If your planning on your next next sportive, criterium or road race being on freshly laid tarmac on a mid-summers day with not even a hint of wind or rain then pinch yourself, you're in a dream! The reality is that riding or racing whether on the continent or on your home turf is bound to include a mix of potholes, turned-up tarmac and even the odd cobble section or two. That's why Cervélo's latest edition to the collection is a bike built for riding in harsh conditions, on challenging surfaces and on days where most would shy away. Yes, think of the Paris-Roubaix, the Strade Bianche or your local tear-up around routes more local to home. Cervélo built the Caledonia 5 for Team Subweb to put them ahead of the peleton using enginneering that has won them many victories, a blend of high-moudlus carbon fibre with tube shapes to match. The ability fit fenders and tyres up to 34mm is an added bonus, making the grind just a little more bearable.
The Caledonia is the bike we keep reaching for when we know the odometer’s going well past the triple digit mark. Long rides invariably have some smooth tarmac, some junk pavement over backroads, a cutty singletrack connector, and maybe even your own local Strade Bianche sector. So Cervélo built a bike that could take on all of them, do it well, and fit fenders in case the ominous clouds turn into a downpour 130km into your day. Modern road riders are looking for bikes to handle long distance, high pace, no limits and offer maximum fun. By placing lower modulus carbon in key areas to mitigate the brittleness of hi-mod fiber—the bike isn’t delicate. It is made for the way you ride and accommodates 34mm tires or 31mm with fenders.
Cervélo developed the Caledonia-5 in collaboration with Team Sunweb to satisfy the need for a dedicated cobbles bike. Keep your eyes peeled at the Monuments. Faster handling isn’t necessarily better—Cervélo engineered the handling based on the specific use-case. In this case it’s Roubaix. Roubaix is harder on bikes than any other race on the calendar, and there’s zero margin for error. Cervélo increased the rear center (compare this to the R3 that was raced last year), lowered the BB, and increased the trail. The handling is still fast, but they’ve added stability into the mix for a high overall performance.
Stable, Carefree & Confident
Cervélo stayed away from compliance gimmicks; no elastomers or funky tube intersections. Their proven library of tube shapes is at the core of every bike Cervélo design, and these tube shapes all have different known attributes. You can’t cheat physics. Triangulation and the force required to deflect is at the heart of the ‘double-diamond’ frame design, and has been since the safety bicycle’s inception. Cervélo know how their tube shapes behave, and it’s a matter of placing them in a layout that achieves the desired compliance based on that deflection. The simplest solution is almost always the best.
Frameset - Caledonia-5 Disc
Fork - Cervélo all-carbon, Tapered Caledonia-5 Fork
Bottom Bracket - JY-BB 24
Headset - FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2
Seat Post - Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post
Front & Rear Wheel - DT Swiss E1800 32 Spline, 24h (F), 24h (R), 20mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
Front & Rear Tyre - Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 30c
Chainset - Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
Shift Levers - Shimano Ultegra 8020, 11 spd
Front Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
Rear Derailleur - Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
Cassette - Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34
Chain - Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd
Front & Rear Brake Callipers - Shimano Ultegra 8020 Hydraulic Disc
Brake Rotor - Shimano SM-RT800, 160mm
Handlebars - Cervélo AB09 Carbon
Stem - Cervélo ST32 Alloy
Saddle - Prologo Dimension STN
Accessories - Cervelo Faceplate Front Computer/Accessory Mount, Cervelo Rear Accessory Mount, Removable Fender Mounts