CERVELO

SOLOIST

FAST ON ANY ROAD.

You can probably guess by the name Soloist that it's the one bike designed to do it all. When the original Cervelo Soloist was released in the early 2000s, it was one of the first bikes to feature aerodynamic tubes that had started to grow in popularity from the Triathlon work, but mixed into a road race frame for everyday racing.

The new 2023 Cervelo soloist is lighter than Cervelo's ultra-aerodynamic S5 and substantially more aerodynamic than the featherweight R5. It splits the difference to give you a bike that can do everything.

We've all seen when a bike is designed to do everything, it often does nothing well. The Soloist borrows from its already successful siblings, the R5 and S5, and innovates when needed. Cervelo has created a bike that shares the same handling characteristics, but in a package that offers a broader range of ideal terrain and riding conditions. In other words, if you can only pick one bike, this is the place to start.

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WHO IS IT FOR?

Maybe you don't pin a number on every weekend and head to the races, but when you do, you want to be ready for any course you might come across. A ripping fast city center crit race, a rolling road race, or a 1-day classic that features pavement so bad it's funny to even consider the road's paved - you want a bike that can handle it all.

You're looking for a bike that can race on the weekends and still log all your training miles without a worry. You want a bike that is robust and can take the day-to-day use without turning into a rattle-trap that drives you and anybody riding near you crazy.

Ride quality matters too. Maybe you live where you curse the road commissioner for letting your roads turn to dust, or perhaps you like the idea of hopping on a dirt road or trail to help make completely new rides. You want a bike with a comfortable ride and the ability to run the tires you want (just don't call it a gravel bike).


Looking more aluminum? Check out the Cannondale CAAD13
Looking for another all-round option? Check out the Giant TCR Advanced

KEY FEATURES

  • Style: Road / Road race
  • Price Range: $3,400 - $6,800 (Complete) / $2,700 (Frameset)
  • Frame Material: Carbon Fiber
  • Frame / Fork Weight: 919g Frame / 374g Fork
  • Complete Weight: 18lbs
  • Size Range: 48cm - 61cm
  • Tire Clearance: 34mm
  • Colors: Embers (Black), Alpeng Glow (White), and Gold Dust (Gold)

WHAT WE LOVE.

A bike meant to do it all, the Soloist is the perfect ride for anybody looking to go to the races or just beat up on your buddies on a weekend ride. Read below for some of the features we really like in the new package.

Simplicity

Simplicity at the cost of performance is always a bummer, but Cervelo has thoughtfully looked into solutions that provide a high-performance level without reducing the package's performance or quality. The clever, integrated front end maintains its adjustability without requiring a host of proprietary parts.

Tires Clearance

Modern road bikes that can choose virtually any tire size are the way of the future. Cervelo has somehow packed the ability to run up to a 34mm tire into a frame that is both lightweight and aerodynamic. While this isn't unique to the Soloist (both the R5 and S5 can fit 34mm tires, too) it is one of the easiest ways to tune the bike to your ride style.

Affordable

We'll say it. It was hard to swallow that the R5 and S5 start at $9,000 and only include builds for SRAM Force or Shimano Ultegra and above. However, the Soloist offers complete models starting at $3,400 that still include the cleverly integrated stem and cable routing matched with all the frame features.

FULL FEATURED.

The Soloist can do it all. It was designed to split the difference between an aerodynamic monster in the flats and a lightweight climber when the road goes up. But that's not all. The Soloist also needs to be comfortable enough to ride every day and easy enough for your average home mechanic to keep it running. Read on for more features of the Soloist.

Integrated Front End

Let's just forget about the aerodynamic advantage of hiding all of the bike's cables - nothing makes a bike look cleaner than a well-integrated front end with all the cables tucked away and tidy. The problem is, most of the time, bikes with integrated cables are tough to live with. The Soloist solves this with a cleverly designed bar and stems that allow the cables to be easily and cleanly managed. It routes the brake and shift cables through a clip mounted on the underside of the stem and funnels the cables directly into the frame in front of the headset. This solution makes it easy to adjust and makes it easy to remove the bar if you're traveling without sacrificing the clean front-end look.

Race-winning Geometry

Like the R5 and S5, the Soloist shares the same geometry as its siblings. Yea, the same geometry that Team Jumbo-Visma riders Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert, and Marianne Vos rode to a Tour de France win and to green jerseys in the men's and women's races. Cervelo focuses on sharp handling with a 73° headtube angle and 57.3mm trail. This means that you'll have a fast and responsive turn-in, but the bike will still feel stable at speed.

Tire Clearance

While the Soloist's geometry is designed around a tire from 26mm-28mm, the frame features clearance for some serious rubber. This means that winter training on rough and beat-up roads can easily be smoothed out with high-volume 30mm+ tires or, if you dare, you could even jam a hefty 33mm CX tire in there to impress your friends.

Threaded BB, Standard Steer Tube, normal parts

When buying a bike that is laser-focused on one aspect of riding - ultimate aerodynamics, or at-all-costs weight savings - you should probably expect a few specialized parts that help it achieve it's end of the bell-curve performance. The R5 and S5 have features unique to their goals; take the S5's UFO-styled V-Stem as an example. When buying a bike designed for every situation, you just want it to work. Cervelo has smartly stayed right in the center of the lane with tried and true features that don't take an entire R&D team to make a replacement part. They have fitted a threaded BB Right T47 bottom bracket to avoid creaking, used a steer tube compatible with standard 1 1/8th stems, and used a Seatpost compatible with Carbon or Alloy saddle rails. As a bike aimed at pleasing all riders, the details of the Soloist cover all angles.

Geometry

The Soloist follows suit with the R5 and S5's geometry. It directly borrows their race-winning handling that feels well thought out and stable when at high speed and agile in the corners.

48 51 54 56 58 61

Reach

365mm

374mm

383mm

392mm

401mm

410mm

Stack

491mm

515mm

540mm

565mm

590mm

615mm

Head Tube Angle

71°

72°

73°

73°

73°

73°

Front Center

574mm

576mm

578mm

595mm

611mm

628mm

BB Drop

74.5mm

74.5mm

72mm

72mm

69.5mm

69.5mm

HT Length

86mm

106mm

130mm

156mm

184mm

211mm

Top Tube Length

516mm

532mm

548mm

565mm

581mm

598mm

Seat Tube Angle

73°

73°

73°

73°

73°

73°

Standover Height

708mm

748mm

774mm

798mm

824mm

848mm°

Fork Offset

57.5mm

51.5mm

45.5mm

45.5mm

45.5mm

45.5mm

Wheel Size

700C

700C

700C

700C

700C

700C

Wheel Base

972mm

974mm

977mm

994mm

1011mm

1028mm

Chainstay Length

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

410mm

Geometry Comparison

A deeper look into some of the Soloist's peers, and we'll let you decide how you like to ride. For questions on how to understand the finer points in geometry, give the online support team a call.

  1. Cervelo R5
  2. Cannondale CAAD13
  3. Giant TCR Advanced (Size ML)
Size: 56CM Soloist Cervelo R5 CAAD13 Giant TCR

Reach

392mm

389mm

389mm

393mm

Stack

565mm

572mm

575mm

562mm

Head Tube Angle

73°

73°

73°

73°

Front Center

595mm

594mm

594mm

N/A

BB Drop

72mm

72mm

72mm

67mm

HT Length

156mm

163mm

164mm

165mm

Top Tube Length

565mm

564mm

562mm

565mm

Seat Tube Angle

73°

73°

73.3°

73°

Standover Height

798mm

778mm

805mm

773mm

Trail

57.3mm

57.3mm

58mm

59.2mm

Wheel Size

700C

700C

700C

700C

Fork Offset

45.5mm

45.5mm

45mm

45mm

Wheelbase

994mm

994mm

1005mm

991

Chainstay Length

410mm

410mm

408mm

405mm

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