This article originally published on BikeRadar
Garmin-Barracuda’s Andrew Talansky got the attention of the racing world in late April, when he finished less than a second behind Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins in the final time trial of the Tour de Romandie. That performance earned him second place on the stage, second overall in the race and the Best Young Rider award.
It also earned him a new ride. At the Amgen Tour of California, Talansky’s Cervélo P4 from Romandie was hanging on the team rack, but inside the team truck a new Cervélo P5 awaited him.
Cervélo’s P5 comes in two styles: a triathlon edition and the UCI-approved TT model. Both share the same frame but differ in forks; the tri bike has a fairing over the front brake. The P5 was introduced in January, and only a handful have been made thus far.
The 3T Aduro handlebar comes in three heights; Talansky is running the shortest option, with the arm-rest clips bolted in nice and narrow (14cm apart at the center of the pads).
The two most remarkable features of the P5 are the Magura hydraulic rim brakes and the completely integrated Shimano Di2 package. While many team mechanics are still bolting Di2 batteries under down tubes and taping wiring down along the length of tubes, the P5 has completely internal wiring, from the tips of the handlebars, down through the stem and into the frame. Much more impressive, however, is the battery solution — it is tucked inside the down tube, accessible via a panel that faces the rear wheel.
Talansky once again showed his prowess against the clock on Thursday afternoon as he piloted his new rig to a fifth place finish, 48 seconds behind teammate David Zabriskie, who blitzed the Bakersfield time trial and took over the race lead.
Check out all the details of Talansky’s Cervélo P5 in the photo gallery.
The hydraulic line for the Magura RT8 brake runs right up against the head tube and disappears into the stem — nice and aero