Whilst road cycling has been fragmenting into numerous new niches and categories over the past decade, marketing departments are seizing on a new opportunity to brand purpose-built bikes for highly specific tasks. Flick through any brand’s road bike catalogue, and you’ll be bamboozled by buzzwords like aerodynamic race, gravel, adventure and endurance race. Now, it seems as though you have to have at least six different bikes in your garage depending on what sort of bike ride you’re heading out for. While all of those niches certainly have their own strengths, there is something refreshing about jumping on straight-up road bike. A bike that’s lightweight, smooth to ride, and responsive. A bike like the Cervelo R2 that has been stripped bare of all the buzzwords like aero and endurance, and exchanged for an elegantly simple chassis that is meant for pure road riding – nothing more, nothing less.
The Cervelo R2 is ideal for those who are new into the sport of road cycling, or for those riders who are currently on an alloy road bike, and want to take the leap into the world of carbon fibre. Offering an incredible amount of performance for your dollar, the Cervelo R2 uses exactly the same carbon frame as the R3 model, but uses a slightly cheaper carbon fork to bring the price down. Otherwise the geometry is identical between the two, which means you get the same crisp handling and snappy pedalling performance as you do from the more expensive Cervelo bikes. The latest R2 also features Squoval tube profiles to help deliver increased aerodynamic performance in windy conditions, as well as sleek internal cable routing. The cable ports feature Cervelo’s future-proof system that allows you to swap them out should you change from mechanical to electronic shifting. Other neat features on the Cervelo R2 include the full carbon dropouts and the gorgeous hourglass head tube that increases frontal stiffness and stability, while lowering wind drag too.
Built up with a Shimano 105 11-speed drivetrain, the Cervelo R2 offers race-winning performance at a winning price point. Shimano wheels keep you rolling, while a lightweight 3T cockpit adds a nice dose of class to the R2’s front end.