So I've been on a search for a new bike and all of my findings have led me to a
Cervelo R3 Shimano 105 and a Orbea Orca Bronze Rival
Both bikes seem fairly comparable on paper, the Cervelo was a nice ride and felt great on the climbs during my test ride. The Orbea on the other hand would be a blind buy as I'd order it online. After a long ordeal of test rides the only thing keeping the Orbea in the mix is the price, which is nearly $700 less than the Cervelo would be after taxes and all. I have taken into consideration the LBS support, maintenance, fit and such things, but I'm not one that shy's away from working and fitting myself on my bike.
The other bikes I've test ridden were Argon 18 Gallium, Giant Defy, Litespeed L5 L3?, Trek Domane, Focus Izalco and Cayo Evo, and Cannondale Supersix.
Of all of those bikes the Cervelo really did fit me best and weighed in at 7.9 kilos? 17 ish lbs. Only thing under that was the Gallium which had a full DuraAce kit and so forth.
So with all that said, I guess I'm going to turn to the experience and knowledge of the forum for some insight.
BTW: I plan on racing 2 sprint triathlons this year, group rides and maybe a few local events and a whole lot of training.
EDIT: corrected my error on the Rival drivetrain.
Cielo by Chris King Cross Racer
Just a correction 11 speed is on the Force and Red at the moment, Rival is still 10 speed.
Stick with the Cervelo as that feels the best for yoyu. There is nothing worse than taking a blind shot and then having realising that you should have stuck with your first choice.
Unless it didn't feel good under you or you dislike Cervelo for some reason, and you can swing the price, then get the R3.
I can personally vouch for Cervelo standing by their warranty.
8bitmarlon wrote:Both bikes seem fairly comparable on paper, the Cervelo was a nice ride and felt great on the climbs during my test ride. The Orbea on the other hand would be a blind buy as I'd order it online.
As others have said, this would be enough for me. I have also bought bikes blind, but if I was happy with one that I was able to test ride, that would make my decision a lot easier.
All it really needs is a wheel upgrade and you're looking at a pretty killer machine overall. Also, as others have said, fit > everything.
It's been four months and counting for me since my claim was started and I'm no closer to getting my bike back!!! If you live in Europe then I suggest you go with the Orbea.
I think what most people saying about the known factor of the Cervelo fit is about right. I'm concerned slightly about that sort of build quality issue with Cervelo but being that the frame has a lifetime warranty on defects and build quality, I think I can rest easily and have a local dealer to help me with the process if anything goes south.
Cervelo also had them in stock in my size while I'd have had to wait a month or two for an R3.
In order to help you assuage your fears surrounding Cervelo, here are a few pieces of information.
-Calfee designs, one of the leading carbon repair specialists in the states, has nothing but good things to say about Cervelo products.
-Cervelo is one of the few manufacturers that has a forum on their website. http://forums.cervelo.com/forums/t/11068.aspx - see the fourth post; warranty return rate is far below the industry norm.
So here it is.. weighing in pretty heavy at 8.67 kg (gotta fix that)
tinozee wrote:I like both frames. The Orbea frame looks nice with the non-sloping tt. You might look into rotating the bars forwardso the flat part of the drops is almost parallel to the ground.
Enjoy the riding and racing!
Agree - brifters are too high reflecting the bar rotation problem. I hope this doesn't reflect the fit - else you've bought the wrong bike
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