Wout van Aert's Tour de France speed machine - introducing the new refined Cervelo S5

a black detail shot of the headtube of the new cervelo S5
(Image credit: Cervelo)

While the new Madone and poorly disguised Bolide took all the pre-tour attention, Cervelo snuck out the new S5 into the wild under all our noses without anyone noticing. Hiding in plain sight, ridden to stage and overall victory, the new S5 is now finally released.

The current crop of best aero bikes take as much design inspiration from their TT cousins as they do from what we’d think of as a ‘standard’ road bike. Perhaps more so than any other model, the Cervelo S5 is the most TT of the lot, with its drastic rear wheel slot in the seattube, split-stem that’s reminiscent of TT aero extension supports, and a hinged headtube arrangement too. 

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Will Jones
Senior Tech Writer

Will joined the Cyclingnews team as a reviews writer in 2022, having previously written for Cyclist, BikeRadar and Advntr. He’s tried his hand at most cycling disciplines, from the standard mix of road, gravel, and mountain bike, to the more unusual like bike polo and tracklocross. He’s made his own bike frames, covered tech news from the biggest races on the planet, and published countless premium galleries thanks to his excellent photographic eye. Also, given he doesn’t ever ride indoors he’s become a real expert on foul-weather riding gear. His collection of bikes is a real smorgasbord, with everything from vintage-style steel tourers through to superlight flat bar hill climb machines.