For the past few years, a small group of engineers has worked in a California facility to optimize the way Cervelo bikes are designed and built. They developed the carbon lay-ups of the current R, S and P series bikes. They also work on new production techniques, to make lighter, stiffer and stronger frames. One of their latest R&D creations will even be made available in a small production run soon.
The R5ca is the brainchild of engineer Don Guichard and his staff of 14. Two years of research and testing at Cervelo's California laboratory turned out a remarkable 700-gram frameset that incorporates new frame geometry and a zero offset seat tube. This development was a result of data collected from various test riders on strain gauge equipped bikes.
Cervélo has designed a new bottom bracket standard titled BBRight. Cervelo claims it is narrower than BB90 yet wider than BB30. FSA, Rotor, and FSA are developing cranksets specifically for BBRight and adapters are available for Campagnolo, SRAM, and Shimano cranks.