While the Cervelo R5 is most definitely not being marketed as an all-singing all-dancing aero road bike there’s certainly some refinement when it comes to tube profiling and component integration. With all the knowledge that they gained from the design and development of their S5 and P5 bikes the Cervelo engineers have created a carbon chassis that cuts through the air more efficiently and saves watts in the real world not just in the wind tunnel.
So what type of road riding and racing is the Cervelo R5 aimed at? Well, the way the bike has been ridden in competition so far is an obvious clue to how Cervelo see the R5 being utilised by the wider public. Already a race winner in the mountains of France and Spain this year, the R5 is designed to get to the top fast with this feather-light road bike exceling on long, steep climbs. The previous version of the R5 was already famed for its climbing prowess and while this factor has been further refined here, the Cervelo designers have also spent a lot of time and energy on enhancing the ride quality of the R5 on the downhills too, creating a machine that carves the turns and instils new levels of confidence in your bike handling.