Making it easy to ride long
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-