Roux Vercors R3 review

New British-designed budget road bike

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £449.99 RRP
The R3 favours comfort over speed but is a decent bike

Our review

A decent first bike that favours comfort over speed
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The first thing you notice about the Roux Vercors R3 is its weight – it is a bit of a beast. The second thing you notice – when you start pedalling – is that the Vercors also offers a very pleasant ride.

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True, the entry-level Shimano levers mean you can’t shift up on the drops, the 7-speed cassette means large gaps between gears and there is a little roughness from the freewheel, but those are the only gripes.

  • HIGHS: Makes a good first road bike
  • LOWS: Weight; large gaps between gears
  • BUY IF… You want a nicely-riding road bike on a budget

The Tektro brakes are about as good as you’ll get for the cash, and can be improved by fitting cartridge pads. The oversize stem and bar combination is stiff, and the gel bar tape is plush and comfortable.

The finish is decent for a bike at this price too. Its ride is quite firm, but the narrow seatpost and compact frame prevent it getting too wearing. And while the wheels are also pretty weighty, they proved suitably tough.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Roux, and we enjoyed riding it more than we expected considering its weight and price. We also appreciated the mudguard and rack eyes for the extra practicality.

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However, it falls a little way below the best bikes at this price. It is vastly superior to a supermarket bike-shaped object, and as a first road bike, it’ll give you the taste for more, but for 20 quid less you could get B’Twin’s lighter and more refined Triban 5A, which has a carbon fork and a 9-speed Sora groupset.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Vercors R3 (14)
Brand Roux

Brakes Tektro
Cranks FSA
Fork Steel
Frame Material Double butted 7005 aluminium
Front Tyre 25mm CST Czar tyres
Grips/Tape gel bar tape
Handlebar Kalloy
Rear Tyre 25mm CST Czar tyres
Saddle DDK deep padded
Seatpost 27.2mm
Shifters Shimano Tourney
Stem Kalloy
Weight (kg) 11.2
Wheelset Roux
Weight (lb) 24.7