In what’s successfully the fruit of adultery from the S5 aero sprinter and the Aspero gravel racer, the brand new Cervelo Caledonia 5 sits in a surprisingly uncrowded market phase. It’s a motorcycle for many who are endlessly attempting to stuff the most important tyre potential into their race machine or flip their gravel race bike right into a roadster.

Put one other approach, the Caledonia 5 is racier than the overwhelming majority of endurance road bikes on the market, and it’s extra versatile in perform and match than devoted efficiency machines. Its closest rivals are arguably the BMC Roadmachine, the 3T Strada DUE, and perhaps the latest Specialized Roubaix, and but, Cervelo has seemingly crammed extra efficiency and extra spacious room for not less than 34 mm rubber into its new providing.

And whereas the Caledonia 5 is the flowery mannequin we examined, there’s a pared-back and extra reasonably priced model – merely named the Caledonia – that’s simply as attention-grabbing. And sure, each are disc-only.

I’ve spent a while studying about this do-it-all Classics-inspired machine, whereas Caley Fretz has spent equal time using the factor. And in each instances, we agree that is one value staying awake at school for.

Inspired by the R3 Mud

Story Highlights

  • What: Cervelo’s wholly-new road bike meant for Paris-Roubaix by to all-road useage.
  • Key options: Aero design from the S-Series, splashings of the R-Series and the stiffness of the Aspero. Concealed cables, room for 34 mm tyres (or extra), and full-length mud guards.
  • Weight: 936 g (claimed body weight), 370g (claimed fork weight).
  • Price: Starting from US$2,900 / £2,799 / AU$4,300 (Caledonia 105) and as much as US$11,000 / £9,699 / AU$14,500 (Caledonia 5 Dura-Ace Di2).

Under the likes of Fabian Cancellara, Stuart O’Grady, and Johan Vansummeren, the Cervelo R3, not less than in numerous quietly tweaked types, has been the primary to cross the end line at Roubaix. Somewhere between 2011 and 2013, Cervelo gave this cobble-conquering machine a reputation: the R3 Mud. It was a motorcycle that from afar appeared very like the square-tubed light-weight R3, however a tape measure would reveal lengthened stays and an extended fork, every providing elevated stability, a small dose of extra body flex, and an entire lot extra tyre clearance.

And whereas that R3 Mud did make it onto just a few choose bike store flooring just because the UCI guidelines required as a lot, it wasn’t till the discharge of the C-Series that Cervelo really had a motorcycle designed for the lots with all-day using in thoughts.

That C-Series is now gone, and instead sits the wholly new Caledonia. It’s a motorcycle that stays true to Cervelo’s efficiency heritage and was made with Sunweb racing the cobbled Classics in thoughts. Equally, Cervelo claims it was designed to satisfy the wants of its personal employees who had been in search of one thing that crammed the hole between the S5 and the Aspero.

In the top, the Caledonia identify is kind of telling of what this new bike goals to do. It’s a reputation that pays homage to the Toronto-based road that Cervelo headquarters had been situated at, and because the firm is within the midst of transferring nation to Orange County, California, this new mannequin appears again on the terribly stored, pot-hole riddled, damaged asphalt that Cervelo employees used to race alongside on their lunch rides – their hell of the north, if you’ll.

A match with enormous vary

The Caledonia 5 affords figures meant to suit a variety of riders, and at their lowest, the stack figures are the identical as the present R3. Admittedly, the R3 is barely relaxed when in comparison with the top-tier R5 or Cervelo’s aero bikes, but it surely’s a match that is still sporty with out being elitist. From there, there’s loads of room to loosen up issues, and using an non-obligatory 20 mm headset cap and the allowance of as much as 40 mm of spacers can setup the Caledonia to be as tall because the outgoing C-Series.

Geometry numbers listed are based mostly on the low 7 mm headset high cap.

Compared to the R-series, Cervelo has slowed the dealing with ever so barely in an effort so as to add stability and make the bike extra manageable as soon as fatigue units in. This has been achieved by each rising the path determine (which continues to be a fast 58.5 mm) and rising the wheelbase size. And within the case of the path determine, Cervelo has stored it constant throughout all six body sizes through the use of three totally different fork offsets (59, 53 and 50 mm). The chain keep size is stored a shortish 415 mm throughout all sizes.

This factor has tyre clearance for days (precise 31 mm measured width tyre pictured).

Additionally, the underside bracket height has been dropped in an effort to retain stability with the bigger tyres, and will get as little as 76.5 mm on the smallest sizes. How a lot bigger are these tyres? Cervelo has geared up all of its Caledonia bikes with tubeless-ready tyres that measure an precise 31-32 mm in width, and there’s room for 34 mm measured rubber, too. Unofficially, these measurements are sometimes conservative and so the daylight surrounding ought to permit it to go wider but.

Aero and accent integration

In the case of the Caledonia 5, the cockpit elements are all Cervelo’s personal and are meant for fully inside cable routing. It’s not fairly as wild because the one-piece spaceship cockpit found on the S5, however reasonably it’s a refinement of S3’s extra usual-looking two-piece setup. Either approach, it appears clear. However, the absolutely hid cable routing is proscribed to digital shifting drivetrains solely. Mechanical shifting can be utilized with the Caledonia 5, however the gear cables are left within the wind till reaching the cable/junction port on the body’s down tube.


The stealthy setup consists of Cervelo’s present AB09 carbon handlebar which affords an ergo high form and compact bend, with widths starting from 38 to 44 cm. This handlebar affords inside wiring holes for Di2, and options a big opening behind its 31.8 mm clamp part for the cables to spill into the stem.

The matching stem is Cervelo’s personal, too, and is available in carbon (ST31) and alloy (ST32) choices. The stems are out there in 80-130 mm lengths for the carbon (160 g in a 100 mm size), and 70-130 mm lengths within the alloy (210 g in a 100 mm size), every with a nine-degree drop. Cervelo has up to date its design to permit the stem to be flipped into an upright place, though they (jokingly) admit the graphics are deliberately prohibitive for making use of this characteristic.

The aero-shaped headset spacers are the identical break up variant because the S3, and permit for stem height adjustment with out having to chop or disconnect issues that include liquid (brakes). And the spacers might be flipped for use on high of the stem whilst you dial in that match, too. Want to swap out the stem size? Well, you will have to disconnect the brake strains for that.

Once run by the handlebar and stem, the cables are then guided by Cervelo’s customized headset high cap. From right here, a D-shaped fork steerer comes into play, which sees the cables run down the entrance of the flat-faced steerer. And like the same designs we’ve seen from BMC, Trek, Scott and a handful of others, the 1 1/2″ (decrease) and 1 1/4″ (higher) headset bearings are trapped by the cables.

Officially Cervelo states the system should be used with its personal stems and handlebars designed with the interior cabling in thoughts. However, I can’t assist however speculate that not less than the handlebars of comparable aftermarket designs, resembling FSA’s ACR or Deda’s DCR, may very well be matched to Cervelo’s stems with success.

Cervelo has a brand new built-in pc mount. The design is kind of just like the earlier Barfly Faceplate system that Cervelo and 3T used which sandwiched the mount between the stem faceplate and the handlebar. Cervelo’s personal model is designed across the GoPro common interface, from which the pc mount or different equipment connect to. It is backwards appropriate with earlier open-slot stems, too.

The GoPro common attachment gives loads of aftermarket choices, too.

Another cleverly built-in mount is seen on the seat submit rail clamp, with one other GoPro interface (aka, prong) offered. As a part of the saddle rail clamp, the piece might be flipped to be both out of sight or positioned to be used. From there, there are a number of rear mild, digicam, and even saddlebag choices meant to immediately match this common mount.

Finally, the body affords full-length fender compatibility entrance and rear, and does so in a non-intrusive approach for these residing in drier areas. Fenders are hooked up to hidden mounts within the chainstay crotch (Cervelo’s phrases) and the crown of the fork. Otherwise, Cervelo makes use of detachable items on the dropouts (sandwiched with the thru-axles) and the seat stays, which are made slightly extra strong than what was used on the C-Series.

The little items keep mounted to the fenders for straightforward future dealing with (and comparatively simple wheel elimination). This strategy means the Caledonia will match aftermarket fenders, with Portland Design Works, Planet Bike and SKS fashions examined by Cervelo. Cervelo quotes a most 31 mm tyre clearance with fenders mounted.

The fender adapters and lightweight/pc mounts (to be used with both Wahoo or Garmin head items) are included with each Caledonia and Caledonia 5 bike. Additional pc mount equipment are offered individually.

Stiffness, weight and luxury stored easy

Cervelo says that when it got here to choosing the tube profiles, they sought to search out the best stability of sturdiness, light-weight and aerodynamics. The result’s a motorcycle that merges components of the S and R Series, with the plain slender and truncated airfoil tubes of the previous, and various consolation options from the latter.

Cervelo hasn’t but offered any particular aerodynamic figures associated to the Caledonia, however do observe the shaping is carefully based mostly on its confirmed aero choices. The firm plans to offer some “media forward validation” as soon as journey restrictions are lifted.

These tube profiles are near the S3’s.

According to Scott Roy, Cervelo’s engineering liaison with Sunweb, the crew discovered the present R3 slightly skittish over the cobbles of Roubaix, and consequently, they appeared to the stiffness profile of the outdated R3 Mud. Coincidentally, the R3 Mud carefully matched the stiffness figures of the Aspero gravel bike, and that’s what the Caledonia’s vertical stiffness has been based mostly on. However don’t assume this can be a versatile bike — we nonetheless really feel the Aspero, a motorcycle nonetheless constructed for racing, is loads stiff.

Built for the Classics, Cervelo admits this isn’t the lightest body. According to Roy, that additional materials not solely helps with body sturdiness, but it surely aids in vibration damping for the Roubaix racer. The outcome sees a medium painted weigh 936 g (claimed), with the fork at 370 g.

The Caledonia 5 shares the identical D-shaped seatpost because the R5.

In the case of the Caledonia 5, the seatpost, stem and handlebar are all particular to Cervelo, too. That seatpost is similar D-shaped carbon merchandise discovered on the R5, and it’s meant to assist in seated consolation. And whereas the fork steerer shares an identical profile, the design isn’t meant so as to add consolation. Instead, Roy steered that the longitudinal fork stiffness is versatile sufficient that they don’t really feel the necessity to add particular comfort-inducing options.

Other body options embody a detachable entrance derailleur tab for the choice of fresh 1x setup, whereas Cervelo is sticking with its BBRight backside bracket design, an offset and wider model of PF30.

Caledonia 5 versus Caledonia

The Caledonia is actually constructed to compete with various flagship choices on the market, and as such, it’s priced that approach, too. However simply as most manufacturers supply a number of grades of their carbon bikes, so does Cervelo, and if the Caledonia 5 is slightly too expensive, then the Caledonia is value contemplating.

By comparability, the Caledonia comes with the identical geometry figures, is claimed to supply similar stiffness figures, the identical tyre clearance and the identical stealthy fender mounts. What modifications? The frames transfer to a decrease grade carbon that sees the body weight enhance by 95 g (1,031 g claimed) and the fork provides 63 g (432 g).

The Caledonia vary strikes to uncovered cabling on the entrance finish (which is then routed by the body).

The cheaper Caledonia additionally loses the flowery built-in cabling, accompanying cockpit, and the D-shaped seatpost, as a substitute transferring to straightforward (and spherical) stems, handlebars and seatposts respectively. This means the Caledonia will supply much less seated compliance, though we’re speaking small variations (Cervelo suggests the D-shape submit affords roughly 7-8% extra compliance than a spherical submit, relying on set-back and uncovered size). On the intense facet, the less complicated cockpit permits using mechanical shifting drivetrains, one thing that’s important at extra reasonably priced value factors.

What the Caledonia features over the Caledonia 5 is Bento bag mounts on the highest tube, which suggests the bike can go not less than three hours additional on rougher terrain (or not). Lower costs additionally present the flexibility to feed your loved ones.

Models, pricing and particulars

There are 5 bike fashions and a frameset choice within the Caledonia 5. The decrease value Caledonia sees three fashions supplied.

The high three fashions of the Caledonia 5 characteristic powermeters, with Quarq items equipped with the SRAM bikes, and 4iiii energy on the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 bike. Two of the Caledonia 5 bikes characteristic carbon wheels from the newly introduced Reserve road line.

Details and worldwide pricing are within the gallery under.

Over to you, Caley.

How it rides

To be clear, I’ve solely ridden the Caledonia 5 twice. It confirmed up 36 hours earlier than the media embargo lifted. This journey evaluation is subsequently extra like a conventional, pre-COVID product launch “first ride” kind of factor than an actual evaluation. We’ll publish that in just a few months’ time.

That mentioned, first impressions typically maintain over the long run. And I’ve many first impressions of this bike.

The Caledonia is quick. This isn’t one thing I anticipated from it, to be trustworthy. Whenever a model begins speaking about “a bike built for Paris-Roubaix” I translate that as “a bike for people who will never, ever ride Paris-Roubaix.” There’s nothing flawed with this — I gained’t journey Roubaix, both — but it surely typically feels considerably disingenuous. I kind of nod off and begin considering of tall, slack, slow-to-react frames designed to be secure above all. Frames that precise execs at Roubaix would hate. The Caledonia isn’t a kind of. It’s not twitchy, but it surely’s not sluggish to react, both.

The wonderful thing about these fashionable all-road bikes is that they actually can have a number of personalities. With the inventory 28 mm tires, which unfold out to simply over 29 mm on the large Zipp wheels, the sharp path determine lends a corner-friendly really feel to the bike. It needs to rise up and go. It’s stiff, notably the entrance finish. In this 28 mm configuration, it isn’t notably snug, both.

There aren’t any gimmicks on the consolation entrance, no particular flexy carbon bits or head tube shocks, and so it doesn’t wow you with its easy journey. The D-shaped seatpost out again helps, however the entrance finish has nothing to match. I respect this simplicity; consolation can come from elsewhere, if I need it. Specifically, from tires.

For my second journey, I threw some 35 mm gravel tires on (sure, it technically solely suits a 34, but additionally sure, it match a 35 simply) and that slowed the dealing with a bit, making it really feel fairly a bit like Cervelo’s personal Aspero, one in all our favourite quick gravel bikes. It made the bike snug, too. The filth roads I’d taken it on earlier misplaced their chew.

Riding the bike in each configurations made me need to attempt it within the center. The Caledonia is simply begging for a quick, plush 30 or 32 mm slick, able to going simply as quick as a 26 or a 28 however a lot extra snug and succesful. If I owned this bike, that’s how it might be arrange more often than not.

This is a comparatively conventional feeling road bike that, when it lays its head down at evening, has fitful goals of filth roads and easy gravel. It’s quick, the mixing and shapes are attractive, and it’s able to increasing its capabilities effectively past tarmac. I’m very a lot wanting ahead to getting extra time on it.


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