Primož Roglič raced to 13th place at Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2021 on a yet-to-be-released Cervélo road bike . From its appearance, the bike is part of the R Series lineup, but keen eyes spotted a few subtle differences between the current R Series bikes and the bike that Roglič was racing.
Cervélo’s sports marketing director Richard Keeskamp told VeloNews that the bike is in the final phase of pre-production. The bike is so new that it does not yet have a model designation; it’s currently called the FM-140.
“It’s a bike that is in the last phase of engineering. And we will bring it to the market in the coming 12 months — hopefully as soon as possible,” said Keeskamp.
Why is the official launch of the new Cervélo road bike so far in the future, without an exact date? Parts availability. Bike manufacturers — and thus pro cycling teams — are suffering the same problems that many consumers face: Components are unavailable from the major parts manufacturers. Both new and existing lines of parts are in short supply, which is a holdup for everyone from Vuelta a España winners through weekend gravel racers.
“There are new groups coming from Shimano at some point this year but, exactly when is a difficult issue,” said Keeskamp. “[The bike] is ready and can go into production. The components situation makes it difficult to say exactly when we will launch it. So that’s the bottleneck, actually.” Primož Roglič raced on the new Cervélo at the 2021 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. […]