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New Cervélo P3 TT bike gets P5 tech trickle-down

By:
Ben Delaney
Published:
April 16, 2013, 15:28 BST,
Updated:
April 16, 2013, 16:35 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The new Cervélo P3 incorporates some aero designs from the P5. Note that it is not sold with these wheels

The new Cervélo P3 incorporates some aero designs from the P5. Note that it is not sold with these wheels

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Sleek time trial/tri bike now available at $5,400

This article first appeared on Bikeradar

With the new P5, Cervélo commanded both attention of the time trial and triathlon world and a staggering price ($10,000/£6,500 for a Di2 bike). With the updated P3, Cervélo is putting many elements of the P5's aerodynamic engineering into a somewhat more reasonably priced machine with a Shimano Dura-Ace 9000-equipped machine running $5,400/£3,500.

Available for orders as of today, the new P3 comes in a new 45cm size in a 650c frame, plus 48, 51, 54, 56, 58 and 61cm sizes in a standard 700c frame.

In recent years, the P3 has enjoyed success in professional racing and remains an age-grouper Ironman favorite in triathlon. With the new frame, Cervélo keeps the rear-wheel-hugging design but in a wide-rim format and with a straight leading edge on the down tube. Cable routing takes cues from the P5, entering the top tube behind the steerer tube. Also, the down tube mimics the P5 design, hugging the front wheel and the fork beneath the crown.

There are bosses for water bottles on the down tube, at the down tube/seat tube junction, and between the aerobar extensions. There are also dedicated attachment points for an electric battery on the bottom of the down tube and a bento box on the top tube.

While Cervélo road bikes are criticized by some racers for their slightly taller than normal (race bike) head tubes, the P3 is built for aero speed. A 56cm frame, for example, has a 133mm head tube.

The Cervélo aero seatpost has about 3cm of fore/aft adjustability for the clamp itself on the post, in addition to the fore/aft adjustment of the saddle on its rails like with any standard seatpost. The end result is a healthy amount of flexibility in fit.

Built up with the new 11-speed Shimano Dura-Ace 9000, the P3 has a suggested retail price of $5,400.

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P3 complete build

Fork: Cervélo FK37
Headset: FSA IS3 Standard - 6mm TC
Seatpost: Cervélo aero (TT/Tri rail)
Front and rear derailleurs: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
Bar-end shifters: Shimano DA 9000 TT Bar End Shifters
Brake calipers/levers: Magura RT6
Crankset: Rotor 3DF BBright 52/36 110BCD w/BB
Aerobar: 3T Aura Pro
Stem: 3T ARX Pro
Saddle: ISM Prologue
Cassette: Shimano Dura-Ace 9000 11-25
Wheels (700c): Mavic Cosmic Elite
Wheels (650c): Vision Team 30
Tires: Vittoria Diamante Pro Light 23mm