Why We Like The R5 Force eTap AXS Road Bike
We love to watch big-time racers take on mountain stages and power through those climbs like they're nothing, and we like to mimic those ascents locally with our R5 Force eTap AXS Road Bike on our side. This is a bike built for speed, for glory, and for the pure pleasure of racing. And, one of the best things about it is that it's not just for the pros. The R5 is our challenger and our solution. It delivers the ultimate all-around riding experience with the perfect package that combines stiffness, speed, and stability. It has all of the hallmarks of a true racing bike with all of the benefits of a fine-tuned road riding machine. This is the fourth iteration of the R5, and while we have seen the weight and stiffness fluctuate, the handling and prowess are as consistent as on its launch day.
A solid climbing bike needs to maintain superb handling because, as we know, what goes up must descend, fast. The R5 gets there with its Pro Fit geometry that prioritizes an aerodynamic position alongside stability and handling at top speeds. Hairpin turns and wild grades are our friends with the R5, and we're able to get as low as possible with Cervelo's lowest frame stack heights to enable maximum aero advantages. More wind-slicing speed comes thanks to Squoval Max tube shaping. Unique shapes work in part with stiffness and weight in specific areas of the frame to reduce drag and increase speed over time. And, in response to the fact that oversized frame tubes are stiffer and lighter, Cervelo developed the BBright system. The increased stiffness from BBright with larger sized tubes in the seat tube, down tube, and left hand chain stay, in turn, improves pedaling efficiency in a lighter weight frame, ensuring all of our power is put in the right places.
As always, we appreciate that Cervelo delivers a full carbon frame and fork for lightness and durability. The R5's SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain consistently delivers precise and reliable shifting at the lightest touch, and disc brakes provide capable stopping power no matter the conditions or terrain. Compliance engineered into the frame and clearance for 30mm tires creates a smoother ride and reduces fatigue so we can ride into triple-digit-mile days without worry.
*Due to unprecedented demand in the global supply chain and the bike industry over the last 18 months, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be minor. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.
- Cervelo's racing and climbing bike for us and the pros
- Full carbon frame and fork deliver lightness and durability
- SRAM Force eTap AXS drivetrain for precise and reliable shifting
- Disc brakes provide capable stopping power no matter the weather
- BBright system increases pedaling efficiency in a lightweight frame
- Cervelo carbon cockpit for reduced fatigue while we ride
- A 12-speed drivetrain gives us the gearing necessary for big days