Straight from the gate, the R5 feels taught. Standing out of the saddle and stomping on the pedals gives a pulse-like response, it feels like every ounce of your energy through the pedal stroke is pushing you forward with no losses from flex through the frame.
"When you’re seated, the steering locks itself in; you could take your hands off the bars and easily ride in a straight line. This stability comes in handy during hard, sustained efforts, and allows the rider to focus more on power output and less on steering."
"The bike felt balanced end-to-end and tracked well. Even when climbing sustained grades up to 18 percent at times, the bike's stiffness was never an issue or even a concern; power went directly into the pavement."