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The R3 is apparently Cervélo’s most popular road bike, having featured in victories at the Tour de France and Paris-Roubaix. And at a time when pro teams are trialling disc brakes, it should come as no surprise that Cervélo have opted to equip the R3 with disc brakes for the coming season.
That is the most apparent change, but the Canadian company took the opportunity to make other changes to produce a better bake. The Toronto based factory’s engineering project manager Graham Shrive explains that “we were able to increase the lateral stiffness in the disc-specific fork, build a stronger and stiffer rear triangle, and then use wider seat- stay placement to improve bottom-bracket stiffness.”
Since their start in 1995, Cervélo has gained an enviable reputation as a world class manufacturer of high performance road, triathlon and track bicycles, and have seen their bikes ridden to Olympic medal success as well as world championships in road and triathlon disciplines. It is therefore no surprise when Shrive continues “Disc-brake technology has been on our radar for years, and the convergence of a series of technologies has allowed us to significantly improve the frame. Upon examining the various standards, it became clear that by exploiting the flat-mount caliper standard and through-axles we could change the way our frames are made, and offer the rider increased safety, drive-train alignment and ride performance.”
The Cervélo R3 Disc will be availablefrom November 2015 with a UK RRP of £3,799.
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