Brad's Aspero Review
My Cervelo Aspero, the first proper performance gravel bike ever made.
As someone who does not do things by halves, it's fair to say I spent a long time thinking about my gravel bike. A full year of thinking and saving had meant that I knew exactly what I wanted. Not even global stock shortages could stop the iRIDE crew from bringing together this vision.
Starting as a frameset in the spectacular gold color. We specced it out with the incredible Shimano GRX Di2 groupset in 1x configuration. Paired it with DT Swiss GR1600 gravel wheels. Added comfort with the carbon seat post and handlebar. And added the traction with Specialized Trigger tyres in 42mm.
This build was all about reliable performance. Having a bike that I could feel confident to ride off-road, take to areas I had never ridden before, and trust that the equipment would handle all I could throw at it. And after 6 months of ownership, I can safely say that it is exactly that.
So 3 things I like about my Cervelo Aspero. First I love the no-integrated front end. From a maintenance point of view, this is a dream. While also making bike fit changes so much easier. Second, I love the sleek look of this bike. No extra boss mounts or rack mounts, plus the subtle aero cues make it look amazing. And third, there is nothing like going flat out on a gravel track. The feeling of performance is so addictive for me and this bike plays right into that.
Let's be clear though the performance does have one drawback. The aggressive geometry does not lend itself well to the roughest versions of gravel (often mountain bike tracks if we're honest). So if you have very rough terrain it might not be the best option.
In all though this is a mega option for the gravel rider with the need for speed. Put on slicks for the road, or even hit up the local cyclocross race. The Aspero is ready to haul ass and look good doing it. - Brad