Our ver­dict

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the Cervélo R5 is one of my favourite bikes and this bike has in­her­ited its dna. the han­dling of the S5 mir­rors the ra­zor-sharp han­dling of the R5, mak­ing it one of the best-de­scend­ing aero bikes i’ve ridden. the dropped bot­tom bracket makes it feel like you’re sit­ting in the bike rather than on top of it. it’s easy to flip it over in cor­ners and lean into them and the ex­tended fork trail means the bike al­ways holds its line. de­spite the rise of the stem, the Cervélo S5 is an ag­gres­sive bike, and rid­ing with the bars slammed, i could feel it in my back af­ter the 90 or so kilo­me­tres we rode around girona. it’s not un­com­fort­able, just ag­gres­sive, but the ride is com­pli­ant, no doubt helped by the wider tyres. But how easy will it be to live with? You’ll have to watch this space for a long-term re­view.

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