Cervélo C5

Mak­ing it easy to ride long

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - ROAD TEST -

TMatthew Pioro

he Cervélo C5 de­buted in De­cem­ber 2015, months be­fore the new en­durance bikes from Trek and Spe­cial­ized that ap­peared in 2016. Be­cause of var­i­ous cir­cum­stances, I rode the Cervélo af­ter I was able to take out both the Trek Do­mane and Spe­cial­ized Roubaix. While all three bikes fall into the en­durance cat­e­gory, the two U.S. bikes have a strik­ingly dif­fer­ent take on en­durance com­pared with the Cana­dian rig. The Do­mane and Roubaix are race bikes, uci ap­proved. They have me­chan­i­cal sys­tems for man­ag­ing bumps in the road. Since they can mel­low the cob­bles of North­ern Europe for the pros, the ar­gu­ment goes, the bikes can def­i­nitely makes things more com­fort­able for you.

The C5 goes a dif­fer­ent route. It’s not uci ap­proved, so you won’t see it on the cob­bled sec­tors of Paris-roubaix. The Cervélo also doesn’t have any springs or other me­chan­i­cal means for in­su­lat­ing the rider from the harsh­ness of the road. The com­pany fo­cused closely on mate-

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