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.
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.