Never owned a specialized so cant say much about them except the fact that I find them aesthetically horrendous. I own two cervelos. Front ends are a little soft but otherwise ride really nice.
If you can live with the fact that everyone owns a specialized and are pleased with how they look then maybe a specialized is the way to go.
I couldn't be happier with my Tarmac SL4 LTD. It is super light and handles like a dream. I think both of the bikes are gorgeous but too many people I know buy Cervelos and just leave them sitting in their living room. Plus Specialized has an incredible warranty program.
2019 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 29
2016 Specialized Fuse Carbon
2015 Specialized Fatboy Carbon
2015 Specialized Crux Single Speed
As far as the frame's features, it's feather light at around 760g to 770g for a size 56. It is stiff in all the right places and yet has a super comfortable ride with the wispy seat stays. I do a lot of high speed descents here in So Cal mountains and the front end instills huge confidence. It tracks through corners like it's on rails. The comment above about the front end being soft is for models that are a few years old now, not the 2012 R5.
@NIFTY frame build quality may have been an issue in the earlier stages of the R3 (a couple years back), but I have yet to hear of any issues with the R5 VWD frame. In any event, Cervelo truly stand by their customers and their warranty is top notch. I researched all this thoroughly before I committed to my R5.
Edit: Added a little more info about the ride and build quality of the frame.
Permon wrote:NiFTY wrote:I haven't ridden either so cannot comment on ride, but from a finsihing point of view specialized is far superior and a mate of mine who has an r3 has been through 4 frames, which speaks well of their warranty but poorly of their build quality. He weighs 70kg and has been riding road not rough on bike.
I do not get it. You advice Specialized while saying it is poor quality:(
World is crazy these days.
I recommend Cervelo because of its ride. I do have R3 and love it.
Advises to get the Specialized vs Cervelos poor QC
I would also vote for the Specialized..
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