New Cervélo Aspero is designed for fast gravel riding
Cervélo says that the Aspero is stripped down for speed rather than overbuilt for loads
Cervélo says that its new Aspero gravel bike is aimed at those who want to ride fast over unpaved roads.
Most gravel bikes come with the necessary bolts and bosses for hard-core bikepacking as well as faster rides. But the Aspero is designed for gravel racers and gravel enduro riders, with Cervélo saying it’s built firstly for speed, as well as control on variable surfaces.
>>> Best gravel and adventure bikes
Cervélo says that the Aspero’s frame comes with the stiffness necessary for excellent power transfer, while being light enough for fast acceleration and climbing. Plus, it’s engineered with aero tube profiles for reduced wind resistance. Cervélo isn’t the first company to make a gravel bike aero: it’s a feature seen too on the 3T Exploro, for example.
Another typical gravel feature seen on the Cervélo Aspero is wide clearance for 700c tyres up to 42mm or 650b up to 49mm. But Cervélo has engineered the Aspero’s fork so that its trail can be adjusted to provide more consistent handling when you swap between wheel sizes.
Although Cervélo says that the Aspero is designed for speed, you still get a top tube bag mount and the option to fit a third bottle under the downtube. But to increase your aero efficiency, you can also mount a single bottle cage lower on the downtube, where it’s more shielded from the airflow.
The Aspero offers the expected mix of single ring and two ring groupset options. That starts off with the $2800 (UK prices to be confirmed) Apex 1 configuration and proceeds via Shimano Ultegra and Shimano GRX two-ring options, both with an Easton EA90 47/32 supercompact chainset, to the $6000 SRAM Force eTap AXS single ring build, with a 36 tooth ring and 10-33 cassette, along with DT Swiss GRC 1650 carbon gravel wheelset.
There’s a frameset-only option too, priced at $2500.
Thank you for reading 10 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
Your Apple Watch is about to become a truly viable cycling smartwatch
The US tech giant is boasting connectivity to peripherals such as power meters in its new Watch OS 10
By Joe Baker • Published
You could own a Giro edition EF Education-EasyPost Pro Cycling team bike
Bicycle manufacturer Cannondale has partnered with the Los Angeles Bike Academy to raffle off Jonathan Caicedo's race bike from the 2021 Giro d'Italia.
By Henry Lord • Published