Cervélo C-Series Endurance Road Bikes
When you want to ride longer and explore further, the C-Series is your go-to bike. The modern road cyclist is increasingly looking for something capable enough to ride over multiple surfaces without compromising the speed of a true road bike. The C-Series is a perfect balance for riders who need both. Wider tires and vibration dampening frames keep this series comfortable on epic rides, while race bike stiffness in key areas ensures you won't lose any spring in your step.
The 2019 - 2020 Cervélo C-Series
The C5 frame enjoys a great stiffness to weight ratio, so it's light and fast with excellent handling. It's built to absorb lots of road chatter and uses disc brakes for all-road comfort and capability. In 2018, Jonas Deichmann set a world record for cycling the Panamerican Highway on a C5 frame, a 23,000 kilometer journey from Alaska to the southernmost point of Argentina that he finished in under 100 days. Point being, the C5 frame can handle just about any kinds of road riding you can dream up.
The C5 frame's geometry is stable and comfortable while maintaining key stiffness and nimble handling. It's compatible with all disc brake calipers and rotors, and comes with thru axles and a chain stay protector. The C5 has clearance for tires up to 32mm wide and features a down tube guard for when the roads get rougher.
The C5 comes only comes in a disc brake frameset.
The C3 tough, capable, and fast. It's comfortable for hammering out big miles on all day rides and lively enough to take on rougher roads with speed. The C3 is the perfect partner for your next century ride or weekend exploration.
C3 features the oversized BBright bottom bracket for added stiffness and power transfer. Squoval IPC tubes provide more in-plane compliance without negatively impacting weight or stiffness. The Endurance Fit comprises of a shorter reach and higher hand position for more upright positioning, contributing to its stable, comfortable handling. Thru axles and flat mount disc brakes provide serious stopping power and control in all conditions.
The C3 comes with disc brakes and the option of either Ultegra Di2 or Ultegra drivetrains.
The C2 rounds out the C-Series as an ultra capable bike with many of the same advantages as the other models, but with components that allow it to be sold at a lower price point. You'll still enjoy the vibration dampening frame design and comfortable geometry the C-Series is known for, and it's still extremely light and agile for all day rides that take you farther then ever.
The C2 has many of the same features of the C3 and C5, but with more affordable components to keep the price point lower. The BBright, Squoval IPC tubing, and Endurance Fit all combine to increase stiffness and compliance where they matter most, all while keeping this bike light and agile. Clearance for 32mm tires will keep you smiling on rough roads.
The C2 comes only comes in 1 configuration: disc brakes and a Shimano 105 groupset and in two colors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of electronic shifting?
Electronic shifting is slightly faster and more precise than mechanical shifting. After initial setup, electronic shifting requires little-to-no maintenance, and the physical operation of the buttons and levers require less force. Instead of pushing the shift lever further in to change multiple gears, with electronic shifting you only need to hold down the button. By programming the front and rear derailleurs during setup, the front derailleur shifts slightly differently depending on which cog you're in so there is never any chain rub. Electronic shifting is also customizable, and there are more options for shifting positions.
What are the differences in Cervélo's drivetrain options?
For Shimano, the highest level groupset is Dura-Ace, followed by Ultegra and 105 respectively. Dura-Ace and Ultegra provide the same levels of performance and durability, but the means and materials of production are slightly different, which makes Ultegra slightly heavier and allows for lower price points. Both are available for rim and disc brakes, and both are available in electronic form, or Di2. As you go down the Shimano hierarchy from there, performance and durability is affected, weight increases, and price drops.
Red eTap AXS is Sram's chief groupset, and it's the only Sram model found on Cervélo bikes. Red eTap AXS is compatible with rim and disc brakes.
The biggest difference from Shimano's Dura-Ace is that Red eTap AXS is completely wireless, where as Shimano's electronic shifting is currently accomplished via wires. Performance between the two top groupsets is largely believed to be very similar, although the act of engaging the shifting is accomplished differently. Shimano allows for a high degree of customization in shifting behavior, while Sram keeps it simple and allows for easy setup. Many are split on the two, so the best advice is often to test ride both if you can.
How is frame stiffness measured, and why does it matter?
Stiffness leads to efficient power transfer, responsive handling, and a predictable and stable feel when cornering at speed. Though extensive real-world testing, Cervélo has concluded that there are 3 kinds of stiffness that matter most to a rider: torsional stiffness, bottom bracket stiffness, and vertical stiffness. Through these tests, Cervélo is able to stiffen certain areas of the frame that encounter the most force and lighten areas where stiffness and strength won't be affected. Cervélo also puts their frames through much more rigorous strength testing that industry standards so you can enjoy top quality performance and the peace of mind you need to focus on your riding.
How does Cervélo measure a bike's weight?
The weight specs on a Cervélo describe that bike in its complete form. No unpainted frames and no missing hardware or components. With frameset or "module" weights becoming more common, it's nice to see a company be so straightforward and open. The weight of a Cervélo bike is simply how much the whole thing weighs, in its ready to ride form.
What kind of carbon does Cervélo use, and is it better?
While all bike manufacturers have access to the same carbon fiber, what's more important is how and where it's used. Terms like "super high-modulus" (the engineering term for a material's stiffness) can be deceptive because there isn't a universal modulus scale. Cervélo's analogy goes like this: a rubber band can be thought of as low-modulus and uncooked spaghetti is high-modulus. Uncooked spaghetti is very stiff, but breaks under less pressure than a rubber band, which is much stronger. Cervélo takes a methodical, scientific approach to its design, and uses results from the lab and real life testing to determine where and how to use its carbon fiber. When you buy a Cervélo, know that your frame is constructed to provide optimum stiffness, strength, and compliance where they matter most so every aspect of your ride is improved.
What kind of warranty does Cervélo offer?
All Cervélo frames come with a lifetime limited warranty for the original owner.