We were intrigued to see how Cervélo would respond to the boom
in gravel/adventure riding. There's already a huge range of bikes
available - how would they differentiate themselves?
the Áspero is the answer, and you may not be too surprised to
learn that the emphasis is on speed.
Rather than building yet another "all-purpose" rig for
bikepacking and beyond they've chosen to concentrate on riders who
want to go fast both on and off road. It isn't bristling with
mounting points for bags, racks, etc (although there is a set of
bento box mounts on the top tube, along with 2x bottle cage
It'll happily take up to a 700x42mm tyre (or 650x49), and the
fork has a nifty flip-chip to allow for the difference in offset
between the different wheel sizes - ensuring that pin-sharp
handling is always dialled in correctly.
So, this is a true off-road performer, happy being run with a 1x
or 2x drivetrain, and the protective panel under the downtube
reflects the fact that this is a bike designed to be ridden hard.
It's an interesting fit for what is actually quite a large niche,
and we're already seeing a ton of interest in the Áspero - Cervélo
photos by Bence Bujaki