Cervélo R5 VWD Frameset 2013
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- This Product was added to our catalogue on Tuesday 11 September, 2012.
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Second only to the R5ca as the worlds lightest and stiffest frame, its construction seems to defy the possible—especially considering the balance of power transmission and the ability to absorb harsh bumps and vibration. Tested and chosen by the top riders from Team Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda to win the “hilly” stages of Grand Tours like the 2012 Giro d’Italia, these riders particularly appreciate its precise cornering, ultimate balance and instantaneous response. Light weight and stiff, featuring BBright™, Smartwall™ technology, and optimized second-generation Squoval™ tube shapes, the R5 is a true climbing machine. With a lively feel that transforms sky-high climbs into dream experiences, this bike will meet any challenge you put in its path.
HeadsetFSA IS3 Tapered - 6mm TC
Seatpost3T Palladio Team
Bottom BracketSRAM PressFit 30
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Even the most demanding pros fit properly on a stock Cervelo, no need for custom sizes. That's our conclusion after supporting hundreds of the world's best athletes. The reason we don't need customs where other bike companies do lies in our unique reach-based geometry. This results in six properly spaced-out sizes with minimal overlap. The R3 and R5 have an updated version of this geometry, which finally suits both seasoned pros and regular riders alike. The solution is as simple as it is elegant. The main problem in most geometries is that bikes come with pretty short headtubes. Presumably this is done to appease the pros, but even for them the headtubes are now often on the short side. This explains why nowadays you mostly see stems with only a minus-6 degree angle in the peloton. There are two issues with this:
- You can imagine that if the headtubes are already short for the pros, they will feel REALLY short to regular riders.
- Pros love maximum front-end stiffness, but - for the same handlebar height - a short headtube with a minus-6 stem provides less stiffness than a longer headtube with a minus-17 stem.
Enter Cervelo's new geometry for the R3 and R5. The headtube is slightly longer in most sizes, but they allow for the same low position as before if used in combination with a minus-17 stem (now available from our team partner 3T and also Ritchey). And for regular riders, the new headtube lengths with a standard minus-6 stem offer the slightly higher handlebar height most of us need. Of course those who ride low can still go with the minus-17. The other adjustment of the geometry is in the headtube angle for the smaller sizes. As you may know, we have never been fans of slacker headtube angles on smaller sizes as they usually compromise handling through a combination of poor fork geometry and improper weight distribution, sometimes coupled with a lack of frame stiffness. On the other hand, we do realize that toe overlap remains an issue for some of our customers. So we spent some time figuring out how to get the best of both worlds, how to change the steering geometry and combine it with a longer chainstay length to get good handling out of a slacker headtube. We then had these new geometries tested by several Cervelo TestTeam riders, in particular our "engineer-in-the-saddle" Roger Hammond (who happens to ride a smaller size frame). The results showed that - we have to admit - we were a bit too quick to dismiss slacker headtube angles outright. If executed well (a big if), it can result in a very well-handling bike. To find out for yourself, try the R3 or R5 with the new geometry at your Cervelo retailer.
73 Degree Seattube Angle
|Size||Wheel Size||Head Tube Angle||BB Drop||Top Tube||Head Tube Length||Front Center||Rear Center||Stand Over Height||Stack||Reach|
|Note:||The standover height is measured to the toptube directly above the bottom bracket.|