Cervélo has launched the Áspero 5 as a new go-fast, all out gravel bike that comes as a more aerodynamic and lighter upgrade to the existing Áspero. It also comes with a nice price tag. It’s an uber-premium gravel bike, with prices from $6,900 to $9,000.
Cervélo’s Áspero 5 Details
The Cervélo’s Áspero 5 frame features some neat industrial design touches. Its integrated cockpit still offers ease of access for maintenance, but reduces the risk of snagging, which becomes likelier as you roll into more adventurous gravel riding terrain. There’s also a recessed top tube mounting point for additional storage, and the down tube’s underside is protected with an integrated shield, to reduce cosmetic damage from terrain debris.
Unlike most newer gravel bikes offering compatibility with both 700 and 27.5 wheels sizes, including those gravel bikes from Open and others, Cervélo hasn’t opted for asymmetric stays (with the driveside chainstay dropping much lower to stay out of the way and give ample clearance for the chain line). Instead, the Áspero 5 uses a double-dropped design.
In terms of mounts, there are mounts for two bottle cages (three sets of bolts offer dual positions on the down tube), a bento box mount recessed into the top tube, and a removable front mech mount if you want to go 1x.
The updated Áspero 5 starts at $6,900 and gets you the SRAM Force eTap AXS 1 build, 700x38mm Panaracer Gravel King SK and has a 36t SRAM Force AXS 1 crankset, with a power meter.
At $7,100 there is the Shimano GRX RX815 Di2 variant, which features a dual-sided power meter. The most elegantly equipped Cervélo’s Áspero 5 offers a SRAM RED eTap AXS 1 built kit, for $9,000.
Fro the person that has to build their own ride, you can pick up a frame and fork for $4,300. Learn more at cervelo.com.