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Cervelo Caledonia-5 Ultegra Di2 Bicycle 2021

Cervelo has come to believe that the pure road cycling world is evolving, and while there will always be a true race bike that is super light, fast, and quick-handling, the modern road bike requires capability for larger tires, more stability- but moderately fast handling, and power transfer efficiency expected of a race bike. This modern road bike shrugs at notorious urban roads, cobbles, chip seal, and floats over the smoothest pavement. Enter the Caledonia 5, an exemplar of Cervelo's understanding that fast handling isn’t always better, and the how the company is evolving toward bike designs with handling and overall development informed by specific needs. The inspiration was the multi-surface Paris-Roubaix, the Spring Classic that is harder on bikes than any other race on the calendar, with zero margin for error. After drawing from some specific history with the team-only, Roubaix-winning R3 Mud, and the R3 the teams used in 2019, the engineers increased the rear center, lowered the BB, and increased the trail while adding tire volume space and better rough surface deflection. Relatively speaking the handling is still fast enough to be corner and descent-friendly but with added rougher surface stability. The result is a speedy bike that is versatile and well mannered. Built here with Shimano's Ultegra R8070 Di2 2x drivetrain with hydraulic disc braking, the bike exudes precision and reliability.

The creation of the Caledonia 5 began with this recognition of modern road cycling and a sense of where it is going. This is a pure endurance race bike, unlike the previous C-Series endurance options, which were great bikes with more relaxed geometry, and greater comfort. Caledonia is race-bred, with much more surface versatility than a Grand Tour ready design. With capacity for 34mm tires (31mm with fenders), the more stable handling, disc-only frameset has different overall geometry numbers but Stack and Reach the same as an R-Series. The frame design and cockpit set-up allow for most cyclists a reasonable fit, and unlike with the R5/R3 geometry differences, both Caledonia frame-level options share the same geometry. Much was learned from the years R-Series development and combined with the knowledge gained from the Aspero design process, the engineers found a great balance of speed, comfort, clearance and handling while maintaining the aesthetic cleanliness Cervelo's riders demand. That cleanliness is far from just aesthetic- you know it’s going to be fast because there’s nothing interrupting the flow of air over the front end.

Aero considerations are just as much a part of the Caledonia as any Cervelo, as is the combination of tubes, carbon lay-up, and integrated features. The company's proven library of tube shapes is at the core of every bike design and these well tested and proven tube shapes all have different known attributes. Cervelo believes one can’t cheat physics. Triangulation and the force required to deflect is at the heart of the "double-diamond" frame design. The engineers 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. Lower modulus carbon in key areas complements the high modulus materials to mitigate the brittleness of hi-mod fiber- the bike isn’t delicate. Just as with the change in handling speed over less than pure surfaces, the design team is aware that if cyclists are more comfortable, they’ll be more confident, and they’ll ride or race faster and further. In the Caledonia 5 you'll see the tapered aero headtube, use of Squoval and aero tube shapes, D-shaped carbon post, and a new fork and steerer.

The full length carbon D-Shaped integrated steerer comes evolved from the S3, with a unique split ring allowing internal brake hose and Di2 from the AB09 Carbon bar, into a more traditional stem (which fits onto the D-shaped steerer) for a fully internal cable routing system. The more standard stem design allows you to change the stack height using a split spacer system, for above and below the stem. If you have an summer/race fit, you can go lower, but for indoor training or winter riding position, you can bring the stem up- without much fuss. Of course the unique full carbon fork is new for the Caledonia, with features you'd expect: Flat Mount disc, 12/100mm thru-axle, as well as integrated fender mounts. You find these on the rear and well, along with 12/142mm rear dropout. The lever-action Cervelo Indexed Thru-Axles are easy to use; quick for wheel changes.

Shimano's Ultegra R8070 Di2 2x groupset uses e-Tube wiring and hydraulic hose internal integration but the frameset can be used any other 1x/2x group- mechanical or electronic. Full build specs are listed below, and all cyclists know Ultegra is the best value in cycling, delivering true Di2 precision and exceptional overall reliability. Add in the Cervelo cockpit components and a 35mm deep Reserve Carbon Disc Wheelset featuring DT Swiss hubs and you have a special modern road bike.

Features

  • Modern road race-level bike with new geometry, increased tire clearance, quick but stable handling and tuned ride and stiffness for serious endurance events and training sessions
  • Ultegra 11-spd R8070 Di2 Electronic shift/hydraulic disc brake groupset
  • Aero integration of stem, headtube, steerer, but more easily adaptable for range of fit requirements
  • Stiffness: 222 Nm/mm BB / 105 Nm/deg
  • Higher grade UD carbon used in Caledonia 5 to save weight, add performance
  • Lower modulus carbon in key areas complements the high modulus materials ensure resilience, compliance
  • Proper blend of Squoval.Max and aero tube designs, matched to function/use of Caleodonia 5
  • Full carbon tapered Caledonia 5 fork (w/ headset), with thru-axle, Flat Mount disc
  • Frame/fork accept 700x34mm tires, 700x31mm use w/ fenders on integrated frame/fork mounts
  • Fork features aero integration to downtube with larger, stouter crown design
  • D-shaped steerer with split washer/spacer designs rout housing/wires from stem into frame
  • Large downtube BBright shell transition deftly into oversized dropped chainstays
  • Carbon lay-up, stay design, carbon seatpost, larger volume tires all contribute to compliance
  • Internal, integrated wire/cable/hose options for 1x, 2x drivetrains (w/ removable FD mount)
  • Cervelo Indexed Thru-Axles w/ Lever: 12/100mm fork, 12/142mm rear
  • Ultegra R8070 Di2 Shifters, R8050 FD, R8050 RD, seatpost battery, e-Tube system
  • Di2 Dual Control levers w/ hydraulic braking, R8020 Flat Mount calipers, RT800 CL 160mm rotors
  • R8000 crankset 52-36T, Cervelo JY-BB 24 bottom bracket, HG800 11-34 cassette, CN701 chain
  • Reserve 35 Wheelset (DT370, 20H F/24H R, 2x all) CL, TLR, 21mm internal width
  • Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 30c tires w/tubes
  • Cervelo cockpit: AB09 Carbon handlebar, ST32 Alloy stem, SP18 Carbon D-shaped seatpost
  • Prologo Dimension TiRox Saddle
  • Cervelo Accessories: Faceplate Front Comp/Acc Mount, Rear Acc Mount, Removable Fender Mounts
  • Component specifics by frame size:
    • 48cm Bar: 38c-c, Stem: 80mm, Crank: 165mm
    • 51cm Bar: 40c-c, Stem: 90mm, Crank: 170mm
    • 54cm/56cm Bar: 42c-c, Stem: 100mm, Crank: 172.5mm
    • 58cm/61cm Bar: 44-c-c, Stem: 110mm, Crank: 175mm
  • Sizes: 48, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61 cm (48, 51 have Zero offset seatpost)
  • Colors: Silver/Black, Red/White
  • Weight: 17.8 lbs (56cm)
Cervelo Caledonia-5
Size 48 51 54 56 58 61
Wheel Size 700 700 700 700 700 700
Stack 505mm 530mm 555mm 580mm 605mm 630mm
Reach 360mm 369mm 378mm 387mm 396mm 405mm
Head Angle 70.5° 71.5° 72° 72° 72° 72°
Seat Angle 74.5° 74° 73.5° 73° 73° 73°
Top Tube Length 502mm 522mm 543mm 565mm 581mm 598mm
Head Tube Length 89.5mm 109.9mm 136mm 162.3mm 191.2mm 217.5mm
Standover 712mm 752mm 784mm 807mm 834mm 857mm
Fork Trail 60mm 60mm 60mm 60mm 60mm 60mm
Fork Offset 59mm 53mm 50mm 50mm 50mm 50mm
Bottom Bracket Drop 76.5mm 76.5mm 74mm 74mm 71.5mm 71.5mm
Front Center 579.4mm 581.7mm 591.5mm 608.5mm 626mm 643mm
Wheelbase 982.2mm 984.5mm 995.2mm 1012.3mm 1030.7mm 1047.8mm
Chainstay Length 415mm 415mm 415mm 415mm 415mm 415mm