The 2012 Cervélo Triathlon Bike Line

  • By Geoffrey Nenninger
  • Published Feb 17, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM UTC
Photo: Aaron Hersh


The most anticipated triathlon model of the year from Cervélo, if not the whole industry, is the P5. The P5 represents a departure from many constants over the years from the brand. Gone is the trademark rear wheel cutout that was so iconic on the P3 and the P4. A massive gusset at the junction of the seat tube and top tube now defines the silhouette of the marquis Cervélo. The P5 is also available in two versions: triathlon-specific and UCI-legal, dubbed the P5 Six and P5 Three, respectively. The triathlon-specific bike gets a massive, non-UCI-compliant front fork. This fork includes a shroud that shields the front brake from the wind, although reported time savings over the UCI-compliant bike are not earth-shattering. At $6500 for the P5 Six frameset and $10,000 complete with Shimano Di2, the triathlon-specific P5 is competitive with other super-bikes. Triathletes who might find themselves toeing the line at a Master’s TT event might want to consider the less-expensive UCI version of the P5 ($4500 frameset, $6000 Dura-Ace), since they’ll be unable to race the triathlon-specific version of the P5.

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