Instead of tailoring the fit of this bike for professional road racers, the Z Series is shaped for more comfortable positions. As a result, this bike is perfectly suited as a change of pace from spending hours tucked in the aero position. Its ride feel is consistent with the fit. The Z3 is stiff when punching up a climb, yet mutes road vibration better than most. Shimano Ultegra parts are interspersed with cheaper bits to keep the cost down. Rear shifting is tight and sharp, and a wide gear span keeps the crank spinning up most steep inclines.
A geometric hallmark of the more conservative fit schemes used on bikes such as the Z3 is a shorter reach distance from the saddle to the handlebar. Trimming this distance makes riding in the aerobars more attainable because this change to the shape of a frame helps scoot the aerobar elbow cups beneath the arms in a way that truly supports the upper body. As a result, shoulder strain goes way down.