Cervélo R5

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Summary of Reviews

We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cervélo R5. In summary, this is what cyclists think.

11 reasons to buy

  • The Cervelo R5 is sleek and attractive, with all models utilizing wireless shifting.
  • The R5’s long wheelbase and low bottom bracket offer riders stability descending at speed.
  • A stiff carbon frame and skinny seat stays provide excellent power transfer for accelerating on the bike.
  • Riders were pleased to find that the bike has clearance for tires up to 28mm. Wider tires help dampen road vibration on the bike.
  • Cervelo uses a D-shaped integrated seat post on the R5. This is aerodynamic and compliant.
  • The Cervelo aero bars and carbon stem allow riders to maneuver the bike through corners, with ease.
  • The bike is lightweight, making it easy to maintain speed on climbs.
  • Test riders appreciated that the bike is available in six sizes, allowing them to find a bike that best fits their height.
  • Disc brakes provide consistent stopping power to riders of the R5, even in rainy conditions.
  • Cervelo uses a thinner carbon layup on the tubing of the R5's downtube, to reduce its weight. This makes it more aerodynamic.
  • Experts found the R5 to be an all-around road bike. It is efficient enough for climbing, racing and keeping up on group rides.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Cervelo uses the RAT system to secure the wheels on the R5. Experts found this design feature made swapping wheels a slow process.
  • Testers agree that the price of the bike is high.
  • The bike's Fizik saddle was not the most comfortable for all test riders. Many suggested swapping it.

Bottom line

The race-worthy Cervelo R5 is lightweight and powerful on the asphalt. The bike's long wheelbase, clearance for 28mm tires and low bottom bracket provide riders with stability through corners. The bike has several aerodynamic features that make it a quick descender. These include an integrated D-shaped seat post, carbon tear-dropped bars and slim seat stays. Cervelo uses the RAT wheel attachment system for quicker wheel swaps. This did not work well on the R5. Many experts agree that the Cervelo R5 has a high price tag. Despite this high price, riders rave that if this bike is within your budget, it is a quality choice.

Expert Reviews

88/100 based on 4 expert reviews
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Cervélo R5 Disc Review

Cervélo has revised the geometry on the R5, making it more race orientated, with the stack dropping by 8mm and getting a little longer reach.

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Cervelo R5 Review

Cervélo’s new R5 is certainly a step on from its previous R5, which itself set a pretty high benchmark.

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Cervélo R5 Disc

The new R5 is better than the previous bike, with changes that reflect the modern requirements of an all-round race bike.

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Cycling Weekly

Cervélo R5 Disc SRAM E-Tap AXS

The Cervelo R5 isn’t perfect: its lack of big aero credentials sees it fall behind other bikes in its class, and personally I would need to invest in a few tweaks to get the fit spot on.

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Bike Chaser

Cervelo R5 Review (Versus the Specialized Tarmac SL6)

It’s got aerodynamic attributes throughout the bike – including a Cervélo-engineered all-carbon aero stem and bar – and the Zipp 302 wheels added to the mix.

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