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Cervelo R5 SRAM eTap Bicycle SAMPLE

This SAMPLE bike was assembled for photographs and display, before being packed and shipped to Excel Sports. We reassembled, inspected and tested the bike for full functionality. If you have any questions, please contact us: 800.627.6664 or

Lightweight, responsive, ultra modern but traditional in it's own way; the 2019 Cervelo R5 SRAM eTap Bicycle is exceptionally lightweight, with wireless e-Tap 11s shifting, and cable-actuated rim brakes. This complete bike offering built on the R5's Squoval.Max tubeset may be the ideal choice but is just one of several models for this special road race frameset, albeit a premium option. One of the prime features of the current R5 has been returning to more of a pro's fit starting point, while having the ability to easily run 28mm tires at all times, even on 25mm wide rims. There is a marked increase in lateral stiffness in the frameset over the it's excellent predecessor, as well as improved aerodynamics and overall ride quality.

Cervelo aficionados will quickly identify the aero, square back seattube and seatpost. This R5 is shipping with the SRAM Red 11-speed eTap wireless shifting, carbon DT Swiss PRC 1450 Spline 35 wheels so there are no compromises in quality or specification. SRAM's development of the wireless eTap shifting system disrupted the cycling component world and has firmly established SRAM as an innovator and major player in the industry.

The massive square-oval design of the downtube makes the most impressive statement about Squoval.Max, but every tube on the R5 has been redeveloped to reduce weight, increase lateral stiffness without compromising vertical compliance, and maximizing aerodynamics. From front to back, the redesign fortifies at junctions for increased torsional stiffness to the tune of 21% at the headtube junction and 13% at the bottom bracket, while new shape integration delivers 14-watt improvement in aerodynamics. The BB has been lowered, with a 72mm drop, with the oversized frame section rising up in a D-shaped flatback seattube that carries to the top. The accompanying D-shaped Aero seatpost features a new rear fastening system, hidden by a rubber fitment that covers the entire junction, protects from moisture and grime. The seattube/seatstay cluster exits out the back with a flattened section that adds torsional stiffness before reducing into the thin, vertically compliant stays the R-series bikes are known for.

The lowered bottom bracket, longer reach, lower stack, and shorter headtube of the R5 lengthen and drop the cycling position weights and centers the rider and bike perfectly, and keeps the proper proportion over the front wheel required for aggressive corning and overall stability. The Cervelo carbon fork was built like the frame, with enhancements to match. The end result is a bike that carves mountain descents, rips criterium corners, and rolls true and balanced on the flats. Increased comfort comes not only from the more compliant D-shaped seatpost, but also with larger volume tires. As aerodynamics research has pushed wheel manufacturers to wider rims, larger tires, and frame/fork air flow integration, cyclists have embraced that 25-28mm road tires can be fast, aero, and reduce road vibration and impact.

Cervelo's aero integrated Future Proof cable routing that accommodates mechanical and electronic drivetrains carries over, along with the Reduced Friction Bottom Bracket Guide. The derailleur cables or wires run down into headube/downtube junction from a port just behind the headtube. One of the engineers' driving tasks with the R5 was to develop the rim and disc brake versions, to be as close as possible in fit, function, feel, and frame performance allowing pro cyclists to move between them with ease based on bike choice.

SRAM's Red 22 eTap is known for it's light weight, overall performance, super clean installation and easy set-up. The slim and efficient Red e-Tap shift-brake levers for the cable actuated rim braking system elicit feel and control with any hand size. Braking itself is smooth, powerful, and reliable with the Red lightweight brakeset. The Red 22 crankset and cassette provide a great platform to show off the smooth and precise eTap shifting. This is the lightest standard groupset you can buy, making it a perfect match for the stunning R5 frameset.

Cervelo opted for a wide-ranging 11-speed drivetrain with the 52-36 crankset and the 11-28 cassette. The wheels are supplied by DT Swiss; the lightweight carbon PRC 1450 Spline 35 equipped with Continental GP4000s II 700x25mm clincher tires. Cervelo supplies the square back SP18 carbon seatpost and updated Carbon Stem. The carbon theme continues with the is the Cervelo Carbon AB06 Aero bar- finished with Cervelo bar tape. An Italian-made ASTUTE Skyline Lab saddle looks new and fresh, bring a smart design and construction to the saddle world. Finally Cervelo provides an FSA IS-2 headset for the full carbon R5 Fork with the tapered 1⅛" to 1½" steerer tube. The quick release 100/130 standard road hub dropouts make for fast wheel changes when seconds can determine the winner- and everyone else.

The finish of this 2019 Cervelo R5 SRAM eTap Bicycle features a subtly beautiful matte Navy blue dominant color that is accentuated by red logos and some use of orange on the fork. It's different and distinctive in a pleasant way and stealthily reinforces the race pedigree of this incredible bike. Fast, smooth, ultra-responsive with handling and feel a pro can masterfully dictate, and simply maximizes the experience for the rest of us.


  • New SAMPLE bicycle, under full warranty except for light finish issues, built for display and photography use; rebuilt and tested by Excel Sports bike techs
  • Road race geometry, eTap wireless shifting, rim brake complete bike built for performance, comfort and excellence in the in R5 tradition
  • Improved design and lower, more aggressive road race geometry favors responsive, assertive handling and acceleration with tremendous stability and ride quality
  • Frame and fork designed specifically for lightweight, efficiency, dominance
  • One-piece rear triangle, slender 1cm flat R5 seatstays, no rim brake bridge
  • Fulll SquovalMax tubeset design seriously improves lateral stiffness and aerodynamics with a sub 900 gram frame weight, 130mm rear dropout
  • R5 Carbon Fork, tapered 1⅛" to 1½" steerer; 100mm QR
  • Tire clearance of frame/fork to 28mm depending on actual tire and rim specifications
  • Future Proof internal cable routing and stop set for mechanical or electronic drivetrains, and internal brake housing
  • Full SRAM Red 22 eTap series 11-spd drivetrain with Red 11 Shift-Rim brake Doubletap levers, 52-36 BB30 crank/rings, XG 1190, 11-28, eTap front & rear derailleurs, chain, Red Aerolink brakeset, Cervelo BBright 30x86 bottom bracket
  • Wheelset: DT Swiss PRC 1450 Spline 35 Carbon
  • Tires: Continental GP 4000s II tires, with tubes
  • Kit: Cervelo AB06 Aero carbon bar, Cervelo 31.8mm Carbon Stem, Cervelo R5 SP-18 Carbon Seatpost, Cervelo bar wrap; ASTUTE Skyline Lab saddle; FSA IS-2 Tapered 1⅛" to 1½" Headset
  • Note: Fork steerer will come at full length (regardless of photos)
  • Sample size: 56cm
  • Color: Matte Navy/Red/Orange
Reg Price $7,000.00
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Cervelo Geometry Chart

R3 Geometry
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S5 Geometry
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C3 & C5 Geometry
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