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Ok only have the bike for 2 weeks and felt I had to share my thoughts on it,thats ok right.I wanted a bike with a more relaxed position,if it had some performance and it could get me up a hill better that would be a bonus.

My hopes were that the RS would do all of the above,didn't want to get my hopes up to much.After getting the bike I hoped it would be as good as some of the reviews have said.Well the RS feels like it can do everything very well.It climbs better than I thought it would,its also fab on the straight.But its greatest quality is than on rough road surfaces its still comfortable.

Four spins later the only thing than hurts after a day in the saddle is my legs.Its a remarkable bicycle and is a much better bike than I thought it would be.I had hoped it would be a jack of all trades .That is not a fair judgement,its actually bloody good and everything.It climbs really well I almost feel like Alberto Contador on the flat its fast ,the R3 I think would have better power transfer.Its still no snail and is surprisingly fast.

Its really a very pleasant surprise,because the bike is much better than I could ever have dreamed.So its a big thumbs up to cervelo,and I hope to have many happy times on my new bike.:thumbsup:Now I must drop 25lbs and I will have great fun and great comfort as well as one of the coolist bike manufacture's old mans bike under me.
 

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I love mine...

...too. Just got back from an easy ride and enjoyed it all very much. Riding an RS is like riding the most comfortable steel bike, only lighter.
 

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...too. Just got back from an easy ride and enjoyed it all very much. Riding an RS is like riding the most comfortable steel bike, only lighter.
Its great having a RS,glad to hear see your enjoying yours as well.How long have you had your RS?Does it get better the more you use it.Because of the weather at the moment where I live my longest spin has only been 25miles.

I think it will be just as good on longer spins,but as I have not gone on one yet its hard to know.Only joking I know it will be just as good,and comfortable on 50 60 mile spins.Should get fit quicker on this beauty,now hoping the weather will improve.:cool:
 

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Sometimes I think, should have I gotten the R3, but then I think, this is truly the perfect frame for the type of riding I do. I can not get wrapped up in what the pros ride because I do not race. I ride for fun, primarily by myself. It is a very comfortable ride whether it is 25 miles like my ride today or longer.

I have not done a century on it, but did a 100km sportive for time and it rode like a charm. I bought a 2008 version at the end of the season on sale, the old CSC version and built it up over Oct/Nov of that year. I have been riding it now for a good two years plus.

Every once in a while I get new interested in what new bikes there are, but see no reason to move away from the Cervelo RS. I also really like the new black paint job.

Another interesting thing is that the R3 and R5 for 2011 have moved much toward the RS geometry. From what I can tell, the only real differences appear to be a slightly higher grade carbon (i.e. lighter) and straight seat stays vice the curved seat stays of the RS, which provide a little more flex for longer ride comfort.

The other nice thing I find about the RS is all the other companies that now offer a similiar bike, prime example is the Bianchi Infinito and many times the RS is the standard to which many of these frames are compared.

My only complaint is that the RS is no longer a frame set, I bought mine as one and dressed it the way I wanted too. Now one does not have that option, that is the only reason I would possibly not buy one today. I love Campy and that is not an option, but most bike shops would probably cut me a deal on a parts swap.

Enjoy it.
 

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Thanks for the reviews and concrats on the new ride !

I have been going back and forth between R3/RS debate.(like many)

Does your RS have the sram rival group or should I say, mostly sram group.
I notice they have fsa brakes and cranks.

If you kick up to the R3 you get the complete rival group.

Would love to hear thoughts on this?

I am going with a 2011 so the r3/rs are very close other than chain stay, seat stay, and head tube. Need warm weather to demo.........
 

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fredstaple said:
Sometimes I think, should have I gotten the R3, but then I think, this is truly the perfect frame for the type of riding I do. I can not get wrapped up in what the pros ride because I do not race. I ride for fun, primarily by myself. It is a very comfortable ride whether it is 25 miles like my ride today or longer.

I have not done a century on it, but did a 100km sportive for time and it rode like a charm. I bought a 2008 version at the end of the season on sale, the old CSC version and built it up over Oct/Nov of that year. I have been riding it now for a good two years plus.

Every once in a while I get new interested in what new bikes there are, but see no reason to move away from the Cervelo RS. I also really like the new black paint job.

Another interesting thing is that the R3 and R5 for 2011 have moved much toward the RS geometry. From what I can tell, the only real differences appear to be a slightly higher grade carbon (i.e. lighter) and straight seat stays vice the curved seat stays of the RS, which provide a little more flex for longer ride comfort.

The other nice thing I find about the RS is all the other companies that now offer a similar bike, prime example is the Bianchi Infinito and many times the RS is the standard to which many of these frames are compared.

My only complaint is that the RS is no longer a frame set, I bought mine as one and dressed it the way I wanted too. Now one does not have that option, that is the only reason I would possibly not buy one today. I love Campy and that is not an option, but most bike shops would probably cut me a deal on a parts swap.

Enjoy it.
I had a bike that had a similar geometry to the R3.I thought that if I got the RS it would be to upright.It didn't work for me and now I have the RS with its longer head tube I couldn't be happier.

If you find the RS is to upright you might consider a negative degree stem.As for me as long as I don't destroy it,I think this bike will last for a long long time.Hopefully it might be the only bike that I will ever need hopefully.
 

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I've had mine for about 9months now and I love it. Mine is a 2010 with full ultegra group. I'm a big guy and everything is holding up great so far with about 2500 miles on it. I switched to some 25c tires which seem to work best for me.
And so far I've done 2 centuries and many rides over 50 miles.
 

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To Echo fredstaple, we can really dig a hole when it comes to bikes. I bought a 2010 RS, full ultegra. At that price point and where it is now, yeah if it was year later (now) I problay would be on the R3. So then i spent about a month this winter thinking of getting rid of the RS for the new R3. Guess what.. that is ridiculous. I love this bike. I did dump the wheels at the shop when i bought it. I brought my year old Easton's EA90 slx's. When they showed me my bike in the box before assembly I turned and walked away before they pulled the Fulcrum 7's out of the box to show me. That is how they kept the price down somewhat in 2010. I agree for 2011 they have cheapened this bike big time to put in an entirly different price point. Bike is comfy and quick.
 

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Clay L said:
I've had mine for about 9months now and I love it. Mine is a 2010 with full ultegra group. I'm a big guy and everything is holding up great so far with about 2500 miles on it. I switched to some 25c tires which seem to work best for me.
And so far I've done 2 centuries and many rides over 50 miles.
Ditto, almost everything; even have done two centuries and switched to 25c tires...I've had the bike a little longer though.
 

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I've been lusting over the R3 for some time and I've been saving my money and finally got to the point where it was time to start test riding some bikes.. I was quite happy when I read about the changes for the 2011 R3 as it brought their frame up to what all the other 'cool kids' were doing (tapered steer tube, bbright, etc). And then I rode it. And I didn't love it. I didn't hate it, but didn't love it. The front end just felt too light, too twitchy, and I always felt behind the bike. The handling was not as telepathic as I experienced on some of the other rides (tarmac, ss.4). And for that much coin, I wanna love it. And I confessed as much to the shop owners. In an effort to salvage me, they sent me out on a 2010 R3sl (in Red no less). And that I loved. But the price difference, even given the great discount on the 'old' stock still makes it difficult to justify (mostly - to my wife!). It also exceeds my piggy bank at the moment. Bottom line, I concluded that in a rush to get the tapered steer tube the R3 frame lost something ('cause I really liked the 2010 vs the 2011).

So, reluctantly, I gave up on Cervelo and kept shopping.. All the while slowly coming to the realization that no matter what I was looking at in the $2600-3700 price point, I was going to need wheels (Tarmac SL3 Expert, C'Dale SuperSix 4, Madone 5.2).

But in reading this board, I've realized that I've overlooked the RS.. It fits the price point I'm in fine, and now that I know I'm upgrading wheels right away, that part of the equation is moot. I'm hoping to find everything I liked about the handling of the 2010 R3sl in the 2011 RS.

So - long story even longer - thanks to everyone posts here, I'm giving Cervelo another shot. And, if you have a 2010 (or earlier) frame, and think you are missing something - you probably aren't - based on my experience...
 

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Ok so I have the RS for over a month now,I have had to get it set up just right for me.Well bicycling magazine called it plush,for me its not that plush.Its a fast road bike with comfortable geometry,its not so harsh but its not for me plush.

The more I use it the more I like it,I find it wants to stay in a straight line a lot more than my previous bike.That's really want I wanted so that's a big plus for me,however it has caught me out once or twice.Its just a matter of getting used to it,I find the RS to be the perfect bike for me just want I wanted.Its fast comfortable a great climber and after my spin only my legs are sore.

I must admit at first I was a little disappointed,however like I said the more I use it the more I like it.Its really growing on me and I think its a fantastic bike,with just enough road feedback.Cervelo make fabulous bikes,now I have no excuse not to use it.I really need to lose about 30 pounds,and when I do (hopefully) I will love it even more.:) I'll also have great fun as I drop the weight.So happy days ahead if any one is thinking of getting one I highly recommend it.
 

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horizon1967 said:
Ok so I have the RS for over a month now,I have had to get it set up just right for me.Well bicycling magazine called it plush,for me its not that plush.Its a fast road bike with comfortable geometry,its not so harsh but its not for me plush.

The more I use it the more I like it,I find it wants to stay in a straight line a lot more than my previous bike.That's really want I wanted so that's a big plus for me,however it has caught me out once or twice.Its just a matter of getting used to it,I find the RS to be the perfect bike for me just want I wanted.Its fast comfortable a great climber and after my spin only my legs are sore.

I must admit at first I was a little disappointed,however like I said the more I use it the more I like it.Its really growing on me and I think its a fantastic bike,with just enough road feedback.Cervelo make fabulous bikes,now I have no excuse not to use it.I really need to lose about 30 pounds,and when I do (hopefully) I will love it even more.:) I'll also have great fun as I drop the weight.So happy days ahead if any one is thinking of getting one I highly recommend it.


I so agree with this, I have a roubaix (cira 2006) and demoed the 2010/2011 RS
and did not find it plush, but comfy for certain. Just not as soft of a ride as the specialized. It was a fun bike and it would be a great upgrade for me. I also tried the 2011 R3, which seemed to have a bit more road vibe/feel to it than the RS, yet it definitely had a more sporty feel, and stiffer in climbing mode. It inspired me to push a bigger gear.
All this with a minimum of difference in comfort over the RS. I wanted to buy and RS now I am leaning toward saving a few more pennies and buying the R3.
I think everyone should demo before making a decision between these two Great bikes!
 

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I so agree with this, I have a roubaix (circa 2006) and demoed the 2010/2011 RS
and did not find it plush, but comfy for certain. Just not as soft of a ride as the specialized. It was a fun bike and it would be a great upgrade for me. I also tried the 2011 R3, which seemed to have a bit more road vibe/feel to it than the RS, yet it definitely had a more sporty feel, and stiffer in climbing mode. It inspired me to push a bigger gear.
All this with a minimum of difference in comfort over the RS. I wanted to buy and RS now I am leaning toward saving a few more pennies and buying the R3.
I think everyone should demo before making a decision between these two Great bikes!
Perfect description of the differences between the bikes.:thumbsup:
 

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So congrats on the new bike - question, did you ride anything else prior?

I only ask, because I rode a friends R3 for a week while in CA (we take a 61cm). I thought it was a stiff and efficient frame, but was dead stiff. Meaning it wasn't comfy, yes I know wheels make a difference, but these were clinchers and I rode those too and to me it felt very much like a cannondale caad, but a bit more refined, but not a lot refined.

Is the R3 that much different from the RS, I thought it was really more in geometry.
 

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My front dr hanger broke off and I am getting a 2011 RS frame and fork as a warranty replacement for my 2009 black and red RS. I have to say I HATE HATE HATE the PEARL white and red frame. This sux. That's all.
 

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I rode an '09 RS for 9 months until I got hit. I love my RS. In the replacement I was looking at the black/red 2011 "unavailable until mid summer" R3 because the geometry shift towards RS & the stiffness in the BB. But, getting anxious to peddle again after 6 months, I went with the "now available" yellow/black R5, (very grateful for Cervelo's replacement program) which should be under my cheeks one week from today. My weakness is climbing and hope the upgrade will help (yeah, I know, it's the engine). But, the RS is a great bike; there is no disputing this. I did up to 70+ miles with great comfort. So, "Why didn't you stay with it on the replacement?" you might ask. Well, increased stiffness in the BB should help my climbs, bling, insurance check and lust...
 

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Getting my bike fully built tomorrow. Shop took a fully built 61cm, stripped it, stripped my old frame and built new frame with my stuff. I don't think it is going to look near as nice and get nearly as many comments (I always got comments on my build) but it will 'do'. Using white cables and ordered a white seatpost clamp and white steerer tube spacers. If I feel like it will using a what 3T arx team stem and some white/red fizik tape. HOWEVER, Cervelo does have an authorized shop to do custom paint. May go custom with some type of black/red combination similar to new R3 but 'different' due to paying custom.
 
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