Recently I had the great opportunity to demo a brand new Cervelo S3. Thanks to a local bike shop, Two Wheel Jones Gilbert Store, I enjoyed about 2 hard rides on a Cervelo S3. And yes, I “enjoyed” the experience. I Seriously doubted if I would ever be a Cervelo fan… and then I rode the 2016 S3 with Ultegra Di2.
My friend and owner of the Gilbert location of Two Wheel Jones bike shop, Larry DeMik, swore by this bike. He and his whole staff believe they are some of the best bikes ever built. He offered a demo opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I always secretly and often overtly hated Cervelo. I haven’t been the biggest fan of their color scheme, and then of course there is the glaring issue of everyone seems to have one. I started my love affair with bicycles in the triathlon scene. It seemed like the overwhelming percentage of bikes at Ironman were Cervelo. Those who know me know that I march to the beat of my own drum. Riding a bike everyone else has is not high on “my favorite things to do” list. So over the years I just grew this subtle and sometimes not so subtle resentment and disgust against Cervelo. I know they make good bikes. But to me that wasn’t the issue, it was they look ugly to me and everyone, and I mean everyone seems to have one.
So in some disbelief with myself I agreed to ride a demo. I was intrigued to see what all the buzz was about. My first ride was on a Saturday morning group ride in preparation for our upcoming LOTOJA race. There was probably about 25 people out on this group ride. It was a lot of fun and I found myself happy as a clam to be among such good friends. The ride itself was hard for me. I am still recovering from some injuries I sustained during the Race Across the West and only recently been able to bike at all. With my resulting fitness in the toilet, the hot Arizona summer sun beating the life out of any cyclist, and my new weightless/dieting habits of late, I felt like I was riding on an empty tank. Just had nothing left to give that Saturday. My HR was out of control even in the draft. I knew I was doomed when I didn’t have any fuel on board and our supposed “aerobic” training ride went anaerobic in the first few minutes.
Notwithstanding the personal setbacks that can make or break a ride, I was struck by this S3. The most prominent feature of the bike in my mind that Saturday was the electric shifting. Whoa! It was shifting like a hot knife through butter with extreme surgical precision. It was a difference I could immediately feel and fall in love with. I had never tried electronic shifting before. Every bike I had owned was mechanical with traditional cables, etc. Sadly, I have never experienced so much joy and satisfaction in shifting before this experience and I can confidently say I will never be satisfied with anything but electronic shifting in the future. I have heard the new SRAM eTap is pretty impressive… so far I have only tried Di2 and it was amazing.
I eventually abandoned the group ride and rode home solo trying to keep my HR under better control. In these moments I began to feel other aspects of the bike that I couldn’t notice before since I was so enamored by the Di2. The S3 is supposed to be a stiff and aero race bike with some level of comfort above and beyond it’s older and faster brother the Cervelo S5. According to studies, the S3 is only 4 watts slower in wind tunnel testing than the S5 and yet it offers more comfort. 4 watts? That is definitely a small enough number that the average cyclist can’t even tell a difference. To be honest, I didn’t notice the comfort part of the S3. It is a stiff and fast aero bike. Comfort is not really what a bike like the S3 is known for. I can imagine the S5 comparing out on the speed side of things as equally fast and more uncomfortable… Just a guess – I have not tried an S5 yet.
On Monday morning I took it out again for the last time. I did about a 40 mile ride with some hard interval work mixed in. Towards the end of the ride my coach had instructed me to do some seated sprinting drills. This is where I felt this bike excel. Even hurt, fat and out of shape I was able to keep up or beat other cyclists on the ride that day. This bike was undoubtedly fast. It was then that I realized Cervelo isn’t all that bad. 😉 But seriously, the first ride I felt horrible and was more enthralled with the Di2 than anything else. On the second ride I paid closer attention to the bike itself and what it could or couldn’t do. The S3 is definitely not your best climbing bike – although it can climb as good as you can pedal it; but rather the S3 is designed for speed work. It is a fast bike. It gets up to speed and stays up to speed seemingly easily. When combined with the Di2 you end up with a flawlessly shifting race machine. I admit, I must eat some crow here. The S3 was a great bike and a very fun bike to ride.
Not sure I would recommend a bike like this for long distance ultra cycling. But for the casual or semi enthusiastic cyclist who wants to be fast over shorter distances, this bike is likely one of the better bikes you can get for the money. I believe they are between $5k-$6k out the door at MSRP with Ultegra Di2. That is pretty impressive.
I will say this though, if I ever own a Cervelo, it will likely be the S3. But before it comes to my house that thing needs to be painted in a high vis or fluorescent yellow. The plain blakc with red accents is the only color that bike comes in and I am definitely into the bright neon colors. Overall, great bike! Two Thumbs up for sure. Thanks Larry and Two Wheel Jones Gilbert for the opportunity to demo an amazing bike.
Cervelo site/link to the S3 with product description and specs/details: https://www.cervelo.com/en/road/s-series/s3
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