Combing out of the same molds as the C5 is the Cervélo C3. Think of it as the same performance with more weight and less cost.
The differences in the two bikes are merely material. Less expensive carbon, a simpler lay-up means that the bike is priced better, but you get the same position, features, ride, and can hit all the same roads, trails, paths, whatever that you’d accomplish with the C5.
The C-series is newish for Cervélo. It’s their endurance bike line. Thanks to the demands of Paris-Roubaix, they’ve been going down this road for some time. Most famously, Johan Vansummeren rode a proto-C Cervélo R3 Mud to victory in Paris-Roubaix, the roughest of the cobblestone classics. That bike was modified from stock with longer stays and a longer fork, both to fit the 27mm tubulars the riders needed for the race, and to add essential comfort to make the interminable cobblestone sectors a little less savage.
The C3 starts with Cervélo’s standard 73-degree seat angle and Squoval tube shapes (think square, oval, and aerodynamic). They then build the bike with a more laid-back head angle, a fork with 10mm more rake, and 15mm longer stays. They also increase the bottom bracket drop, with the smaller sizes having 9.5mm more, the middle sizes, 7mm more, and the large sizes 4.5mm more. This improves stability, with a nod to keeping cornering clearance decent. Better than the R3 Mud, you can fit 28mm tires easily into this frame. Unlike that bike, this has disc brakes.
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