Welcome to the era of speed in gravel.
A new breed of rider is emerging—one who loves the freedom and exploration that gravel culture was founded upon but who has a hunger to ride wild, to go full bore, and to explore not just geography but personal limits. This frontier requires a new kind of gravel machine, one engineered not to roam the trails, but to slay them.
For these athletes, we created a machine engineered for pure, unapologetic speed, ready to take down finish lines, KOM leaderboards, PR’s, and FKT’s. A single bike that first generates maximum speed and then second, controls that speed across the variable conditions gravel athletes must conquer. A machine built without limits, for the riders willing to test them.
That’s how Áspero debuted under the characters of the Wednesday Night Rough Club two years ago, and that’s how it’s stayed. And since, at Cervélo, we know that flat out doesn’t stay flat out for long without a little help from science, we’ve come back from the drawing board with a new Áspero. A faster Áspero, a lighter Áspero, and—dare we say it—an even better looking Áspero.
Our engineers like to say, “If it looks fast, it probably is”—but there’s some truth to it, and Áspero-5 looks fast standing still. No cables in the wind, tubes derived from our library of aerodynamically proven shapes, and just a hint of a cut out in the seat tube to squeak out just a bit more tire clearance, add up to a bike that proves the adage.
Some might say aero doesn’t matter on a gravel bike, but if you’ve battled a headwind across an open prairie, the thirty-two grams of drag you’ll save with the Aspero-5 come as a welcome respite. Most gravel racing is done without the benefit of a World Tour peloton – or World Tour tactics – and when it’s your nose in the wind all day, it’s nice to know your bike’s shouldering a bit of the load.
“Trail” – Front wheel response to rider input – is the most critical factor in high-velocity handling. The ability to adjust trail with the two-position “Trail Mixer” to compensate for the extreme range of tire sizes ensures a uniform ride experience.
We engineered the bike to fit most 700×42 or 650×49 tire/wheel combos, comfortably. Of course, there are variables – rim width, tire casing/tread depth – which will affect final clearance. Important Note – We always recommend there to be 4mm of clearance around whichever tire/wheel combo is installed on the bike.
Vibration-damping, carbon seat post we’ve used to great effect on the R5 and Caledonia-5, clever split-spacers under the stem so you don’t have to re-cable your bike to adjust your fit, and our new flared handlebar.
*Please note, the specific build in store may not be shown as pictured in the provided stock photo.*