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Cervelo launches all-new Caledonia - First look gallery

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Cervelo Caledonia

Cervelo’s New Caledonia bridges the gap between a road bike and a gravel bike (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The Caledonia takes design cues from Cervelo’s R series of bikes (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

Dropped seat stays are currently all the rage, and the Caledonia enjoys the stiffness benefits of the design (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

Cable integration keeps the front end clear of cable clutter (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The clean, smooth lines of the new Caledonia (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

A cable-free cockpit makes fitting accessories such as a bar bag full of snacks simple (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

30c-width Vittoria Rubino Pro tubeless-ready tyres keep you rolling on slightly rougher roads (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

Shimano Ultegra disc brakes provide dependable stopping power (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

A chainstay protector saves the paint work from any chain-slap. (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The new Caledonia is certainly an elegant-looking machine (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The Caledonia-5 frame is a step up from the standard Caledonia, with a lighter frame and fork (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

There’s still plenty of tyre clearance, both at the front... (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

... and the back, pictured here with 30c tyres (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Cervelo has released the Caledonia – a new bike that it describe as a modern road bike combining durability, lightweight and aerodynamics.

Inspired by the team-only R3 Mud – a bike ridden by Johan Van Summeren at Paris-Roubaix – the Caledonia is designed as a blend of Cervelo's R5 road bikes and the Aspero gravel bike. The Caledonia fills the gap catering to the all-road and endurance market. Cervelo's goal was to produce a fast road bike that was still versatile and comfortable enough to cover large mileage, rough road surfaces and even a little gravel.

With that in mind, Cervelo has created a bike that has new geometry and handling, clearance for up to 700x34c tyres, aero cable management and integrated accessory mounts, including full proprietary mudguard compatibility.

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Cervelo has manipulated the geometry for the Caledonia, increasing the wheelbase and slackening the head angle to increase stability over the R series bikes on rough surfaces. As this is to be used as Team Sunweb's Roubaix bike, Cervelo didn't want to lose cornering sharpness and have increased the rear centre, lowered the bottom bracket and increased the trail. Cervelo says it has slowed the handling down a little compared to its road bikes, specifically for the demands of Roubaix, reasoning that a comfortable and confident rider will be able to race faster. 

Sticking to what they know, Cervelo has used tube shapes from its current library to construct the Caledonia. Having previous experience working with the attributes of the tubes, Cervelo has been able to add the desired compliance and stiffness based on the characteristics of a tube's shape. 

To create a bike that can be raced on poorly maintained surfaces and pavé, it has to be durable enough to deal with vibrations, torsional stresses and impacts. Different carbon fibres have different properties, so Cervelo has used strong lower-modulus carbon in key areas to protect the stiffer, lighter but more brittle hi-mod fibres. Cervelo has modelled the Caledonia to match the stiffness of the Aspero gravel bike.

Frame weights for the Caledonia-5 are claimed to be a 936g frame and 370g fork. The lower-spec Caledonia, which doesn't feature the integrated cabling or seat clamp, comes in at 1,031g for the frame and 432g for the fork. Cervelo rate both frames as having the same qualities in stiffness.

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Cervelo Caledonia

Cable integration keeps the front end clear of cable clutter (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

A cable-free cockpit makes fitting accessories such as a bar bag full of snacks simple (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Mechanical, electrical and hydraulic cables have all been hidden away, routed internally through an updated version of the S3's interaction, using a D-shaped steerer and split spacers, which have reduced complexity and save 200g. This certainly makes for an extremely clean front end, although there's a limitation when it comes to stem compatibility.

Cervelo is only offering the Caledonia in a single fit profile. However, stack can be adjusted using different headset bearing caps and spacers to offer a range between an aggressive position, mimicking a slammed R3, to a taller stack than the tallest C3.

Mounts are integrated allowing mudguards, lights and computers to be attached without affecting the aerodynamics or structure of your bike.

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Cervelo Caledonia

Shimano Ultegra Di2 levers took care of the shifting and braking on our test bike (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

An Ultegra 52/36 chainring combo helped give our Caledonia a wide range of gears (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

An 11-34T cassette combined with the double chainrings to help with that gear range (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

Our bike’s wheels used DT Swiss DT370 hubs... (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

... paired with 35mm-deep Reserve rims (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The saddle on our Ultegra Di2 test bike was Prologo’s Dimension TiRox (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

The Prologo Dimension TiRox saddle will keep you sitting comfortably for many an hour in the saddle (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

Cervelo supply the carbon handlebar and alloy stem (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)
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Cervelo Caledonia

There are plenty of bottle-cage-mounting options (Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

The pre-release Caledonia-5 Ultegra Di2 model we were lucky enough to get a look at was specced with a Shimano Ultegra Di2 11-speed drivetrain, running a 52/36 crankset and an 11-34 cassette. The wheels came from Santa Cruz, using DT Swiss DT370 hubs, built into carbon Reserve 35mm rims, with a 21mm inner width, which are tubeless-ready. The tyres fitted were Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G in a 30c width. The braking was handled by Shimano's Ultegra line, giving dependable power and modulation. Cervelo took care of the finishing kit, providing a carbon handlebar, alloy stem and carbon seatpost, which was topped with a Prologo Dimension TiRox saddle.

The full Caledonia range will be available from Cervelo dealer partners from today.

Cervelo Caledonia range:

Caledonia-5 Red eTap AXS

  • Wheels: Zipp 303 S, 24h (F), 24h (R), 23mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: VIttoria Corsa Control TLR G2.0 28c
  • Crankset: SRAM Red AXS 48/35 with Power Meter
  • Bottom: Bracket Ceramic Speed Dub
  • Chain: SRAM RED 12 spd
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap AXS 12 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM RED eTap AXS 12 spd
  • Cassette: SRAM Red AXS 12s XG1290 10-33
  • Shifters: SRAM RED eTap AXS HRD 12 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo AB09 Carbon
  • Stem: Cervélo ST31 Carbon
  • Brake Calipers: SRAM Red HRD
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension NACK
  • Seatpost: Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post

Caledonia-5 Dura Ace Di2

  • Wheels ENVE SES 3.4 AR Disc, 24h (F), 24h (R), 25mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: VIttoria Corsa Control TLR G2.0 28c
  • Crankset: Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 52/36 w/ 4iiii Precision Dual Sided Power Meter
  • Bottom Bracket: Ceramic Speed 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG901, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9150, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace CS-R9100, 11 spd, 11-30
  • Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9170, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo AB09 Carbon
  • Stem: Cervélo ST31 Carbon
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano Dura-Ace 9170 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension NACK
  • Seatpost: Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post

Caledonia-5 Force eTap AXS

  • Wheels: Reserve 35mm DT370 XDR, 20h (F), 24h (R), 21mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 30c
  • Crankset: SRAM Force AXS 48/35 with Power Meter
  • Bottom Bracket: SRAM Dub
  • Chain: SRAM Force, 12 spd
  • Front Derailleur: SRAM Force eTap AXS 12 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: SRAM Force eTap AXS 12 spd
  • Cassette: SRAM Force 12s XG1270, 10-36
  • Shifters: SRAM Force eTap AXS HRD 12 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo AB09 Carbon
  • Stem: Cervélo ST32 Alloy
  • Brake Calipers: SRAM Force HRD
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension TiRox
  • Seatpost: Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post

Caledonia-5 Ultegra Di2

  • Wheels: Reserve 35mm DT370, 20h (F), 24h (R), 21mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 30c
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
  • Bottom Bracket: JY-BB 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8050, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8050, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8070, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo AB09 Carbon
  • Stem: Cervélo ST32 Alloy
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano Ultegra 8070 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension TiRox
  • Seatpost: Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post

Caledonia-5 Ultegra

  • Wheels DT Swiss E1800 32 Spline, 24h (F), 24h (R), 20mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: Vittoria Rubino Pro TLR G 30c
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
  • Bottom Bracket: JY-BB 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 8020, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo AB09 Carbon
  • Stem: Cervélo ST32 Alloy
  • Brake: Calipers Shimano Ultegra 8020 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Prologo Dimension STN
  • Seatpost: Cervélo SP18 Carbon D-Post

Caledonia Ultegra Di2

  • Wheels: DT Swiss E1850 23 Spline, 24h (F), 24h (R), 20mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres:Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding G2.0 30c
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
  • Bottom Bracket: JY-BB 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8050, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8050, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra Di2 8070, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo Alloy
  • Stem: Cervélo Alloy
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano Ultegra 8070 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Cervelo Road Saddle
  • Seatpost: Cervélo 27.2 Alloy

Caledonia Ultegra

  • Wheels: DT Swiss E1850 23 Spline, 24h (F), 24h (R), 20mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding G2.0 30c
  • Crankset: Shimano Ultegra 8000 52/36
  • Bottom Bracket: JY-BB 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG701, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 8000, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34
  • Shifters: Shimano Ultegra 8020, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo Alloy
  • Stem: Cervélo Alloy
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano Ultegra 8020 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Cervelo Road Saddle
  • Seatpost: Cervélo 27.2 Alloy

Caledonia 105

  • Wheels: Alex rims Boondocks-5D, 28h (F), 28h (R), 21mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
  • Tyres: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro V Folding G2.0 30c
  • Crankset: Shimano R7000 52/36
  • Bottom Bracket: JY-BB 24
  • Chain: Shimano CN-HG601, 11 spd
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000, 11 spd
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 R7000, 11 spd
  • Cassette: Shimano 105 R7000, 11 spd, 11-34
  • Shifters: Shimano 105 R7020, 11 spd
  • Handlebar: Cervélo Alloy
  • Stem: Cervélo Alloy
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano 105 7020 Hydraulic Disc
  • Saddle: Cervelo Road Saddle
  • Seatpost: Cervélo 27.2 Alloy