New Cervélo R5: first ride on Jumbo-Visma's climbing bike

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Our first impressions of the bike Roglic has been riding all year - that has just been launched to the public

Cervelo R5
(Image credit: Simon Smythe/Cycling Weekly)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cervélo R5 is a beautifully balanced bike that feels in command of every situation, whether climbing, descending or hard riding on rough roads. The low weight and high stiffness make it surge uphill, while the work Cervelo has done to make the front end more 'liveable' seems to have paid off - though I can't claim to have ridden 100 miles every day for three weeks just yet.

Reasons to buy
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    Low weight

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    High stiffness

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    Rear end comfort

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    Front end directness

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    Classic looks

Reasons to avoid
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    The usual one: WorldTour-level bikes are expensive

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The new Cervélo R5 has been dangled in front of us all year, steadily racking up a season of stunning wins under the likes of Primoz Roglic and Wout Van Aert while all we journalists could do was take photos and speculate.

It’s not the way bike launches normally happen, but it’s a surefire way to build up excitement. Additionally, a new bike that already has an impressive palmares that includes Grand Tour wins, and which was one of two bikes along with the Cervélo S5 aero bike to win the Vuelta, is more race proven than most.

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Simon Smythe

Simon Smythe is a hugely experienced cycling tech writer, who has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2003. Until recently he was our senior tech writer. In his cycling career Simon has mostly focused on time trialling with a national medal, a few open wins and his club's 30-mile record in his palmares. These days he spends most of his time testing road bikes, or on a tandem doing the school run with his younger son.