Cervélo S5 SRAM Force review - Cycling Weekly’s Race Bike of the Year

A drill-down into the winner of our Race Bike of the Year awards 2023

Cervélo S5 on a yellow background
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The particular blend of handling comfort and aerodynamics in the Cervélo S5 is simply superb. There are lighter aero bikes - the Trek Madone and Scott Foil count amongst them. There are also more comfortable bikes, Cervélo's own R5 climbing being one of the shining beacons in the World Tour, along with the Specialized Roubaix. But each of those gives more ground in other areas than the S5 concedes. It is a deserved winner of our Race Bike of the Year award.

Reasons to buy
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    Super fast

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    Great handling

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    Very comfortable

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    More user-friendly handlebars

Reasons to avoid
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    There are lighter aero bikes

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The latest iteration of the Cervélo S5 aero bike was officially released last summer, cinching both the Yellow and Green Jerseys of the 2022 Tour de France - under the stewardship of Jonas Vingegaard and Wout van Aert, respectively. 

But the launch was a long time coming, having broken cover many many times earlier in the season - and even in the season previous. The Cervélo S5 was piloted to victory in both the Women’s and the Men’s races of the 2021 Ghent–Wevelgem Classic by Marianne Vos and Wout van Aert. 

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third,