The Cervélo Caledonia-5 Dura-Ace Di2 Disc Road Bike brings a tantalising combination of performance and comfort, built to tackle long days and a wide variety of road surfaces with aplomb. The carbon frame owes much of its heritage to the race-winning R5 and accomplished Aspero gravel bike, melding the speed and compliance into one machine. More stable than a pure race bike, the Caledonia is no less impressive in terms of real-world pace, with the built-in compliance, efficiency, aerodynamics and low weight producing a bike that can take on the longest sportives or adventures as well as shorter, faster efforts. Clearance for 34mm tyres and hidden mudguard mounts further increase the bike’s versatility yet the frame is still well under 1,000 grams in weight.
Complementing the frame’s performance credentials is Shimano’s premium electronic groupset; 11-speed Dura-Ace Di2. This gives lightning-fast, effortless shifting just by nudging the lever, meaning an end to tired miss-shifts and stretched or sticky cables. There is a dual-sided 4iiii Precision power meter included too, making it easier to pace a ride or train more effectively. The hydraulic disc brakes are equally easy to operate, providing great stopping power for very little effort, even on long alpine descents in the wet.
ENVE’s SES 3.4 AR carbon wheels are a great match, offering stable handling in crosswinds and a wide profile to help support the tyre's sidewall and allow the tyre to spread on the rim for greater volume. As both the rim and the tyre are tubeless-ready, they can be converted easily to take advantage of the benefits of tubeless running, so lower pressures can be used for more grip and comfort without the risk of pinch punctures and lower rolling resistance on poorly surfaced roads.
Stem, handlebar and seatpost are all made from carbon to help the gram count and provide further insulation against road vibrations and bumps, whilst the Prologo Dimension NACK should prove comfy mile after mile.