CervéloTo Launch C-Series Lightweight Endurance Bikes


It’s now just over 20 years since Cervélo started, after Phil White and Gerard Vroomen founded the company, after their design for a new time trial bicycle failed to garner interest from traditional bicycle manufacturers. Today, Cervélo is one of the premier manufacturers of high-performance road, triathlon and track bicycles, partnering with Ironman World Champion Frederik Van Lierde and other top triathletes, as well as Africa’s first UCI Pro Continental team, MTN-Qhubeka.

So it’s interesting to read of their reasoning behind the announcement of their C-Series.

Phil Spearman, Senior Product Manager at Cervélo, sums it up in saying “there is a real need for a fast, ultralight bike that’s easier to ride on a variety of road surfaces and in a broad range of conditions”. The company is aiming for the perfect bike for those who are in it for the long haul, but don’t want to wrestle with a heavy and lumbering touring, gravel or cyclocross bike – hitting, they hope, the sweet spot between an aggressive racing bike and the so called “gravel grinders”.

One of the main claims for the new series is improved stability and handling by lowering the centre of gravity. This is achieved in part through the asymetrical 79mm lower bottom bracket, which lowers the rider relative to the handlebars. This combines with the taller fork, which adds up to 22mm in frame stack without exaggerating the headtube. The bike is going to be one of the lightest endurance bikes on the market, at just 850g, which is achieved through items such as the “Project California Fork”, an all-carbon fork which is engineered to balance stiffness with “comforting vertical compliance”.

The C5 is expected to be available by the end of January 2016. I have only been advised of Euro pricing, but that gives an indication of where they models will be: The C5 DA has an RRP of €7999, the C5 DA Di2 is almost €2k more at €9699, and the C5 frameset retails for €4799.

The C3 models are scheduled to be available during March, with the following pricing

  • C3 Force 1X – €5999
  • C3 Ultegra – €4999
  • C3 Ultegra Di2 – €6499
  • C3 Frameset – €2499

More information will follow on the Cervélo website.


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