First Cervelo in the shop! We started big, with one of the baddest bikes they make. The 2014 R5 is, aside from the paint job, a 2013 RCA. The RCA is a product of Cervelo’s California Project team working at their design and testing facility located in, you guessed it, California. After hundreds of FEA tests and rapid prototyping, a size run of molds and a carbon layup schedule are produced. That’s what it takes to produce the lightest, stiffest frame possible.
After the 2013 RCA production cycle ended, the molds were sent overseas and the carbon layup was varied slightly to lower production costs. That RCA frame retailed for $10,000, The 2014 R5 goes for a modest $5,000. Cervelo’s R5 Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical build, pictured here, sells for $7,000. For that you get machine built to have phenomenal aerodynamic qualities and weight and stiffness qualities coming in just behind the famed RCA.Notice how the UCI tag actually indicates this is an RCA, and not the old R-Series.
Also pictured above, the Cable Housing ports are easily removable allowing yourself, or your mechanic, easy access to the internal routing and a simple conversion to Di2 or hydraulic road caliper systems.Here you can see the Squoval aerodynamics at work. Notice the frame size sticker, and how its flat on the back-side, but wraps around the front side. This is the marriage of their rigid square tubes to their aero tubes.
After everything I’ve said and photographed, there isn’t an easy way to describe the amazing ride quality. The tiny seat stays do exactly what you expect, minimize the rough road ride. The Squoval tubing and carbon layup keeps it stiff out of the saddle. Just ride the bike, and you tell me.
At a glance:
- Dura-Ace 9000 Mechanical Drivetrain
- Fulcrum Racing 3.5 Wheelset
- Rotor 3D Plus Crankset 52/36
- BBRight Bottom Bracket Standard
- FSA Carbon Stem/Bar/Post
- Fizik Antares Saddle
- Carbon Dropouts
- Tapered Fork (1-1/8 Upper, 1-1/4 Lower)
- Lifetime Warranty
- 14.59 lbs (without pedals)