The first bike on test in RIDE #71 (volume 1, 2016), on sale at the end of March 2016, is a Cervélo C5, ridden and reviewed by Jack Lynch. You can find the five-page test on p.184.


RIDE 71 (volume 1 of 2016).
Featuring five bike tests: Cervélo C5, Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero, Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro, Focus Izalco Max Disc, Cannondale Supersix EVO Hi-Mod

The Cervélo is one of two bikes in this issue with disc brakes – complete with thru-axle technology and a frame and fork specifically created for this relatively new form of stopping for road bikes.

The AUD$9,700 Shimano Dura-Ace equipped bike impressed Lynch who recognised that the brand has taken some risks with frame angles.

“The C5 possesses frame angles unlike any other bike I’ve ridden. It has a 70-degree head tube and 73-degree seat tube which makes it significantly slacker than any other ‘endurance’ road bike in the market. (The head tube angle is even more relaxed than most cyclocross bikes and is closer to the geometry of high-end cross-country mountain bikes!) There’s also a high head tube that towers above any other test bike in this issue.”



Click the photo below to begin the slideshow.

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Click the SoundCloud file (below) to listen to comments from Jack Lynch after his first ride on the Cervélo C5.