Cervélo Caledonia

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16.77, 18.85, 19 lbs
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Summary of Reviews

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

12 reasons to buy

  • The Cervelo Caledonia has a gorgeous carbon frame.
  • With two versions and 10 models of the Caledonia available, riders have many options to meet their budget and component preferences.
  • The standard Caledonia builds have a mounting point on the top tube for a bag.
  • The low bottom bracket and frame clearances allow for wider tires up to 35mm.
  • Riders find the Cervelo Caledonia stable with its long wheelbase, lengthy reach and low bottom bracket.
  • Voluptuous tires allow riders to take the Caledonia off-road on endurance rides.
  • Although the bike is not designed for racing, the bottom bracket and carbon frame are stiff and allow riders to accelerate with ease.
  • The Caledonia has removable mounts for full fenders, for riders that want to ride the bike in adverse weather.
  • A wide gear range allows riders to climb with ease on long rides.
  • The Caledonia has an integrated mount for a cycling computer.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes allow riders to stop quickly on the bike.
  • Experts note that the models of the Caledonia with wireless shifting have a neat and organized cable configuration.

4 reasons not to buy

  • There are no rim brake models available for the bike.
  • Vittoria Rubino tires are utilized on the bike. They are not the plushest over bumps in the road.
  • Experts suggest upgrading the Caledonia's aluminum stem and bars, as fatigue developed quicker for testers on models specced with these components.
  • The bike has a press-fit bottom bracket that is more difficult to maintain than a threaded bottom bracket.

Bottom line

The Cervelo Caledonia is an endurance road bike. It’s capable of going off the beaten path with a wide gear range and tires up to 35mm. Hydraulic disc brakes are used on all versions of the Caledonia. Lower end models of the bike are specced with aluminum componentry that test riders suggest upgrading, to achieve greater vibration reduction over rough roads. The bike comes with a Prologo Dimension saddle which many found comfortable for long days of pedaling. This bike is priced appropriately for its specs, but riders may consider upgrading the tires for a more pleasant journey.

Expert Reviews

83/100 based on 3 expert reviews
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Cycling Weekly

Cervélo Caledonia-5 Ultegra Di2 Disc

If you boiled it down to its base principles, the Cervélo Caledonia-5 is an endurance bike.

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Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 Review

I have to admit to being somewhat enamoured by just how accomplished the Caledonia 5 feels.

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Cervélo Caledonia-5 review

The Caledonia is aimed at those riders for whom racing is not a priority, but who may still want to race, and will likely go on long rides that may include poor road surfaces and maybe even some mixed terrain.

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CyclingTips

2021 Cervelo Caledonia Ultegra Di2 Review: The True All-Rounder

A wholly new model for 2021, the Caledonia is somewhat of a drop bar jack-of-all-trades that’s an oddly shaped peg for any existing hole.

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Slowtwitch

Cervelo Caledonia Long Term Review

So, bottom line, the Cal5 is a terrific bike and I love this bike, and I’m going to be sorry to give it up.

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