Close up: Tyler Farrar’s Cervelo R5 (2014)


Part of the new wave of cycling teams, Team Garmin-Sharp is a true American squad judging by its riders and ties to the cycling world outside Europe. And Americans like high tech things, this team just confirming the statement. So, we took a closer look at Tyler Farrar’s Cervelo R5, the road bike that he and the rest of his teammates will use in order to make the best of this season.


Farrar, like the rest of Garmin-Sharp, will rely on Cervelo R5 as his main workhorse in 2014. The Canadian brand, despite its short history, released at a least a couple of great bikes along the years, namely the Soloist SLC-SL or the R3-SL, and keeps doing so.


The Cervelo R5 sets itself apart thanks to the Squoval tube profile, which implies a tube shaped like a square, but with slightly arched sides. It was put in use starting with 2005, featuring high strength, stiffness and low weight, and saw development along the way, nowadays reaching the third generation. Squoval 3 is more aerodynamic, the profile suffering noticeable changes, resembling more a triangle with substantially curved sides in order to lower the drag.


For measuring power, the title sponsor Garmin came up with its own device, Vector, a sensor that is attached to the pedals, and is compatible with the company’s Edge cycling computers.


Rotor sits as the choice of the team in terms of cranksets, but it seems Farrar went for a classical approach using regular round chainrings.


Being a big team doesn’t mean mechanical problems avoid you, and the belief that it’s better to prevent an incident than to fire your mechanic can be found in the small piece that doesn’t allow the chain to fall off the small chainring.


In close tie with the Edge computers, the R5 is fitted with 3T cockpit parts, especially thanks to the fact that the Integra Ltd stem integrates the earlier mentioned electronic device.


The head tube is another key point of the R5 frame, the tapered tube housing a fork steerer of 1 3/8 inches which, according to the manufacturer will set the new standard among steeres.


The bottom bracket shell doesn’t look flimsy neither.


And the electronical Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070 groupset has its cables and wires running elegantly through the frame.