Why We Like The Caledonia 105 Road Bike
Designed for a mix of it all and leaving little off the table, the Caledonia 105 is an all-new work of art that effortlessly fills the void between the aggressive road-specific design and laid-back gravel capacity. A bike many riders have been waiting for, the Caledonia is built for those who favor the speed and compact front end of road bikes, but are also pulled to the earthy taste of fine gravel dust on a gritty smile. And paired with the durable and reliable 105 semi-compact groupsets, with a 34 tooth cog on the back for smashing steep rollers or coaxing exhausted legs home, "road-riding" is about to be redefined.
The Caledonia is "engineered for the modern road" with a lightweight frame of 1031 grams and a shorter wheelbase and front-center than the Aspero gravel racer, it satisfies the road cycling, aero-mesh-wearing crew quite nicely. And with a trail and head tube angle similar to the Aspero—not to mention clearance for 34mm tires—the Caledonia is well-suited for tackling the roads less traveled while preserving the sharp handling of a dedicated road bike.
Cervelo also focuses on carbon layup with a mindset of increased rider comfort resulting in energy savings to ride faster for longer. Although constructed to be slightly heavier than its sibling, the Caledonia-5, Cervelo blends compliance and stiffness into the Caledonia's carbon layup to provide a smoother ride that mitigates the jarring effects of rough pavement without sacrificing the benefits of a stiff front end and bottom bracket area. The result is a frame that responds quickly to accelerations while remaining compliant enough to absorb significant turbulence from the roadways. And returning is Cervelo's proven blending of strategically oriented tube shapes to design a frame that will work best to meet the demands of racing.
Cervelo opts for a more traditional stem-bar interface on the Caledonia and a standard 27.2mm seatpost. The front derailleur mount is removable should you ever go 1x and want a cleaner aesthetic. Internal cable routing is available, although not integrated through the stem junction as in the Caledonia-5. Additionally, hidden fender mounts are onboard, which when used with fenders minimally reduce tire clearance down to 31mm. All in all, the Caledonia ushers in a new breed of road bike that satisfies the growing demands of modern, all-terrain cycling.
- A do-it-all road bike with mixed-terrain capabilities
- Road swiftness and aerodynamics with more laid back geometry
- Cervelo's trusted tube design for fast, efficient acceleration
- Shimano 105 semi-compact drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes
- 34mm tire clearance goes beyond the limits of road-specific design
- Fender mounts for sessions in stormy weather
- Bento mount for extra carrying capacity on big rides
- Internal cable routing and removable front derailleur mount for running 1x
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