Cross is coming! And Cervélo R5-CX framesets are ready for your cyclocross builds

Last winter when Cervélo debuted their dedicated R5-CX cross bike under Marianne Vos and Wout van Aert, it looked like you pretty much could only get one if you had won a few CX World Championships. But now, much like once-again World Champion Vos, you can now build up your own R5-CX frameset to be ready for the impending race season… #crossiscoming!

Cervélo R5-CX cyclocross race bike

Marianne Vos CX bike

photo by Alex Hays

Side note away from Cervélo for a second and back to that Jumbo-Visma team… Seriously, can we just take a moment to appreciate the 11 World & 12 National Championships between that pair. That’s a pretty solid line-up for a CX team that has effectively two athletes racing. 35-year-old Vos is an 8x CX World Champ, not to mention 3x Road World Champ, 2x Track World Champion & 2 Olympic Gold medals. And 27-year-old van Aert is no slouch with 3 CX Worlds and 5 Spring Classics wins on the road.

Marianne Vos CX bike in the stand

But yeah, Vos won her record-breaking 8th Cyclo-Cross World Championships on this bike last February – where we got an up-close look at her race build. And while she’ll move on to a custom-painted bike with plenty of well-deserved rainbows, there are two sparkly colors of R5-CX frameset you can buy and build now…

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, camo purple

photos c. Cervelo

…plus a coming soon limited-edition Moon Drop Camo.

Tech details

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike

For a quick refresher, the Cervelo R5-CX is a cyclo-cross race-adapted R5 with handling & tire clearance tuned for cross – specifically 11mm higher bottom bracket and design for 33mm cross tires with 10mm clearance in all directions. Interestingly, the real clearance is just 1mm less than the gravel Áspero – while the gravel bike is rated at a 700x46mm tire, plus 4mm clear in all directions.

It’s a fully-integrated lightweight carbon race bike with a frame weight claim of 850g, and a 360g fork. It is designed to work only with electronic drivetrains, but is 1x or 2x compatible.

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, Moon Drop Camo frameset

The R5-CX also gets a threaded T47 bottom bracket for easier servicing. (It’s actually BBRight T47 which is kind of a new standard, but just means an inboard non-driveside T47 cup threaded into the BB on the left and an outboard driveside T47 cup threaded into the BB on the right. So just a mix & match to fit.)

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, frameset D-shaped seatpost

And it gets a proprietary D-shaped carbon seatpost that was chosen so your saddle will NOT rotate in a crash. And it’s held in place with a conventional external seatpost clamp, plus a second clamp directly on the post to prevent slipping even after repeated flying remounts.

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, frameset seatpost clamps

R5-CX race-proven geometry

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, Marianne Vos & Wout van Aert

c. Cervelo

The cross racing geometry was first developed specifically for 168cm-tall Marianne Vos (51cm) and 190cm-tall Wout van Aert (58cm). And then Cervelo filled in two sizes in between to fit a wider range of riders (54 &56cm).

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike geometry

It gets 15mm longer stays, an 11mm higher BB, and with it lower Stack height than the road-going R5… but just a 0.5-1° slacker headtube and the same frame Reach for a familiar racy feel.

Cervelo R5-CX – Pricing, availability & options

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, frameset colors

The Cervelo R5-CX is available as a frameset within the next couple of weeks from your local retailer for $5500 / 4700€ including the frame, fork, seatpost, headset, and 2-piece but integrated carbon stem & carbon handlebar. Get it in Frost white or Five black now, but unfortunately, it seems that the purple Moon Drop Camo won’t be available until after this cross season is already over.

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, complete bikes soon

As for complete bikes, there will be a $9000 /9700€ Force eTap AXS build and a $13,000€ Red eTap AXS build, both with power meters included and Reserve 44 tubeless carbon wheels. But those might wait until spring 2023, as well.

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, black frameset available now

In the meantime, snatch up some black & white framesets and build your own cyclocross superbike in time for the race season to start very soon…

Cervelo R5-CX World Champion carbon cyclocross race bike, Marianne Vos remount

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Chris
Chris
1 month ago

“It’s actually BBRight T47 which is kind of a new standard”

Bgfd
Bgfd
1 month ago

A D-shaped seat post so the saddle won’t rotate when you crash. I’d rather have the saddle rotate than damage the frame or seat post.

Greg
Greg
1 month ago
Reply to  Bgfd

How about it doesn’t rotate and it doesn’t damage the frame or seatpost?

Cyclingfan
Cyclingfan
1 month ago

$5,500 for a what is a basic modern day frameset makes for a veerrryyy affordable race/pit bike setup for your local grass roots CX racing (with beer payouts)..

Andrew
Andrew
1 month ago

Its cool that its available…..just kindof silly when there are literally a dozen other comparable framesets at a fraction of the cost…. you Reeeeeally have to want to ride a Cervelo or ‘Wout’s/Marianne’s Bike’ to spend your $$ on this one. I suppose its similar to the Pinarello Crossista in that aspect.

Dinger
Dinger
1 month ago
Reply to  Andrew

“You must be this tall to ride”. Largest size in this is a size or two too small for me, not that I’d ever race on a frame set that costs $5,500 in the dirt/mud..