The Cervélo S3…

“Cervélo’s designers asked: why can’t we have aero and comfort? The S3 was released in 2014 after a brief hiatus. While the predecessor was used to great effect by Thor Hushovd and Fabian Cancellara back in their days using bikes from this brand, the new model builds on Cervélo’s accumulated experience of manipulating carbon and studying aerodynamics to pinpoint where you need wind-cheating shapes and where you can focus less on aero and more on ride quality.”

– Read all of Graham Springett’s appraisal in RIDE Cycling Review #64.


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Each issue of RIDE Cycling Review features six bike tests and each product is put through a series of protocols that have evolved over the years. We now subject the review bikes to…

• A ‘Build Report’ written by a mechanic after his fully disassembles the bike (and weighs each component) to get a closer look inside the frame and then see how it all comes back together.

• ‘Flex test jig‘ – which measures frame deflection when a 40kg weight is applied to the right crank.

• ‘Wheel test’ – when we measure flex of a rim.

• Weight list of every component… the actual weight, not just what the manufacturers want to promote.

• Full specification listing…

The review itself relates to the ride quality and characteristics of each bike as observed by someone who gets to use it for several weeks (or, at times, months). The captioning is done by our in-house mechanic, Greg Chalberg, who also takes the photos.


Round Table Observations
Since RIDE #54, we have  also published a two-page spread dubbed ‘Round Table Observations’. The concept is to get everyone in the office to ride all six review bikes one after the other and offer a brief appraisal of what they feel the highlight or lowlights are. Here are the unedited voice files from each tester’s first impression of the Cervélo S3:

Shane: Cervelo_Shane2

Rob: Cervelo_Rob

Harrison: Cervelo_Harrison


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There are now 19 issues of RIDE available in a digital format via Zinio, with reviews of 111 bikes.

RIDE Media publishes RIDE Cycling Review, a quarterly magazine all about cycling.