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Cervelo R3 Ultegra R8000 Bicycle SAMPLE

These SAMPLE bikes were assembled for photographs and display, before being packed and shipped to Excel Sports. We reassembled, inspected and tested each bike for full functionality. If you have any questions, please contact us: 800.627.6664 or

The Cervelo R3 has been one of the best examples of a true race or serious enthusiast's bike for years. With a recent upgrade to the frameset, and the precise mechanical shifting and braking performance of Shimano's Ultegra R8000 groupset, this complete Cervelo R3 Ultegra R8000 Bicycle is perfectly equipped and priced to get even more cyclists on one of the sweetest riding frame systems ever made. To understand both the R3 frameset and the Ultegra R8000 components, you have to understand how they have been driven by the development of the R5 and Dura-Ace R9100.

To distinguish the R3 from the R5, you need to consider three key points. One is that the the carbon fiber grades are different. Subtly so, but aimed at keeping the price lower. The second is that the R3 has a road race geometry, but not the more aggressive Pro geometry found on the 2017 release of the R5. Last, both frames feature the same Squoval.Max tubeset concept, but the R3 has a traditional seatpost and seattube, not the D-back type of the full Squoval.Max design of the R5. At the same time, you get the same lateral/torsional improvements at 21% at the headtube and 13% at the bottom bracket. There is room to run 700x28 tires, even on 25mm wide rims. You get superior comfort and vibration damping, plus a little more give in the round carbon seatpost, as well as standard stem design. The R3 features the new lower bottom bracket of the R5, plus a lower standover height, which as a function of the new geometry lowers the center of gravity for improved handling. The tapered Cervelo carbon fork was built like the frame, with enhancements to the lateral base stiffness, tire clearance and aerodynamics. The final product is a R3 frameset with improved acceleration, better handling, less overall drag, more capability, and a sublime ride quality that can be enhanced by the flexibility you have with tire selection.

Cervelo's aero integrated Future Proof cable routing that accommodates mechanical and electronic drivetrains carries over, along with the Reduced Friction Bottom Bracket Guide. The derailleur cables or wires run down into downtube. One of the engineers' tasks with the R3 was to develop it, and the disc brake version, to be a close as possible in fit, function, feel, and frame performance. While the disc brake model features thru-axle drop outs, the standard R3 features traditional road 100mm and 130mm quick release versions. Some cyclists will always prefer the feel and response of dual caliper brakes, so we are happy to see that Cervelo will be offering standard rim brake frame designs.

When Shimano released the Dura-Ace 9100 11-speed mechanical group, several key areas were newly engineered and all of these features are found in Ultegra R8000. The ergonomics of the STI levers were subtly but noticeably improved and gained a more positive lever response for additional shift reassurance, stiffness and aerodynamics of the world's best dual-pivot brake calipers increased power and feel with less drag, the front derailleur actuation lever and pivot were changed to be more compact, for better frame and tire clearance, and the new rear standard cage derailleur was updated to fly through shifts- even with a 11-30 cassette option. The R3 is coming equipped with a 52-36 R8000 crankset, with it's asymmetrical 4-arm crank spider that works with both compact and standard double chainrings. Now, no matter how your bike comes equipped, you can easily add more gearing range. Along with the smooth powerful R8000 dual caliper brakeset, the drivetrain is nearly a full R8000 set-up, with the CN-HG701 chain, and 11-30 Ultegra cassette. The only alternative from Cervelo is the adaptive BBB BottomFit BBO-72, PF30 threaded bottom bracket for the 24mm Hollowtech II crankset.

Cervelo opted for a wide-ranging 11-speed drivetrain with the 52-36 crankset and the 11-30 cassette. The wheels are supplied by Mavic, with the steel-spoked Aksium Elite, as are the tires; Yksion Elite Guard in a 700x25 size. The newer, wider Aksium Elite is a stable training or everyday wheel with excellent braking and a smooth ride. Cervelo supplies their round carbon SP19 seatpost in a 27.2mm x 350mm version, an FSA Energy Alloy handlebar, and Cervelo Ultra Light Alloy stem. Fizik's Antares R7 saddle and Cervelo's bar tape round out the build.

Excel Sports has a fully enjoyed our relationship with Cervelo bikes, and this Squoval.Max equipped R3 Ultegra R8000 Bicycle further strengthens that bond. Given how many of our R-series customers are repeat buyers, we have to believe these folks will embrace the new design. Feel free to give us a call at 800.627.6664 to discuss this tremendous bike from Cervelo, but keep in mind we can only sell it through our Boulder showroom.


  • New SAMPLE bicycle, under full warranty except for light finish issues, built for display and photography use; rebuilt and tested by Excel Sports bike techs
  • Ideal enthusiast/road race bike with impeccable ride quality
  • Equipped with Shimano Ultegra R8000, Mavic wheels & tires
  • R3 version Squoval.Max tubeset increases torsional resistance, lateral stiffness, and aerodynamic capability
  • Seattube remains traditional and employs a 27.2mm round seatpost
  • Future Proof internal cable integration, Reduced Friction BB guide
  • Full carbon R3 fork tapered 1½ to 1⅛", standard 100mm QR drop-out
  • Frame/fork optimized to accommodate 28mm road tires, even on 25mm rims
  • Ultegra R8000: 11-speed mechanical STI levers, 52-36 crankset, RD, braze on FD, dual caliper brakeset, 11-30 Ultegra cassette, HG701 chain
  • Frame specific BBB BottomFit BBO-72, PF30 threaded bottom bracket
  • Mavic Aksium Elite wheels, with Yksion Elite Guard 700x25 tires
  • FSA Energy Alloy road bar, 31.8mm, Cervelo Alloy stem, FSA IS2 headset
  • Cervelo SP-19 round carbon seatpost, Fizik Antares R5, Cervelo bar tape
  • Note: Fork will come cut for maximum allowable steerer stack height
  • Sample size: 56cm
  • Color: Navy/White/Red, Orange/Blue
Reg Price $3,700.00
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Cervelo Geometry Chart

R3 Geometry
SizeTop Tube LengthHead Tube HeightHead AngleSeat AngleStandover
S5 Geometry
SizeTop Tube LengthHead Tube HeightHead AngleSeat AngleStandover
C3 & C5 Geometry
SizeTop Tube LengthHead Tube HeightHead AngleSeat AngleStandover


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