Every great feature has been made better.
The new 2018 R Series bikes have arrived! Mechanical Dura Ace, Di2, and eTap rim versions are trickling in, with disc versions soon to follow. We were concerned Cervelo might fix something that wasn't broken, but the result is that they just improved on one of the greatest bikes ever. That sounds pretty bold, but anyone who has been in our store knows that the R5 has been one of our favorites, and a customer favorite, for years. It's our "benchmark bike," in many ways. Click here for our review of the previous R5.
It's been made stiffer in areas where that makes sense, like the headtube, fork, and bottom bracket, but the seatpost and seatstays have been made thinner, and more compliant. In fact, the flex in newly shaped seatpost is pretty wild to see in action. The downtube is noticeably bigger, and more aero, along with the bottom bracket. The seat stays and seat tube junction is wider and beefed up. Cable routing is tidy, with nothing overly exposed, and the colors are pretty refreshing. When we first saw pictures, we didn't know what to think about the Dimension Data Green, but in person, it's quite nice looking.
Geometry has changed slightly with the 48 and 51cm bikes being about 5mm taller at the headtube than the old R bikes. 54, 56, 58, and 61cm bikes are all about 8mm lower in stack than the previous versions. This is a welcome change and helps solve some of the "in between sizes" issues. Don't freak out, this will not affect anyone's fit. An extra spacer added or removed is the only difference.
More thorough ride review to follow . . . .