Cervélo has unveiled a new range of road bikes under the moniker called Caledonia, offering slightly relaxed geometry and increased tire clearance in order to tackle a variety of riding conditions.
“Pushing away traditional boundaries and genres, Caledonia is a race-bred bike that extends versatility and inspires confidence. We have applied knowledge gained from our extensive library of tube shapes to create a race bike that excels on variable road surfaces, striking a balance between durability, light weight and aerodynamics. Stiffness has been tuned to match that of [our] Aspero [gravel bike], while tube shapes have been placed in a layout that achieves the desired compliance to counter the frame deflection experienced by this rider. Geometry has been designed to slow down the handling informed by a specific use case, Paris-Roubaix, making the rider more comfortable, more confident and faster. Versatility extends to clearance for up to 700 x 34mm tires, and a full proprietary mudguard compatibility,” says Cervélo.
The Caledonia is offered in two versions, the Caledonia and the Caledonia-5, which are both made of carbon fiber, have the same geometry and are disc brake-specific.
However, the Caledonia-5 features a lighter frame and offers complete internal cable/hose routing for models with electronic shifting, whereas the Caledonia exposes cabling/hosing between the handlebar, frame and fork.
“We continue to refine our internal cable routing solution; this has been an evolution of the S3, and is the latest step in our pursuit of integrated refinement across all fit ranges,” says Cervélo.
“Having a clean and refined cockpit that is difficult to use or maintain is no solution at all, [so] split spacers carried forward from S3 allow you to adjust stack without re-cabling,” the brand adds.
According to Cervélo, frame weights for the Caledonia-5 are 936g for the frame and 370g fork, while the lower-spec Caledonia tips the scales at 1,031g and 432g respectively. Interestingly, both frames possess the same level of stiffness.
Additionally, the Caledonia-5 has what Cervelo calls a “forehead” and “chin” at the top and bottom of the headtube, allowing the headset bearing cover to be swapped between 7mm and 22mm – effectively changing the stack height.
For instance, the maximum stack on top of the headtube is 62mm, namely using the 22mm cover and 40mm of interlocking spacers.
Another feature that highlights the Caledonia-5, is the same downtube cable entry port found on Cervélo’s R3 road bike, while a junction box sits in the same space to accommodate Di2 electronic shifting.
The Caledonia-5 also gets the same D-shaped seatpost and integrated clamp as Cervélo’s R5 road bike, while the Caledonia sticks with a traditional round seatpost and external collar.
Both models are equipped with a dual faceplate mount for the front of the stem, which allows for the use of computers (inserts for Garmin and Wahoo computers are provided) cameras and other accessories, along with an accessory mount that’s integrated into the saddle clamp that can be turned around and tucked underneath the saddle when not in use.
Lastly, both the Caledonia and the Caledonia-5 are equipped with 12mm thru axles front and rear, as well as a front derailleur mount that’s removable when running a 1x drivetrain. Moreover, both models feature two sets of bottle cage mounts, while only the Caledonia comes with a bento box mount on the top tube.
The two bikes also have alloy dropout mudguard mounts, a plastic seatstay bridge and low-profile mount points at the back of the fork crown and behind the bottom bracket.
There are five bike models and a frameset option for the Caledonia-5, while the lower cost Caledonia sees three models offered.
The top three models of the Caledonia-5 are equipped with powermeters, with Quarq units supplied with the SRAM bikes, and 4iiii on the Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 model. Two of the Caledonia-5 bikes feature carbon wheels from the newly announced Reserve road line.
Here’s a more detailed breakdown of the different variants of the Caledonia-5 and Caledonia that Cervélo is offering.
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