Cervélo S2 review

The Cervélo S2 is an out-and-out race bike, which costs a little over £2000. Worth it? If you're a racer it certainly is

Cervelo S2
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you're after a racing machine for around £2000, then the Cervélo S2 is definitely a great option. Handling is very sharp and will take some getting used to. It was a very stark contrast to all the endurance style bikes I've been riding recently. It's a top bike but won't be for everyone.

Reasons to buy
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    Fast handling

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Reasons to avoid
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    Seatpost will need to be chopped (if not done so by the shop)

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    Isn't the most comfortable bike

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I'll be honest, I wasn't totally thrilled at the prospect of the Cervélo S2. An aerodynamic, stiff racer that is dressed in Shimano 105 and nondescript Shimano RS010 wheelset isn't exactly screaming 'race me', although that is its primary use in my mind.

However, during testing and after some criterium races around the likes of Hillingdon, I was pleasantly surprised at its ability to race hard, feel fast and with a quick swap for deep carbon wheels to look as classy as some bikes costing twice as much.

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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.