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.
Warbird is Salsa's gravel race bike, built off years of experience racing in some of the nation’s premier gravel events. It's designed to survive and thrive on anything from the often-hazardous B-roads that make up much of the Midwest gravel scene to the fire roads that climb to the heavens on the coasts. - High-modulus carbon frame with rear thru-axle dropouts and rear rack compatibility via Rack-Lock seat collar (sold separately) - Class 5 vibration reduction system dramatically increases comfort - Waxwing carbon fork featuring a 12 x 100mm thru-axle, Three-Pack and fender mounts, mid-blade eyelets, dynamo cable routing, and flat-mount brake standard - Full-frame internal cable routing for Di2 and mechanical brakes - Toptube bag mounts on all sizes, 3 bottle mounts on sizes 56cm and up - Clearance for 40mm travel suspension forks and internal dropper post routing (1x set-ups only) - Enhanced geometry with added clearance for up to 700c x 45mm, or 650b x 54mm (2.1") - Headset included
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. *
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 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.
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