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Apex 1x Gravel Bike


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Why We Like The Aspero Apex 1x Complete Bike

When we think about the sport of gravel racing, we think of just about the grittiest riders on two wheels. In one word, the conditions are demanding. Physically, psychologically, and demanding on our equipment. It takes a different kind of mindset to commit to 200+ miles of off-road pedaling through adverse conditions, free of support, and relying just on your own dedication to work through the race, pushing to stay at the front of the group. It also takes a different kind of machine. A machine that's built for speed, with a balance of comfort, rather than gear-hauling that we see on some gravel adventure steeds. To satisfy this need, Cervélo crafts the Aspero Apex 1x Complete Bike. This is a bike built with purpose and intent. It's constructed to take on the rough and rowdy terrain, and float ahead with lofty tire clearance that accommodates either the ultra-plush 650b or quick-rolling 700c hoops. It's a weapon built for chasing down podiums, and packing in all of the essentials you need to get you there.

The Aspero is built with modern geometry that's aim is to combine comfort for the long gravel miles, with progressive fit to help you soar to the front of the pack.  Every size of the Aspero provides an identical ride feel, which blows other rides out of the water that maintain the same fork for every size. While some of this is achieved through a unique fork for each size, an adjustable fork offset lets you further tinker with things, enabling the bike to meet any rider's needs. The Aspero uses a moderate head tube angle at 72-degrees (size 52) to provide more stability than Cervélo's road steeds do, without going full-out slack into the realm of mountain bike geometry. This lengthens the wheelbase slightly to create a solid feel on loose descents and corners, but pairs up with a steep seat-tube angle for a nice perch through pedal-heavy sections. Cervélo crafts the fork with a built-in dropout that allows the geometry to stay identical regardless of wheel size. This dropout also enables you to fit huge tires for full cushion on rough terrain, with 700c options fitting most 42 tires, and 650b offering room for most 49's — though brand and tread can impact fit. Cervélo recommends leaving at least 4mm of space around your tires to accommodate clearance for the inevitable mud buildup that occurs during the lengthy miles of the Crusher or Private Idaho.

When it comes to carbon fiber layups, Cervélo is no slouch. It's engineers carefully and meticulously design their layups to maximize stiffness where its most important, compliance where you need a little comfort, and keep weight at a minimum. This particular model uses a C-level carbon, which uses ultra-high modulus carbon to damp jarring vibrations from mixed conditions, aiming to find a balance of static comfort and dynamic comfort.

This particular build is finished off work SRAM's workhorse gravel group — the Apex 1. Like its pricier sibling, its ready to roll on drop bars with a hydraulic brakes, and utilizes double-tap shifting, but with a little more weight, and price savings to match. As you'd expect with Cervélo, the Aspero is built with the wide and stiff BBRight platform, offering a bottom bracket that doesn't flex under pressure when you're on your final sprints to the finish line.

  • Chase down the podium with Cervelo's gravel race machine
  • Steep seat tube and moderate head tube balance for comfort and speed
  • Adjustable Trail in fork keeps geometry true regardless of wheel size
  • Size-corrected geometry offers the same performance for every rider
  • C-series carbon is stiff, light, and comfortable for endurance miles
  • Compatible with both 700c and 650b wheel sizes for speed and comfort
  • Internal cable routing allows for addition of dropper post
  • SRAM Apex 1 group is a workhorse in rough conditions, and doesn't break the bank

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Tech Specs
Frame Materialcarbon fiber
ForkCervelo all carbon tapered Aspero
HeadsetFSA IS2
ShiftersSRAM Apex 1 HRD
Rear DerailleurSRAM Apex 1
CranksetSRAM Apex 1
Chainring Sizes40t
Crank Arm Length[48cm] 165mm, [51cm] 170mm, [54-56cm] 172.5mm, [58-61cm] 175mm
Bottom BracketCervelo BBRight Connect GXP
Bottom Bracket TypeBBRight
CassetteSRAM PG-1130
Cassette Range11 - 42t
ChainSRAM PC-1110
BrakesetSRAM Apex HRD
Brake Typehydraulic disc
RotorsSRAM Centerline, 160mm
HandlebarEaston EA50 AX
Handlebar Drop120mm
Handlebar Width[size 48] 38cm, [size 51] 40cm, [size 54 - 56] 42cm, [size 58 - 61] 44cm
StemEaston EA50
Stem Length[size 48] 70mm, [size 51] 80mm, [size 54 - 56] 90mm, [size 58 - 61] 100mm
SaddleCervelo Road Saddle
SeatpostEaston EA50
WheelsetAlexrims Boondocks 7-D
Front Axle12x100mm
Rear Axle12x142mm
Tire Clearance[700c] 42mm, [650b] 49mm
TiresDonnelly X'plor MSO folding
Tire Size40 x 700c
Pedalsnot included
Manufacturer Warrantylifetime on frame

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>Rating: 5

Perfect geometry for gravel/road

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 1"
200 lbs

I’ve always wanted to venture more into gravel riding but being primarily a roadie I wanted something that could do both by switching out wheels if I wanted. This bike doesn’t disappoint. Very stable when your flying over loose gravel, the treacherous flint, sandy and muddy roads, and it still feels like a road steed when your flying down your favorite tarmac. I road it on BWR and many other terrains. You’ll probably want to upgrade wheels to something else. I found the Alex wheels heavy and not as great as my fulcrum rapid red 3s. maybe the saddle needs upgrading depending on your preference but outside of that it’s a solid bike into gravel riding, and is still fast on the road. I used specialized pathfinders 38cm and it felt fast everywhere. The apex group set works fine and used it for BWR but if you have had higher group sets like I have you’ll probably upgrade to something else like rival etap. I was also on the fence with sizing since I’m 6 1” I could go either way between a 56 and 58. I found the 56 to be better because the Top tube is a 57

>Rating: 5

Road bike geo on a gravel bike!

5' 5", got a 51 instead of a 48 because I wanted the higher front end on a gravel bike. My only complaint is that the tire clearance with 650 is a little disappointing.


Why was it disappointing? I'm 5'5" and was sold a (Salsa Warbird 56) bike, way too tall for me and am now looking for replacement.

I'm looking for a comfortable gravel bike that can pick up speed quickly.


Hello, I got the bike and love it but would love to know the specs(just like others would) the specs on the Alexrims Boondocks 7-D like the weight etc. Could Competitive Cyclist ask Cervelo? Thanks Ramiro


I have 7D boondocks on my aspero - are they tubeless compatible? There is a rim strip inside not tubeless tape. So I’m wondering if I get some tape and valves among w tubeless tires, can I set up tubeless? I mean a solid set up! There is NO information on these rims. Help!!

I was having issues finding info on these wheels as well but I believe they are tubeless. I went to Cervelo's site and they are called out as being tubeless. I will be setting my up this way this afternoon! Cheers!


Are Alexrims Boondock 7-D even a wheelset??? Can't find them anywhere, yet they're sold on this bike....... Wondering what the inner rim width is as well for tire compatability.....

Hi Jacob, Alexrims is an OE partner of Cervelo and there is not much information about the wheels. They would be safe for the largest size tires the Aspero can handle. Which is 700x42, but I do not know about the internal rim width of the wheels.

Hey Jacob. It is strange that it is so hard to find information on the 7D. I just measured mine and the ID is 23mm

Hey Jacob. It is strange that it is so hard to find information on the 7D. I just measured mine and the ID is 23mm

Inner is 23 outer 27.3. Inquired and Alexrims replied


I can't find the Boondocks 7D wheel set mentioned anywhere. Has anyone weighed it yet?

Man, I've googled these wheels 100 times and have yet to find them anywhere. Even the Alexrims website...... super weird.

>Rating: 5

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