All about Cervelo .’s first mountain bike

New Cervelo ZHT-5: Cervelo is recognized in the racing bike industry as one of the best manufacturers of lightning-fast machines, winning the Tour de France this year, among other things. Now the Canadian carbon specialists dare to enter the mountain bike sector. Here’s all the info on the Cervelo ZHT-5, which aims to shine on the track as a light cross-country hardtail.

Cervelo ZHT-5: information and prices

Racing bike giant Cervelo is venturing into the mountain bike sector. After the Canadian nobility manufacturer took the gravel bike Aspero off the road, Cervelo is now expanding its portfolio. Designed as a cross-country racing hardtail, the Cervelo ZHT-5 aims to compete for XCO wins under Milan Vader at the 2023 XC World Cup opener in Valkenburg. With 100mm of front travel and a frame weight of 870 grams, the ZHT-5 is definitely on the sporty side of the XC hardtail spectrum. Cervelo’s mountain bike debut will be available in two versions from mid-October 2022.

  • frame material carbon
  • trip 100mm (front)
  • wheel size 29″
  • particularities Cervelo’s first mountain bike, low frame weight, SRAM UDH derailleur hanger, fully internally routed cables
  • weight 870 g (frame, size M, manufacturer information)
  • Colors Five Black / Moss Khaki
  • frame sizes S/M/L/XL
  • Available Mid October 2022
  • www.cervelo.com

Price Cervelo ZHT-5 GX AXS: €5,299 (list price)
Price Cervelo ZHT-5 XX1 AXS: €9,299 (list price)

# With the Cervelo ZHT-5, the Canadians are venturing into unknown territory – the premium brand’s first mountain bike is designed to shine as a fast hardtail on the world’s cross-country racetracks.

We have decades of experience designing bikes that take to the top of the Tour’s top category climbs and then descend to the other side confidently and aggressively. We tried to bring that balance in a bike designed specifically for XCO racing as well. The ZHT-5 will be appreciated by those who value efficiency above all else – and who are able to tackle today’s technical courses without a full suspension. With what we learned from the Áspero, we worked with Team Jumbo-Visma to create an XCO race team and develop a bike that will be immediately competitive when the season starts in Valkenburg next year.

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Slideshow: New Cervelo ZHT-5: Cross Country Entry from the Premium Road Bike Brand

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With a frame weight of 870 grams in size M, the ZHT-5 is said to be one of the lightest representatives of the hardtail guild. So the direction is clear: The Cervelo hardtail is designed for cross-country racetracks. While full-suspension models have increasingly become the means of choice here in recent years, the hardtail is and remains the best option on some routes. Unsurprisingly, Cervelo uses 29” wheels and a sporty but not too extreme geometry for the ZHT-5.

The Cervelo ZHT-5 frame weighs a light 870 grams
# The Cervelo ZHT-5 frame weighs a light 870 grams – and that despite the screwed bottom bracket and sufficient tire clearance up to 2.4″. The yellow team variant, on which Milan Vader will ride, is unfortunately reserved for the stars of Jumbo Visma.

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The Cervelo ZHT-5 comes standard with a rigid seatpost. Thanks to the 30.9mm seat tube, there’s also plenty of room to fit a high-travel variable seatpost. The cable routing also offers this option. As you’ve seen more and more lately, all cables run directly through the headset to the inside of the frame. This ensures on the one hand a very sleek look and on the other hand it is also good news for everyone who likes to replace the headset bearings. Much more pleasing and service-friendly is the fact that Cervelo uses a bolt-on bottom bracket on the ZHT-5, despite the focus on lightweight construction.

Even when dirty, the internally guided lines that run through the headset should ensure a clean look
# Even when dirty, the internally guided lines that run through the headset should ensure a clean look – Depending on the configuration, there are different covers to prevent water from entering. There is also a cable guide for dropper posts.

geometry

With a 69° head angle and a reach of 457mm in size L, the Cervelo ZHT-5 is on the more conservative end of the XC spectrum – are Cervelo’s racing roots noticeable here? The rear measures 430mm in all sizes, while the seat angle measures 74°. Depending on the frame size, the stacking values ​​are between 606 and 636 mm. The ZHT-5 is available in four sizes from S to XL.

frame size

s

m

l

XL

wheel size

29″

29″

29″

29″

to achieve

409mm

433mm

457mm

484mm

piles

606mm

612mm

623mm

636mm

STR

1.48

1.41

1.36

1.31

steering angle:

69°

69°

69°

69°

seating area, effective

74°

74°

74°

74°

top tube (horiz.)

582mm

608mm

635mm

666mm

control tube

89mm

95mm

107mm

121mm

seat tube

377mm

433mm

485mm

519mm

standover height

705mm

740mm

782mm

810mm

chainstays

430mm

430mm

430mm

430mm

wheelbase

1,090 mm

1116mm

1145mm

1177mm

bottom bracket drop

62mm

62mm

62mm

62mm

fork offset

44mm

44mm

44mm

44mm

travel (for)

100mm

100mm

100mm

100mm

Suitable for the race track, but certainly not too extreme
# Suitable for the race track, but certainly not too extreme – this is the geometry of the Cervelo ZHT-5.

Design

In the beginning, the Cervelo ZHT-5 will be available in two complete versions – at least for now you won’t find a frameset. At $5,299, the more affordable ZHT-5 offers a SRAM GX AXS electric drivetrain, RockShox Sid SL Select suspension fork, Race Face wheels and SRAM Level TL brakes. The top model for € 9,999 gets started in a classier way. This variant is equipped with a SRAM XX1 AXS groupset, a Sid SL Ultimate and spare carbon wheels. The new ZHT-5 will be available in limited numbers from mid-October 2022 – Cervelo has announced more variants for spring 2023, including those with mechanical groupset.

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The GX AXS version for €5,299 features an electric SRAM drivetrain, RockShox Sid Select and Race Face wheels
# The GX AXS version for €5,299 features an electric SRAM drivetrain, RockShox Sid Select and Race Face wheels – it is available in the color Moss Khaki.
If you want the black version you have to dig deep in your pocket
# If you want the black version you have to dig deep in your pocket – for a competitive price of € 9,999, however, the top model offers a SRAM XX1 AXS drivetrain and Reserve 28 wheels.

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Info and photos: press release Cervelo

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