When Cervelo set out to make their first-ever mountain bike, they were on a mission to develop a cross-country race machine, and the new ZHT-5 is just that. The engineers at Cervelo utilized their time-tested offroad carbon layup along with progressive, performance-focused geometry to create a bike that is downright fast. The 74-degree seat-tube and 69-degree head-tube angles may not seem like anything special, but combined with an ultra-stiff frame, we find ourselves putting out some serious power on tight uphill switchbacks and mid-pack passes. Cervelo didn’t forget about its aerodynamic roots either. They opted for a headset cap that allows all the cables to be fully internally routed, giving us a clean look and a drag-free cockpit. We can throw 2 water bottles in the front triangle too so we have plenty of hydration in tow for our training rides. The ZHT-5 GX AXS build utilizes SRAM’s ultra-reliable GX AXS drivetrain to give us electronic shifting that can stand up to the abuse of a full season of racing and training, as well as not breaking the bank when it comes time for repairs and replacement parts. The 10-52t 12-speed cassette is paired with a 32t chainring upfront to give us plenty of climbing range, yet won’t slow us down on the flat sections. 29in Race Face ARC Offset wheels and a 100mm RockShox SID SL Select let us roll over just about any feature we come up against on course. A set of SRAM Level TL brakes let us dump speed when needed without a major weight penalty. The Cervelo ZHT-5 GX Eagle AXS mountain bike is ready to be our rocketship to the top of the podium. *Due to a high demand in the global supply chain and bike industry since the start of the pandemic, material weight and exact components are subject to change. We are working diligently to keep tech specs updated, and any adjustments will be of equal or better spec level. If you have any questions, reach out to a Gearhead by chatting online or calling 1-888-276-7130.