THREE THINGS WE LOVE ABOUT THE... CERVÉLO S2 105

£2199

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Af­ford­able aero

The S2, like its R se­ries com­pa­triot, shares the same frame as the higher spec (and much higher price) S3. The only dif­fer­ence is the S2 gets a ta­pered slim­line fork com­pared to the deep aero one on the S3 plat­form. The frame’s head-tube is ta­pered to en­sure re­spon­sive and solid han­dling and the full in­ter­nal ca­ble rout­ing fea­tures Cervélo’s fu­ture-proof fit­tings, which will ac­cept ca­ble, wire, even hy­draulics, so which­ever way your gear up­grades go they’ll fit the S2.

De­pend­able driv­e­train

Shi­mano’s 105 has be­come so good it does leave us won­der­ing why we’d want any­thing else. You can rely on 105 to shift crisp and clean ev­ery time. It works well with the BBright com­pat­i­ble Ro­tor chain­set with no snags or chain drops through­out the test.

Beau­ti­fully poised

The S2 is un­de­ni­ably fast; the aerosculpted frame does a great job of ek­ing out pace. The chas­sis is tremen­dously good at get­ting your power down, but the slightly weighty wheels, though smooth and stiff, don’t quite live up to the prom­ise of the frame. Over­all it’s nicely bal­anced be­tween straight-line sta­bil­ity and quick, re­spon­sive di­rec­tion changes when you need it. The so­lid­ity of the power trans­fer and great gear range make it a very ca­pa­ble climber, de­spite the mid­dleweight hoops.

ONE THING WE’D CHANGE The wheels

Long-term we’d ap­pre­ci­ate some lighter and faster deep-sec­tion aero wheels over the en­try-level Shi­mano RS010s the S2 comes fit­ted with. It’s tes­ta­ment to how good the S2 is that it still im­presses this much on these wheels though.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION Weight 8.25kg (61cm) Frame Car­bon Fork S2 all-car­bon Gears Shi­mano 105, 52/36, 11-28 Brakes Shi­mano105 Wheels Shi­mano RS010 Fin­ish­ing kit Selle Royal Seta sad­dle, Ro­tor 2D BBright chain­set, Cervélo car­bon seat­post, 3T Er­gonova bar, 3T ARX II stem, 23mm Con­ti­nen­tal Grand Sport Race tyres

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