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