The Cervélo S5 is one of the fastest bikes in the pro peloton. The new design made its Tour de France debut in 2015 under the MTN-Qhuebeka Presented by Samsung Professional Cycling Team out of South Africa. Qhuebeka is not your typical pro team, nor is the S5 your typical pro bike. Cervélo has created this Limited Edition model to celebrate the team’s entry in the Tour, and to get bicycles to people in need in South Africa.
First, the bike. It’s the Team Edition spec, set up the way the squad is riding it at the Tour. To mark the occasion, Cervélo’s senior graphic designer Tom Griggs designed a special paint scheme. The chrome base paint is so everyone can see themselves in the team and foundation. The yellow on chrome pattern evokes the shimmering heat that accompanies the sunrise. The bottom of the downtube features the colors of the South African flag. The top of the top tube features the words “move forward,” one of the three English translations of “qhuebeka,” a Nguni word. The paint itself is applied via a process pioneered for F1 racing cars.
The team spec is something you can’t find anywhere else. The derailleurs and shifters are Dura-Ace Di2 powered by an internal battery. The brakes are Dura-Ace 9000. The cranks are Rotor’s 3D+ arms, which are the lightest, stiffest cranks around, built out of milled and machined aluminum. Thanks to the hollow arms, Rotor puts strain gauges in each one so you have a two-arm power meter. Rings are 52/36 and mated to an 11-25 eleven-speed Dura-Ace cassette for a wide-range of gears that are still tightly spaced. A KMC K11SL Ti’ chain drives the rear wheel.
Wheels are ENVE’s SES 4.5 clinchers. ENVE worked with Simon Smart to figure out wheel aerodynamics. They found that by pairing a 48mm deep and 27mm wide front wheel with a 56mm deep and 25.5mm wide rear, you get a super combination of aerodynamics, stability, and strength. The wheels have DT Swiss 240 hubs. While the team races the tubular version, the 4.5 is their go-to set and is equally at home in the flats and the mountains.
Everything is bolted to Cervélo’s new S5 frameset. Cervélo engineers like to point out that the wind is always on, and as such, your gear should be as aero as practical. The S5 balances the road racing geometry of Cervélo’s R series with the aerodynamics of the P series while keeping the bike stiff, comfortable, and light.
This is the bike Daniel Teklehaimanot piloted to victory in the King of the Mountains competition at the Dauphine Libere as well as the bike he took the KoM jersey with at the Tour. It’s also the bike that team riders raced over the cobbles of northern France and mixed with the best sprinters in the world during the bunch sprints. It is not only aero, but versatile.
This is a two-for-one deal. You buy this bike, and Cervélo will give away a Buffalo Bike to a South African student in need as part of the Qhuebeka Foundation’s #BicyclesChangeLives campaign, an effort to get 5,000 bicycles to kids as a tool of mobility, empowerment, and potentially employment.
Only 200 are available. With this Limited Edition Cervélo S5 Tour de France MTN-Qhuebeka Team Bicycle, you’re getting a great aero road frame, superb professional team build, a striking, metaphorically-rich paint job, and giving a bike to someone in need. A rare and winning combination.