2012 Cervelo S5 VWD Di2 Unboxed & Weighed – In Stores Now
Finally, the top range Cervelo S5 bikes are hitting the floor at retailers around the country. Both the Rival and Team S5’s have been on the scene for months, after patiently waiting now the VWD frames are ready to go. First seen here, and tested here, we have had our eyes on this rig for a while. Check out a few detailed photos of the paint and componentry after the break.
Hopefully by now most people are used to the look of the latest 990g(56cm) aero road offering from Cervelo. There was a significant amount of original opinion that seemed to be negative towards the aesthetic appeal regarding the S5 both in frame shape and colorway. The white frame may not be the most attractive, people have been questioning the blue/red color combination on the Team frame, but no one has really gotten a chance to check out the top range VWD frame. Putting aside opinions regarding how sexy the lines of this bike are, the VWD version looks pretty darn good.
The dark grey and deep blue paint detail make a good color combination against the black frame. Less abrasive than the red and blue team frame colorway, this paint job has a nice understated look with a hit of color.
As for drivetrain components mated to the Shimano Di2 componentry, the VWD Di2 model comes stock with a Rotor 3D+ crankset. Although there may be better shifting chainring options, and lighter weight cranksets, the bearing preload adjustment on this crank works very well. The only significant change we made regarding stock componentry is the wheelset. The stock Fulcrum Racing T wheelset just didn’t have the same look as these super sleek ENVE tubulars.
Di2 shifters mounted to the 3T Ergonova LTD handlebar/ARX LTD stem round out a well established front end.
VWD, top of the range for Cervelo not counting current California projects. Stock Di2 battery placement is looking pretty good these days. The talk of the town seems to be factory offerings from Shimano that put the battery somewhere inside the frame, most likely inside the seat post.
At 14.85lbs(6.73kg), This bike set up as is (without pedals) seems like it is going to be a lightweight option for those riders seeking the benefits of aerodynamic framesets. There is always room for improvement, keep your eyes out for a custom build featuring this frame and some pretty legit componentry.
I guess there is only one last question to ponder…when will the S5CA be available?