Cervelo Launches All-New R5 — First Trip Overview

This evaluate is delivered to you by Roadbikereview contributor Joe Mackey aka @moseph1989

Cervelo has been busy this 12 months, very busy. Between new bike launches and a profitable professional tour season with Jumbo Visma, there was lots for the model to speak about. Earlier this Spring Cervelo launched their devoted gravel race bike, the Aspero-5, and the concentrate on racing design is reimagined once more with the launch of the brand new R5 that has already seen loads of professional tour wins earlier than going public. With a brand new fork design, inner cable routing, and lowered body weight, the brand new R5 has turn into Cervelo’s go-to bike for giant mountain days.

Cervelo R5 Highlights

  • Basic all-arounder up to date as a climber’s bike
  • Improved front-end compliance
  • New R5 body is 130g lighter than the earlier mannequin
  • Body weight of 703g with a 329g fork for a mixed chassis weight of 1032g (claimed)
  • New inner cable routing
  • Disc brake solely
  • Full bike value vary: $8,400 – $12,000
  • Frameset pricing: $5,000
  • Accessible now

Cervelo R5 Body

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The objective for the brand new R5 was to transition the bike from a basic well-rounded highway bike to a light-weight climbing bike whereas not compromising on stiffness. Lowering body weight is a steadiness of shaving supplies however ensuring that the stiffness and responsiveness stays excessive. One of many major complaints Cervelo obtained from its professional group was that the bike’s entrance finish was too harsh and wanted some refinement. This is able to translate to Cervelo engineers creating a brand new fork with much less “longitudinal stiffness” in comparison with the earlier model. Whereas making the fork extra compliant, Cervelo additionally dialed again a few of the stiffness from the headtube.

Whereas the entrance finish of the bike was a serious focus, Cervelo was additionally making an attempt to take care of a headtube to backside bracket stiffness ratio of 45% that was key in how the earlier technology R5 carried out. Cervelo eliminated floor space from the highest tube and downtube for an general weight discount of 130-grams from the earlier technology whereas sustaining a 44.8% stiffness ratio.

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Just like the Caledonia-5 and Aspero-5, the R5 obtained an entire overhaul within the cable routing division. The entire cables and wires routing internally by way of the stem and steer tube for a totally clear setup. With all inner cable routing, Cervelo was in a position to scale back drag by 25g. Whereas aerodynamics wasn’t an enormous focus for this bike, the drag financial savings had been a bonus. Cervelo additionally bumped up the tire clearance to a beneficiant 34mm with 4mm of clearance and cleaned up the seatpost clamp by changing a cumbersome rubber cowl with a extra built-in model.

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Cervelo stored the geometry the identical with solely a minor tweak within the path by .5mm to accommodate the elevated tire clearance. The R5 is disc brake solely and makes use of Cervelo’s BBright backside bracket system.

Cervelo R5 Construct & Pricing

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This isn’t a finances bike by any means, the entire builds are larger finish. Prime shelf builds use Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (new 12-speed) and SRAM Pink eTap AXS at $12,000. Adopted by the Ultegra Di2 construct at $8,700 and SRAM Power eTap AXS at $8,400. All bikes use Reserve 34/37 carbon wheels. Each of the SRAM-equipped bikes are coming with energy meters. Cervelo may even provide these as frame-sets that may embrace bars, stem, and seatpost for $5,000. Dura-Ace Di2 geared up bikes can be found at present at native retailers with Ultegra geared up bikes delivery quickly.
Cervelo R5 Trip Impressions

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I’ve been driving the (now) earlier model of the R5 for a couple of 12 months. It’s been my go-to for highway miles—I even raced Belgian Waffle Trip this previous summer time. It’s stiff and responsive and fairly versatile for having restricted tire clearance. For sure, I’ve liked the bike.

After I was given the possibility to attempt to new R5 I used to be curious if Cervelo might make an amazing bike even better. Out of the field, I appreciated that Cervelo went with full inner cable routing making a really clear end. Dialing within the match, contemplating that the geometry is nearly similar. The SRAM hoods do add a bit of little bit of attain to the bike,cerve so I needed to accommodate by sliding my saddle ahead a contact. The R5 is a light-weight for a disc bike coming in at 16 kilos out-of-the-box setup tubeless—not dangerous for my 54cm take a look at bike.

In the course of the first trip, I might instantly really feel a distinction within the trip high quality and compliance. I hadn’t obtained any data on the bike simply but and will inform they’d carried out some work on making the bike trip smoother whereas nonetheless being responsive. Cervelo opted for a Prologo Skratch saddle which didn’t make it previous the second trip for me, however saddle alternative is totally subjective.

In some ways, it was the R5 I’ve identified with a stiff and responsive demeanor once I was pedaling out of the saddle. I’m solely about midway by way of my testing section, however I plan on placing in some extra mountain days and even venturing off the crushed path.