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 Post subject: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:30 pm 

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Found a deal on a Dura Ace spec R5 and I'm really tempted to go over budget on it. I'm not sure if it is an allowed topic, but can anyone comment on what sort of discounts are typical if at all for outgoing year model bikes in this price range - specifically Cervelo possibly? This bike retails for $7,500.

I'm pretty well settled on the R5 and I might regret asking, but is there anything I should be giving another look at before making this a done deal? Looks like the 2016 R5 will be carried over exactly as is from 2015. I wasn't a big fan of the paint scheme at first, but it has grown on me a little. It's noticeably different for sure. I like the red better than the R3 white I think maybe.

The Dura Ace bike was not even in consideration, but now that I got such a deal offered on it I'm taking more notice of the rest of the upgraded components it gets over the Ultegra spec R5. The bike in question is in stock and the deal makes it $1k difference to the best deal they can do on an Ultegra spec bike.

I'm a tad apprehensive knowing that disc brake is the next thing, but I believe it will take a few years for it to really get perfected. I have a mechanical disc brake bike now and I actually love it, but it is rather relatively heavy. I don't believe I'm interested in the new R3 disc bike.

 Post subject: 2015 Cervelo R5
Posted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:30 pm 

 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 8:47 pm 

Joined: Sat Nov 22, 2014 1:12 pm
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Can't answer your questions on discounts but I've got a '14 R5 and you won't be disappointed with the bike, it's a stunning piece of kit. It's one of the few bikes that manage to blend stiffness, compliance, light weight and a good hint of aero into one package. I had DA9000 on the bike which I upgraded a couple of months back to DI2. Save some budget for some wheels, or maybe throw that into the negotiations, the standard spec ones aren't great.

Re disc brakes I wouldn't leap yet. I've got hydro discs on my wet bike and think we will see a slow migration over to discs but we are probably a couple of years away from that. It's only now looking as if we are moving towards a QR standard and the wheel choice is still very limited. It's probably coming but it wouldn't impact my nice bike choices this year or next.

 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:12 pm 

Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:43 pm
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Location: Florida
15-20% off or more would be fair. I would not do it for 10% off personally.

 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:30 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 03, 2006 8:53 am
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Be 100% sure it's a Cervelo dealer, there is a great copy floating around : )

That said, I am a Cervelo fan boy, and I think that the R5 is going to go down as one of the greatest carbon bikes in history. Many people say that the R3SL is on that list now and I have ridden both and the 14/15/16 R5 is just as good if not better.

About the brakes, modern rim brakes are good enough, they have been stopping bikes for decades and they will keep on stopping bikes for decades. Disc brake is the next big thing, and if you have to had the next big thing then wait, but as it stands now the trade off between rim and disc are still favor rim. IMO


 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:16 pm 

Joined: Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:20 am
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I know the wheel selection for discs is still a little lacking from my experience and what is available is maybe more expensive because of that idk. Not trying to start a debate about custom building wheels for disc brakes or anything. Just my observation based on looking to upgrade my wheels on my current bike.

Thanks for the replies. Yeah, I wouldn't begin to consider it for only 10% off. They have one in my size (51) that is probably not a more popular size and are willing to deal on it. I called around my region and nobody I talked to would back off retail period. Everyone quoted me retail over the phone. They would have to order one and I'm sure that makes some difference. I was told there were no more 2015 51 bikes available to order.

I'm sure better deals have been made, but from the other dealers I spoke to the price they are giving me would be about what a lower volume dealer would pay themselves. I wouldn't expect any dealer to take a loss and provide any kind of fitting, etc. I'm probably not going to benefit from the after sale service they offer because I'm buying from out of state - so, not much value in that for me on this deal.

After much deliberation on it I do believe the R5 is the bike I'm looking for. There might be others out there that would be a fit for what I'm looking for, but I'm feeling pretty confident that I've given the field of contenders a pretty fair assessment and settled in on the bike that makes spending that kind of money the right choice for me anyway. It is still an absurd amount of money for a bike. I keep thinking of all of the downsides to having a bike of this caliber and the worry of theft, etc. I hope that I can enjoy it enough that it outweighs the negatives.

 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:18 am 
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Indeed, you would not be disappointed. But I completely understand your hesitation, it is a lot of money.

Why not consider an R3? Such a substantial price difference for a small difference in weight and stiffness. But, if not, *f##k* it. You only live once, enjoy it and budget elsewhere where reasonable.

In my experience, I had a super hard time finding a dealer who would discount any cervelo bike. But perhaps that was just my area. I was able to land a 10% discount on mine and jumped right on it.

I too ride a 51 and had to buy out of state (none in stock direct at cervelo and none in any of the surrounding states that would have made for a reasonable drive). So I bought a few states away and have it shipped, which was nice actually because I didn't have to pay tax.

2015 Cervelo R5 (6.3kg)

 Post subject: Re: 2015 Cervelo R5
Posted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:18 am 

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