In the latest instalment of our BikeRadar podcast, we meet with Cervélo’s director of product Maria Benson to talk all things Cervélo, from the bold new Áspero 5 to the award-winning Caledonia 5 and what’s next for the legendary brand’s race bikes
You can read some of the highlights from our interview below or listen to the full Q&A here or by downloading the BikeRadar Podcast to your chosen device on iTunes . Alternatively, it can be streamed via Spotify and all the other usual podcast services.
With the original Áspero and the new Áspero-5 , Cervélo has concentrated on making a decidedly race-orientated bike. Does Cervélo see gravel as a fast sport and different from the adventure, touring and bikepacking scene?
“We specifically targeted events that have a competitive nature to them, the most notorious being Unbound Gravel (formerly known as Dirty Kanza). At the time that we came up with the idea of Áspero, that race was still being won on cyclocross (CX) bikes. It seems that there was, and still is, a big appetite for gravel bikes that make riding over rough terrain ‘easier’ and had the ability to carry things on the bike, rather than in your jersey pocket.
“However, this typically results in a bike that handles slower due to slacker HTAs [head-tube angles] and longer trail. Couple that with big tyres, and you’ve got yourself a Cadillac. This is, of course, great if you’re bikepacking or touring.
“We found that when things got spunky, it was […]