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.
The new R5 frame is 130g lighter than the previous model—a 16% reduction from an already-light frame. And while aerodynamics weren’t a focus with this frame the way they would be on an S5 or P5, bringing the cables inside reduced drag by 25g.
The color black may absorb all light, but the Cervélo Five Black is anything but heavy. The ultra-minimal graphics and paint package results in a frame that's significantly lighter - they won't even see you coming.
The R5 is stiff, but not too stiff - the Swiss army knife of climbing bikes, if you will. Balance, stability and a power transfer that feels "just right" and keeps you fresh and ready to conquer the road.