Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) is racing the 2012 Tour de France on this custom painted Cervélo R5ca (James Huang/BikeRadar)

2012 Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal
(Garmin-Sharp) is romping across the roads of France as a proud Canadian aboard
a specially painted Cervélo R5ca.

There’s no mistaking
Hesjedal’s heritage when looking at his bike, much of which is covered in
glossy white paint and countless red maple leaves over the matte black finish
of a standard R5ca. Rotor gets into the game as well with custom anodized 3D+
crankarms smattered with a bit of pink and a laser-etched maple leaf. Finishing
touches are provided by a white 3T ARX Team stem, a white fi’zi:k Arione Carbon
Tri 2 saddle and handlebar wrap, and red finishing tape.

Aerodynamics may be all the
rage these days, but Hesjedal’s R5ca epitomizes the classic performance metrics
of stiffness and low weight. In fact, the R5ca – which is hand-built in
Cervélo’s California development facility by its own engineers, not factory
workers – is the company’s lightest-ever frame at a claimed mass of around 700g.
The bike still has to meet UCI minimum weight guidelines, however, but Cervélo
CEO and co-founder Phil White tells BikeRadar
that the 100g or so of savings relative to the standard R5 affords greater
latitude in selecting the rest of the equipment while still yielding a highly
responsive chassis.

As such, Hesjedal’s build kit
is light but not unusually so. Noteworthy bits include a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2
transmission with top mounted satellite shifters, 180mm-long Rotor 3D+ cranks
with an SRM power meter spider and custom laser etching, a comfy fi’zi:k Arione
Carbon Tri 2 saddle, stainless steel bottle cages from Arundel, and an aluminum
bar and stem from 3T. Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate tubulars were fitted when
we visited the team hotel along with Garmin Vector pedals – albeit without the
electronic guts.

Hesjedal stands at 1.88m (6′
2″) tall and yet he rides a comparatively tiny 56cm frame. Much of that is
based on his extreme position, which includes a gargantuan handlebar drop of
over 17cm. Even with the shorter head tube afforded by the downsized frame,
Hesjedal still runs a 140mm-long stem with a -17° angle, and even removes the
upper headset cover to gain another couple of millimeters.

Team mechanic Alex Banyay
told BikeRadar that the bike wasn’t
quite 6.8kg as shown but that it “will be” come the mountains. Our
guess is that it likely isn’t far off now.

Shrink wrap keeps the Di2 connection waterproof

Complete bike specifications

Cervélo R5ca, 56cm
Cervélo THM, 1 1/8-to-1 3/8″
Integrated 1 1/8-to-1 3/8″
tapered, upper cover removed
3T ARX Team, 140mm x -17°
3T Ergosum Pro, 42cm (c-c)
3T embossed, by fi’zi:k
Front brake
Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/
carbon-specific pads, grey compound
Rear brake
Shimano Dura-Ace BR-7900 w/
carbon-specific pads, grey compound
Brake levers
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control
Front derailleur
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 FD-7970
Rear derailleur
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 RD-7970
Shift levers
Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 STI Dual Control
ST-7970 w/ top-mounted satellite shifter
Shimano Dura-Ace CS-7900, 11-25T
Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900
SRM PowerMeter Rotor 3D+ Giro d’Italia
custom, 180mm, 53/39T
Bottom bracket
Enduro XD-15 BBright
Garmin Vector (pedals only; no power
measuring electronics)
Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate
Front tire
Mavic Yksion Grip Link tubular, 22mm
Rear tire
Mavic Yksion Grip Link tubular, 22mm
fi’zi:k Arione Carbon Tri 2
Seat post
3T Doric Team
Bottle cages
Arundel Stainless (2)
Garmin Edge 500
Other accessories
Rotor chain catcher

Critical measurements

Rider’s height
1.88m (6′ 2″)
Rider’s weight
72kg (159lb)
Saddle height, from BB (c-t)
Saddle setback  
Seat tube length, c-t
Seat tube length, c-c
Tip of saddle nose to C of
bars (next to stem)
Saddle-to-bar drop  
Head tube length
Top tube length
Total bicycle weight
6.8kg (14.99lb, claimed, in race trim)

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