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R2 makes Finacial scence
CBD Cycles - 20/02/2015
Trickle-down technology flat out works. This $2,900 bike uses aerodynamic, Squoval 3 tubes that were introduced on Cervélo's $10,000 RCA frame in 2013. This version of Squoval—a combination of square and oval—has a rounded leading edge to channel airflow around the tube, and a blunt trailing edge that causes the air coming off the tubes to be less turbulent (and thus create less drag). The seat stays look wispy and fragile, but they're the same design used by Garmin-Sharp pro racers, and the entire rear triangle feels comfortably compliant without giving the ride a numb or squishy, power-sapping feel. Cervélo latest version of the frame is 24 percent stiffer at the head tube—which leads to snappier and more confident steering and a nice, secure feeling in sprints—and 8 percent stiffer at the bottom bracket for better power transfer. It also weighs less than 1,000 grams in a size 56cm, as measured with hardware and paint. (Some companies weigh bare frames to get a lighter figure to brag about....but with Cervelo it's just the facts!) The bike comes stock with a mechanical groupset and built-in electronic cable ports that are plugged with rubber stoppers to keep dirt and moisture out until you upgrade to electronic.

Squoval (square plus oval) tube shapes for aerodynamic advantage

Pairs racing geometry with a longer head tube to achieve higher handlebar position

Compliant but firm frameset climbs well, but doesn't leap out when accelerating

Reliable Shimano 105 drivetrain, and wheels

PRICE: $2,900

WEIGHT: 8kg -17.7 lb. (58cm) sub 8kg for all smaller frames!!! 56 54 51 48 (once again not just measuring the smallest and claiming all the bikes weigh 7.3kg)

To get to such an appealing price, Cervélo outfits the frame with a careful mix of componentry. Shimano 105 drive train with FSA brake calipers and FSA crankset

The bike did everything I asked of it, and did it well, whether I was on gravel, a tight-cornered crit course, or cruising along farm lanes. Unusually, Cervélo pairs road-racing geometry with longer head tubes, so an average rider's handlebar height can be reached without a mountain of spacers. The frame expresses its racing pedigree when speed or ambition sharply lifts. I thought it required a little more input when carving turns than the most intuitive race bikes I've tested—the feel is more swoopy than darty. When I accelerated out of corners or stood on climbs, I could feel no flex under me, but the bike never quite leapt ahead; it was more like the R2 would always obey me. I don't know if this pleasant but never unruly ride comes from the Squoval tubes plus a forgiving fork and more upright stance, or from some other combination of elements; all I know is that the bike is fun to ride, is just at home at the Kew Boulevard as it is on rolling, rural roads of King Lake, and is one heck of a buy at just $2900!