Aero Road

Triathlon & Time Trial

Endurance Road


Classic Road

Engineering Fundamentals

How do we push innovation further with every frame? At Cervélo we believe there are five distinct factors that can be looked at when it comes to improving a bike, and each is carefully considered by our engineering team as they develop new models.


Aero drag accounts for as much as 90 per cent of the overall resistance affecting a rider. Other factors, such as drivetrain friction and rolling resistance, are relatively inconsequential. That’s why aerodynamics are crucial to engineering a very fast bicycle.

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Ride Quality

The notion of ride quality involves a number of factors. It isn’t just about comfort, efficiency, handling, the saddle, or even a quiet ride. It’s about all these considerations — and many more. Indeed, our research has shown that elite performance depends on ride quality, and that the longer you’re in the saddle, the more it matters. In fact, when we discuss it with our Ironman triathletes and Grand Tour riders, we hear that it matters not only during the effort, but also in recovery.

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Stiffness yields confidence and control with responsive handling and an efficient transfer of power. That immediate feeling of connection comes largely from the stiffness of the bottom bracket area, but Cervélo also focuses on fork and head-tube stiffness.

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Cervélo values standard components and intuitive adjustments, all of which make our bikes simple to own and easy to enjoy. You’ll appreciate this when you get your Cervélo tuned up for the first ride of the season, or pack it up for your next triathlon.

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A carbon bike frame layup is made by placing hundreds of individually cut plies of carbon in a mould in a certain order and orientation. The more precisely these plies are cut, the lighter the frame, as less material is used to achieve the desired strength and reliability. Various factors affect fibre selection for any given location on a frame. Stiff fibres may be required to resist bending (flex), strong fibres may be employed to resist failure (breaking), and the chosen fibres impact the overall production cost.

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