Cervelo is typically a name that we associate with ultra light or exceptionally fast bikes with skinny tires. And while the C-Series attempted to expand their horizons a bit with clearance for up to 32mm tires, Cervelo still lacked a true “gravel” bike in their line up that was capable of running even bigger tires. Enter the new Áspero – a gravel bike meant to “haul ass, not cargo.”
In spite of the big tires, the Áspero seems to still be uniquely Cervelo. The bike is unabashedly aimed towards pure speed over any terrain, rather than trying to offer a multi-purpose gravel/bikepacking rig. That means that while the Áspero is capable of running the biggest tires for a Cervelo yet, it’s still limited to 700c x 42 or 650b x 49mm tires with 4mm of clearance. Each complete bike ships with Donnely X’Plor MSO 700c x 40mm tubeless tires.
To allow for proper handling of both wheel sizes, the forks feature a two position “Trail Mixer” to adjust the trail to best suit different tire sizes.
Compatible with 1x or 2x drivetrains, the full carbon frame runs flat mount disc brakes, a 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ tapered fork, BBright bottom bracket, and 12 mm thru axles front and rear. As it’s meant for speed and not gear, you’ll only find standard water bottle mounts with two inside the front triangle, and it looks like a third can be mounted to the bottom of the downtube.
Four complete builds are available starting with the Apex 1 Disc at $2,800, then the Ultegra RX Disc at $4,000, the GRX Disc also at $4,000, and then the Force Etap AXS 1 Disc at $6,000. Framesets will also be available starting at $2,500.