Cervélo P-Series Time Trial and Triathlon Bikes
The P-Series has won races and accolades alike for years, and Cervélo only continues to make improvements to give time trial and triathlon athletes the absolute biggest advantages possible. When you buy a P-Series bike, you know you're getting the best in aerodynamics, usability, stiffness, and comfort.
The 2019 - 2020 Cervélo P-Series
The P5 is at the top of the list for many triathlon/time trial athletes. It's one of the most aerodynamic bikes on the market for starters. It also has a wide and easy to manipulate fit range so you can find your ideal position and generate the most power with less fatigue.
Added stiffness in the head tube and bottom bracket provides confident, stable handling along with quick acceleration and efficient power transfer. Magura RT6TT hydraulic rim brake calipers provide superior modulation and power while keeping the bike as aero as possible. Specially designed tube shapes also decrease drag so you can push forward with less resistance than ever.
The P5 comes with hydraulic rim brakes and the choice of Red eTap or Ultegra Di2 electronic drivetrains.
The P3 has helped athletes everywhere become the fastest versions of themselves. It's perfect for time trial races and non-drafting triathlons of all distances. With integrated aerodynamics, user-friendly performance, adjustable positioning, and unparalleled stiffness, the P3 will keep up with you through every step of your journey to success. It's also easily upgraded for when you're ready to give yourself even more of an edge.
The P3's special frame design offers the perfect stiffness to weight ratio so you can confidently take on the course while benefitting from blistering acceleration and overall speed. True Aero tube designs and an extended seat tube cutout that shields the leading edge of the rear wheel combine to produce one of the most aerodynamic bikes on the market. A BBright bottom bracket ads stiffness that leads directly to more efficient power transfer.
The P3 comes with rim brakes and the choice of either Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting or the mechanical Ultegra version.
If you want a lightning-fast time trial/triathlon bike that won't empty your bank account, the P2 is the way to go. With the same optimized design principles as the higher-end models, this bike is perfect for those who care about performance but might not need the latest and greatest components. Fortunately, the P2 is compatible with more aero upgrades if you decide to increase your advantage.
Flexible and smart storage options help you keep your racing fuel handy without ruining your aero, and an extended seat tube cutout shields the leading edge of the rear wheel for even less drag. Specific tube shapes and also contribute to how this bike cuts through the air like a knife. Added stiffness to the BBright bottom bracket ensure your effort goes directly into pushing you forward and increased head tube stiffness means the bike will be predictable and stable at speed.
The P2 comes only comes in one configuration: rim brakes with a Shimano 105 drivetrain.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of electronic shifting?
Electronic shifting is slightly faster and more precise than mechanical shifting. After initial setup, electronic shifting requires little-to-no maintenance, and the physical operation of the buttons and levers require less force. Instead of pushing the shift lever further in to change multiple gears, with electronic shifting you only need to hold down the button. By programming the front and rear derailleurs during setup, the front derailleur shifts slightly differently depending on which cog you're in so there is never any chain rub. Electronic shifting is also customizable, and there are more options for shifting positions.
What are the differences in Cervélo's drivetrain options?
For Shimano, the highest level groupset is Dura-Ace, followed by Ultegra and 105 respectively. Dura-Ace and Ultegra provide the same levels of performance and durability, but the means and materials of production are slightly different, which makes Ultegra slightly heavier and allows for lower price points. Both are available for rim and disc brakes, and both are available in electronic form, or Di2. As you go down the Shimano hierarchy from there, performance and durability is affected, weight increases, and price drops.
Red eTap AXS is Sram's chief groupset, and it's the only Sram model found on Cervélo bikes. Red eTap AXS is compatible with rim and disc brakes.
The biggest difference from Shimano's Dura-Ace is that Red eTap AXS is completely wireless, where as Shimano's electronic shifting is currently accomplished via wires. Performance between the two top groupsets is largely believed to be very similar, although the act of engaging the shifting is accomplished differently. Shimano allows for a high degree of customization in shifting behavior, while Sram keeps it simple and allows for easy setup. Many are split on the two, so the best advice is often to test ride both if you can.
How is frame stiffness measured, and why does it matter?
Stiffness leads to efficient power transfer, responsive handling, and a predictable and stable feel when cornering at speed. Though extensive real-world testing, Cervélo has concluded that there are 3 kinds of stiffness that matter most to a rider: torsional stiffness, bottom bracket stiffness, and vertical stiffness. Through these tests, Cervélo is able to stiffen certain areas of the frame that encounter the most force and lighten areas where stiffness and strength won't be affected. Cervélo also puts their frames through much more rigorous strength testing that industry standards so you can enjoy top quality performance and the peace of mind you need to focus on your riding.
How does Cervélo measure a bike's weight?
The weight specs on a Cervélo describe that bike in its complete form. No unpainted frames and no missing hardware or components. With frameset or "module" weights becoming more common, it's nice to see a company be so straightforward and open. The weight of a Cervélo bike is simply how much the whole thing weighs, in its ready to ride form.
What kind of carbon does Cervélo use, and is it better?
While all bike manufacturers have access to the same carbon fiber, what's more important is how and where it's used. Terms like "super high-modulus" (the engineering term for a material's stiffness) can be deceptive because there isn't a universal modulus scale. Cervélo's analogy goes like this: a rubber band can be thought of as low-modulus and uncooked spaghetti is high-modulus. Uncooked spaghetti is very stiff, but breaks under less pressure than a rubber band, which is much stronger. Cervélo takes a methodical, scientific approach to its design, and uses results from the lab and real life testing to determine where and how to use its carbon fiber. When you buy a Cervélo, know that your frame is constructed to provide optimum stiffness, strength, and compliance where they matter most so every aspect of your ride is improved.
What kind of warranty does Cervélo offer?
All Cervélo frames come with a lifetime limited warranty for the original owner.