Same frame as the legendary R3, but a new fork and Shimano 105 groupset sees Cervélo’s newly launched R2 becoming the Canadian company’s most affordable road bike at £1.999. It follows the launch S2 last year and shows the brand is pushing to lower the entry price of their bike range.
This new R2 uses the same frame as the R3 but pairs it with a new carbon fork, a Shimano 105 11-speed groupset, Shimano RS10 wheels and 23mm Vittoria Rubino Pro tyres. The R2 will cost £1999, replacing last year's R3 with 105 for the same price.
Price aside, the new R2 uses the exact same tried-and-tested geometry as the R3 with the same familiar Squoval tube profiles. Like the R3 that was updated a year ago, the new R2 has the same future-proofed cable routing setup. One significant change is the switch to a different fork from the one found on the R3, to one that is cheaper to manufacture to bring the price of the frameset down.
Cervélo claim a sub-1000g frame weight for a 56cm and touches such as carbon fibre dropouts contribute to the low weight. They claim a 980g weight for the R3, well that’s what they told us at Eurobike last year when Tony chatted to Damon Rinard, Cervélo's senior engineer on their Advanced Technology Team.
The R3 is an iconic frame in modern cycle sport, as it’s been used successfully to win Paris-Roubaix on a number of occasions and the Tour de France with Carlos Sastre in 2008, so it’s a pretty capable bike. Cervélo’s star may be waning under intense competition from rival brands, but the company will always be known as a technological innovator. They made super skinny seatstays popular and introduced the first aero road bike with the Soloist many years ago. And now owning one just got a bit cheaper.
Here’s the full spec of the new bike:
- Fork: Cervélo All-Carbon, Tapered R2 Fork
- Headset: FSA IS2 1-1/8 x 1-3/8
- Seatpost: FSA SLK
- Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5800 11spd
- Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 5800 11spd
- Shifters: Shimano 105 5800 11spd
- Brake Calipers: FSA Gossamer Pro
- Bottom Bracket: FSA PF-30
- Chainset: FSA Gossamer BBright™ 50/34
- Handlebar: 3T Ergonova
- Stem: 3T ARX
- Saddle: Selle Royal Seta
- Cassette: Shimano 105 5800 11spd 11-28
- Chain: Shimano HG600 11spd
- Wheels: Shimano RS010
- Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro 150 tpi 700x23c
More at www.cervelo.com
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.