It’s almost unreal to see a complete Cervelo with a retail price of $2500. No, that is not a misprint and yes, you should go out and buy one right now.
The new R2 should look familiar because it shares the exact same frame design and construction as the renowned R3 and shares the tube shapes of the pricier R5 and RCA. It’s a legit sub-1000 gram frameset.
What differs is a slightly less-expensive R2 fork and, of course, a utilitarian Shimano 105 drivetrain. All other features and geometry is identical across-the-board in the R-Series.
Don’t scoff at the Shimano 105 drivetrain — there’s a reason why it sells so well. It’s no-nonsense and just plain functions without a fuss. Yeah, it could be lighter, but remember, we’re talking about a $2500 complete Cervelo here.
Of course the Shimano RS010 wheels will be heavy, but again, they will get you out the door and well on your way to enjoying this 17.7 lb steed (58cm).
Remember, this frame has been well-ridden in the Spring Classics for many years and also features Squovial aerodynamic tube shapes. All that in a road-cushioning layup. That said, I’m scratching my head as to why this bike is spec’d with 23mm tires. Any endurance bike should have 25mm tires at a minimum. I’d be surprised if they don’t switch to 25’s midstream.
Cervelo R2 Features:
- Same carbon fiber frameset as the venerable R3
- Shares the same geometry as the full R-Series lineup
- R2 all-carbon fork
- Shimano 105 and FSA drivetrain
- FSA SLK carbon seatpost
- Weight: 17.7 lbs. (58cm)
- Price: $2500
The Ideal Pilot
A rider looking for all-day comfort in a durable, proven and lightweight package, but doesn’t want to go with a pedestrian Trek, Specialized or Cannondale. Or, perhaps your lady friend or someone buying their first carbon-fiber road bike.
The Bottom Line
No question, this is a race-worthy frame that’s decked out in a wallet-friendly and upgrade-worthy kit. The Cervelo R2 should be tops on your list if you’re looking for a killer-performing, budget road bike.