Cervélo Aspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1 review

Gucci gravel build delivers a fast ride

Cervélo Aspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cervélo Aspero-5 rides much closer to a performance race bike than a typical gravel bike, and while I struggled to get to grips with the bike on tight and twisty singletrack, it shone on wide open gravel roads. Its stiff carbon frame held speed like the best performance road bikes I’ve tested. However, that doesn’t mean it’s flighty like a lightweight racer, it also feels reassuringly tough. If you ride anywhere outside of London you might consider speccing a few more gears and if you’re bikepacking you’ll definitely want to protect the stunning finish.

Reasons to buy
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    Gorgeous looks

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    Gucci spec

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    Fast ride quality

Reasons to avoid
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    Stiff for long off road days

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    Better suited to wide open gravel than techy singletrack

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The definition of gravel riding - and therefore the best gravel bike for the job - changes depending on who you ask. It's certainly more common to find bikes marketed as do-it-all machines, capable of everything from multi-day bikepacking trips to offbeat, off-road adventures than it is to find them touting increased aerodynamics and a lower weight.

However, Cervélo’s Aspero-5, launched earlier in 2021, sticks to very traditional aero bike claims: that it’s lighter and faster than the previous model. In Cervélo's own words it's a bike designed to 'haul ass, not cargo' and is unashamedly marketed as a racing bike, for off-road roadies.

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