Cervelo Caledonia-5 long-term review

Six months into this long term test, it seems the Cervelo Caledonia-5 really could be the one bike to do it all

Cervelo Caledonia-5
(Image: © Josh Croxton)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Early hiccups soon faded into non-existence as the Cervelo Caledonia-5 becomes my go-to bike of choice in all weather


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    Stable handling

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    Integrated power meter

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    Holds flat-land speed appreciably well

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    Comfortable ride over all terrain


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    Slightly overweight

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    Not 100 per cent home-mechanic friendly

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Over recent years, when buying a road bike a consumer was typically given a choice. Lightweight, aero or endurance - and more recently gravel? This was great, assuming you only ever did a very specific type of riding or had the budget for four bikes. For the rest of us, this led to compromise. 

Luckily, as technologies improve, many of these compromises are fading. No longer do you need to replace lightweight with aero, no longer does stiff have to equal incredibly uncomfortable, and no longer does a race bike mean a slammed front end and a bad back. Cyclists of today can very much have their cake and eat it - even despite the absence of mid-ride café stops due to COVID. 

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Cervelo Caledonia-5 Geometry
Seat Tube Angle74.5 degrees74 degrees73.5 degrees73 degrees73 degrees73 degrees
Top Tube Length502mm522mm543mm565mm581mm598mm
Wheel Size700C700C700C700C700C700C
Head Tube Angle70.5 degrees71.5 degrees72 degrees72 degrees72 degrees72 degrees
Fork Offset59mm53mm50mm50mm50mm50mm
Head Tube Length89.5mm109.9mm136mm162.3mm191.2mm217.5mm
Bottom Bracket Drop76.5mm76.5mm74mm74mm71.5mm71.5mm
Front Centre579.4mm581.7mm591.5mm608.5mm626mm643mm
Standover Height712mm752mm784mm807mm834mm857mm
Chainstay Length415mm415mm415mm415mm415mm415mm

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.