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Cervelo C3

  • Model2017 C3 Ultgera Di2
  • Star Rating (3.5)
  • RRP $6900
  • Model2017 C3 Ultegra
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $5700

In years gone past, a road bike was just a road bike. In more recent times however, the road bike has splintered off into three distinct versions. You’ve got aerodynamic race bikes like the Cervelo S-Series, and you’ve got superlight climbing bikes like the Cervelo R-Series. For the riders who just want to ride as much as possible, for as long as possible, on as many different road surfaces as possible, there’s the Cervelo C-Series. Developed as an endurance road bike, the C3 puts less focus on weight and aerodynamics, and instead aims to deliver the most comfortable ride possible on two wheels, while keeping things light and fast. Ideal for those riders who want an all-round road bike that’s capable of gran fondo events and sportive racing, while being able to back it up the following weekend with a 250km alpine epic, the Cervelo C-Series packs in all the technologies and features you’d expect of a flagship race bike, just in a more comfortable and easier-to-ride package.

Coming in underneath the C5, the C3 is the value-packed option in the Cervelo C-Series. It uses exactly the same geometry and frame technology as the C5, but with a slightly heavier grade of carbon fibre that helps to bring the price down. Otherwise, you’ll find the same wind-cheating Squoval tubing that helps to make the C3 cut through the wind, without having to resort to enormous teardrop tubes that reduce stability in cross winds. The Squoval tubing also allows for larger cross-sections around the head tube and bottom bracket that decrease unwanted flex when you’re hammering out of the saddle. Along with the hollow 12mm thru-axles on the full-carbon fork and rear dropouts, the C3 maintains the crisp steering of a race bike, albeit with far more stability thanks to the longer wheelbase. Other neat details on the C3 frame include fully internal cable routing, incredibly thin seat stay tubes that help to soak up road vibrations, and a lower bottom bracket height that lowers overall centre of gravity. All up, the Cervelo C3 is smooth, confidence inspiring and highly stable out in the real world.

Choose from Shimano Ultegra mechanical or electronic shifting with the C3 models. Shimano also delivers hydraulic disc brakes for smooth power delivery and impressive modulation and high-speed control.




Reviews from bike beagles

At a glance

  • Riding typeEndurance

  • Drive trainUltegra Di2

  • Gear ratiosCompact

  • Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget

At a glance

  • Riding typeEndurance

  • Drive trainUltegra

  • Gear ratiosCompact

  • Frame buildCarbon Mid
    Light weight and high tech on a budget


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame CERVÉLO ALL-CARBON, TAPERED C3
  • Fork CERVÉLO ALL-CARBON, TAPERED C3 FORK FOR DISC

  • Wheels HED ARDENNES PLUS GP DISC
  • Tyres CONTINENTAL GRAND SPORT 700X28C

  • Shifters DI2 ST-R785 11 SPD
  • Rear Derailleur ULTEGRA DI2 6870, 11 SPD
  • Front Derailleur ULTEGRA DI2 6870, 11 SPD
  • Crank ROTOR 3D30 BBRIGHT™ 50/34
  • Cassette ULTEGRA 6800, 11 SPD, 11-28
  • Chain HG700, 11 SPD
  • Bottom Bracket ROTOR PF-30

  • Saddle FI’ZI:K ANTARES VS
  • Seatpost FSA SLK FOR DI2
  • Stem FSA SLK
  • Brakeset BR-R805 HYDRAULIC DISC
  • Frame CERVÉLO ALL-CARBON, TAPERED C3
  • Fork CERVÉLO ALL-CARBON, TAPERED C3 FORK FOR DISC

  • Wheels HED ARDENNES PLUS GP DISC
  • Tyres CONTINENTAL GRAND SPORT 700X28C

  • Shifters ST-R685 11 SPD
  • Rear Derailleur ULTEGRA 6800, 11 SPD
  • Front Derailleur ULTEGRA 6800, 11 SPD
  • Crank ROTOR 3D30 BBRIGHT™ 50/34
  • Cassette ULTEGRA 6800, 11 SPD, 11-28
  • Chain HG700, 11 SPD
  • Bottom Bracket ROTOR PF-30

  • Saddle FI’ZI:K ANTARES VS
  • Seatpost FSA SLK
  • Stem FSA SLK
  • Brakeset BR-R805 HYDRAULIC DISC

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