Cervélo $4,500 S5

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Gear Review Aero Road Bikes -

Cervélo­has al­ways been de­fined by its aero roots – the com­pany started with aero­dy­namic tri frames and re­mains the hands­down leader when it comes to the num­ber of bikes rid­den in Kona. It made sense, then, for the com­pany to put to­gether a su­per-fast aero road frame, which it did in the form of the S5. The TrueAero tube shapes and in­te­grated ca­bles through­out are just a few of the many fea­tures that help the bike cut through the wind in im­pres­sive style, while aero­dy­nam­ics are en­hanced with shield­ing seat stays that hide the rear brake from the rider, but leave the brake in the op­ti­mal po­si­tion for per­for­mance and ease of ad­just­ment. Cervélo has man­aged to add many aero­dy­namic qual­i­ties you’d ex­pect in a tri frame into a road frame that rides like a top- end road bike. The bike is ex­tremely stiff and re­spon­sive, but still glides over bumps and pot­holes with ease, pro­vid­ing a com­fort­able ride and out­stand­ing per­for­mance. Fin­ish it off with Shi­mano’s solid Ultegra com­po­nents and you have a great road bike that’s just beg­ging for some aero bars.

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