Cervélo R5 Disc SRAM e-Tap AXS review

The classic road bike from Cervélo, now with SRAM e-tap AXS

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Cervelo R5 isn't perfect: its lack of big aero credentials sees it fall behind other bikes in its class, and personally I would need to invest in a few tweaks to get the fit spot on. However, it's easy to forget about these gripes when out on the road. The Canadian brand has created a stunning blend of stiffness with compliance which makes it a very capable race bike for those who want a true all rounder.

Reasons to buy
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Reasons to avoid
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    Lacking aero credentials

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    Light front end

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    Adjustments needed could be costly

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You can trust Cycling Weekly. Our team of experts put in hard miles testing cycling tech and will always share honest, unbiased advice to help you choose. Find out more about how we test.

I'll always spend at the very least a few weeks putting a test bike through its paces - but the reality is that most opinions are formed in the opening miles. In the case of the Cervélo R5, I made up my mind on the first 15 per cent hairpin bend out of my home town: stiff, direct, but without sacrificing comfort.

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