Claimed weight of the new C5 frame is a wispy 850 grams with paint and all small parts.

Claimed weight of the new C5 frame is a wispy 850 grams with paint and all small parts (click to enlarge).​

Cervélo has finally gotten into the endurance road bike realm. This week, the Canadian bike maker best know for its aero road and TT machines launched a steed geared toward the off-the-beaten-path riding crowd. The new C line of bikes marks the first time Cervélo has launched a new series in a decade.

"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," explained senior product manager Phil Spearman. "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."

Moving the BB closer to the ground lowers the bike's center of gravity, which is intended to improve stability and handling.

Moving the BB closer to the ground lowers the bike's center of gravity, which is intended to improve stability and handling (click to enlarge).​

As such, the C Series is claimed to have been developed as Cervélo's most versatile platform, occupying a sweet spot between aggressive racing bikes and so-called "gravel grinders."

Here's a rundown of key highlights and features:

  • Claimed weight of the C5 frame is 850 grams with paint and all small parts
  • The American-manufactured Project California fork, single-piece rear triangle and curved seat-stays are designed to balance lateral stiffness with vertical compliance
  • Moving the BB closer to the ground lowers the bike's center of gravity, which is intended to improve stability and handling
  • Longer chainstays, a shallower headtube angle and additional fork rake all increase trail, while extra tire clearance allows for a wider range of tire sizes and room for a fender
  • Lower BB drops the rider relative to the handlebars. Combined with a taller fork, this adds up to 22mm in frame stack without exaggerating the headtube, which Cervélo claims yields more versatile fit options
  • Flat-mount disc-brake standard ensures compatibility with most commonly used calipers and rotor sizes via adapters, and through-axles, which also improve alignment

The new Cervélo C5 will be available with Dura-Ace Di2 9070 and Dura-Ace 9000 11-speed groupsets, featuring Ardennes Plus LT Disc wheels and Rotor 3D+ BBright cranks. Recommended retail pricing for the full-dress Dura-Ace Di2 build is $9,000, with availability in January 2016. The C3 will be available in spring 2016, with Ultegra Di2 6870, Force 1X and Ultegra 6800 builds starting at $4,300.

For more info visit www.cervelo.com and check out the video below.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHMC8LMlGcg