New Cervelo P3 Triathlon Bike Gets Trickle Down Aero Tech
Where the P5 builds in plenty of proprietary parts and high end collaborative cockpit parts, the P3 is aimed at the privateer. For $5,400, you’re getting a complete bike with Dura-Ace 9000 mechanical group, Magura’s RT6 hydraulic aero brakes, 3T cockpit and Mavic’s Cosmic Elite wheels (shown below…above appears to be the new CXR80′s).
The new frame is stiffer and more aerodynamic than the prior model. It also builds in some of the integration of food and beverage storage options of the P5 as well as complete mechanical/electronic drivetrain compatibility.
Cable/hose/wire ports allow any mix of component selection. The seatstays and dropped downtube shield parts from the wind, making a more aerodynamic package. The frame is UCI legal, too, just in case you wanna TT this bad boy.
Beyond being more affordable, it’s also more compatible with smaller riders. The size range drops all the way down to a 45 with 650C Vision wheels, and there’s a 48 with standard 700C wheels. The head tube is made for standard 1-1/8″ steerers and stems, so there’s no funky integrated stems or fairings to keep you from mounting your favorite aerobars. Lastly, their Rail seatpost provides a long stretch of saddle positioning, letting you get pretty far over the pedals for triathlon or keeping things UCI friendly for sanctioned TT races.