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Cervélo debuts C Series for endurance riding

Published December 15, 2015
Cervélo C5

TORONTO, Canada (BRAIN) — Cervélo is launching its first all-new series in a decade, and it's targeted to the endurance road rider. The first model in the series is the C5.

Cervélo said the C Series is the company’s most versatile platform, “occupying a sweet spot between aggressive racing bikes and gravel grinders.”

“With long-distance rides like gran fondos exploding in popularity, we feel there’s a great opportunity to offer true Cervélo-engineered endurance products to an expanding community,” said Phil Spearman, senior product manager. “There’s a real need for a fast, ultralight bike that’s easier to ride on a variety of road surfaces and in a broad range of conditions. There are millions of kilometres of unpaved roads just waiting to be explored, but you need the right bike. After all, the nicest roads are not always the nicest roads.”

The C5 frame weighs 850 grams. It features a Project California fork, single-piece rear triangle and curved seat-stays for lateral stiffness and vertical compliance. The bike has a lower bottom bracket for better stability and handling, longer chainstays, a shallower headtube angle and additional fork rake. It offers extra tire clearance for a wider tire and room for a fender. The bike also features a flat-mount disc-brake and through-axles.

The C5 is available with Dura-Ace Di2 9070 and Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed groupsets with Ardennes Plus LT Disc wheels and Rotor 3D+ BBright cranks. Retail price for the full-dress Dura-Ace Di2 build is $9,000, with availability in January.

The C3 with Ultegra Di2 6870, Force 1X and Ultegra 6800 builds start at $4,300. The C3 will become available next spring. 

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