Cervélo have reintroduced the S3 for 2014 – and the revamped aero machine is Garmin-Sharp David Millar’s weapon of choice.
Thor Hushovd won the world road race title on the S3 in October 2010 but the frame was discounted by Cervélo following the launch of the S5. It’s now back in the range and Millar, who is riding his final season as a professional cyclist, will use the S3 for the forthcoming Classics season.
The new S3 is said to combine the narrow frontal profile and aero tube shapes of the S5, with the comfort of the R series thanks to the super-skinny seatstays, which contrast wildly from the heavily aero-shaped stays of the S5.
The S3’s rear triangle has been borrowed from Cervélo’s ‘Project California’ Rca road frame and so, while not quite as aerodynamically efficient as the S5 when the two go head-to-head in the wind tunnel, the S3 is designed to offer a more forgiving ride in a bid to offer the best of Cervélo two road line-ups, which Millar is likely to appreciate on the cobbles of northern Europe.
The new S3 also now has a tapered headtube and clearance for 25mm tyres, while Cervélo have sought to future-proof the frame by making it compatible with mechanical, electronic and hydraulic shifting.
We wheeled away Millar’s Shimano Dura-Ace Di2-equipped machine to take a closer.
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