Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka is a World Tour cycling team based in South Africa. The team’s name for 2017 reflects that while it is sponsored by Dimension Data Holdings, it is organized by the World Bicycle Relief’s charity program in South Africa. For 2013 – 2015, the team was registered as a UCI Professional Continental team, and enjoyed considerable success during that time with a classics win and appearance as the first African-registered team in the Tour de France. Their 2015 Tour de France campaign saw a stage win from Steve Cummings, while Daniel Teklehaimanot made history as the first Eritrean and first African to wear the race’s polka-dot mountain points jersey.
Cervelo have supplied bikes to the team since 2015, and many of the riders at the 2017 Tour Down Under chose the aero S5. This particular S5 is assigned to none other than Mark Renshaw, one of the best leadout men in the World Tour peloton. Typically leading out Mark Cavendish, Mark had free reign at the 2017 Tour Down Under, although his best result at that race was 6th in the People’s Choice Classic, a primer event before the Tour Down Under begins proper. Click on through to see more of Mark Renshaw’s Cervelo S5.
“The new S5 has revolutionized the aero road segment – again. It combines many incremental improvements across the frame to deliver one huge improvement to you: more speed” says Cervelo. For 2017, the S5 remains unchanged, barring changes to the team’s bike livery.
Mark chooses the ENVE SES 7.8 carbon fiber wheelset, which features a 71mm deep front wheel, and a 80mm deep rear wheel. Most other team riders were using the team’s shallower SES 4.5 wheelset.
Continental supplies the pro-only Competition PRO LTD tubular tire.
ENVE valve extender and a link to the company’s patents.
Mark prefers a 54cm Cervelo S5 frame.
He also rides a relatively narrow bar, ENVEs Road Compact in 40cm, although the bars flare out to 42cm center to center at the drops. Lizard Skins DSP tape in the company’s black camo finish complete the handlebars. Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 parts are fitted throughout the bike.
ENVE also supply their Road Carbon stem to the team, which in Mark’s case, measures 130mm, 6-degrees. Note the Ceramic Speed headset bearings.
For mechanical drivetrain systems, cables would ordinarily enter behind the headtube at the port located above the Cervelo E.
Ceramic Speed bearings in the bottom bracket too,
BB Right standard for the Cervelo S5. “Cervelo developed BBright to take advantage of the fact that oversized frame tubes are stiffer and lighter. On the right side, frame tubes are already as wide as possible; any wider and they’d hit the chainrings. But on the left side there are no chainrings, so BBright makes use of this extra space by extending the BB shell by 11 millimeters, nearly doubling the width of the left chainstay.”
Team Dimension Data utilize a hybrid drivetrain. Rotor is the official drivetrain sponsor for the team, but the team is expected to continue using Dura-Ace Di2 shifters and derailleurs while Rotor’s Uno hydraulic drivetrain continues to be developed.
Rotor’s 2INPower crankset in 172.5mm measures all of Mark’s power input – note the 54 / 39 chainrings.
Rotor make plenty of chainring sizes which utilize the 110BCD standard.
Speedplay supply the team’s lime green Zero pedals, making Dimension Data the only men’s World Tour team sponsored by the company.
A Rotor chain keeper prevents the chain from falling off the inner chainring.
It remains to be seen if the team will remain on 9070 series Dura-Ace Di2 for the 2017 season, or upgrade to the new R9150 system, now being delivered to teams. KMC supply chains to the team.
Shimano’s venerable Dura-Ace 9000 series brake calipers bring Renshaw’s S5 to a halt.
The rear brake cable is neatly routed inside the top tube, and makes a clean exit towards the rear brake.
The Cervelo S5 looks fast from all viewing angles.
Cervelo S5 carbon seatpost has a unique design and plenty of options for adjustment.
Mark prefers the Fizik Aliante R1 saddle.
Bottle cage are the popular Tacx Deva.
Article and photos by Gravel Cyclist. Jayson O’Mahoney is the Gravel Cyclist: A website about the Gravel Cycling Experience.