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RCA UNCOMPROMISED ENGINEERING

The Rca is the pinnacle of the research and development in our Project California facility. A refinement of the previous version, the current frameset represents the leading edge of composite material manufacturing and our understanding of what makes a truly inspirational ride. The original Rca was recognized for industry-leading innovation, earning Eurobike Gold, JEC Innovation, Core77 Design, and Bike Radar’s “Most Wanted” awards. Germany’s prestigious Tour Magazin also rated the Rca the lightest frame they’d ever tested, with the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio. The latest iteration of the Rca was an opportunity — as our riders would agree — to improve upon perfection. And of course, it’s still entirely hand-made at Cervélo’s Project California design facility, using new layups, materials and fabrication techniques.

ENGINEERING REDEFINED

When starting on a second run of the limited-production Rca, we looked hard at areas for potential improvement. And we realized: Why not apply Project California learnings about frames to the fork? The result – as we hoped – was significant weight reduction and an increase in lateral stiffness, as well as a significant decrease in longitudinal stiffness for an unequivocal ride-quality improvement. Thanks to new materials and layup techniques, the new Rca frameset weighs 35 grams less than the classic edition, while maintaining its elegant frame and Squoval tube shapes.

ENGINEERING FEATURES SPECS & GEOMETRY

RCA ENGINEERING

UNCOMPROMISED ENGINEERING REDEFINED

As an engineering company focused on making fast, light, and safe bikes, we know we benefit most when we develop technology within the company. While others have subcontracted outsiders to develop their leading-edge bikes, Cervélo has developed the people and technologies internally. This focus on leadership means every Cervélo is built to the same standards, and receives many of the benefits of the carbon-fibre layup and technologies in our most advanced Project California frames.

IN THE BEGINING

In 2008 Cervélo began an ambitious engineering project in California to push the composites R&D envelope. This facility is where we prove our leadership in innovating faster, stiffer, lighter and stronger bikes. Here we create new manufacturing techniques and improved design processes, including new bicycle-specific layup and ply analysis software. Our final step: Strength and safety tests that surpass industry standards by at least 20%.

OUR AMBITION

When starting on a second run of the limited production Rca, we looked hard at areas for potential improvement. And we realized: Why not apply the Project California learnings about frames to the fork? As we hoped, the result was significant weight reduction and an increase in lateral stiffness, as well as a significant decrease in longitudinal stiffness for an unequivocal ride quality improvement. Thanks to new materials and layup techniques, the new Rca frameset weighs 35 grams less than the classic edition, while maintaining its elegant frame and Squoval tube shapes.

THE BIKES

In 2010 Cervélo launched the R5ca: 100 grams lighter than the nearest competitor, and 30% stiffer (Tour Magazin, Nov. 2011). The R5ca showcased our Project California development process and was the outcome of our reality-based test protocols. It proved itself less than two years after its launch with Ryder Hesjedal’s victory at the 2012 Giro d’Italia. We followed that up with the original Rca in 2012. This new frame weighed in at 667 grams and maintained the stiffness levels of its predecessor.

THE PROCESS

First, we performed a cross-disciplinary parametric design study to determine the sensitivity of aero, stiffness, comfort and weight to the systematic dimensional variation of 15 different design areas of the frame. This involved creating 93 different frame shapes and running 279 FEA analyses.

DESIGN CYCLE

Second, with optimum aero, stiffness, comfort and weight goals firmly in our sights, we began an iterative design process to engineer the first Rca frame shapes. This process is a cycle: design, virtually test, redesign, test again. With each iteration the new design comes closer and closer to the goals, step by step. We used this same process to improve on the original Rca, and launched a new frame in 2014.

ENGINEERING R&D

Bicycle engineering and composites are highly dynamic fields. In the two years between the original and the new Rca frames our engineering team researched many new materials and techniques, allowing for new possibilities in structural engineering. We revisited some of the key engineering innovations that made the Rca such a spectacular project in the first place, and worked to make them even better.

THE RESULT

The new Rca layup schedule is the most complex in Cervélo’s history. Where some bike frames involve two dozen steps as most, at Project California we lay over 500 individual pieces of carbon. Each individually cut piece of aerospace-grade carbon fibre is weighed and recorded before it is laid into the Rca moulds. Each completed Rca frame and fork is then weighed before and after paint, and again after final assembly to ensure consistency.

THE PROJECT CALIFORNIA FORK

The Project California engineers have also focused extensively on fork design. As tested in the lab, the California-made fork delivers significant performance improvements: 15% stiffer laterally, and 7% more compliant longitudinally. The new design marries complex shapes and materials. Boron filament increases compression strength at the crown/bearing seat, while carbon septae increase stiffness of the ultralight fork blades. Use of syntactic foam at the brake receiver reduces weight overall without impacting fork strength.

RCA FEATURES

BBRIGHT

THIS ASYMMETRICAL 79MM BOTTOM-BRACKET STANDARD YIELDS STIFFER AND LIGHTER FRAMES AND CRANK SYSTEMS.

Cervelo developed BBright to take advantage of the fact that oversized frame tubes are stiffer and lighter. On the right side, frame tubes are already as wide as possible; any wider and they’d hit the chainrings. But on the left side there are no chainrings, so BBright makes use of this extra space by extending the BB shell by 11 millimetres, nearly doubling the width of the left chainstay. At the same time, the drive-side dimensions of the 

FUTURE-PROOF CABLE MANAGEMENT

ENSURES YOUR FRAME IS COMPATIBLE WITH ALL CURRENT AND FUTURE DERAILLEUR AND BRAKE SYSTEMS.

Future-Proof Cable Management achieves compatibility across mechanical, electronic and hydraulic brake and derailleur systems. Future-Proof frames include interchangeable cable stops that snap into place and are easily swapped out by hand to accommodate upgrades. You can buy with confidence, knowing your bike is easily upgradable and can be enjoyed with the latest technology for years to come.

CARBON DROPOUTS

TOUGH, COMPRESSION-MOLDED DROPOUTS SAVE WEIGHT WITH NO SACRIFICE IN STRENGTH COMPARED TO TRADITIONAL METAL DROPOUTS.

Seatstays and chainstays are bonded into hollow dropouts, instead of the other way around. Bonding these precision-moulded surfaces reduces weight, and gives the internal rear derailleur cable a straight shot through the chainstay and dropout, eliminating bends and cable friction.

EVOLVED STEERER DESIGN

THE FORK STEERER’S DIAMETER HAS A NOTICEABLE EFFECT ON A BIKE’S HANDLING. EVOLVED STEERER DESIGN APPLIES THE DIAMETERS AND TAPER DESIGNS THAT BEST SUIT EACH MODEL.

A larger steerer diameter adds torsional stiffness with no weight penalty. A smaller steerer diameter is more compliant and can also be used to reduce headtube frontal area, and in turn, aerodynamic drag. How do we select which size to use? By defining performance goals — weight savings, aerodynamics, stiffness, ride quality and usability — at the start of the frame design process, Cervélo engineers choose the best steerer

REDUCED-FRICTION BB GUIDE

SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES CABLE FRICTION IN THE BOTTOM BRACKET, WHICH MEANS SMOOTHER SHIFTING, EASIER SETUP AND LONGER SERVICE INTERVALS.

The Reduced-Friction BB Guide maintains a consistent curve for each cable path by avoiding bends or kinks.

SQUOVAL

THIS LIBRARY OF TUBE SHAPES ALLOWS CERVELO ENGINEERS TO “DIAL IN” THE WEIGHT-SAVING, AERO, STIFFNESS AND COMPLIANCE PROPERTIES THAT BEST SUIT SPECIFIC AREAS OF A FRAME.

Square shapes resist bending the best, while round shapes are tops when it comes to torsion. Since different frame tubes see a variable mix of bending and torsional loads, a careful combination of these shapes can offer the best of both worlds. Enter Squoval, which combines the attributes of a square and an oval to achieve an ideal balance of stiffness, weight and aerodynamics.

RCA SPECS & GEOMETRY

SPECIFICATIONS

The Rca is available as a frameset, ready for your favourite components — and your favourite ride.

  FRAME
FORK CERVÉLO ALL-CARBON, RCA FORK
HEADSET FSA IS2 1-1/8 X 1-3/8"
BOTTOM BRACKET  

GEOMETRY

The Rca features our classic road R Series geometry, available in sizes 48 to 61.

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STACK 505 530 555 580 605 630
REACH 360 369 378 387 396 405
EFFECTIVE SEAT TUBE ANGLE 73.0 73.0 73.0 73.0 73.0 73.0
TOP TUBE 516 531 548 564 581 597
WHEEL SIZE 700C 700C 700C 700C 700C 700C
HEAD TUBE ANGLE 70.5 72.2 73.1 73.5 73.5 73.5
FORK OFFSET 53 53 43 43 43 43
HEAD TUBE LENGTH 108 128 148 173 199 225
BB DROP 68 68 68 68 68 68
FRONT CENTER 575 575 575 587 604 620
REAR CENTER 405 405 405 405 405 405
STAND OVER HEIGHT 693 723 753 784 815 846

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Returns must be in as new condition with tags attached unless faulty. Due to health regulations, we are unable to exchange or refund on any underwear or ear ring purchase unless faulty within the manufacturer's warranty period. We recommend sending returns via registered post as we do not accept responsibility for lost items. Gift cards and promo codes cannot be applied to exchanges. Returns must be made within the timeframe listed (30 days) unless faulty. Size exchange requests are subject to availability of stock. Should your size request be unavailable a refund will be provided. TITAN Performance Group does not accept cash as a form of payment and takes no responsibility for cash sent via post.

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TITAN Performance Group has no control over manufacturer warranty periods, nor can we control repair periods and cannot advise what they will be. We will however do everything we can to ensure your faulty item is handled as quickly as possible and that you are informed throughout the process. In cases where you have returned goods directly to the manufacturer, TITAN Performance Group cannot be held accountable for repair periods or communication from the manufacturer.

Faulty items may be returned outside of the regular returns time frames providing the item is still under warranty. Please contact customer service (contact@titanperformancegroup.com.au) or the brand directly for warranty periods.

We aim to have your return processed within 3 days of receiving the item, however some faults must be approved by the manufacturer before a refund or replacement can be issued. This process usually takes around 1-4 weeks.

Watch and Wetsuit returns: Each manufacturer may have different warranty periods or service standards for faulty items. TITAN Performance Group works closely with its brands to ensure faulty items are dealt with promptly, but we have no control over the repairs or assessment process for warranty issues. In most cases, products returned in used condition will be repaired instead of replaced and will not be refunded unless repair is impossible. Any items returned outside of the warranty period will generally incur a charge for the repair. For more information on your products warranty, please contact the brand directly.

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  1. Please complete the returns form below within 30 days of purchase. (If you would prefer not to enter your credit card details then please tick one of the credit card boxes on the form. Please note that if you have requested a credit card call that we work on Australian Central Daylight Time, so if you are in a significantly different time zone then the call may be quite late/early your time).
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  7. If you believe an item to be faulty then we strongly recommend that you contact us before returning the item to us. This way we can determine the fault. Please refer to the Faulty Items Returns information above.
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Email: contact@titanperformancegroup.com.au

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