The most radical change that comes with the arrival of the P5 is its geometry. It is tall in the front end, a departure from the Cervélo triathlon lineup from years past. This is fueling speculation that the P2 and P3 might be due for a revamp. As it stands, the bikes don’t really make sense. Starting with the P2, front-end height is probably average for a tri bike. Moving toward the P3, the front end drops, and could arguably be called aggressive. Then looking toward the new P5, the front end is the tallest of all, downright conservative. Surely Cervélo will be looking to make its tri bikes aimed at those athletes buying their first triathlon bike, the P2 and P3, more rideable than the P5, aimed squarely at a more advanced athlete. In the immortal words of The Big Lebowski, slightly altered: “This aggress[ive bike geometry] will not stand, man!”
Cervélo has firmly planted itself at the top of the Kona bike count recently, and 2012 should be no different. The old standbys, though potentially due for a reworking, are still class leaders in their own right. With the introduction of the P5, Cervélo has once again put the triathlon world on notice that it doesn’t intend to give up ground to anyone.