Cervélo Áspero

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Release Year
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
12, 22, 11
19.25, 20.28, 18.89, 18.30, 19 lbs
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Frame Material

Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cervélo Áspero. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

14 reasons to buy

  • This bike easily maintained speed and exhibited efficient power transference.
  • Handling was aggressive, sporty and highly responsive.
  • Frame clearance caters for tires up to 700c x 42 or 650b x 49.
  • A twin-tip fork allows for 5mm of rake adjustment.
  • Speed-freaks found that the Áspero accelerated superbly.
  • Quality and workmanship was high-end and precise.
  • The flared Easton bar felt great in the hands of one expert reviewer.
  • The Áspero sports aero shaping in a neat monocoque design.
  • Donnelly X’Plor tires increased riders’ comfort level by reducing feedback.
  • Aero, carbon DT Swiss wheels delighted, in the Force Etap AXS configuration.
  • Cervélo offer the Áspero in classy and diverse duotone color choices.
  • A plastic bashguard protects the carbon frame from flung rocks.
  • Padding and comfort were lauded on the modern, stubby Prologo saddle.
  • Some experts said comfort was ample, considering the bike’s tendency toward performance.

6 reasons not to buy

  • The Áspero features NO mounts for either mudguards or racks.
  • Adjusting the twin-tip fork also requires brake adjustment.
  • One expert said that bartape was thin, overstretched and transferred vibration.
  • On the Force eTap, the gear range was limited by a small cassette and 1x drivetrain.
  • A long bottom-bracket drop and long cranks resulted in pedal-scrape on techy trails.
  • No reviewers said the Áspero was super comfortable, relying on tires for give.

Bottom line

Cervélo’s Áspero is a performance-oriented race rig. There are virtually no mounts here for bikepacking. Eyelets are provisioned for three bottles and a top-tube bag, but there’s nothing here for mudguards or racks. A “Trail Mixer” twintip fork allows switching between a more-stable or more-agile position and accommodates movement between 650b or 700c wheels. A long bottom-bracket drop and long cranks suggest that this bike is strictly pointed at unrutted, high-speed gravel tracks. The 1x12 drivetrain on the top-of-the-range AXS version was problematic. The 36 tooth chainring and small, 10-33 cluster ended up being too low on fast-flats and too high for vicious gravel climbs. Speed was favored over comfort, with the Áspero relying on 40c tires for forgiveness. For single-day, gravel-racing speed-junkies, the Áspero is just the ticket.

Expert Reviews

80/100 based on 1 expert reviews

Cervelo Aspero Force eTap AXS 1 Disc

A very fast gravel bike with sleek looks but short on versatility.

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Gravel Cyclist

Cervelo Aspero Review – The Speed Merchant Gravel Bike

This bike is not super-comfy and definitely suits the racer type…the ride is noticeably harsher than other carbon frames… I like this bike a lot.

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Cervelo Aspero | A True Racer’s Gravel Bike, But It’s Not For Everyone

For a gravel bike, it’s very, very aggressive… You are getting an absolute premium frameset… I do like this bike a lot but it is very much a race bike.

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First Ride: Cervelo Aspero

On Any Saturday, Pt. 1 – Bring the road

On the The Montrose Ride aboard the Cervélo Aspero with SRAM, DT Swiss, Donnelly Cycling, LLC, Wahoo Fitness

Posted by Road Bike Action on Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Hands On with the Cervélo Áspero

Hands down, it’s the best gravel bike we have ever ridden.

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User Ratings

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