Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 evaluation – Road Bikes – Bikes

Cervélo’s storied historical past has all the time been ingrained in racing on the absolute best stage, be that with the emblem’s race crew or a large number of Ironman triathlon victories.

The vary comprises the ultra-light R-Series motorcycles, the aero-optimised S-Series and the triathlon-specific state-of-the-art P-Series.

More lately, Cervélo has expanded its horizons with the racy Aspéro gravel machines and the endurance-focused Caledonia vary.

The Caledonia isn’t the primary time Cervélo has dipped its toe into patience waters. Back in 2015, the C-Series gave an patience experience place, however the design used to be extra comparable to motorcycles from the burgeoning gravel/all-road scene.

Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 body and equipment

Ultegra Di2 has the similar motors and circuitry as the brand new Dura-Ace Di2.
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The Caledonia is a lot more a natural road-based patience motorbike in its outlook (even with its 34mm tyre clearance). The body design takes a lot of its inspiration from the R-Series and S-Series, with a smattering of the gravel-oriented Aspéro thrown in for just right measure.

The entrance finish appears as although it might come instantly from the emblem’s aero street designs. Its easily interlocking fork crown blends seamlessly into the aero-shaped head tube, which then flows into the ST32 stem with its aero-shaped headset and spacers, and completely built-in brake routing.

The rear of the motorbike options low-slung seatstays that glance impressed through the gravel Aspéro, whilst the D-shaped submit, with its smartly hidden clamp, comes instantly from R-Series territory.

It all hangs in combination neatly, and the Caledonia is a fine-looking motorbike, with easy strains, very good integration and main points that fortify the experience revel in.

The down tube has two positions for the bottle cage. If you love to run a unmarried bottle, Cervélo recommends the use of the decrease place as a result of this improves aero.

If you’re working two bottles, the use of the upper place way each bottles take a seat in step with every different; now not one thing that’s generally a big attention on patience motorcycles.

There are positive sensible touches too.

The ST32 stem comes with a faceplate to suit your motorbike pc in step with the stem, clearing litter out of your bars and keeping up the clear aesthetics.

At the dropouts, there are detachable fender/mudguard mounts that pair with a detachable composite bridge for the rear remains. That way all over the iciness months you’ll run full-length mudguards.

Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 geometry

Regardless of the 34mm tyre clearance, we’re in patience street motorbike territory.
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The geometry is vintage endurance-bike stuff, with a 72-degree head attitude that mixes with a 50mm fork offset (the R-Series has a 73-degree head attitude and 45mm offset).

It way the Caledonia will get a path determine of 57mm on a 25mm tyre, emerging to 60mm on a 30mm tyre (the path determine comes from a mix of head-tube attitude and the fork offset. This measure displays the tyre’s touch level ‘trailing’ in the back of the steerage axis. A small measure of path makes for a fast-handling motorbike, extra path slows down the steerage reaction).

To give an explanation for that during context, super-fast dealing with race motorcycles, such because the Specialized Tarmac, Cannondale SuperSix EVO and the Cervélo R5, have path figures round 57mm, while on extra endurance-oriented motorcycles the path determine is nearer to 60mm – as with the Caledonia working 30mm tyres.

In its off-the-peg guise with 28mm tyres, the Caledonia 5 may have hit at the satisfied medium between quick and forgiving dealing with.

The seat attitude of 73 levels is common street stuff, however the chainstays run out to 415mm, 5mm longer than their racier street designs.

Cervélo claims the longer rear centre, decreasing the bottom-bracket top and extending the path provides as much as a motorcycle with fast dealing with however extra balance for the rigours of racing prerequisites. It turns out Cervélo, even with the Caledonia, hasn’t deserted its racing roots.

The body is available in at a claimed 936g and the matched fork 370g (painted, with {hardware} fitted, and in a dimension 56cm as examined right here). The entire motorbike, with new 12-speed Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Reserve wheels, weighs 7.95kg (lighter than the similar style from 2021).

Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 experience impressions

The stellar Prologo Dimension saddle is mated to a D-shaped SP24 carbon submit.
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The Caledonia’s roadie origins change into instantly obvious. Thankfully, it feels each and every inch a sporty Cervélo. It rings a bell in my memory of each R-Series and S-Series motorcycles with its snappy, responsive body. The backbone of the motorbike feels rock forged.

The motorbike speeds up with a correct punch whilst you stomp at the pedals. It’s each and every inch a fit for its supposedly ‘race bike’ competitors. It doesn’t, on the other hand, have the downsides of a super-aggressive lengthy, low, stretched rider place that you just’ll want a crash path in yoga to reside with.

On the flipside, the experience place isn’t so upright that you just’ll really feel as although you’re on an city hybrid with drop bars fitted through mistake.

In reality, the experience place additionally hits a cheerful heart flooring. This 56cm check motorbike has a 580mm stack top and a 378mm achieve. That’s not up to at the similar Cannondale Synapse, for example, through 10mm in (stack) top and 9mm shorter in achieve.

It’s a extra compact driving place, however one who works. I felt greater than relaxed on lengthy days of a number of miles, in addition to being overjoyed through the motorbike’s responses when turning up the joys issue.

The stiff, responsive chassis doesn’t come on the expense of convenience. I used to be as relaxed at mile 85 as I used to be first rolling out of my power.

That’s because of a mix of 28mm tyres sitting on extensive 25mm inner rims, very good touch issues within the fork of the HB13 carbon bar that’s wrapped in high quality tape, and Prologo’s superb brief Dimension saddle. This sits atop the compliant D-shaped SP24 carbon submit.

Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 specification

New 12-speed Shimano Ultegra Di2 and Reserve wheels give a contribution to a complete weight of seven.95kg.
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Cervélo’s wheel spouse Reserve provides the slick carbon wheels, with its 40mm-deep entrance and 44mm-deep rear pairing each working on DT Swiss’ unswerving 370 hubs.

The distinction in rim top has been noticed prior to from the likes of ENVE. Reserve, on the other hand, has additionally replaced the the most important inner width between entrance and rear. The entrance will get a broader 25.4mm, whilst the rear is available in at 25mm.

It shapes up the Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G2.0 tyres neatly. The nominal 28mm width is bang on 30mm for the entrance wheel and simply shy of 30mm at the rear.

The Rubino will not be the fastest-feeling tyre, however the most recent G2.0 model is an development. It feels just right and easy, and I used to be assured within the grip when trying out in some tough rainy prerequisites.

Come the summer season, I’d have compatibility a sooner set of tubeless street tyres (Vittoria’s Corsas are evoked), however I didn’t really feel short-changed through the Rubinos.

The motorbike’s new gearing is most likely the largest tale when in comparison to remaining yr’s style, with Shimano’s new 12-speed, semi-wireless Di2 making its long-awaited look.

Ultegra Di2 8150 keeps the extra conventional gearing we’re acquainted with, relatively than SRAM’s good rebalancing on AXS 12-speed. That way the Caledonia 5 will get a racy 52/36 chainset, in conjunction with a large 11-34 cassette.

The new Ultegra Di2 has change into semi-wireless. That way the STI levers keep in touch wirelessly with the rear derailleur (the place the ‘brain’ of the gadget lives).

It way an excessively clean-looking front-end, like SRAM eTap AXS. Plus, swiftly, there are numerous bicycle frames with blanking plates the place the old-style Di2 junction field used to are living.

Cervélo’s HB13 carbon bar is wrapped in high quality tape.
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Like SRAM, the levers now depend on one CR1632 coin mobile battery every. Shimano claims you’ll get one and a part to 2 years of use from those disposable batteries.

Both derailleurs nonetheless use a large-capacity rechargeable battery that lives within the seatpost and is stressed out to each equipment changers. Shimano claims 1,000km between fees for the battery.

The charging is a miles more practical affair than prior to, with a MacBook-style magnetic port for the devoted cable at the rear derailleur.

The largest soar, on the other hand, is the inclusion of Bluetooth connectivity between the drivetrain and Shimano’s E-Tube app. That ends up in easy firmware upgrades and gadget tracking, in conjunction with tunability within the type of synchronised and semi-synchro transferring.

You can set the motorbike to shift the entrance derailleur routinely when transferring the rear (synchro), or get the rear derailleur to ‘compensate’ whilst you shift up entrance (routinely placing the rear into the following best possible equipment).

The addition of Bluetooth additionally way you’ll set the hidden buttons atop the Ultegra levers to perform a third-party head unit.

I set mine to change monitors on my Garmin Edge, because of this now not having to take your hand off the bars to get entry to experience information monitors. It additionally way your head unit can show essential Di2 knowledge reminiscent of battery stage and tool variety.

This now not simplest brings Di2 into line with SRAM’s AXS (although the E-Tube app isn’t reasonably as advanced or user-friendly as SRAM’s AXS), however extra importantly it offers you get entry to to the broader functions that up till now haven’t been simply accessed (until you paid for the wb-111 Bluetooth aerial to be fitted on older Di2 methods).

Ultegra Di2 stocks the similar motors and circuitry as the brand new flagship Dura-Ace Di2, so has the similar claims from Shimano of sooner transferring of 58 in step with cent and 45 in step with cent for rear and entrance derailleurs respectively.

On the street, on the other hand, it’s a troublesome factor to pass judgement on or quantify.

STI levers keep in touch wirelessly with the rear derailleur.
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The older 11-speed Di2 wasn’t a slouch when it got here to converting equipment, doing so in fractions of a 2nd. So, a lesser fraction of a 2nd is hard to ‘feel’. What I’m satisfied through, although, is how slick the adjustments are, particularly up entrance.

The addition of a twelfth equipment has progressed issues too. It’s particularly prevalent at the 11-34. What used to be a extensively spaced equipment set now will get single-tooth jumps for the primary 5 gears (11 to fifteen), emerging to two-tooth steps (17/19/21) after which 3 (21/24/27/30), with the one four-tooth steps for the lightest 34-toothed sprocket.

The Caledonia’s gearing is definitely pitched for the motorbike’s meant target market. Its 52/36 chainset way you could have all of the high-speed doable for the flat or descents, whilst now not hampering the opposite finish of the size when difficult your self on steep, sharp ascents.

Shifting is best too, with a extra outlined step between the Di2 buttons. Textural adjustments really feel higher, particularly when dressed in complete iciness gloves.

Shimano has finished a very good task of updating the braking with a subtly transformed lever and hood form. The hood is moderately raised, however slimmer, and the lever has a slight inward curve. It feels paying homage to the intense GRX Di2 form.

When down within the drops, the reshaping offers extra hand clearance, but the levers really feel more uncomplicated to achieve. From the hoods, the ergonomics are very good. Wrapping 3 hands across the lever and not using a stretch way regulate is very much progressed.

The new flagship Ultegra sees Shimano’s street disc braking achieve every other stage.
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This is mixed with Shimano’s Servowave design (as discovered on GRX), which very much reduces the quantity of loose lever shuttle prior to the brake engages. This way a lot more subtlety in regulate of the braking.

The levers now even have correct achieve adjustment of over 1.6cm on the tip of the lever. It’s nice for smaller arms.

The brake really feel is hugely progressed over 11-speed, bearing in mind a lot more innovative and nuanced braking, which intended I by no means ‘over’ braked heading right into a nook, making for extra constant pace.

With the brand new Ultegra, Shimano’s street disc braking has very a lot come of age and the prospective has been realised. You can upload to that the rotor/brake-pad interface, which stayed rub- and noise-free even in some rainy, dirty prerequisites.

Cervélo provides the Caledonia 5 in complete Dura-Ace Di2 with a lot of the similar apparatus for round £3,700 extra, however in this proof and making an allowance for Dura-Ace Di2 saves simplest 278g, I’d be greater than satisfied to avoid wasting that bite of cash for the reason that efficiency goes to be a lot the similar for all of the vital portions.

Cervélo Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 final analysis

This is a top rate motorbike – with an similarly top rate price ticket.
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The new Caledonia 5 Ultegra Di2 is no doubt a greater motorbike than the former style. Cervélo has upped the stakes considerably and the sophisticated spec adjustments and weight loss give a contribution to creating a top-scoring motorbike even higher. There is, on the other hand, a £1,200 elephant within the room.

You see, in 2020 when the unique Caledonia 5 U-Di2 first graced my trying out plans, it used to be priced at £5,799. That’s now not reasonable, however I may with reference to justify the associated fee because of the standard of the experience and the construct. At £6,999.99, it’s reasonably a bounce.

The worth will increase around the board for street motorcycles are reasonably galling because of an ideal hurricane of pressures hitting the trade. Material and product shortages, skyrocketing gasoline costs and delivery prices are all having an have an effect on, with the results of the pandemic and, in the United Kingdom, Brexit additionally elements.

With all that considered, the Caledonia 5 nonetheless is available in costlier than its primary competitors: Cannondale’s Ultegra Di2-equipped Synapse Carbon 2 RLE is £5,800, the Specialized Roubaix Expert is £6,850 and the Giant Defy Advanced Pro 1 £4,999.

I beloved getting reacquainted with the intense Caledonia 5, it’s one of the crucial best possible of its breed. At this worth, on the other hand, you’re paying a top rate for the revel in.

Endurance Bike of the Year 2022 | How we examined

The best possible patience street motorcycles mix a relaxed experience place with tons of versatility – together with options reminiscent of mudguard or pannier rack mounts – and pace, to create an invaluable platform that can fare neatly regardless of the experience.

Testing for our 2022 Endurance Bike of the Year class started with a high-tempo 2.5-hour experience to get an early impact of a motorcycle’s experience high quality and to hold out any changes.

For the beef of this yr’s trying out, every motorbike used to be taken at the similar 82-mile/132km loop thru rural Wiltshire.

After this, we rode the motorcycles back-to-back, coming to a choice on the most efficient through evaluating how neatly every treated throughout quite a lot of terrain and, in a aggressive marketplace, how its spec compares with the opposite motorcycles on check.

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