The Original Cervelo Soloist was an icon. Launched in 2002, it introduced aerofoil tubes and aerodynamic design to the cycling world. The Soloist was ridden by pro teams like CSC and won prestigious races like Paris-Roubaix and Giro d'Italia. The Soloist name is now back for a new generation of riders who want speed and versatility.
The new Soloist is designed to be a do-it-all bike that balances aerodynamics, weight, stiffness and comfort. It sits between the S5 and the R5 in the Cervelo hierarchy – it’s lighter than the S5, and more aerodynamic than the R5. Its a thoroughbred race bike with an unparalleled ride quality. Agile, comfortable and simply fast. Its a bike for racers and everyday riders alike
The Soloist features a carbon frame and fork that are shaped to reduce drag and optimise airflow. The bottom bracket area is reinforced for stiffness and acceleration, stamp on the pedals and the Soloists sings. The bike is uncompromisingly fast and yet is as easy to live with as it is fun to ride. The integrated cable routing is clean without being difficult to maintain. The frame has clearance for up to 34mm tires meaning you can tackle rough roads and cobbles with confidence and it is designed with vertical compliance in mind, meaning the ride quality is always silky smooth even when the tarmac is not.
The Soloist comes with several different build options: from Shimano 105 mechanical, Ultegra mechanical, 105 Di2, Rival ETAP AXS, Force ETAP AXS to Ultegra Di2. Starting at £3500 for a complete bike, the Soloist is priced quite accessibly for a bike of this calibre. Cervelo have also made the frames available separately to encourage custom builds, meaning we can build a bike to any spec, the Sky's the limit.
Colours are simple but stunning with 3 options to pick from across the range; Alpenglow (white), Embers (black) and Gold Dust.
All models ship with Cervelo alloy handlebars and stem. The bike weighs 8.1kg (size 58) without pedals, which is respectable for an aero road bike.
The ride quality of the Soloist is impressive. The bike feels fast, responsive and stable on flat roads and descents. The aero features make a noticeable difference in cutting through headwinds and maintaining speed. The bike also climbs well, thanks to its relatively light weight and stiff frame. The handling is precise and agile on corners and tight turns. The disc brakes provide reliable stopping power in all conditions.
The comfort of the Soloist is also commendable. The frame absorbs vibrations well, especially with wider tires. The geometry of the Soloist is not too aggressive or too relaxed – it strikes a good balance between performance and comfort.
Overall, we think that the new Cervelo Soloist is a great road bike for anyone who wants versatility, speed and value. It’s not as specialised as some other bikes in its category, but it’s more adaptable to different situations. It’s also more affordable than most of its competitors without compromising on quality or performance. If you are looking for a steed that can handle anything you throw at it, you can’t go far wrong with the Soloist.