CERVÉLO S5

Ar­guably the orig­i­nal, but is it still the best?

Cyclist - - Aero Bikes | Ride Test -

MODEL Cervélo S5 GROUPSET Sram Force 1 GEAR­ING 50t chain­ring; 11-28t cas­sette WHEELS Lightweight Au­to­bahn VR8 front; Lightweight Fern­weg 80 rear TYRES Con­ti­nen­tal Com­pe­ti­tion tubu­lars; 700x25c FIN­ISH­ING KIT Cervélo Aero Road bar, Zipp Ser­vice Course SL stem, Cervélo Aero seat­post, Pro Logo Scratch Pro CPC sad­dle WEIGHT 6.98kg (50cm) PRICE AED51,995 (ap­prox £10,999) CON­TACT Wolfi’s Bike Shop (wbs.ae)

ANDY’S SUM­MARY

Hav­ing rid­den on the Al Wathba cir­cuit a lot I know it well, and I im­me­di­ately felt a big dif­fer­ence on the Cervélo S5 com­pared to my usual road bike.

First of all, I was tak­ing less of a bat­ter­ing from the wind, which con­sid­er­ing the depth of the Lightweight wheels was a huge sur­prise. In truth, they were ab­so­lutely fine in the cross­winds. Hav­ing only 11 gears works per­fectly in the UAE be­cause the ter­rain here is largely flat as a pan­cake. And when you do need a quick change when hit­ting one of the rare few small in­clines at speed, Sram’s Force 1 shift­ing can be re­lied on to shift ef­fort­lessly and pre­cisely.

It’s hard not to like a bike that flat­ters your ef­forts as much as the S5. Its low weight com­bined with its stiff­ness cre­ates a quick re­sponse to ped­alling in­puts, feel­ing solid in both seated and stand­ing ef­forts. What im­pressed me most, how­ever, was how easy it was to hold on to a good pace, even in the strong winds, re-af­firm­ing my be­lief in the huge po­ten­tial ben­e­fits of aero.

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