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Road Frameset


Item # CVL1WWY

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  • Five Black, 48cm ($5,000.00)
  • Five Black, 51cm ($5,000.00)
  • Five Black, 54cm ($5,000.00)
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Why We Like The R5 Road Frameset

If you plan on building up a lightweight dream bike, there's a couple of things we'd recommend. One, choose the brand's top-tier offering, most likely the one that prioritizes stiffness to weight, and two, it absolutely needs to have disc brakes. The R5 Road Frameset from Cervelo checks both of those boxes and if you live for the Tuesday night hammer-fest and daydream about racing (are you reading this at work?) the R5 with its featherweight build, stiff efficiency, and comfort that's proven itself in the Grand Tours and during 6-hour cobbled classics, offers the ideal foundation for that build. Add to that an aggressive pro-worth geometry and you'll quickly understand how this brand for Canada has racked up some of the sport's biggest victories in such a short amount of time. The first thing you notice when you hop aboard an R5 is its impressive stiffness and geometry that magically shapeshifts between stability and agility when you need it most. Cervelo was able to make the R5 stiffer at key points while still remaining featherweight. In fact, it claims the disc version of the R5 is its stiffest road frame to date. By placing such an emphasis on that stiffness to weight ratio it results in a bike that leaps forward with each pedal stroke yet isn't a wet noodle that's unruly on steep, technical descents and remains predictable at speed.

Cervelo achieves this feat by building up the frame using special carbon layups and construction techniques, allowing it to reduce the frame's weight while making it stiffer. It uses advanced engineering software like Finite Element Analysis (FEA) that allows it to better understand exactly how each layer of carbon fiber is working and if it's being used properly. Its carbon expertise prescribes a specific frame layup by placing hundreds of individually cut plies of carbon in a mold in a certain order and orientation. By precisely cutting these plies, the frame is able to be made lighter while still achieving the desired strength and reliability.

  • Set the climbs on fire with this featherweight frameset
  • Pro Fit geometry boosts aerodynamics and improves handling
  • Refined carbon layup drops grams and improves responsiveness
  • Squoval Max tube shapes boost stiffness and ride comfort
  • Internal cable routing offers a clean aesthetics
  • BBright bottom bracket shell efficiently transfers power
  • Clearance for 28mm tires offer a cushy, grip filled ride

Tech Specs
Frame Materialcarbon
Wheel Size700c
Head Tube Diameter1-1/8 - 1.5in tapered
Headset IncludedFSA IS2
Bottom Bracket TypeBBright
Cable Routinginternal
Front Derailleur Mountbraze-on
Brake Typedisc
Compatible Componentselectronic, mechanical drivetrains
SeatpostCervelo carbon SP18
Seatpost Diameter27.2mm
Front Axle9mm quick-release
Rear Axle130mm quick-release
Tire Clearance30mm
Activityroad cycling
Manufacturer Warrantylimited lifetime

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>Rating: 5

Function Meets Nerdery

I've put it through the wringer
True to size

A wise sage once bestowed upon me advice that can be applied or up-stringed to many scenarios as one stumbles through life while breaking all the rules that were meant to be bent: "Your life holds for you endless possibilities...are you going to be a bike nerd or a bike dork?" I eventually realized this was his round about way of asking me to adjust the straps on my helmet so they did not obstruct my peripheral vision, and while I was at it, maybe even take a day or two off between hard rides. I eventually heeded his advice, but only after he conveyed his requests in a more direct and less cryptic manner. This allowed me to see more clearly while also giving me a chance to come down from the perpetual high that is inevitable with being young, having all my cartilage, and having a v02 max that would make a gazelle weep. I was young, dumb, and fast. More importantly, I lived my life as such. In a sea of radically and theatrically shaped down tubes, head tubes, and fork blades that aim to pass air more efficiently across the machine between your legs, little is it known to many that said tubes are also aesthetically designed to blow smoke up your....well you know. With this in mind, it is all too easy to get caught in the undertow of bike dorkery when your helmet straps give you the kind of wind tunnel vision with the high hopes of being more aero than that dork you work with whose cubicle's position in the office lends itself to his all too frequent visits where he too, reminisces all too often on his younger faster days. After all, the path down to the ocean is a slippery one and a sure foot is needed. The Cervelo C5 is the antidote to faltering while still retaining the price tag that got you into this two wheeled conundrum in the first place; the quest for the object that screams, "respect me, I'm wealthy", or, I use to be fast... Rest assured the C5 has the kind of classic and clean lines that offer a timeless look that keep the nerdery feels at optimum levels while having a ride quality such, that it lends its' steward all the impulsive behaviors that come from riding to a point of recklessness giving you that same old love and feeling you were able to obtain in your youth on much lesser bikes.