Why We Like The Caledonia 5 Road Frameset
Cervelo preserves the identities of its well-established and beloved on and off-road racing lines to create an all-new work of art that effortlessly fills the void between the aggressive road-specific design and laid back gravel capacity. The Caledonia 5 is the frameset for which so many riders have been waiting. Designed for riders who favor the speed and clean silhouettes of aerodynamic road bikes, but are also pulled to the earthy taste of fine gravel dust on a gritty smile, the Caledonia 5 opens doors that we always thought were possible.
Cervelo willingly yielded to the stretch the R5 was under to become something it's not, and looked back to the R3 Mud, the cobble-focused steed upon which Johan Van Summeren rode to a convincing win —showcasing the brilliant talents domestiques possess— in the 2011 Roubaix. Building a bike for the modern racer presents a challenge as many of us know the feelings of a featherweight, endurance racing bike, but want to mix in with the off-road scene as well when the slacker, beefier rigs take that hard cut onto the gravel shortcut. The Caledonia 5 is "engineered for the modern road" with a lightweight frame of 936 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 5 is well-suited for mixing in with the roads less traveled and making use of a head unit's explore feature.
With a geometry aimed at fine-tuning a balance between Cervelo's R bikes and the Aspero, Cervelo feels confident that the Caledonia will be at the pointy end of the race on the cobbles all the way to the velodrome.
Cervelo also focuses on carbon layup with a mindset of increased rider comfort resulting in energy savings to ride faster for longer. Lower modulus carbon contributes to compliance in critical areas concerned with mitigating the jarring effects of hi-mod carbon fiber sections. 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 the modern racer.
More speed is to be found at the front-end, complete with fully integrated cable routing and split spacers to ease maintenance and seasonal height adjustments — road season vs. grav season. Additionally, hidden fender mounts are onboard, that when used with fenders minimally reduce tire clearance down to 31mm. All in all, the Caledonia 5 ushers in a new breed of racing bike that satisfies the growing demands of modern, all-terrain cycling.
- Carbon frameset that starts a new era of smooth and chunky riding
- Road swiftness and aerodynamics with a laid back setup
- Low and hi-mod carbon in trusted tube designs for fast, efficient racing
- Clearance for 34mm tires goes beyond the limits of road-specific design
- Integrated stem cap and spacers with fully internal cable routing
- Fender mounts for mud and rain sessions
- Cervelo carbon bar, stem, and seat post for a sleek uniform appeal