Upgrading from entry level road bike: Roubaix Expert, Cervelo RS, Cervelo R3

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  • Roubaix Expert w/Ultegra - $3,900

    3 16.67%
  • Cervelo R3 with Ultegra - $4,000

    7 38.89%
  • Cervelo R3 with SRAM Rival - $3,200

    4 22.22%
  • Cervelo RS with SRAM Rival - $2,600

    4 22.22%
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    Upgrading from entry level road bike: Roubaix Expert, Cervelo RS, Cervelo R3

    So, after one year and about 3,000mi I'm pretty sure I didn't buy enough bike when I got started. Wasn't sure how much I was going to get into riding last year, so I went with a Specialized Secteur Comp (aluminum frame, carbon fork & seat stays) for $1650 because I couldn't justify going for more than $2k on a bike that I might end up not using that much.

    Well, I really love riding. Ride all year long here in NJ. My typical ride is 30mi or so a few times a week, but I often will do 50-75mi rides. Modest hills. Love the local stretches of unpaved hardpack/gravel roads interspersed with empty country roads. I've upgrade the wheels on my Secteur to Shimano RS-80's, which seems to have made a noticeable difference. But now I feel like I would benefit from a bike that's lighter and stiffer.

    Stopped at my LBS and asked what level Roubaix I'd need to upgrade to from the Secteur before I'd realize a meaningful difference. They felt that I'd really need to get into an SL3 frame for the difference to be meaningful. They then suggested that I strongly consider the Cervelo RS if I wanted the same sort of "upright" geometry of the Roubaix/Secteur and that if I'm comfortable with being a bit more aggressive that I should look at the Cervelo R3. They stated that for sure either Cervelo would be a better choice than the Roubaix... pending test rides of course.

    So, what do folks think?

    Roubaix Expert w/Ultegra - $3,900
    Cervelo R3 with Ultegra - $4,000
    Cervelo R3 with SRAM Rival - $3,200
    Cervelo RS with SRAM Rival - $2,600

    Appreciate any thoughts and insights folks might have - Ray
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    Whatever you lust after, whatever makes you want to ride more. Could be a paint scheme, could be a brand image, could be the feel of the bike.


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    Do they fit you? Do you like how they ride? Not all bikes fit everyone, and you may not like the ride of the Cervelos.

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    As stated, what fits you best and what motivates you. Also what type of riding you want to do. All other things being equal, if you do mostly longer, endurance (even fast endurance) rides, probably the Roubaix. If you think you might want to race, the R3. Otherwise, just what fits.

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    As stated, test ride them and you will know. I checked out the Roubaix a year ago but ended up loving the Giant Defy Advanced 1. Enjoy the process and let us know what you decide. Keep rolling
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    Have you considered a Look 566?

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    Personally think Rival is the best bang for the buck out there. R3 if you need the ziggyist, RS for the riding most of us non-sponsored folks do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cut.Aussie View Post
    Have you considered a Look 566?
    That's kind of arbitrary. There's like 200 similarly specced bikes out there, why the Look 566?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Overly View Post

    R3 if you need the ziggyist, RS for the riding most of us non-sponsored folks do.
    Well, I'm not sponsored... buy how do I know if I need the ziggyist? Hell, the google couldn't even help me sort that one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    That's kind of arbitrary. There's like 200 similarly specced bikes out there, why the Look 566?
    That's what makes it so tough to choose upgrades. How to narrow it down?

    RJP, are you also on scubaboard?

    -Mitch (pullmyfinger)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSingler View Post
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    RJP, are you also on scubaboard?

    -Mitch (pullmyfinger)
    Yup...

    dat be me

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    Entry level to more entry level? There are more choices out there. Get something that inspires you to ride and puts you in the correct position on the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RJP Diver View Post
    ... how do I know if I need the ziggyist?...
    When you tire of the zaggyist

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