The Cervélo has a few neat tricks up its sleeves. A tall head
tube eliminates the necessity for a stack of headset spacers, the
bottom bracket is lower and the wheelbase longer for greater
stability, and a slacker head angle and increased fork offset
produces secure and predictable steering. These are changes aimed
at making the Cervélo a very secure bike on rough roads, long rides
and even gravel tracks.
While it's not designed as a gravel bike, there's a bashguard on
the down tube to protect the carbon from rock strikes, so you know,
if you do want to ride dirt tracks and gravel roads, well you can
All those changes and Cervélo's carbon fibre know-how has
resulted in a frame weight of just 840g for the higher grade C5,
making it one of the lightest disc-equipped carbon endurance bikes
you can buy. With a decent groupset and a few new parts, a sub-7kg
complete bike weight is a real possibility. That's knocking on the
door of many race bikes!