Meet Pippi: My “New” Cervelo R3SL


Meet Pippi. My previously loved Cervelo R3SL. Most of you will be interested in the geometry, weight, and all the design details but all you really need to know is that it’s fast. I wasn’t convinced a big upgrade would enhance my performance and enjoyment but, quite simply, it has.  Sure the lighter set-up made a difference but, after being on the same bike for 6 years, I never really understood what “responsiveness” meant until I felt the immediate return of power in the form of speed while chasing up a climb during my last race.  Those same six years I spent on Campagnolo meant I found myself reaching for non-existent thumb shifters a few times but nothing hours in the saddle won’t change. While I didn’t particularly like that the front of my foot overlaps with the front wheel, the length of the top tube seems to place me comfortably in an aggressive position. I had so much fun racing on my new bike I forgot about it completely.  I wasn’t racing on my bicycle, I was just racing.

Pippi was indeed a remarkable child. The most remarkable thing about her was that she was so strong…Why, she could lift a whole horse if she wanted to! And she wanted to.

5EA86C8237E79586A0467C0B5C6C5Cervelo may make amazing frames but there is zero allure or sense of inspiration in “R3SL.”  During my test ride, the literature nerd in me thought of “Pippi,” inspired from Astrid Lindgren’s beloved character Pippi Longstocking, and it stuck right away.  The name Pippi may not seem to inspire the qualities associated with racing a bicycle but Pippi has a wild, confident spirit and abnormal physical strength. Her youthful adventurousness reflects the childlike enjoyment that cycling holds at it’s core and what cyclist doesn’t want the leg power to lift a horse? Sure, Pippi may seem a bit brash in the novel but that might not be a bad thing to channel when I’m vying for a wheel during a race. All I need now is some bright orange bar tape to mimic Pippi’s famous pig tails.


6 responses to “Meet Pippi: My “New” Cervelo R3SL

  1. Pippi sounds like a great choice of names. Get those orange pigtails. there may just be some added inner strength in them or because of them .Who knows ?

  2. nice ride. will be picking up my R3 tomorrow. i rode a specialized Allez for 17 years and finally buying new. no more shifters on downtube!! well, except for rainy day rides on the trusty Allez…

    • You are going to love it! It just always wants to go fast and you will love the responsiveness. This is also only my second bike and part of me was sad to move on but the R3 will give you a whole new ride experience. Let me know what you think! Happy riding 🙂

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