Arguably the original, but is it still the best?
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)
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.