The Cervelo R5 has long been the all-around and mountains-oriented road race bike that complemented the company's more aerodynamic S5. Few bike concepts have been as well received in World Tour racing and with serious enthusiasts as the R5, and the intimate connection between the R5 and its riders means Cervelo truly listens when they offer feedback. By using incredibly sensitive, detailed topology studies of the frameset, the experienced engineers at Cervelo definitively identified how, where, and which carbon choices could be applied in the lay-up process to optimize weight and ride quality without sacrificing stiffness or overall efficiency, defining the principles that convey this premium grade 2023 SRAM Red eTap AXS build to achievement in any endeavor.
For mid-2022, Cervelo released this new R5, which has been seen in 2021 at the front of the Tour de France and Vuelta a España. Lighter, more compliant, with greater stability, increased aerodynamic efficiency and better fit/set-up concepts, the 2022 R5 frameset also delivers impressive tire clearance while maintaining the same essential geometry and handing. Yes, some of the numbers differ from the last gen, but only to accommodate the updated design and larger tire capability. This bike features a 700 gram frameset in a 56cm (15% lighter) that is ready to race and ride everyday.
The previous R5 was built to seriously improve power transfer, deliver a pro race preferred geometry, and be as efficient as possible in a non-aero bike. Pro cyclists loved the geometry, power transfer, and handling, but longed for it to be a bit lighter and more forgiving. The massive Squoval™Max downtube delivered the lateral and drivetrain stiffness required, but added some weight and impacted vertical compliance. For the 2022 R5, the topology studies led to a refined carbon layup, new downtube and headtube, along with fork crown and housing integration. The seatstays and upper rear triangle junction was also changed to lower the seattube/toptube junction, allowing for more exposed seatpost length- which aids in increasing vertical and ride compliance.
The super clean, fully internal housing and wiring system increases aero efficiency, as does the integrated leg taper and "chinned" crown of the new R5 fork with the downtube. With a reduced factor downtube and subtly improved Squoval™Max tubes, small gains are achieved, with a total improvement of 19 grams in reduced drag, or 2.5 watts, which may not sound like much, but the previous generation R5 was pretty efficient, and remember- the R5 is not a pure aero design- that is what the S5 delivers.
Cervelo was able to outfit the updated R5 with 34mm tire clearance, yes- really, without using a dropped driveside chainstay, by maximizing the oversized asymmetric nature of the BBright bottom bracket shell and vertically oversized chainstay design. Remember, the R5 has been strongly informed by the previous development of the R3 Mud- built for the Classics and famous for wider tire clearance, as well as the premium vertical compliance of the minimalist seatstays. A 410mm chainstay length delivers clearance but keeps the handling responsive. The designers maintained the 73mm seattube angle with a 57.5mm fork Trail on a 28mm tire in all sizes, and carry over the same size-specific Stack and Reach.
With the new, lighter R5 Carbon disc brake fork, Cervelo ships a C-shaped steerer expansion plug, which will thankfully make steerer tube height cutting a simpler task. The headset upper bearing cover now comes in a super low 7mm stack height, as well as a mid-height 22mm. By adding 30mm of the fork-specific spacers, up to a max 52mm stack height is an option. Cervelo also changed their D-shaped seatpost offerings. The new 400mm long SP24 is available in a Zero offset- shipped with 48 and 51 cm sizes, as well as a 15mm Setback version- coming with all other sizes. Cervelo expects most racers to regularly ride 28-30mm tires on the R5, but they can train on 30-34mm tires. In races such as Paris-Roubaix, the pros will also opt for higher volume.
With this spectacular SRAM Red eTap AXS complete build Cervelo includes the reconceived Reserve Carbon 34|37 rim disc brake wheelset. The clincher/tubeless ready design now features 24 hole front (34mm) and 24 hole rear (37mm) specific depths as well as internal widths for a better balance of low-mid profile aerodynamics as well as better stability and handling characteristics. These rims laced to the newer DT Swiss 240 CL disc hubset, featuring the SRAM XDR freehub body, coming together to be an ideal complement to this impeccable build.Return to Top
- Impressively redesigned (2022) premium grade road disc SRAM Red 12s eTap AXS HRD bicycle for all-around riding with pure performance
- R5 56cm Squoval™Max frameset (frame/fork) is 160 grams lighter than its predecessor
- Frame stiffness has been optimized for comfort and reduced weight
- Fork developed with improved stability for handling and braking
- Aero efficiency achieved total improvement of 19 grams in reduced drag, or 2.5 watts
- BBright asymmetric BB shell (79mm PF) and vertically oversized chainstays deliver impressive drivetrain power, lateral stiffness
- Full internal hydraulic hose/wire routing from bar into frame for clean, aero effect; Electronic-only
- Cervelo Aero (bolt-on) Thru-Axles, w/ Removable Handle Tool
- Frame: R5 road, carbon, Flat Mount disc brake (160mm max rotor), braze-on FD tab, 12/142mm Thru-axle dropout, Rear seatpost wedge
- Fork: R5 full carbon integrated, tapered, Flat Mount disc brake (160mm max rotor), 12/100mm Thru-axle dropout
- Groupset: 12-speed SRAM Red eTap AXS HRD (wireless shifting/hydraulic disc braking)
- eTap Shift/Brake Levers, Front & Rear Derailleurs; w/ eTap batteries & charging dock; AXS App management
- Brakes: Red HRD Flat Mount Calipers, CenterLine XR CL 160mm disc rotors
- Crankset/BB: Red Quarq Power Meter 48/35T / CeramicSpeed DUB for BBright
- Cassette/Chain: XG1290 10-28T / 12s Red Flattop
- Wheelset: Reserve 34|37 Carbon w/ DT 240 XDR, CL, TLR; Carbon rims: 24H Front, Profile 34mm, IRW 22.6mm; 24H Rear, Profile 37mm, 21.6mm IRW
- Tires: Vittoria Corsa TLR G2.0 700x25
- Handlebar/Tape: Cervelo HB13 Carbon, 31.8mm, semi aero, semi-internal routing, 80mm Reach, 123mm Drop / Cervelo Grip tape
- Stem: Cervelo ST31 Carbon, 31.8mm, proprietary C-shape steerer for internal routing
- Seatpost: Cervélo SP24 Carbon Aero (D-shape) Post
- Saddle: Prologo Scratch M5 NACK
- Cervelo Accessories: Stem Faceplate Front Computer/Acc Mount, Rear Acc Mount
- Note: Component Specifications are subject to change due to supply chain challenges
- Component specifics by frame size
- 48cm | Bar width: 38c-c, Stem length: 80mm, Seatpost: Zero offset, Crank: 165mm
- 51cm | Bar width: 40c-c, Stem length: 90mm, Seatpost: Zero offset, Crank: 170mm
- 54cm/56cm | Bar width: 42c-c, Stem length: 100mm, Seatpost: 15mm Setback, Crank: 172.5mm
- 58cm/61cm | Bar width: 44c-c, Stem length: 110mm, Seatpost: 15mm Setback, Crank: 175mm
- Colors: Five Black
- Weight: Frame 703g (56cm); Complete bike: 15.26 lbs
|Top Tube Length||515mm||531mm||548mm||564mm||581mm||598mm|
|Head Tube Length||93mm||114mm||137mm||163mm||192mm||218mm|
|Bottom Bracket Drop||74.5mm||74.5mm||72mm||72mm||69.5mm||69.5mm|
|Updated design with 34mm tire clearance. Specs listed with a 28mm tire size.|