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New Cervelo R5 bike spotted at the Dubai Tour – Gallery

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The new Cervelo R5 is ready to be used at the Dubai Tour

The new Cervelo R5 is ready to be used at the Dubai Tour
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The new Cervelo R5 on the Dimension Data team car

The new Cervelo R5 on the Dimension Data team car
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The head tube

The head tube
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The huge bottom bracket area

The huge bottom bracket area
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Dimension Data use Ceramic speed bearing in the bottom bracket

Dimension Data use Ceramic speed bearing in the bottom bracket
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The rear triangle

The rear triangle
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A look down the almost straight forks

A look down the almost straight forks
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Dimension Data also work with Enve for their bars and wheels

Dimension Data also work with Enve for their bars and wheels
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Another shot of the forks

Another shot of the forks
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Close up with the seat clamp area

Close up with the seat clamp area
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The rear drop outs

The rear drop outs
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 The black and white camouflage covering is designed to hide some features and tube shapes

The black and white camouflage covering is designed to hide some features and tube shapes
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The area shapes of the frame are visible despite the camo covering

The area shapes of the frame are visible despite the camo covering
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The new seat clamp design on Bernhard Eisel’s bike

The new seat clamp design on Bernhard Eisel’s bike
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The thin seat stays

The thin seat stays
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The down tube has a clear Kamm tail profile

The down tube has a clear Kamm tail profile
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A spy shot of the new Cervelo R5

A spy shot of the new Cervelo R5
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You can see the curve tube at the seat clamp area on Jay Thompson’s R5

You can see the curve tube at the seat clamp area on Jay Thompson’s R5
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The head tube and fork is also beefy

The head tube and fork is also beefy
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The seat clamp area. Is that a decoupler device?

The seat clamp area. Is that a decoupler device?
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Another view of the seat clamp area

Another view of the seat clamp area
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A view of the bottom bracket area from below the frame

A view of the bottom bracket area from below the frame
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A new and significantly redesigned Cervelo R5 bike has been spotted at the Dubai Tour, with Dimension Data riders Jay Thompson and Bernhard Eisel possibly set to use the bike on Friday’s key stage to the uphill finish on Hatta Dam.

The two new bikes were seen at the Dimension Data team hut in the start village of the Dubai Tour, and Cyclingnews saw them on the team car during stage 2 as spare bikes. The Dimension Data riders and staff were not allowed to reveal any details about the new bike, with a formal presentation likely during the Giro d’Italia in May. The two bikes are likely to be final test models and a way for Cervelo to offer a teaser of the new R5 before an expected formal presentation during the Giro d’Italia in May.

 

Mark Cavendish and most of the Dimension Data riders use the aerodynamic S5 in races, but the R5 is lighter and so ideal for hilly races and mountain stages in Grand Tours.

The two bikes are covered in camouflage wrap to help hide some of the new tube shapes and characteristics of the frame. It is the same camouflage wrap that carmakers use to hide new models when they test out on the road. The new Cervelo R5 was quietly published on the UCI approved models list on January 6. The new bike is listed as ‘R5 rim brake version’ with an FK56 fork. There is no information concerning a disc brake model, but Cervelo says the frame will be made in six different sizes from 48cm to 61cm.

The current R5 was revealed in the summer of 2012, and so the climbing bike was due for a major update. Cyclingnews managed to capture a series of photos that reveal some of the technical details of the bike.

The new R5 clearly has differently designed frame tubes that are oversized and aerodynamic. The down tube appears to be bigger than ever, with a more pronounced curved front profile and an aerodynamic flat Kamm Tail rear profile. The frame again has pencil-thin seat stays but beefy chain stays to provide comfort and transmit the power to the back wheel.

What stands out on the new R5 is the new seat clamp area. Instead of a traditional seatpost collar, the new R5 has the seat post clamp integrated into the seatstay yoke, which flows smoothly around the seat tube and seat post into the top tube. While at first blush the frameset looks similar to Trek's Domane in this area, it appears that the R5 has a rigid connection, not the flexing IsoSpeed Decoupler design that Trek offers.

Upfront the electronic gear cables in these models pass through the Enve stem but there is also an entry port on the top tube head the headset for the bigger mechanical cables.

The specific nature of this ‘R5 rim brake version' name suggests there is also a disc brake version of the same bike soon to be announced. It is possible that a disc brake version will be announced later, perhaps in time for the May presentation.

Click or swipe through the gallery to see the new Cervelo R5 frame.