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Ridley Fenix or Cervelo R3

andrewthomas197andrewthomas197 Posts: 117
edited December 2013 in Road buying advice
I think I am going to treat myself to a Christmas present for me this year and am seriously considering the Ridley or the Cervelo for my Xmas treat.

I am looking for something comfortable enough for long (ish) rides and Sportives, nothing to serious.

Both are being considered mainly for their performances on the Spring Classics this year and I think they might be able to handle the crappy pothole ridden roads that we are are forced to ride on these days.

Just wondered if anyone has had experience of either and whether there was any opinion either way or suggested alternatives.

Thanks in advance.


  • Recently was debating a Ridley or an R3. I bought the R3 and that was mainly down to Ridley's funny sizing. Worth having a fitting and seeing which one works better for yourself. On the R3 I was a 54cm and on the Ridley I was probably an XS as the S was too long, think that gives you an idea of sizing issues.
  • Sir VeloSir Velo Posts: 143
    Both a great bikes and I am sure you wil be pleased whichever one you choose. Not sure you will get a definitive answer on a thread like this, folk just tend to vote for the one they have or would like.

    The best bike out of the two is the one that fits you the best and if both do then probably go for the one that has the bet deal. For me they both look great.

    You will be able to guess which is my choice, but that doesn't make it right for you.

    Can you get to try both?

  • I own a R3SL and borrowed a Fenix for 3 days around Lago di Como.

    Both are great bikes but I really enjoyed the feel of the Ridley. It's a bit sturdier at 1250 grams but that weight gets all hidden anyway with wheels and components.

    The Ridley is a much better looking bike in black or white than the R3 is, which is something to think about.

    But if you want the ultimate light bike the Cervelo with Sram Force or Rival and some hand-built wheels from any of the cottage industry shops around the UK would make for a perfect bike.

    Things are so much better today than even in the 90 when bike stuff was so poor.
    When a cyclist has a disagreement with a car; it's not who's right, it's who's left.
  • Thanks for the comments.
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