2012 Cervelo R3 MUD, 54cm, clear 34mm tubulars, Campy EPS V2

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Birdman
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by Birdman

2012 Cervelo R3 MUD, 54cm


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I forgot where I read this from, but I thought these MUD frames were all made in California. Not that I care, just a bit surprised.


Frame 958 g
(include: bare frame + chain stay protector, exclude: derailleur hanger, BB cable guide, seat post clamp)
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Frame 987 g
(include: bare frame + chain stay protector + derailleur hanger + BB cable guide + seat post clamp)
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Fork 400 g
(include: inner liner + star nut) never seen it like this before
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AMAZING tire clearance as advertised :)

These photos were taken with a long reach caliper. Not that this frame needs it, is because I didn't remove the Ultegra brakes from the other bike yet.
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Different wheelset, these GP4000s2 tires measured over 31mm.
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Edit: spell checked...
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by bikericer

The inner sleeve was something Alpha Q and 3T did for a while, neat way to lighten the fork but I had issues with a few Alpha Qs unbonding from the sleeve and one cracking just below.

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by dchan1234

Awesome, can you post a pic of it complete? Also, is there any way to verify this frame is real, I have a friend who just can't believe that it's made in China.

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by newforker

Most of the Cervelos are made in China.

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by Birdman

@ dchan1234, you just put my fear in words :(

I don't remember where I read that these R3 MUD frames were supposed to be made in California but whatever. I don't really care where these frames were produced, as long as it is under Cervelo's supervision, Chinese frame could be great frames too.

However, I think the likelihood of a counterfeit R3 MUD is not high. Although this frame is rear, but it isn't a well known high end frames like the R5 or the RCa. If I were a counterfeiter, I would counterfeit a more well known and high dollar frameset, like RCA, Dogma, or S-Works... etc. Wishful thinking?
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by Birdman

bikericer wrote:The inner sleeve was something Alpha Q and 3T did for a while, neat way to lighten the fork but I had issues with a few Alpha Qs unbonding from the sleeve and one cracking just below.


Thanks for that info. Anything I should watch out for? Any periodic inspections that I can do to catch early signs of future failure?

So far everything "looks" structurally sound to my x-ray eyes.
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by F45

So there is no reason a modern road bike cannot have clearance for wider tires. I wish more road bikes were made like this.

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by Birdman

working progress...

After a long debate with myself, I've decided to put Ultegra 6800 on this bike over Campagnolo SR/Athena mix.

Per my calculation, this bike will come out at about 7,223 gram, or 15.9 lb.

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rmerka
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by rmerka

Pretty sure it's just the sticker that was made in China on the MUD. Those babies were made in Canada.

http://velonews.competitor.com/2012/04/bikes-and-tech/garmin-to-ride-cervelos-r3-mud-at-roubaix_212110

Nice ride! would have loved to have found one 56.

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by grid256

Birdman wrote:(include: bear frame + chain stay protector, exclude: derailleur hanger, BB cable guide, seat post clamp)

Agree, this is a bear of a frame. Jealous, and in my size. Fart!

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by Birdman

I like my frames bear, and Chinese.

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dmulligan
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by dmulligan

Where did you pick up this beauty? How much did it cost you?

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Birdman
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by Birdman

I bought this on eBay for $823.81 shipped, very happy with the price. If you look on eBay for sold history, you will find that 4 different R3 MUD's were sold since Summer. Some were listed much longer than the other.

I've been watching for R3 MUD on eBay since forever, and 1 frame per month is unusually frequent. I usually see it pop up once every 3 months. I guess is because of the weather so more people are selling their bikes.
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by RyanH

I'm so mad I missed out on the grey one. I had it on my watch list to bid and forgot about it :-(
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by dchesrown

[quote][/quote]I'm so mad I missed out on the grey one. I had it on my watch list to bid and forgot about it :-(

Happy you missed it. It is sitting in my garage with a new THM crank on it. Need to finish the build.

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