Cervelo S5 2024 | Survival Of The Fastest
The Cervélo S5 has one job—get to the line before everyone else. Under the likes of Wout van Aert, Marianne Vos, and Christophe LaPorte, the new model has already proven itself as a tool without equal. In the 2022 Tour de France, this bike propelled Wout to the highest ever Points Classification score of the modern era. At 480, Wout was some 194 points ahead of his nearest rival—tangible proof that Cervélo keeps delivering aerodynamic gains to Cervélo’s World Tour athletes.
The Cervélo S5 has reduced drag by 65 grams, and increased the frame’s surface area while still reducing overall weight. The deeper frame sections maximize the shapes allowed by the UCI. Meanwhile the iconic V-stem has been further refined and a new fork designed to simplify the entire front end. What is more, a ground-breaking new wheel design concept has been co-developed with Reserve to increase stability and reduce drag in turbulent aero conditions
The Cervélo S5 prioritizes aerodynamic performance and stiffness, making it a platform preferred by the fastest sprinters in the world. You’ve no doubt noticed the now-iconic V-Stem. Cervélo optimized that shape to deliver the best possible performance in the wind, hid the cables inside, and made enough bar/stem/stack options to fit just about anyone. It will clear 28mm tires, too so you can eke out even more aero advantage. The stiffness of the S5 is a sprinter's dream. Using a combination of material, shape, and layup, Cervélo engineered the S5 to be stiffer at the head tube, for stable and predictable handling, and at the bottom bracket, so that more of your power goes into turning the rear wheel. Aerodynamics are critical to engineering a fast bike: aero drag accounts for as much as 90% of the overall resistance affecting a rider. Using special frame tube shapes and design features, Cervélo improved the aerodynamics of the S5 Disc so you can reap the benefits of reduced drag. In pursuit of speed, everyone wants to try different positions to find their most aggressive fit. The S5's iconic V-stem not only inspires confident handling at high speeds, it is now also remarkably simple to dial in your perfect set-up. All the necessary spacers come with the bike, and there is now only one bolt length, reducing complexity and making the system 53g lighter in the process.
The UCI’s new regulations on aerodynamic design allowed us some additional room to deepen Cervélo’s aero profiles and squeeze 65 more grams of drag performance out of what is already the fastest aero bike on the market. You will notice a deeper head tube and BB area, and more aggressive shaping on the trailing edges of the tubes. Since the new S5 is only compatible with electronic shifting, Cervélo were able to tidy the dropout a bit, and update the shaping all over the bike. Wider wheels and tires are faster aerodynamically, and more comfortable to boot. S5 comes specced with 28mm tires but has clearance for up to a 34mm (measured) tire. The frame is optimized to complement the wider Reserve 52/63 turbulent aero wheels. In addition to the handling benefits, this saves over 5 watts compared to the previous Reserve wheelset. Cervélo have improved the comfort of the handlebar, and tweaked the shape to get a perfectly flat bar-to-hood transition. Cervélo now use a two-bolt interface that allows for infinite tilt adjustments between 0 and 5 degrees. Bike fitters at every level are moving away from longer-offset seat posts, and the new S5 comes stock with a 15mm offset post on most sizes (vs 25mm offset on outgoing S5). The old seat posts are forward-compatible, and Cervélo will keep the 400mm-long, 25mm offset post in stock for those looking for a more extreme fit.
SRAM Red and Force builds include Quarq Zero powermeters integrated into the crank. The integration of a powermeter results in better stiffness, lighter weight, and improved accuracy over aftermarket solutions—and the DZero delivers power measurement accurate to +/- 1.5%, even in variable temperatures. The 2024 S5 Disc frameset is designed to accommodate electronic shifting groupsets that use connectors up to 6mm in diameter, therefore Campagnolo EPS is not compatible with this frameset. Mechanical shifting groupsets are also not compatible with this frameset.
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