me to go through corners much faster than any other bike I've ridden. Very stiff laterally, and stiff vertically, but not harsh like my old CAAD10. Has a great ability to smooth out the road, but you still feel the big hits. Not sure if it's worth the premium over the R3, but if you can afford it or get one one sale it would be hard to beat. 61cm with Sram Force and Ksyrium Elites ways 15.6 lbs with pedals.
Similar Products Used: Bianchi Virata, Orbea Arin, BMC Pro Machine, Cannondale CAAD10
a Recreational Rider
Date Reviewed: June 24, 2012
Strengths: LIght. Stiff. Climbs like a goat.
Weaknesses: Pricey? Little stiffer ride than R3SL. SRAM front shifting still not what I'd like.
About 18 months ago I bought an R3SL equipped as noted here. Then, 3 months ago when I took it for a tuneup the LBS told me the frame as cracked at the bottom bracket, which is apparently a common problem with the 2010 R3SL. Cervelo not only warrantee replaced the frame, no questions asked, but upgraded me to an R5 because they don't make the R3SL frame anymore. They also included a Rotor 3D+ crank to fit the new BBRight bottom bracket. So, this review is also a comparison of the R5 vs the R3SL. Both are amazing bikes; the R5 is bit stiffer with a slightly less cushy feeling due to those soda-straw thin seat stays. The R5 is still very comfy but I don't have the feeling the rear tire is flat. The longer head tube sits you up just a bit more. The differences in the two frames are very subtle and I give both of them a huge thumbs up as a great ride. My only dislike on the bike is that, to use the BBRight, I was switched from an FSA crank to the Rotor setup and it just doesn't shift as well. Don't know if that's something the LBS can still tune with front derailleur adjustments or an intrinsic difference.
The Zip 101s are great all around wheels but had truing issues that led to severe wobble on the first descents I tried with the R3SL. In addition, the Schwalbe tires (Ultremo ZX) had noticeable radial runout and developed sidewall cracks. Truing the wheels and replacing the tires has cured the wobble, but I am still just a bit afraid of the bike on descents because it picks up speed SO fast.
I upgraded to the R3SL from a 2003 Trek 5200/Ultegra and the Cervelo, with either frame, is an incredible upgrade. The bike far exceeds the capabilities of this 57 year old rider. Weaknesses have been the wheelset/tires, now fixed, and the slightly "off" front shifting with the SRAM Red and Rotor cranks (FSA was fine).
Strengths: Fast, Stiff, Handles Very Well, Comfortable
Weaknesses: Fulcrum 7's, But I replaced them before I bought the bike.
I was looking for a second bike to go along with my 2011 Madone 6.9 SSL, and my LBS had a 2011 R5 hold over. I took the bike for a short test ride and bought it for $4000.00 plus $1300 for a set of Mavic Carbone SLE's. Out the door for just over $5000.00 for this bike was a great deal.
Once I was fitted and was able to take the bike out for some longer rides I fell in love. This bike is very fast, and handles extremely well. I was expecting a harsher ride based on reviews I have read, but it is as smooth as my Madone. The more miles I put on this bike the more I like it. I want to try a full carbon wheelset now and see how it feels (the setup now is only .9 pounds heavier than my Madone with full carbon wheels, lighter pedals and other lighter compnents). I am definitely a believer in Cervelo now, and my next bike will probably be another one.
I sold my road bike earlier this week and plan to buy a new one within the near future.
My old bike was a S-Works Tarmac which I have been very happy with (I like the way it rides).
The safe choice would therefore be to go for a new Tarmac.
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hey all. giving a head's up I have listed my 2013 R5 in classifieds. here is the link: [url=http://classifieds.roadbikereview.com/showproduct.php?product=33031&cat=]**2013 Cervelo R5 Carbon Size 54cm** - RoadBikeREVIEW.Com[/url]. keep the rubber side down and the wind at your back:thumbsup:Read More »
I am thinking about buying this bike from a friend of a friend. It was bought used and not 100% sure of the year, he thinks 2012. Going to look at it tomorrow morning. Can anyone tell what year from the pics?
What's it worth? This dr. is not really hooked on a price, just says "let's make it a ... Read More »
I am a mountain bike racer trying to get into the world of roadies, so decided to get a bike and the one that really struck my eye was the Trek Madone 5.2. It has a good grouppo and it looks great. The reason why I wanted a comparison is because a lot of my friends have an R5 and I wondered how this ... Read More »