First Look at Cervelo's Gravel Bike for 2020
Breaking free from the confines of the road and embracing the ever changing paths nature has on offer is something every cyclist should experience. As the popularity of gravel riding continues to grow by the day, so too does the selection of gravel specific bikes on the market; win win.
While many manufacturers are already on the third of fourth iteration of their gravel models, Cervelo held back, patiently honing their design, ready to enter the game with a bang. With its sharp lines, bold colours and killer specifications, the Aspero is everything a gravel bike should be, and more.
Who's The Cervelo Aspero For?
Once you get past that show-stopping paintwork, you can really begin to appreciate the finer details of the Aspero. From the generous tyre clearances, to the additional bottle cage mounts, every inch of the design has been honed towards off-road efficiency.
Utilising everything learnt from years of creating World Tour winning race bikes, this is very much a performance focussed machine. Light, nimble and stiff, the Aspero represents a new wave of gravel riding. If testing the limits of grip on flowing singletrack has greater appeal than lugging bikepacking gear mile after mile along fire roads, this could well be the bike for you.
Tyre and Wheel Compatibility
Race bike stiffness and aerodynamic tubing ensure exceptional power transfer, allowing you to accelerate and maintain speed across varied terrain with ease. Don’t for one moment think Cervelo have just beefed up their C range though.
The tyre clearance is perfect for both 49mm 650B and 42mm 700C tyres, while the intuitive Trail Mixer Fork allows you to adjust the offset to compensate for different wheel sizes, promoting stability at speed. Designed around 62mm of trail, Cervelo’s fork can shift the wheel 5mm forward or backward, maintaining optimum geometry regardless of your wheel preference.
Cervelo Aspero Geometry
Hailing from the world of mountain biking, a longer top tube helps to dial in your centre of gravity on steep descents, while the dropped chainstays further aid tyre clearance. Interestingly, the chainstay length comes in at just 420mm, similar to that of Cervelo’s performance road bikes. Compared to the longer wheelbase found on many of its competitors, this short rear end promotes the fast, sharp ride the Aspero is already renowned for.
So, to summarise, if you’re looking to venture beyond the tarmac but don’t want to leave those watts behind, look no further. Available in a variety of specifications and two colour options, there is a model to suit every style and budget. Expand your horizons and your next ride the best yet with an Aspero.