WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN R5 has one job—get to the top, fast. But for all the glory and fanfare that comes with a summit finish, they're rarely the only climb of the day. And while a race isn't usually won on a descent, they can certainly be lost. A climbing bike that can't carve a hairpin is a bit like a cup of decaf coffee. This is the fourth iteration of the R5, and while weight and stiffness have varied over the years, the handling, poise, and unmatched prowess on a descent have been consistent since day one.
Flat Out. That's how Aspero debuted under the characters of the Wednesday Night Rough Club two years ago, and that's how it's stayed. And because at Cervelo we know that flat out doesn't stay flat out for long without a little help from science, we've come back from the drawing board with a new Aspero. A faster Aspero, a lighter Aspero, and—dare we say it—an even better-looking Aspero. Our engineers like to say, "If it looks fast, it probably is"—but there's some truth to it, and Aspero-5 looks fast standing still. No cables in the wind, tubes derived from our library of aerodynamically proven shapes, and just a hint of a cut out in the seat tube to squeak out just a bit more tire clearance, add up to a bike that proves the adage. Lightweight Speed Some might say aero doesn't matter on a gravel bike, but if you've battled a headwind across an open prairie, the thirty-two grams of drag you'll save with the Aspero-5 come as a welcome respite. Most gravel racing is done without the benefit of a World Tour peloton—or World Tour tactics—and when it's your nose in the wind all day, it's nice to know your bike's shouldering a bit of the load. Two-Position Adjustment "Trail", or front wheel response to rider input, is the most critical factor in high-velocity handling. The ability to adjust trail with the two-position "Trail Mixer" to compensate for the extreme range of tire sizes ensures a uniform ride experience. Multiple Configurations We engineered the bike to fit most 700x42 or 650x49 tire/wheel combos, comfortably. Of course, there are variables—rim width, tire casing/tread depth—which will affect final clearance. IMPORTANT NOTE: We always recommend there to be 4mm of clearance around whichever tire/wheel combo is installed on the bike.
A NEW BIKE FOR CLASSIC RIDES We don't see road bikes as delicate machines meant only for putting watts into and receiving speed from. They're an extension of our soul, of the way we want to see our worlds, and the lives we want to live. Sometimes that means cutting across park grass, and sometimes it's seeing where that dirt road off to the left leads you. The Caledonia-5 is a bike for the modern road rider. The Caledonia is the bike we keep reaching for when we know the odometer's going well past the triple-digit mark. Long rides invariably have some smooth tarmac, some junk pavement over backroads, a cutty singletrack connector, and maybe even your own local Strade Bianche sector. So we built a bike that could take on all of them, do it well, and fit fenders in case the ominous clouds turn into a downpour 130km into your day. We developed the Caledonia-5 in collaboration with our World Tour riders to satisfy the need for a dedicated cobbles bike. Faster handling isn't necessarily better-we engineered the handling based on the specific use-case. In this case, it's Roubaix. Roubaix is harder on bikes than any other race on the calendar, and there's zero margin for error. We increased the rear center, lowered the BB, and increased the trail. The handling is still fast, but we've added stability. Modern road riders are looking for bikes to handle long-distance, high pace, no limits, and offer maximum fun. By placing lower modulus carbon in key areas to mitigate the brittleness of hi-mod fiber-the Caledonia delivers performance, comfort, and speed. Oh, and you can fit a 34mm tire in there. Or 31mm with fenders.
With aggressive race geometry that will make you feel like you could stick some 700c wheels with slicks on at the weekend and jump into your local crit, but then with up to 2.1" wide tires mounted to 650b wheels you'll be just as at home exploring the gnarliest backroads. The flip chip in the dual rake fork ensures that the changes in wheel size don't impact the handling of the bike. The broad, dropped chainstays are ready to accept those big tires while keeping the rear end stiff and responsive. Though the geometry is quite aggressive for a gravel bike, the ride will remain comfy thanks to the high quality carbon layup, optimized to absorb that gravel chatter. As you're ripping those gravel roads you'll likely be kicking up rocks into your nice carbon frame, so Cinelli designed an integrated protection plate for the downtube made from Kevlar. This unique frame allows you to ride fast on different surfaces: asphalt, white roads and rough terrain thanks to the possibility of assembling 700c and 650b wheels with tires up to 2.1”. The carbon monocoque construction and its racing geometry make this frame light and extremely fast. Perfectly suitable for long distance gravel races and also ready for bike packing explorations. * Frameset only. Photos of complete bike only to show build example. *
The Search XR Carbon pushes the limits of what you'd expect from a drop bar bike. With its ample tire clearance, rack, fender and bottle mounts, and lightweight carbon frame, the Search XR thrives off the beaten path and opens every ride up to whatever road and trail your heart desires. Explore singletrack, tackle a road or gravel loop, or even head out for an extended bike-packing excursion. The Search XR is up for whatever adventures you can imagine, and even those you don't even know about yet. - Full carbon frame with stable, capable rough road geometry is light yet durable - Full carbon fork with tapered steer tube features lots of tire clearance and mounts for everything - 12x100mm front, 12x142mm rear thru axle spacing RIDER BENEFITS: - CARBON FRAME & FORK: The Search XR's lightweight carbon frame features size-scaled tubing that tunes frame compliance to the needs of every rider. Fatiguing vibrations are damped by curved and ovalized seatstays, bent chainstays, thinned seat tube and top tube and optimized fork blade design. - DESIGNED FOR ADVENTURE: Designed to excel on rougher surfaces, Search XR geometry is a little slacker and longer than conventional road bikes, creating a stable ride. - EFFICIENT FRAME: Front and rear 12mm thru axles plus an oversized head tube junction, downtube, BB shell and chainstays deliver lateral stiffness for maximum power transfer as well as control through rough terrain. - INTERNAL CABLE ROUTING: Internal cable routing with adaptable port covers keeps cables tight and secure and prevents water from entering the frame. The Search XR is also compatible with a wide range of configurations such as 1x or 2x drivetrains in either Di2 or mechanical and is accommodating a stealth dropper post. - TIRE CLEARANCE: Generous tire clearance lets you customize your Search XR to the type of ride that best suits you, or the ride your planning on any given day. Larger tires provide more comfort and control on paved surfaces, and greater traction on off-road or gravel excursions. - ACCESSORY MOUNTS: Multiple bottle cage mounts on the frame and fork, custom removable fender bridge mount, and stealth rack and fender mounting points expand the Search XR's versatility.
For big wins in high-stakes competition, Norco's Tactic SLR Force won't let you down. The sub-800g ultra high-modulus carbon frame is designed for demanding race situations, providing aggressive body positioning for sprinting performance. When you're ready to drop the hammer, this speed machine will deliver uncompromising responsiveness and explosive acceleration. Direct-mount brakes give you increased aerodynamics and better modulation, and the stiff, full carbon fork instills confidence at speed with its precise handling. Everyone knows that stiffness is king when it comes to power transmission, but vibration damping keeps you fresh, and the Tactic's seatstays provide just enough forgiveness for a great balance of compliance and performance.
The Tactic is a race-proven speed machine purposefully designed for carving up asphalt and dominating the race circuit. Engineered for performance with aggressive race geometry, an ultra-stiff Power Chassis, and slender ARC Race stays, the Tactic delivers the perfect balance of sprint-ready responsiveness and vibration damping compliance. You already have your strategy, execute with your Tactic.
The Search XR S is an adventure seeker that blurs the lines between mountain and road, pushing the limits of what you’d expect from a drop-bar bike. The Reynolds 725 chromoly frame and hi-modulus carbon fork offers agile stability, efficient pedaling, and comfortable vertical compliance. With generous tire clearance (45mm/42mm with fenders); rack, fender, and bottle mounts; and a comfortably quick rider compartment, the Search XR allows you to explore singletrack trails, tackle a gravel loop, or head out for an extended bikepacking excursion. The Search XR S frame kit comes equipped with a custom painted, color-matched stem, FSA sealed bearing internal headset, and a sealed Das Boot seat collar to keep water and grime out of your frame on those especially adventurous sojourns. With thru-axles front and rear, the Search XR is ready to accept your favorite 100/142mm wheelset and your preference in drivetrain and disc brakes.
The Section S is a stylish, nimble steel all-road rocket built around big tires and features that won't let any road interrupt the rhythm of a great day out. With lateral stiffness and shock-absorbing vertical compliance that allow for efficient power transfer while smoothing out rough surfaces, the Section S’s back tempered Reynolds 725 Chromoly frame lets you put your head down and keep your legs churning out the watts – no matter where the ride ends up. We made the Section S frame kit available to riders who have particular taste and needs when selecting components, but have given it front and rear thru-axle compatibility, direct mount disc brake interfaces, and compatibility with a wide range of drivetrain styles – 1x, 2x, and electronic. The externally-routed cables make it simple and quick to keep crucial mechanical systems running their best, and stealthy accessory mounting options make for a fast, adaptable ride.
On endless stretches of roadway, the Norco Valence SL Frameset invites you to get comfortable for the long haul. This responsive, race-ready carbon frame reduces vibration through arcing seat stays, while the oversized downtube, bottom bracket shell, and broad chainstays efficiently transmit rider input for explosive acceleration. Adding to the lively feel is a tapered head tube mated to a full-carbon fork for precise steering response, giving you the tools you need to clock your best gran fondo yet.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re all for racing. Grand Tour top steps, Classic’s Monuments—they’re in our DNA. But sometimes riding simply to ride, riding for the love of riding, is just what we need. And this is what the Aethos lives for. Sure, it’s given nothing up to performance, and happens to be the lightest frame out there, but with no compromise to style. Aethos: Billions of calculations in the pursuit of one thing—the perfect ride. - The Aethos frame has been designed with the perfect combination of ultimate ride feel, light weight, and style—from accelerating up steep pitches and descending technical descents, to all-day saddle comfort on even the longest coffee rides, the Aethos hits the mark. But how, you ask? By reinventing the traditional road shape found on bikes of the past, we’ve subtly altered these shapes to deliver massive gains in stiffness and balance, all without affecting weight or durability. Pair that with an entirely-new layup and process that we’ve perfected over multiple decades and you have the lightest frame out there (585 grams, S-Works, size 56cm). The Aethos is more than just a new bike, it’s the first of a new breed. - A featherweight frame is useless without confidence-inspiring ride characteristics, which is why we’ve developed the Aethos to have the perfect balance of front and rear stiffness combined with exceptional ride quality. By studying the flexing and breathing of carbon fiber, we were able to discover groundbreaking findings about how forces flow through frames. Just a few pedal strokes and you’ll realize this sublime ride sets a new standard. - Every detail, from the derailleur hangers to the fork expander plug have been designed with style, weight, and durability in mind—everything in pursuit for the perfect ride.
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