Cervélo announced this week, the introduction of a new, affordable road bike called – the R2.
In stark contrast to Cervélo’s iterative approach to developing more sophisticated and more expensive bikes with each model year, the Canadian brand has decided to extend it’s reach in the opposite direction this time – targeting the more budget conscience cyclist.
The R2 makes use of the same 1000g as the higher end R3 model, but with a more cost effective fork design in order to achieve a lower price point.
However, the R2 will the share the same Squoval tubing, carbon dropouts, and Cervélo’s unique future-proof cable management system, which is compatible with either mechanical, electronic, and hydraulic drivetrains, as the R3.
Apart from the downgraded fork, the real differences between the R2 and R3 lies in the componentry and graphics scheme.
With that said, Cervélo decided to equip the R2 with Shimano’s 105 groupset, as oppose to Ultegra. Furthermore, the R2 will receive Shimano’s slightly less expensive RS010 wheels, along with Vittoria Rubino Pro tires, to further reduce cost.
According to Cervélo, this has allowed them to offer the new R2 at the reasonable price of $2,500, which equates into roughly a $1,250 cost savings over the entry level R3 Ultegra model.
Not a bad price for a complete carbon bike I’d say !
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