2011 Cervelo S3 Review
Cervelo is known worldwide for its cutting edge technology and top of the line performance. The S3 is no exception. I tested the S3, which was equipped with the SRAM Red groupo, Zipp's 404 tubular wheel set, Fi'zi:k's Arione saddle and Rotor cranks.
The S3 really held its speed nicely as we got to the lower slopes of the descent, the aerodynamic tubing on the S3 really seemed to help cut through the wind as the speed of the bike increased.
Overall I would rate the Cervelo S3 at the top of my list of the bikes I have ridden. The Cervelo S3 is able to provide everything a rider would want in a high-end racing bike. There are only a couple of things I would have liked to have seen from the S3; 1) more get up and go on long climbs, maybe I was having an off day but I just didn't feel the spunk climbing like I usually feel and 2) I would also have also liked to see less lateral pushing in crosswinds, but the wide aero down tube is one of the reasons the S3 is so fast into the wind. Beyond that, the S3 performed extremely well in all areas. It handled well at high speeds, cornered like a Formula 1 race car and was responsive during out of the saddle stomps and sprints.
The S3 also did an excellent job dampening road vibration, many of the roads I ride are rough and have cracks in the surface, but I didn't notice the normal road chatter I am accustomed to. The SRAM Red component group which the Cervelo S3 can be equipped with is top the line and works well with the bike. The S3 also has very distinctive look. It is primarily black with white accents, the wide down tube and deep dish Zipp 404 wheel set really makes the S3 jump out in a crowd. Cervelo placed its logos in highly visible areas on the top tube, down tube and chain stays, which really helps to catch people's attention.
The Cervelo S3 is a must to anyone who wants a high-end bike that is aerodynamic and super responsive. If you would like more information about the Cervelo S3 or other Cervélo bikes visit www.cervelo.com.