Cervélo R5 VWD

Cervélo R5 VWD

FOR THE HILL KILLER

Questions you'll get with this bike, in order: How much does it weigh? How much does it cost? And it comes with a motor for that price, right? Answers: 15 pounds; just shy of seven grand; and simply point to your ripped quads. The R5 VWD is efficiency embodied: It's been stripped of every extraneous gram, with wafer-thin seat stays that flex to absorb road vibration, balanced by a chunky, squarish down tube that wrings out every last watt of power when the road tilts up. But the R5 VWD isn't delicate: A similar model was used by the Garmin team to conquer cobblestone paths en route to a 2011 win at the 160-mile Paris–Roubaix road race. [$6,700; cervelo.com]