Cervelo ZHT-5 Bike Check

Cervelo ZHT-5 Bike Check

A kinda-weird but hopefully super exciting 2023 mountain bike season is finally (almost) upon us. For 2023, the UCI is doing something completely new, with weekends where every event from XC to Enduro will take place at the same venue over the same period.

But, we are getting ahead of ourselves: The XC races kick off in Nové Mĕsto, Czech Republic in the middle of May and Team Jumbo Visma will be there with a goal to do what they do best: Win races!

They will be racing the new Cervelo ZHT-5. Check out the details below.

The race bikes will be just under 21 pounds with pedals, show as specced above. The team is using Reserve's top of the line 28|XC wheelset with DT Swiss 180 hubs. 

The team is sponsored by SRAM for 2023, so that means a slew of SRAM equipment graces the ZHT-5. That includes RockShox forks, SRAM brakes and drivetrain. 

It's kinda cool to see JV decalling on a mountain bike frame, right?

It's the new-new. Only introduced last month, SRAM's new T-Type AXS Eagle transmission graces the team bikes. The team is running 170mm Power Meter cranks with 36 tooth front chainring. 


It's a 10-52 cassette out back mated to the XX rear derailleur. The lower pulley that's available on the XX and XX SL derailleurs – a two-part design where the outside teeth can still keep spinning in case an object becomes lodged in its inner spokes – adds another failsafe to not damaging components out on the trail. 

The new AXS Pod shifter can be customized with button mapping through the AXS app, which allows you to map any AXS component. The Pods are almost half the price of the previous AXS shifter and weigh slightly less than 50 grams. 

Some bling up front with the Rock Shox SID Ultimate set at 100mm. The team will also run remote lockouts.

Milan Vader from last year's Roq D'Azur in the South of France.

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