Cervelo Áspero 5 GRX

Cervelo Aspero 5 – a Review for 2022!

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Cervelo Aspero 2022 - Value for Money
Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1
8.7
Áspero-5 GRX Di2
8.3
Áspero-5 Red eTap AXS 1
8
Áspero-5 Red XPLR eTap AXS
8.7
PRO
State of the art pro racing bike
CONS
Highly priced
8.4
overall value
fastest gravel bike for female

Cervelo Áspero 5 – a Review for 2022! Specs, weight, tire clearance, models’ comparison

Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1 VS Áspero-5 GRX Di2 VS Áspero-5 Red eTap AXS 1 VS Áspero-5 Red XPLR eTap AXS

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frame materialCarbon Fibre
weight8.41 kg (56 cm frame)
max tire clearance700 x 42mm or 650b x 49mm tyres
tire sizePanaracer Gravel King SK, 700c x 38mm
drivetrain1×11 Shimano GRX 600 42t x 11 – 34t
brakesShimano GRX RX810, hydraulic disc
smallest available size48cm
price$4,000


The beautiful Cervelo Aspero 5 is a homage to Cervelo’s steeped history of making exquisite road bikes, with a slight sprinkle of the adventurous.

The Aspero takes a lot of the features that make their road bike so popular and supercharges it to make it handle off-road riding. 

The handling on the Aspero is similar to that of a road bike, which is perfect if you are used to riding on the tarmac.

The snappy handling is caused by the head tube angle being steeper than you usually find on a gravel bike. This is not always good for a ladies’ gravel bike, especially if you are relatively new to riding on uneven surfaces.

A significant upgrade on their tarmac-only predecessors is the Shimano GRX groupset. It offers incredible confidence and provides silky-smooth changes, even over bumpy services.

It also comes with a clutch on the rear derailleur, an essential gadget for bikes that will be used on uneven surfaces.

The clutch stops the chain from slapping against the frame and causing the chain to slip or, worse yet, damage the paint on the frame (something you want to avoid on a paint job as beautiful as “Purple Sunset”). 

The Cervelo Aspero is the best gravel bike for women that want a road bike that can do so much more. It is not for the faint-hearted as it was crafted with speed in mind, but if you want a hair-raising bikepacking adventure on a beautiful bicycle with a paint job that makes it come alive in the sunshine, then look no further.

Buy the Cervelo Aspero GRX 810 2x for less than $4,000!

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Cervelo Aspero 5
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2022 Cervelo Aspero Models

  • Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1
  • Áspero-5 GRX Di2
  • Áspero-5 Red eTap AXS 1
  • Áspero-5 Red XPLR eTap AXS


2022 Cervelo Aspero 5 Comparison table


Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1Áspero-5 GRX Di2Áspero-5 Red eTap AXS 1Áspero-5 Red XPLR eTap AXS
RRP$6,900$7,400$9,000$9,700
CategoryGravelGravelGravelGravel
FrameCarbonCarbonCarbonCarbon
ForkCarbonCarbonCarbonCarbon
Wheel Size700c700c700c700c
Wheel MaterialCarbonCarbonCarbonCarbon
Brake TypeHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic DiscHydraulic Disc
GroupsetForce eTAPGRX Di2, GRX 800RED eTAPRED XPLR eTAP, RED eTAP
Drivetrain1 × 12 Electronic2 × 11 Electronic1 × 12 Electronic1 × 12 Electronic
Power MeterIntegratedIntegratedIntegrated
Max Speed50 km/h61 km/h50 km/h56 km/h
SeatpostRigidRigidRigidRigid
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Cervelo Aspero Specs


Here the difference amongst the Cervelo Aspera models are really minimal. They all have the same components and accessories, except the JY-BB 24 bottom bracket in the Shimano version (Áspero-5 GRX Di2) and the different saddle on the Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS.

Áspero-5 Force eTap AXS 1Áspero-5 GRX Di2Áspero-5 Red eTap AXS 1Áspero-5 Red XPLR eTap AXS
FrameCarbon fiberCarbon fiberCarbon fiberCarbon fiber
ForkCervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Áspero-5 Fork with Adjustable TrailCervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Áspero-5 Fork with Adjustable TrailCervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Áspero-5 Fork with Adjustable TrailCervélo All-Carbon, Tapered Áspero-5 Fork with Adjustable Trail
Bottom BracketSRAM DubJY-BB 24SRAM DubSRAM Dub
HeadsetFSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2FSA IS2 1-1/4 x 1-1/2
StemCervélo ST32 AlloyCervélo ST32 AlloyCervélo ST32 AlloyCervélo ST32 Alloy
HandlebarCarbon AB09 16deg Flared CarbonCarbon AB09 16deg Flared CarbonCarbon AB09 16deg Flared CarbonCarbon AB09 16deg Flared Carbon
SaddlePrologo Dimension NDR T4.0Prologo Dimension NACKPrologo Dimension NACKPrologo Dimension NACK
SeatpostCervélo SP19 27.2 CarbonCervélo SP19 27.2 CarbonCervélo SP19 27.2 CarbonCervélo SP19 27.2 Carbon


Cervelo Áspero-5 Force Apex

Groupset


Most of the difference between the 2022 models of the Cervelo Aspera stands here, in the drivetrain and brakesets, in other words the groupset.

Cervelo gives the gravel riders an option between Shimano GRX and SRAM eTap, the Apex 1 version is also available but it hasn’t been inclused in this list with the aim to keep it compact and readable.

Rear DerailleurSRAM Force eTap AXS Wide 12 spdShimano GRX 815 Di2, 11 spdSRAM RED eTap AXS Max Wide 12 spdSRAM RED XPLR eTap AXS 12 spd
Front DerailleurShimano GRX 815 Di2, 11 spd
CrankSRAM Force AXS 1 with Power Meter 36TShimano GRX 810 48/31SRAM Red AXS 1 with Power Meter 36TSRAM Red AXS 1 with Power Meter 40T
Power MeterSRAM Force AXS 1 with Power Meter 36TSRAM Red AXS 1 with Power Meter 36TSRAM Red AXS 1 with Power Meter 40T
ShiftersSRAM Force eTap AXS HRD 12 spdShimano GRX RX815 Di2, 11 spdSRAM RED eTap AXS HRD 12 spdSRAM RED eTap AXS HRD 12 spd
CassetteSRAM Force 12s XG1270, 10-36Shimano HG800, 11 spd, 11-34SRAM Force 12s XG1270, 10-36SRAM Force XPLR 12s XG1271, 10-44
ChainSRAM Force, 12 spdShimano CN-HG701, 11 spdSRAM Red, 12 spdSRAM Red, 12 spd
BrakesSRAM Force HRDShimano GRX RX815 Hydraulic DiscSRAM Red HRDSRAM Red HRD
Cervelo Áspero 5 GRX

Wheels


RimsReserve 32mm DT370 XDR, 24h (F), 24h (R), 24mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless ReadyReserve 32mm DT350 XDR, 24h (F), 24h (R), 24mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless ReadyReserve 32mm DT350 XDR, 24h (F), 24h (R), 24mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless ReadyReserve 32mm DT350 XDR, 24h (F), 24h (R), 24mm IW, Center-Lock, Tubeless Ready
TiresPanaracer Gravel King SK Folding 700×38Panaracer Gravel King SK Folding 700×38Panaracer Gravel King SK Folding 700×38Panaracer Gravel King SK Folding 700×38
Disk RotorsSRAM Paceline 160mmShimano SM-RT800, 160mmSRAM CenterLine XR 160mmSRAM CenterLine XR 160mm


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