Welcome to the era of speed
A new kind of driver is emerging - one that loves freedom and exploration, on which the Gravel culture was founded, but which feels the hunger to drive wild, to let off steam and not only to explore geography but also personal boundaries. This border requires a new kind of gravel machine, not designed to roam the trails, but to kill them.
For these athletes, Cervélo have developed a machine designed for pure, uncompromising speed, ready to bring down finish lines, COM rankings, PRs and FKTs. A single bike that first generates top speed and then secondly controls that speed over the changing conditions that Gravel athletes must conquer. A machine built without limits, for the cyclists who are ready to test it.
Unpredictable conditions. Predictable control.
Different outer rolling diameters of different wheel and tyre combinations affect the handling geometry of the frame. If the tyre size is changed without taking into account the effects on the trail, there will be wild swings in handling - faster or slower - which is problematic for high-speed control.
Pull a leash, no ballast - road race inspired. Gravel race refined.
It's time to shift the paradigm of Gravel bike design from slow pulling of loads to fast training of athletes. The Áspero frame utilizes the extensive knowledge from road racing and is designed with WorldTour stiffness for greater pedal power transmission, using less and lighter material to support the climbs and acceleration, while maximizing speed with aerodynamic shapes critical to speed efficiency.
The bike can be adapted to different wheel/tyre combinations to maximise control. Cervélo have designed the bike to fit most 700x42 or 650x49 tire/wheel combinations. Of course, there are variables - rim width, tyre shell/profile depth - that affect the ultimate tyre clearance. Cervélo always recommends a 4 mm clearance all around, no matter which tyre/wheel combination is installed on the bike.
"Trail" - the reaction of the front wheel to the driver's input - is the critical factor in high-speed handling. The ability to adjust the trail with the two-position Trail Mixer to balance the extreme range of tyres ensures a consistent riding experience.