According to UCI rules, pro teams must race a production bike in sanctioned events. Or, at least, the same bike has to be available to consumers. In what feels like forever ago, Cervelo provided a few racers with what seemed to be custom R3 bikes for Paris Roubaix.
Dubbed the R3 Mud, it had wider stays and fork to fit 30+C tires. To comply with the rules, word is they made a few of the frames available for sale, but no one had seen them. Until now.
Our friends at Freshbikes in Arlington, VA, are pretty tight with Cervelo and have been informed only ten were made for worldwide sales. They ordered five of them, and the first two just arrived…
Retail is $2,900 for the frameset (frame, fork & headset). Compared to $2,000 for a standard 2013 R3, it’s a bit more expensive, but has an upgraded fork that’s more like the team fork with a higher modulus carbon and lighter weight.
Clearance for standard brakes is pretty tight with 33C tires like the Specialized Trigger Pro’s they used. This is an admittedly high end build, but you could use a long-reach brake caliper to add clearance.
Actual weight for the size 54 is 940g and the fork is 380g.
They’ve got this complete bike and four framesets in or arriving soon. Sizes 51, two 54’s, 56 and 58.