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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Cervélo ZHT-5. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- Experts unanimously praise the "impressive" compliance and fatigue-reducing comfort.
- The Cervélo ZHT-5 has a "seriously stiff and tough" BSA threaded bottom bracket.
- Cervélo provides a "no questions asked" lifetime warranty with the frame.
- The frame has no rider weight limit.
- An expert says climbing is "effortless" due to the low weight and seated geometry.
- All testers note the frame's responsiveness, launching forward with "every watt you push."
- A reviewer relishes the precise and forgiving downhill performance, with "lots of traction" for leaning into corners.
- Experts enjoy the performance on "tight, winding" singletrack and the ease of taking aggressive lines.
- The Reserve carbon rims (top two builds) are "more compliant than most race wheels."
- Two experts feel the ZHT-5 is a great option for long-distance riding.
- The frame's balance of efficiency and comfort is the standout feature for one tester.
- A tester appreciates the inclusion of Maxxis Recon Race tires, which provide "predictable grip" on wet trails.
- The agile ZHT-5 changes direction "with playful ease."
4 reasons not to buy
- Experts feel this is an expensive bike, especially the top build.
- The ZHT-5 lacks a dropper post but has routing for one.
- The 2.4" tires have higher rolling resistance than typical XC tire widths.
- One expert feels the 160mm brake rotors are too small, especially for heavy riders.
Expert Reviews89/100 based on 4 rated expert reviews
Cervélo ZHT-5 XX1 AXS First Ride Review – The Road Royalty Brand’s Dirt Debut
Cervélo’s brand-new hardtail mixes blistering lightweight race speed with outstanding grip and fatigue-soothing forgiveness to make an awesome race-day or all-day distance and summit shrinker for those with deep pockets or cost-no-object podium priorities.
Cervélo ZHT-5 Test [German]
On the downhill, Cervelo’s first mountain bike demonstrates balanced and uncomplicated handling. Thanks to the combination of a long reach, compact rear end, and steep steering angle, the ZHT-5 steers directly and can be easily maneuvered through tight corners.
Test | Cervélo ZHT-5: Hardtail With Race Genes… [Dutch]
With regard to riding characteristics, Cervélo succeeds brilliantly in its goal with the ZHT-5 based on geometry and stiffness; it is a very fast cross-country hardtail. The ZHT-5 challenges you to keep the speed high on both straight strips and tight singletrack.
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