Why We Like The Aspero Race Frameset
Cervelo has been taking the top step of grand tours and road racing's most challenging monuments for some time with bikes engineered to excel on both the smoothest of uphill pavements to the brutal farm roads of cycling's old country. With such inspiring feats of strength and speed in the history books, to engineer anything other than a race-oriented frame as its entry into the off-road gravelin scene wouldn't be true to Cervelo's core; thus the Aspero Race Frameset was born. Cervelo's goal is to "change the paradigm of the gravel bike design," and we couldn't agree more with that aim represented in the Aspero. Intended to be the fastest endurance rig available, the Aspero is capable of sending it through hundreds of miles of rough terrain with speed and efficiency comparable to its road racing siblings. In Cervélo's own words: the Aspero is built to haul ass, not cargo.
The Aspero is crafted with modern geometry aimed to combine comfort for the long gravel miles, with progressive fit to help you soar off the front of the pack. Trail is Cervélo's secret weapon in the world of geometry, and it comes into play on the Aspero to provide stability, regardless of the bike's size. Featuring a two-position adjustment to the fork's trail, you can now fit those super cushy 650b tires up to 49mm and straight-speed racing tires in 700c up to 42mm and maintain trail between 58.1 and 58.6mm, respectively. It means that every size of the Aspero provides similar handling characteristics between various tire and wheel sizes, whether gearing up for a full-gas cyclocross race of packing up for a night under the stars.
The Aspero comes equipped with the protection you need when things get rough, muddy, and gritty. Downtube protection helps keep your lower frame free of marring. And with gravel racing tending to cross the ten-hour mark with frequency, the Aspero comes ready to pack on as much water as possible, with three bottle mounts and a Bento mount on the top tube for bringing along the critical nutrition you need on 200+ mile rides. While we typically only see the Bento mount being used in Tri, with the demanding gravel environment, we think it only makes sense to bring Bento to the grit, and we hope to see it take off across the boards. The Aspero utilizes the same bento mount as Cervélo's P5, and is compatible with all Bento's built for the P5.
When it comes to carbon fiber layups, Cervélo is no slouch. Its engineers carefully and meticulously design their layups to maximize stiffness where it's 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. And as ever prevalent with Cervélo, the Aspero runs with the wide and stiff BBRight bottom bracket that doesn't flex under pressure when you're sprinting for the finish line.
- Off-road frameset built to focus on the finish line
- Steep seat tube and moderate head tube balance for comfort and speed
- Adjustable Trail in fork keeps geometry true regardless of tire size
- Carbon layup designed for empowering racers and haulers alike
- Compatible with both 700c and 650b wheel sizes for speed and comfort
- Top-tube Bento mount lets you add nutrition storage on long rides
- Internal cable routing allows for addition of dropper post
- Item #CVL1WV6
- Frame Material
- Wheel Size
- Cervelo All-Carbon, Tapered Aspero Fork
- Head Tube Diameter
- 1-1/8 x 1-1/2in
- Headset Included
- yes (FSA IS2)
- Bottom Bracket Type
- Cable Routing
- Front Derailleur Mount
- Brake Type
- Cervelo Carbon, SP19[25mm offset]
- Seatpost Diameter
- Front Axle
- 12mm Thru-Axle
- Rear Axle
- 12 x 142mm Thru-Axle
- Claimed Weight
- [54cm] 4lb 3.2oz (1910g)
- gravel, cyclocross
- Manufacturer Warranty
- [frame] limited lifetime
4.5 based on 3 ratings
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December 29, 2022
Good bike/frame but not great.
- Size Bought:
I have had mine for a full year is a nice bike. The ride quality is really good but it’s a little heavy. The bottom bracket area has a design flaw whereby the chain often gets stuck between the inner chain ring and the frame it’s happened at least a half a dozen times while riding and releasing the chain from that area has only ruined and cracked, the finish and is wearing into the carbon fiber.
April 20, 2022
- I've used it several times
- Size Bought:
- 5' 7"
I purchased the frame/fork for a custom build. It fits true to size based on my experience. It is fast - like fast enough that you can swap wheels/tires and you have a nice convertible bike between gravel and road. I'd be comfortable using this bike in the weekly training crit as much as on the remote roads around me. I wouldn't get this as a "quiver killer" bike, but if you're really racing on the road, you should just get a road bike. If you want a do-it-all bike, this is hard to beat. I also decided on this over the newer and lighter version because I wanted the traditional cockpit set up. I'm sure the lighter bike is great but in my experience, unless you're really smashing pedals against the best, some of those grams just don't matter. That's just to say that you shouldn't lose sleep over deciding between this and the lighter carbon version if you're not racing the front of the bunch. I've ridden this on paved roads, gravel roads, single track, jeep trails, and questionable terrain for a drop-bar bike. :)
December 31, 2020
The Crittiest of Gravel Bikes
- I've used it several times
- Size Bought:
- 5' 7"
This thing does exactly what Cervelo claims it was designed to do: go very fast. There are no frame mounts for fenders or racks, the head tube has an aerodynamic shape, the tire clearance isn't huge for a gravel bike, and the fit is race-oriented. It certainly feels like the Aspero satisfies for the road and criterium racer who wants to be able to throw on some grav tires and take hour-power intensity to the dirt. Turning is swift, tracking is intuitive, and acceleration is exciting.
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