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When we're talking about dream road bikes the Cervélo R5 Disc, with Dura Ace Di2 and Enve SES 3.4 wheels, will definitely be part of our conversation! Recent winner of VeloNews' Road Bike Of The Year 2017, the new R5 has managed to improve on what was already an inrecible bike and one of our favourite road bikes.
34% stiffer than the previous R5, lighter and now dressed in Shimano Dura-Ace Di2, this version of the Cervélo R5 has to be as good as it gets when it comes to road cycling. What makes the R5 so special is how versatile it is. Now able to fit up to a 28mm tyre, the R5 is as comfortable up the French Alps as it is across your local country lanes and is as fast in your local Sunday morning group rides as it is at your next club criterium. Kitted out with the ultra-fast Enve SES 3.4 Disc wheels and Cervélo Ab06 handlebar the R5 finds speed on the slowest of roads. So if you're you're looking for a bike that has the ability to do everything you expect from it and more, then look no further.
With 18% more stiffness at the headtube and 26% more at the bottom bracket, the new R5 Disc is our stiffest-ever road frame. And it gets better: By integrating the latest disc-brake technology, lateral fork stiffness has been boosted even further. But that’s far from the whole story: The R5 Disc also incorporates a stiffness-to-weight ratio that has been meticulously tuned to the attacking style of high-performance road cyclists.
Elite road riders no longer equate comfort with soft, slow bikes. Vertical compliance can reduce fatigue and, in turn, boost power output. Wheel manufacturers’ wind-tunnel testing has also shown that wider tires can deliver aero benefits. For these reasons, tire clearance for the new R Series has been widened to 28mm. Combine this with a Cervélo-engineered aero seatpost, and vertical compliance is further increased while improving aero. At the same time, the latest disc-brake technology, and a new profit and fine-tuned handling geometry, will have you charging down chicanes and attacking cobbles with complete confidence.
As well as the freedom to use a wider range of tire sizes, dozens of small, satisfying design details separate good from extraordinary: Helpful thru-axle installation graphics, a subtle-yet-robust chain-stay protector, a sleek fitting cap, a stem that allows for internal electronic routing and easy computer mounting, an aero seatpost with integrated clamp and cover...the list goes on.
ForkCervélo all-carbon, tapered R5 fork for disc
SeatpostCervélo carbon sp18
StemCervélo carbon stem
Rear derailleurShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11 Speed
Front derailleurShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11 Speed
ShiftersShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170, 11 Speed
Brake calipersShimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170, Hydraulic Disc
CassetteShimano Dura-Ace, CS-R9100, 11-28
ChainShimanoCN-HG901, 11 SPEED
CranksetShimano Dura-Ace 9100 52/36
SaddleFi'zi:k antares r5
WheelsENVE SES 3.4 DISC
TyresContinental Grand Prix 700 x 25c
HeadsetFsa is2 1-1/8 x 1-1/2
Bottom bracketBBB BottomFit BBO-72, PF30 Threaded