The Soloist is perhaps Cervélo's most famous bike. In the early 2000s, it was the weapon of choice for top World Tour contenders on CSC and the Cervélo Test Team. And now it’s time for a new generation to get acquainted. Far from being pros-only, the new Soloist has been designed for the week-in, week-out amateur racer. It balances light weight and aerodynamic performance to deliver a bike that really is 'just right'. Soloist comes in a hair lighter than S5, but significantly more aerodynamic than R5. That's the kind of tradeoff we can get behind.
S5 might be out there collecting Tour de France Points jerseys, and R5 going first across the line in the Alps, but most of us don’t have a service course, team mechanics, and support car at our beck and call. Without these luxuries, most modern road racers need a bike that’s light AND aero. That’s easy to work on and easy to travel with. That can accommodate mechanical and electronic shifting, stand up to a power-washing at the local car wash, and be passed around between team members throughout the course of the season.
We took the handling geometry for the Soloist directly from R5.
The R5 is beloved by pros and amateurs alike for its poise, stability, and precision when that killer climb turns into an even more killer descent. Soloist benefits from a couple decades of refinement, and comes out of the gate feeling just right.
|Fork||Cervelo All-Carbon, Tapered Soloist Fork|
|Headset||FSA 2 1-1/8 x 1-3/8|
|Rims/Wheels||Alex Boondocks 5, 21mm IW, Tubeless compatible|
|Tires||Vittoria Rubino Pro V. 2.0 700x28c|
|Crankset||Shimano FC-RS510, 52, 50/34T, 12 Speed|
|Bottom Bracket||JY BBright T47, for 24mm spindle|
|Chain||Shimano M7100, 12 speed|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano 105, R7000, 12 speed|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano 105, R7000, 12 speed|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano 11-34, 12 Speed|
|Shifters||Shimano 105, R7000, 12 speed|
|Handlebars||Cervélo Alloy, 31.8mm clamp|
|Stem||Cervélo ST36 Alloy|
|Saddle||Selle Italia Model X SuperFlow FeC|
|Seat Post||Cervélo SP27 Carbon|
|Accessories & Extras||Cervélo Faceplate Front Computer/Accessory Mount, Cervelo Rear Accessory Mount|
* Subject to change without notice.
Soloist | The Everyday Breakaway Bike
The Soloist. It’s a name from deep in our history, but immediately familiar to anyone with bike racing memories extending back to the early-2000s. It was the weapon of choice for top World Tour contenders on CSC and the Cervelo Test Team, and we’re bringing it back for a new generation. The new Soloist is designed for the week-in, week-out rider and racer who can only justify one high-performance bike. It balances light weight and aerodynamic advantages to deliver a bike that really is 'just right'. Soloist comes in a hair lighter than S5, but significantly more aerodynamic than R5, and borrows the threaded bottom bracket standard you find on the R5-CX. It’s a race bike that can accommodate mechanical and electronic shifting, can hammer out the training miles in all weather, and yet still has the chops to leap off the front at that decisive moment. That’s the Soloist.
ALL NEW Cervelo Soloist + Interview
Ian sits down with Maria Benson from Cervelo to chat about the newly released Soloist
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