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Cervélo was founded on the principle of designing and engineering better bikes. We believed that there were people out there that were looking for something better, not just something different. That functionally-driven design can be seen in every Cervélo.

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Cervélo Cycles was created in 1995 when two engineers, Phil White and Gérard Vroomen, decided to market their work developing faster time trial bikes. Having been involved in bicycle and human-powered vehicle design since 1986, they started a bike design from scratch when a top-ranked Italian pro cyclist approached Gérard to design the fastest possible time trial bike for him. The team evaluated the bikes on the market, and set a design goal for the bike that was difficult and uncompromising. They wanted something that was unbeatable in aerodynamics yet sacrificed nothing in weight or stiffness. The result was a pretty radical bike that pushed the rules in almost every area. It tested extremely well for aerodynamics, as well as handling, stiffness and comfort.

Cervélo has grown from the dreams of these budding engineers working out of a garage to a company with more engineers than bike models, using the same tools and techniques as the most advanced Formula 1 teams. In 2012 we became part of the Pon Bicycle Group, who give us access to resources to allow us to continue to grow and continue what we do best—to engineer better bikes. We look forward to continuing to surprise you with innovation that allows you achieve your dreams and goals.

Our Ride
March
2013
Rca Launch

Rca Launch

The latest from Project California, the Rca weighs in at an average of 667 grams (size 54), maintains the R5ca's optimal stiffness, and introduces a new aero profile to our Squoval tube shapes. The winner of a JEC Innovation Award, the Rca sets new benchmarks in the lab - and on the road.

May
2012
Ryder Hesjedal Wins Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal Wins Giro d'Italia

Ryder Hesjedal of Team Garmin-Barracuda becomes the first Canadian to win a Grand Tour, with an exceptional performance in the climbs aboard his R5ca, and in the final time trial aboard his P5.

January
2012
P5 Launch

P5 Launch

The P5 is launched as a culmination of years of lay up and aerodynamic experience and development. The P5 marked an improvement not only in aerodynamic shapes, but in system optimization taking into account components, storage and ease of use.

January
2011
S5 Launch

S5 Launch

Built on the heritage of the Soloist series, the S5 set the bar even higher for aerodynamic road bikes. Using BBright, shielding seat stays and an extended rear wheel cut out, the S5 offers improved stiffness and ride comfort with the lowest aerodynamic drag available. In the first year of competition, the S5 is ridden by Thor Hushovd to multiple victories including a long run in the Yellow Jersey at the Tour de France.

October
2010
2010 UCI World Championships

2010 UCI World Championships

Cervélo Test Team rider Emma Pooley of the UK becomes the World Time Trial Champion aboard her P3. Cervélo Test Team rider Thor Hushovd of Norway adds another set of stripes when he wins the World Road Race Champion aboard his S3.

September
2010
Project California and the R5CA

Project California and the R5CA

The Cervélo R5ca was awarded gold at Eurobike in 2010 and Project California is introduced. This is the highest award available at Eurobike. The R5ca was built in Cervélo's California facility by company engineers and boasted an incredible 675g frame weight. The R5CA is later named the American Composites Manufacturers Association 'Best in Show' among all composite designs in all industries.

January
2009
Cervélo Test Team

Cervélo Test Team

In 2009, Cervélo became the first bike manufacturer in the modern era to have its own cycling team at the highest levels of racing. Led by 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre and sprint star Thor Hushovd, the team quickly built a name for itself. While it certainly delivered in races, equally important was that having our own team allowed a more effective use of professional riders in the development of new products.

October
2008
Chrissie Wellington repeats IM win

Chrissie Wellington repeats IM win

teamTBB's Chrissie Wellington repeats her 2007 Ironman World Championship win in 2008 - again on her P2.

August
2008
Beijing Olympics

Beijing Olympics

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, over 40 athletes competed on Cervélo bikes resulting in ten Olympic Medals.

July
2008
Carlos Sastre Wins le Tour de France

Carlos Sastre Wins le Tour de France

Carlos Sastre wins le Tour de France . His attack on Alp d'Huez during stage 17 showed his true GC potential and earned him the Yellow jersey. He accomplished this ride on his R3 SL and defended his lead aboard his P3 time trial bike.

January
2008
R3 SL Launch

R3 SL Launch

The R3 SL is released, further refining the lay up techniques of the R3 to set a new industry best balance of stiffness, strength and weight.

October
2007
Chrissie Wellington wins Ironman World Championship

Chrissie Wellington wins Ironman World Championship

teamTBB's Chrissie Wellington completes the Kailua-Kona, Hawaii course in 9:08.45 capturing the world title. She rode her incredibly fast bike split on a Cervélo P2.

July
2007
SLC-SL Launch

SLC-SL Launch

With the Soloist setting a new standard for aerodynamics and the R3 setting a new standard for weight, the SLC-SL (Soloist Carbon SuperLight) was designed to give the rider a perfect balance of both. It was the first aero frame that was lighter than the vast majority of all road frames available.

July
2007
teamTBB

teamTBB

Cervélo starts working with Team TBB, a professional triathlon team. The team goes on to become one of the most successful triathlon teams in the world.

November
2005
R3 Launch

R3 Launch

The Cervélo R3 was released for the 2006 model year introducing the Squoval concept that is still used today. Engineered to optimize strength, stiffness and comfort while offering low weight, the R3 changed many industry standards. Team CSC used the R3 in selected races, mainly on the cobblestones.

January
2003
Team CSC

Team CSC

In 2003, Cervélo became the bike supplier to Team CSC, at the time the 14th team on the world ranking. Cervélo was by far the smallest and youngest bike company to ever supply a team at this level. Over the next 3 years, Team CSC aboard Cervélo bikes, climbed the ranks to become world’s #1 pro cycling team. The partnership lasted for six years, until the end of 2008.

November
2002
Soloist Launch

Soloist Launch

The Soloist Team is released proving Cervélo to be a pioneer of aerodynamic frames in the pro peloton. A road race bike that can be adapted for use in time trial or triathlon, this model features TrueAero, Smartwall and becomes the foundation for the S series.

January
2001
P3 Launch

P3 Launch

In 2000, the P3 is released and quickly becomes the standard for triathlon/time trial bikes. The P3 has now won more time trials and triathlons than any other bike in history. It is the most used bike at Ironman racing and time trialing ever – by “regular” customers. No wonder it is still the benchmark for the entire bike industry, and the most copied bike in history.

August
1998
First Victories

First Victories

After only two years, by 1998, Cervélo bikes had won triathlons and time trial national Championships in Germany and Canada, participated in the Triathlon & Cycling World’s, and raced the Olympic Time Trial in Atlanta.

February
1996
First product launch

First product launch

With only two models to launch at the Toronto Bike Show, Phil and Gerard decided to go for the classy Italian car dealership look for their booth with lots of empty space. Adding to that spirit was Van Gogh's "Notte Stellata" and both owners wearing vintage 1950s Italian Cycling Jerseys.

January
1995
First Time Trial bike

First Time Trial bike

1991 and 1992 World Champion Gianni Bugno approached Gerard and Phil to design the fastest possible Time Trial bike for him. He loved the bike, his sponsors did not. It was never raced in competition.

January
1995
Cervélo is Created

Cervélo is Created

With athletes in both road racing and triathlon interested in Phil and Gerard's designs, and bike sponsors not willing to take it on, Cervélo is created. The designs for the bikes are overhauled for practicality and adapted to aluminum.

October
1994
Phil White and Gerard Vroomen meet

Phil White and Gerard Vroomen meet

Before founding Cervélo, Phil White and Gerard Vroomen were working as engineers in bicycle and Human Powered Vehicle design.