All-New Cervelo R5 Road Bike Borrows Top End Tech at Half the Price
The big changes include the switch from the boxy tube shapes to their Squoval shaping, which melds oval and square shapes to blend stiffness with aerodynamics. They’re boasting a 7.4 watt advantage. It also yields a 9.5% stiffer bottom bracket junction and 15% stiffer head tube section.
At $5,000 for the frameset, it’s not cheap, but at least it’s future proof. Routing will work with any mechanical, electronic or hydraulic (brakes – rim, not disc) systems. They’ve even bumped tire clearance for spacious 25c accommodations.
From a quick glance, they’re not all that different looking. Click to enlarge (a bit) and you’ll notice a little more edge to the downtube-to-headtube and top tube-to-seatstay transitions. That, and apparently the saddle likes to be pointed down more now.
Three complete bikes are offered ranging from $7,000 (Red 22) up to $9,000 (DA Di2), and the frameset, which includes the fork, headset and seatpost, is $5,000. So, um, yeah – $2,000 for a full SRAM Red 22 group and wheels, cockpit and the rest? No brainer.
We’ll have more details on the new bike from Eurobike.